This articulated classroom and clinical education program prepares students to become eligible to take the Licensure Examination for Practical (Vocational) Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Vocational Nurses perform routine nursing procedures under the supervision of a Registered Nurse or physicians. These procedures include observation, reporting, and the environmental and physical management of patients.
- The capstone course for the Certificate of Completion is VNSG 1263, Clinical–Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training or RNSG 2263, Clinical Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse.
- The capstone course for the Fundamentals of Vocational Nursing Certificate of Completion is VNSG1260, Clinical–Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training or RNSG 1260, Clinical Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse.
- Non-Traditional Credit through transfer or proficiency examination is available for students with previously related coursework.
- VN graduates are eligible to take NCLEX-PN.
- VN students are eligible to apply to test for Certified Nursing Aide through the Texas Nurse Aide Registry following successful completion of first semester RNSG or VNSG courses.
- This program has been approved by the Texas Education Agency, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and the Texas Board of Nursing
- Drug screening is required
- Other fees may be assessed as needed.
- BIOL2401, BIOL2402, and RNSG1301 must have been
- Successfully completed within ten (10) years of admission or re-entry into the program.
Please Note: Students must fulfill all specialized admissions requirements prior to enrollment in Vocational Nursing courses. The scheduled ranking dates are June 2 and October 1. Prior to admission, students must submit documentation of having met all program requirements two (2) weeks prior to the ranking date. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to submit all required documentation to allow normal processing. Normal processing may take from a few days to a few months, depending on the documentation and individual circumstances. It is not reasonable to expect that students will be ranked if documentation is not submitted in a timely manner.
Program Specific Requirements:
- Program Orientation (on-line).
- Current Physical Examination done by a U.S.-accredited Physician/Nurse Practitioner/Physician’s Assistant.
- Specified Immunizations, Tuberculin Test, Td, Varicella, or as directed by DSHS.
- Physical Technical Standards Form.
- CPR Certification at the Professional Level (American Heart Association-Healthcare Provider)
- Current CPR Certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in Clinical/Practicum Courses with the program.
- First Aid (National Safety Council Course or American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons).
Post Enrollment Requirements:
- Community Wide Orientation (on-line).
- Drug Screening - Students who cannot participate in clinical rotations due to adverse activities revealed through substance abuse testing, cannot complete course/program requirements.
- Students who are not cleared for clinical learning experience participation will be administratively withdrawn from enrollment or admission in specified health-related educational courses and programs. Therefore, students who fail to obtain clearance may be prohibited from admission or enrollment in specified programs/courses for a period of one-year.
- HIPAA Training (on-line)
- Evidence of health insurance may be required prior to admission to clinical courses.
- Professional Practice Insurance (paid with registration fees).
- Books, specialized equipment, and/or lab supplies are purchased at the students’ own expense.
- Background Clearance.
- Program Orientation (Mandatory – IN PERSON).
- Uniforms must conform to the Nursing Policy and are purchased at the students’ own expense.
- A criminal background statement and fingerprints are required of students participating in this program. A positive background check may prevent students from entering the program.
- Fingerprinting, with a background check from the FBI are required by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) to complete licensure requirements and take the NCLEXPN exam. (Background clearance questions can be directed to the Dean of Nursing at (831-4530.)
- Transportation to off-campus clinical sites must be provided by the students’ at their own expense.
- In order to complete the requirements for progression and graduation, students enrolled in this program must have a grade of “C” or better in all specialized courses. The term “specialized courses” refers to all courses carrying the prefix of another health-related discipline.
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Laura Jimenez, BSN, RN