Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, convalescent, disabled, and injured under the direction and guidance of physicians and registered nurses. Their job description includes basic bedside care, measuring and recording vital signs, administering medications, monitoring catheters, and tending to bedsores. Some LVNs assist in the delivery and care for infants in the maternity/neonatal units. Apart from CNAs, LVNs spend a great deal of time with patients and are often in the best position to make patient assessments and contribute to the patient care plan. Individuals desirous of starting a career as a vocational nurse must complete a vocational nursing program and take the NCLEX-PN in preparation for state licensure.
El Centro College
Graduates of El Centro College’s Vocational Nursing program receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for Texas licensure. The 12-month program comprises of two academic semesters (16 weeks for each) and two summer semesters (5 weeks for each). The blended classroom, lab, and clinical curriculum calls for students’ full commitment in the form of attendance, preparation, and time for study. Therefore, the school discourages full-time employees from pursuing the daytime-only course. The supervised clinical training is a critical aspect of the program that requires 100 percent attendance. Students not currently enrolled in the college must complete the process for general admissions before applying for admission to the Vocational Nursing program. The program requires a high school diploma or GED certificate, criminal background check, and drug screen. Students must fulfill the CBC and drug screen requirements before beginning the clinical experience. A mandatory information session will advise applicants of the physical requirements and other factors that affect prospective students’ eligibility for enrollment. The estimated cost of attendance is $6,571.25 for Dallas County residents, $9,223.25 for out-of-county residents, and $12,436 for out-of-state residents. The costs include uniforms, tuition, textbooks, name tag, shoes, admission fees, clinical qualification procedures, and medical supplies.
- Website: http://www.elcentrocollege.edu/programs/vocational-nursing-program
- Address: 801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202, United States
- Phone: (214) 860-2000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
Dallas Nursing Institute
Dallas Nursing Institute’s program graduates find employment in long-term care facilities, specialty hospitals, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, and correctional facilities. Flexible schedules let students pursue training to become a vocational nurse without interrupting their prior commitments. Students complete the program in 51 weeks or 68 weeks, depending on the schedule. Instructors facilitate practical, rigorous training and provide personal guidance to all students. Course topics include nursing procedures, body systems, medical terminology, medication administration, patient care, and patient assessment. Applicants must demonstrate their competence to do the coursework by presenting passing scores on the ACT or SAT or achieving a minimum score of 80 on the Reading Comprehension and 75 on Math on the VN Admission Assessment HESI A2 exam. Applicants must also submit an essay, pass a drug screen, and receive criminal background clearance. The tuition of $6,825 per semester include scrubs, HESI entrance exam, nursing kit, textbooks, health screening, immunization, POE verification, and tutoring sessions. The application fee of $100 is not included in the tuition.
- Website: http://www.dni.edu/vocational-nursing/
- Address: 12170 N. Abrams Rd., Suite 125, Dallas TX 75243
- Phone: 888-201-8806
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 81.11%
Concorde Career College
Concorde’s practical and clinical training prepares students to transition into a vocational nursing position in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and patients’ homes. The program emphasizes real-world practices that help equip students to function effectively in numerous health care settings. Course instructors highlight therapeutic nursing, rehabilitative nursing, preventative care, restorative care, and nursing interventions. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check, TB test, and drug screen. Students must complete a series of immunizations before the clinical experience. The admissions department will determine students’ eligibility for admissions based on several factors, including the result of an HESI exam, admissions interview, and prior qualification. Students can complete the program in 13 months. Tuition is $25,076 plus $2,288 for textbooks and supplies. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for a state license. Candidates who pass the exam and meet the Board of Nursing’s requirements can use the LVN credential.
- Website: http://www.concorde.edu/program/vocational-nurse
- Address: 12606 Greenville Ave., Suite 130, Dallas, TX 75243
- Phone: 469-221-3400
- Fax: 469-221-3480
- Toll-free: 1-800-693-7010
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 78.28%
The Vocational Nursing program at Fortis College combines laboratory, classroom, and clinical experiences to prepare students for success on the NCLEX licensure exam to secure an entry-level position as a vocational nurse. The classroom curriculum guides the activities during the clinical experience. Lectures and demonstrations in the classroom cover essentials of medication administration, basic health profession skills, mental illness, foundations of nursing, applied human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology for health professionals, and promoting wellness. Specialized topics, such as maternal nursing, geriatric nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and pediatric nursing prepares students for responsibilities in specialized units. The clinical experience facilitates hands-on experience as students provide nursing care to patient populations in long-term and acute care settings. The interactive and intuitive atmosphere of the clinical environment gives students a first-hand look at the behaviors that are critical to their success on the job. Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam to qualify for employment as LVNs in hospitals and other medical facilities. Tuition for the 48-week program is $25,102 plus $884 for textbooks and supplies.
- Website: https://www.fortis.edu/programs/nursing/vocational-nursing.aspx
- Address: 401 E. Palace Parkway Suite 100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
- Phone: 972-375-0006
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 83.33%
The Practical Nursing program at Platt College offers a fast-track solution for entry into the field of nursing. Instructors provide the foundational knowledge and skills students need to enhance their understanding of this evolving field. By combining classroom instruction with hands-on skills in the lab and supervised clinical experiences in a real-world setting, the program produces graduates who are ready to launch their careers by offering their services at hospitals and nursing homes. Graduates are able to provide personal patient care, provide preoperative and postoperative nursing care, demonstrate compassionate and show respect for patients’ rights, provide emergency care when needed, and administer medications safely under the guidance of a registered nurse. Tuition for the 12-month program is $34,020 plus expenses for textbooks, uniform, and supplies. Upon completion of the Practical Nursing program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to obtain a state license.
- Website: http://www.plattcolleges.edu/programs/practical-nursing-aos
- Address: 2974 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234, United States
- Phone: (972) 243-0900
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 76.54%
Cephas Center for Health Sciences
Vocational Nursing students at Cephas Center for Health Sciences benefit from classroom instruction and extensive hands-on training in a simulated lab and at clinical sites. The program outline includes topics such as vocational nursing concepts, essentials of medication administration, basic nursing skills, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, nutrition, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, and advanced nursing skills. Specialized nursing courses like gerontology, maternal-neonatal nursing, mental health and illnesses, and pediatrics form a sizeable part of the classroom and clinical instruction. Students complete the 48-credit class in four quarter semesters with a total of 1488 contact hours.
Full-time students meet four days a week from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm; Monday through Thursday. Instructors are available for tutoring or further study on Fridays. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
- Website: http://www.cephascenterforhealthsciences.com/programs.html
- Address: 4563 S. Westmoreland Rd, Dallas, Texas 75237
- Phone: 469-828-1931
- Fax: 469-828-1937
- Email: [email protected]
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: New Program
Teamwork Career Institute
Teamwork Career Institute awards a diploma to graduates of the vocational nursing program, which they can use to demonstrate their eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN. Students must commit to attending all on-site and off-site classes to acquire the hands-on skills and didactic knowledge to obtain an entry-level position as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. As part of the admissions strict requirements for entry, students must possess a high school diploma, pass the Wonderlic Exam, pass a drug test and criminal history check, and be in good physical and mental health. Applicants must be 18 years or older at the time of application. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4 pm. Tuition for the 12-month program is $15,000; a flexible payment plan is available. Teamwork offers tutoring and one-on-one assistance for students.
- Website: http://teamworkedu.com/?page_id=2533
- Address: 307 E Pioneer Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, United States
- Phone: (972) 642-5466
- Fax: (972) 237-7854
- Email: [email protected]
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 58.63%