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.
Students must have
- 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;
- have spent a minimum of one academic year in college;
- met any individually prescribed behavior or remediation-related requirements.
Certificate1 - Vocational Nursing
Recommended Full-Time Student Schedule
|Prerequisite Courses||Semester Credit Hours|
|BIOL 2404||Anatomy & Physiology 2||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||4|
|VNSG 1122||Vocational Nursing Concepts||1|
|VNSG 1227||Essentials of Medication Administration||2|
|VNSG 1323||Basic Nursing Skills||3|
|VNSG 2331||Advanced Nursing Skills||3|
|VNSG 1260||Clinical - Practical Nursing I||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||13|
|VNSG 1236||Mental Health||2|
|VNSG 1429||Medical-Surgical Nursing I||4|
|VNSG 1261||Clinical-Practical Nursing II||2|
|Semester Credit Hours||11|
|VNSG 1219||Professional Development||2|
|VNSG 1330||Maternal-Neonatal Nursing||3|
|VNSG 1432||Medical-Surgical Nursing II||4|
|VNSG 2460||Clinical-Practical Nursing III||4|
|Semester Credit Hours||16|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||44|
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