is a thriving and award-winning community college located in Carthage, Texas.
The name derives from Panola County, Texas, of which Carthage is the county seat.
As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of Panola College is the following
all of Marion, Panola, and Shelby Counties, and Harrison County.
Panola College offers quality instructional programs for those interested in academic transfer,
vocational/technical fields, developmental studies, workforce training, and continuing education.
An outstanding array of distance learning courses are also available. One of those programs
is the LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) Hybrid Transition track, taught over 12 months and
offered in a flexible format with classes online and clinicals provided in the evenings and
weekends within a 70 mile radius of Carthage, Texas.
Panola College is affordable. The cost to attend full-timeis approximately $14,000 per academic
year for tuition, fees, residence hall, meal plan, books, insurance, and miscellaneous expenses,
which about half the cost of a large university.
While it does not have a pre-med program per se, Panola College does offer programs of study in:
- Associate Degree Nursing/RN: The Associate Degree Nursing Program at
Panola College provides high quality education to individuals in the community seeking a
career as a registered nurse and promotes the transition of the Licensed Vocational Nurse
into the role of the professional nurse. Upon completion of the course of study, the student
is prepared to take the National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as
a registered nurse. The program is offered face-to-face (24 months) and as a hybrid
(online and face-to-face) for LVNs (12 months).
- Vocational Nursing (LVN): The Vocational Nursing
Program is committed to the preparation of individuals who will assume the role of licensed
vocational nurse and collaborate with the registered professional nurse and other health
care professionals in the delivery of quality health care. The program is offered in Carthage
and Center and takes one year to complete.
- Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA): The primary
goal of an OTA is to enable individuals, groups and communities to participate in activities
which are meaningful to them, reflect their beliefs and values, and produce a sense of
accomplishment or satisfaction. The OTA degree can be completed in 22 months and prepares
a student to take the National Certification Exam to become a Certified Occupational Therapy
Assistant (COTA). COTAs are supervised by and work in collaboration with the occupational
therapist to help clients reach their goals.
- Emergency Medical Technologies (EMT): The Emergency
Medical Technology Program prepares students to work in a variety of health care facilities
as Emergency Medical Technicians (certificate) and Intermediate Paramedics (degree).
- Health Information Technology: The Health Information
Technician is a profession with a diverse blend of clinical knowledge and information management
skills. HIT is a two year associate degree program. A coding technician reviews and analyzes
health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement purposes, in
the assessment of clinical care, and for support of medical research activity.
- Medical Assisting: The Medical Administrative Assistant
Program prepares students to work in a variety of healthcare offices as receptionist, coder,
billing specialist, or other front office position. This is a two-semester certificate program.
The Clinical Medical Assistant adds a year of clinical skills and experience for an Associate
of Applied Science degree.
- Medical Laboratory Technician: Graduates of this program
will receive an Associates of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology and be eligible
to sit for the national qualifying examination for certification and/or registration as a Medical
Laboratory Technician from ASCP, AMT, or NCA.