The Vocational Nursing program prepares successful graduates to function as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs). The LVN provides nursing care to patients in a variety of situations and health care settings under the supervision of a registered nurse and/or physician. The Vocational Nursing curriculum is a three semester full-time training program that includes class activities, nursing skills training, and clinical experiences in a variety of healthcare settings. These courses prepare the graduate with competencies in the following roles: member of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of the health care team. The Vocational Nursing program also addresses the essential competencies expected of new graduates as outlined by the Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) of Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the graduate will receive a Certificate in Vocational Nursing and may apply to take a National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).  

The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The BON can be contacted at:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, TX 78701

For admissions and program information, contact the Nursing/Allied Health Careers Department staff at 409-933-8425.

Graduation Requirements

Students must have

  1. successfully completed (with a grade of “C” or better in each course) the prescribed course of study of 44 semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better;
  2. have spent a minimum of one academic year in college;
  3. met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements.

Part-Time Schedules

Certificate1 - Vocational Nursing

Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Prerequisite CoursesSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
 Semester Credit Hours4
Semester #1
VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts 1
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration 2
VNSG 1323 Basic Nursing Skills 3
VNSG 1226 Gerontology 2
VNSG 2331 Advanced Nursing Skills 3
VNSG 1260 Clinical - Practical Nursing I 2
 Semester Credit Hours13
Semester #2
VNSG 1331 Pharmacology 3
VNSG 1236 Mental Health 2
VNSG 1429 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 4
VNSG 1261 Clinical-Practical Nursing II 2
 Semester Credit Hours11
Semester #3
VNSG 1219 Professional Development 2
VNSG 1330 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 3
VNSG 1334 Pediatrics 3
VNSG 1432 Medical-Surgical Nursing II 4
VNSG 2460 Clinical-Practical Nursing III 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours44

Denotes a certificate that is recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as a Level Two Certificate. 


 May substitute BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 for BIOL 2404