Licensed Vocational Nursing Certificate

PROGRAM INFORMATION: The 12-month curriculum in vocational nursing leads to a Certificate of Completion and helps prepare graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. Successful completion of the examination will allow graduates to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in Texas. The curriculum is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), 333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, TX 78701, (512) 305-7400 and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The vocational nurse graduate is prepared to provide bedside nursing care including administration of medications and procedures requiring technical skills. The nursing curriculum includes on-campus coursework and clinical experiences in health care agencies.

Admission to the Vocational Nursing program is a separate procedure from admission to Navarro College. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. Applicants must be Texas Success Initiative (TSI) complete. Prospective students are also required to attend an information session. These sessions are conducted at various times from September to February.  Students are required to take the TEAS test and score at or above the national mean for the reading section. This entrance exam must be taken during the application year.

Applicants are ranked according to test scores, health care certification, and completion of non-required college courses. Criminal history checks and drug screens are required components of the Vocational Nursing Program. Acceptance to Navarro College does not guarantee admission to the Licensed Vocational Nursing program.  The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is only available on the Corsicana, Waxahachie, and Mexia campuses.

INFORMATION REGARDING ELIGIBILITY FOR LVN LICENSE: The Texas Board of Nursing has mandated that applicants for licensure as Licensed Vocational Nurses must meet eligibility requirements. Prospective nursing students with a criminal conviction, mental illness, and/or substance/alcohol abuse or dependency may not meet eligibility requirements. The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) provides individuals the opportunity to petition for a Declaratory Order of Eligibility. If the applicant is aware of a past criminal offense, he/she should be prepared by gathering all court documents to file a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing as advised. NOTE: A Declaratory Order does not guarantee clinical placement at health care facilities during the vocational nursing program.

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing - LVN


Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.


The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. http://www.bne.state.tx.us/licensure_eligibility.asp


Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential LVN License prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.”

http://www.bne.state.tx.us/enlcnotice.asp


This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense. 


Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Course Sequence

Fall

VNSG 1505Health Science

5

VNSG 1423Basic Nursing Skills

4

VNSG 1331Pharmacology

3

VNSG 1327Essentials of Medication Administration

3

VNSG 1260Clinical I - Practical Nurse

2

VNSG 1122Vocational Nursing Concepts

1

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring

VNSG 1133Growth and Development

1

VNSG 1429Medical - Surgical Nursing I

4

VNSG 1334Pediatrics

3

VNSG 2431Advanced Nursing Skills

4

VNSG 1330Maternal-Neonatal Nursing

3

VNSG 1460Clinical II Practical Nurse

4

Total Credit Hours:19

Summer Session

VNSG 1191Special Topics in Practical Nursing (role Transition)

1

VNSG 1432Medical-Surgical Nursing II

4

VNSG 1236Mental Health

2

VNSG 1238Mental Illness

2

VNSG 1219Professional Development

2

VNSG 1261Clinical III - Practical Nurse

2

Total Credit Hours:13