The Vocational Nursing Program is a 1 year certificate program that leads to a certificate in Vocational Nursing. Students must pass the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive the license.
NOTE: A current CNA certification is required to apply to this program.
The vocational nursing program is ideal for anyone who wants to work in physician offices, long term care, and other areas of direct patient care with 1 year of nursing education.
Items considered when determining the most qualified applicants for admission each year include the following:
- HESI A2 exam. This test is required. (and GPA will help you score well for interview opportunities)
- Course work on the degree plan and outside of the nursing discipline, including Introduction to Psychology and Anatomy and Physiology I and II
- Course work taken that may be applied to additional degrees in nursing, including Human Growth and Development, English, Math, Nutrition, Biology, Chemistry, Computer applications, and Philosophy.
- Grade point average on the course work taken
- Responses to a questionnaire
- Face to face interview
- Residency in district
- Experience in health care
In addition, students who are entering this program need to be aware they will have to undergo a criminal history check and random drug screens. Students will undergo a FBI criminal history check through the Board of Nurse Examiners and licensure may be denied if any criminal activity or history of certain psychiatric illness is present. Students who need to clarify this issue may apply for a declaratory order with the Board of Nurse Examiners (bon.state.tx.us)
Salaries for a newly graduated Vocational Nurse vary based on work hours and setting, but average $16.00 per hour in this area.
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