Licensed Vocational Nursing

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.

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.”

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.

The 12-month curriculum in Vocational Nursing leads to a Certificate of Completion and prepares 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 the State of Texas.  The curriculum is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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. After acceptance as a student by Navarro College, a student is then eligible to seek admission to the Vocational Nursing Program.  Admission to the Vocational Nursing Program is based on a competitive basis. A new class is accepted for admission into the program each fall at each of the three campuses (Corsicana, Waxahachie, Mexia).

No prerequisites are required for the LVN program. Students may complete non-nursing academic courses prior to admission to the LVN program. Counselors are available for assistance with degree planning. Student acceptance is based on a ranking system. Data will be ranked for possible admission according to the following criteria:

  • Scores on the TEAS test (Reading portion only)
  • Grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 2401 and 2402, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, BIOL 2420, HPRS 1101, and HPRS 1206.
    These courses must be completed prior to application. Grades must be reflected on the applicant’s transcript.
  • Participation in a HOSA Program (Health Occupations Student Association). Proof provided with high school transcript.
  • Grades obtained in previous college courses (with a grade of “C” or higher)
  • Previous work experience in the health care field and/or health care certification (Health care experience accepted only by letter with dates by employer).

Each course in the LVN program must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 75 in order to proceed within the program.


Licensed Vocational Nurses have the option of applying to the LVN-RN Bridge Program of the A.D.N. Generic Program after one year of work experience.


As an organization that has 10 or more Registered Nurses on staff, Navarro College has a Peer Review Committee process as required by the Texas Board of Nursing. One purpose of the Peer Review Committee is to review the merits of complaints concerning a nurse employed by Navarro College or the nursing care provided by a nurse employed by Navarro College and to make a determination or recommendation regarding the complaint.

Navarro College and the Navarro College Associate Degree Nursing Program and Vocational Nursing Program use this web site and other means to inform the public about nursing practice information.  Navarro College professional nurses maintain established professional and ethical standards and adhere to all Texas Board of Nursing rules.

Any person who has knowledge of unprofessional conduct or malpractice by an RN or LVN employed by Navarro College may report that complaint to the Chair of the Peer Review Committee, Patricia Lucas RN, at phone number 903.875.7558.  Click here for public information regarding how to report any observed unprofessional conduct or malpractice by Navarro College RN or LVN faculty.

Reports can also be made directly to the Navarro College Associate Degree Nursing Program Director Betty Shumate at phone number 903.875.7588, the Vocational Nursing Program Director, Barbara Jones at phone number 903.875.7549, or to the Texas Board of Nursing at phone number 512.305.7400.


See the Navarro College Catalog for degree plans for Licensed Vocational Nursing Certificate


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings at


Vocational nursing prepares practical nurses to assist in providing care in a variety of health agencies in acute or chronic conditions of adults and children. The Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is prepared to provide bedside nursing care, including administration of medications and performing procedures requiring technical skills.  Further education and experience provides opportunities for development and advancement.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information (PDF)


Admission Requirements Process for Vocational Nursing.pdf
TEAS Entrance Exam Guide.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions about Vocational Nursing.pdf
Estimated Program Cost.pdf
Health and Functional Requirements.pdf
LVN Student Handbook
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Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.pdf
Required Courses for the LVN Program.pdf
Campus Maps
LVN Fact Sheet
(TAVNE website)



Dean’s Office
Corsicana Campus

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Corsicana Campus

Department Chair
Waxahachie Campus


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