A licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is an integral member of the health care team, providing direct care services to patients or residents in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and long-term care facilities. The LVN assists in the coordination of care in collaboration with other members of the health care team and under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensed vocational nurses may assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care in some settings or may assist registered nurses with this task in other settings. The LPN scope of practice requires the individual to be a team player, organized, compassionate, committed, and hard-working. LVNs must also be able to perform complex procedure, prioritize tasks, and have good communication and math skills. Since vocational nurses must be accountable for their actions and practice within legal ethical parameters set by the State of Texas, the individual must be responsible, accountable, and willing to seek opportunities that will foster professional and personal development.
CyberTex Institute of Technology
The vocational nursing program at Cybertex is conducted in a student friendly environment. Medical assistants qualify for 180 hours of advanced placement in the program. Other students, entering through the standard track, must complete 1410 hours or 88 quarter-credit hours. Course topics include health science, basic nursing skills, pharmacology, nursing in health and illness, foundations of nursing, advanced nursing skills, essentials of medication administration, leadership and professional development, and clinical vocational nursing. Other topics include maternal-neonatal nursing, pediatrics, and NCLEX-PN review. Applicants must have the ability to read at a basic eighth grade level through documentation of a high school diploma, official transcript, or GED, or demonstrating a proficiency of 70 percent or above in reading on the TABE. Applicants must also complete the Background Screening Questionnaire, complete a criminal background check, complete the Kaplan Nursing Admission Test (KNAT), and complete a urine drug screen. After successful completion of the admission process, students must provide documentation of CPR certification, immunization (HBV, MMR, DPT, varicella, and flu shot), and TB test, and complete a physical examination. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure.
- Website: http://cybertex.edu/vocational_nursing/
- Address: 2207 A Florence Rd., Killeen, TX 76542
- Phone: (254) 634-3500
- Fax: (254) 634-3501
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
The Vocational Nursing Program at Temple College leads to a certificate of completion which grants the graduate eligibility to take the state licensing exam for vocational nursing. The full-time program takes approximately one year to complete. Temple College’s excellent pass rate gives students the assurance of success on the licensure exam. Course topics include basic nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, gerontology, vocational nursing concepts, mental health, maternal-neonatal nursing, advanced nursing skills, pharmacology, and nursing in health and illness. During the final semester, students will revisit nursing in health and illness, and complete pediatrics, mental illness, and professional development. The clinical training will commence in the first semester and continue for subsequent semesters where students will care for patients under the supervision of a registered nurse instructor. The clinical rotation will take place in a hospital, local nursing home, and long-term care facility. Interested persons must complete an admission assessment, provide transcripts of any college credits, submit a complete application to Temple College and the Vocational Nursing Department, and provide evidence of an official high school transcript or GED certificate. Upon conditional acceptance, the student must complete a criminal background history check, a current physical exam and up-to-date immunizations, a urine drug screen, written documentation of CPR certification, and professional liability insurance. The total estimated cost of attendance is $7,815.
- Website: http://templejc.edu/academics/programs/health-professions/nursing/vocational-nursing-vn/
- Address: 2600 South First Street, Temple, Texas 76504
- Phone: 254-298-8282
- Toll-Free: 800-460-4636
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.62%
Central Texas College
The 12-month vocational nursing certificate program prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN and vocational nursing practice in a health care setting. The curriculum combines classroom instruction and coordinated clinical experiences in an affiliated health care agency. The TBON approved program is open for admission during the fall semester. Students must complete 44 credit hours to graduate from the program. Course topics include anatomy and physiology pharmacology, gerontology, basic nursing skills, vocational nursing concepts, advanced nursing skills, essentials of medication administration, leadership and professional development, medical-surgical nursing, mental health and mental illness, medical-surgical nursing, maternal-neonatal nursing, and pediatrics. The approximate cost of tuition is $3,344 plus fees and expenses for books, uniforms, and nursing supplies.
- Website: http://www.ctcd.edu/academics/instructional-departments/nursing/
- Address: P.O. Box 1800, Killeen, TX 76540-1800
- Toll-Free: 1-800-223-4760
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86.36%