A licensed vocational nurse plays a valuable role in the health care team by applying the knowledge and skills learned to impact the lives of the patients they serve. The LVN cares for patients across life span under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. There are numerous employment opportunities and career paths LVNs can follow, including patient care in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, physicians’ offices, clinics, schools, and correctional facilities. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for LVN/LPN will increase by 25 through the year 2020. The bulk of opportunities will be available in home health care and long-term care in response to the healthcare needs of seniors with chronic diseases. LVNs in San Antonio earned approximately $42,435 annually in 2014. The actual salaries will vary depending on your geographic location, experience, trends in your local area, credentials, and employer.
Baptist Health System
The Vocational Nursing program at Baptist Health System prepares students for a career as a vocational nurse in just 12 months. Graduates are eligible to apply for the state licensure exam to practice and can also apply for advanced placement in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Day classes meet from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for classroom sessions and 6:15 am to 3:15 p.m. for the supervised clinical experiences. Evening classes are from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Applicants must complete the prerequisite courses in anatomy and physiology, and growth and development. The combined classroom and clinical instruction amounts to 1,356 hours covered over 48 weeks or 3 semesters. The curriculum includes pharmacology, nurse aide for healthcare organization, clinical vocational nurse I to VI, applied nursing skills, and nursing in health and illness. Tuition for the program is $17,150 plus $150 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.bshp.edu/
- Address: 3703 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
- Phone: (210) 785-4924
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.45%
Galen College of Nursing
Galen College offers part-time and full-time schedules for the Vocational Nursing Program. Full-time students complete the 1,440-hour curriculum plan in 12 months, and part-time students complete the plan in 21 months. Basic requirements for entry include a high school diploma or GED, ability to communicate effectively in English, ACT/SAT scores (no more than 5 years), criminal background screening, and health screening. The course content includes integrated human services, fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, mental health concepts, maternal-child nursing, geriatric nursing, and nursing and healthcare. Clinical training, commencing in the first quarter, and hands-on practice in the campus learning laboratory help students develop clinical judgment and reasoning. Tuition for the program is $20,304 plus $1,100 for books and supplies. Additional out-of-pocket expenses include uniform, white leather shoes, wristwatch, background check fee, and registration fee.
- Website: http://www.galencollege.edu/
- Address: 7411 John Smith Dr #300, San Antonio, TX 78229
- Phone: (210) 733-3056
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 81.89%
Kaplan College – San Antonio
Kaplan College trains vocational nursing students to become an integral part of a medical team. The curriculum combines classroom learning and hands-on lab and clinical experiences to prepare graduates to deliver direct care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. Didactic and practical training cover data collection, wound management, patient education, basic bedside nursing, and medication administration. Preparation for the NCLEX-PN is an essential component – instructors emphasize NCLEX-PN preparation throughout the program. Graduates are eligible to apply for the licensure exam. However, the school does not guarantee students’ eligibility to take the exam or acquire state certification. The course fee is $28,231 including tuition ($25,163), textbooks ($2,958), enrollment fee ($10), and registration fee ($100).
- Website: https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/vocational-nursing-diploma/
- Address: 6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213
- Phone: (210) 308-8584
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 82.98%
Career Point College
The Vocational Nursing program prepares students for a career as a licensed vocational nurse. The program includes didactic and clinical training over a period of 12 months (full-time) and covers the fundamentals of nursing, community health nursing, mental health concepts, medical-surgical nursing, pharmacology, practical nursing, transition to nursing, maternal-child nursing, issues and trends in nursing, and much more. In addition to classroom education, students must participate in the clinical component of the course, which takes place in hospitals, nursing homes, and other community health facilities. During the clinical experience, students will learn to work with persons from diverse cultures across the life span. NCLEX-PN preparation is included in the program to help students succeed on the licensure exam. The total cost of attendance is $27,232 inclusive of transportation, tuition, program fees, books, and supplies.
- Website: http://careerpointcollege.edu/academics/nursing/vocational-nurse/
- Address: 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
- Phone: (210) 732-3000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 93.67%
St. Philip’s College – San Antonio
The Vocational Nursing Program at St. Phillips College is 12 months based on a full-time schedule. Students meet Monday through Friday, for 40 hours per week. The curriculum includes classroom and clinical training in the fundamentals of nursing, nutrition, communication skills, medical and surgical nursing, body structure and function, ethical and legal aspects of nursing, administration of medications and solutions, mental health nursing, obstetrical nursing, pediatric nursing, and trends in nursing. The supervised clinical instruction takes place in clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other community health facilities. All applicants must fulfill the pretest requirements – ATI TEAS V assessment within 1 year from the date of the exam. All scores must be submitted to the admissions department by the application deadline. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Completion and are eligible to apply for the state licensure NCLEX-PN. Tuition for the 47-credit program is $480 per credit for in-district students.
- Website: https://alamo.edu/spc/nursing/
- Address: 1300 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212
- Phone: (210) 486-0000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 84.12%
Quest College provides hands-on training and support for vocational nursing students to complete the program in 15 months. Applicants must complete the admission requirements, a completed application, pre-admission testing, criminal and health clearance, and prerequisite courses, before the admission deadline. The combined classroom and clinical curriculum encompasses courses in the fundamentals of nursing, therapeutic communication, nutrition, pharmacology, mental health concepts, professional development, administration of medications, maternal/newborn nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice. Tuition for the program is $27,470. The fee does not include textbooks, uniform, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://questcollege.edu/programs/medical/vocational-practical-nursing/
- Address: 5430 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, TX 78229
- Phone: (210) 366-2701
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 43.37%