LVN (Licensed Vocational Nursing)

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WHY STUDY VOCATIONAL NURSING AT NC?

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

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, but Math Proficiency is advised before entry. Each course in the LVN Program must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 75 in order to proceed within the program. Students may complete non-nursing academic courses prior to admission to the LVN Program. Counselors are available for assistance with degree planning.

 

PATHWAYS TO CAREER ADVANCEMENT

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.

See the admission process and ranking criteria on page 10 of the LVN Student Handbook to increase your points for admission!  Classes you receive points for must be completed by end of Fall with a C or better and you are required to attend an information session. (See Information Session Schedule below).

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

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. https://www.bon.texas.gov/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.”  https://www.bon.texas.gov/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.

Program Peer Review Committee

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.

Navarro College has a Peer Review Committee as required by the Texas Board of Nursing. This committee reviews and maintains the Peer Review Policy in addition to reviewing complaints against RNs and LVNs that work for Navarro College.

 

Any person who has reason to believe that an RN or LVN who works for Navarro College is not competent or has engaged in malpractice should report that licensed nurse to this Peer Review Committee. They may call:

 

  • Julie Arteaga, ADN Program Director at 972.923.5122
  • Sigrid Jones-Albercrombie, MSN, RN at 972.923.6494
  • Alaine Long, MSN, RN at 972.923.5126

 

Reports can also be made directly to the Navarro College Associate Degree Nursing Program Director Julie Artega at phone number 972.923.5122, the Vocational Nursing Program Director,  Debbie Carter at phone number 903.875.7549, or to the Texas Board of Nursing at phone number 512.305.7400.

Information Session Schedule

Corsicana Campus
Bain Center, Room 400
DateTime
September 14, 201810:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
October 9, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 23, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
November 2, 20181:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 13, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 11, 201910:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
February 5, 20196:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Waxahachie Campus
Building C, Room 144
DateTime
October 8, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
October 22, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
November 12, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
November 30, 201810:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
December 3, 20186:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 24, 20196:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mexia Campus
South Campus, Room 116
DateTime
December 7, 201810:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
January 11, 201910:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Information Session attendance is required for all applications to the Navarro College Vocational Nursing Program. A reservation is not required to attend, however, applicants must arrive on time. No one is admitted after the first 15 minutes.

 

NOTE: Information Sessions for the ADN (RN) program are separate meetings.

Application Process & Forms

Application Deadlines

REQUEST FOR APPLICATION DEADLINEAPPLICATION DEADLINENEXT PROGRAM ADMISSION START
Vocational NursingMarch 4, 2019April 5, 2019August 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply to the Vocational Nursing Program (LVN) and the Registered Nursing Program (ADN) at the same time?

 

Yes. Separate applications can be made to both programs. Contact the ADN Department program director if you are interested in submitting an application to the ADN program. Eligibility for the Vocational Nursing Program is determined after taking the TEAS test and meeting the other entrance criteria for the program.

 

If I don’t get into the Vocational Nursing program this year, can I re-apply next year?

 

Yes. There is no limitation on the number of times an application can be made to the Vocational Nursing program, but applicants must retake the entrance examination (TEAS) each time they make application. You must also attend a mandatory Information Session during the application period.  It is recommended that applicants take academic courses in the interim period to prepare you for the LVN and/or ADN program. Recommended courses are BIOL 2401 and 2402 (Anatomy and Physiology), and PSYC 2301 (General Psychology), and PSYC 2314 (Lifespan Growth and Development).

 

What is a typical week like in the LVN program?

 

Vocational Nursing students attend class and/or clinical 5 days a week. Class days are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..  There are two internet classes per semester.  Clinical days generally start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.. Some clinical rotations may be scheduled in the evening.  Each student must plan to spend extra time outside class studying and preparing for exams, skills evaluations, and patient care.  It is highly recommended that students do not have outside jobs during the week while in the LVN program.  Vocational Nursing students must also have reliable transportation for attendance in the clinical rotations. Reliable childcare is also a must for those students who have small children.

 

How much will it cost to complete the Vocational Nursing Program?

 

Cost varies for each student depending on In-District and Out-of-District fees.  The estimated cost for calendar year is enclosed in the Information Session packet and is on the Vocational Nursing webpage to provide the interested student with an idea of the expenses that will be incurred during each semester. Financial aid is available and all applicants are encouraged to complete applications early and visit the Financial Aid Office at Navarro College for additional help. The Carl Perkins Career Center can also provide help to students who meet their criteria.

 

Will the Vocational Nursing Department retain my application file for next year if I do not get selected for admission this year?

 

No. The Vocational Nursing Department does not retain files from year to year.  After the beginning of the Fall semester, the files of all applicants not accepted for admission are destroyed. The department does not have adequate space to store these records from year to year.

 

What does it mean to be placed on the “Alternate List” for admission?

 

Applicants who meet the qualifications for an application to the Vocational Nursing program and who submit all the required data by the required deadlines will be ranked for admission. Applicants who do not make the cut for the admission list to each campus, will be placed on the “Alternate List”. Should a student who was accepted release his/her name from the class roster prior to the first class day, the “alternate” who is at the top of the list will be notified of an opening and given the opportunity to accept the entrance position.

 

Alternates are ranked according to their ranking points.  Applicants on the Alternate List are often notified of an opening with short notice and must be ready to make a decision regarding admission if called.  Navarro College does not retain the Alternate List after the 3rd class day of the entering semester; therefore, all prospective students on the alternate list who are not notified of acceptance must start the application process over for the next entrance period.

 

What is Nurse School Orientation?

 

Nurse School Orientation is a time of orientation for all entering Vocational Nursing students. It is held in July of each year on the Corsicana Campus. The purpose of the orientation is to provide entering students with the opportunity to meet their instructors and other students as well as gain information about the upcoming year. The one-day orientation is designed to prepare the new student for the rigorous schedule facing a nursing student and to give them the tools to be a successful student. Orientation is mandatory for all entering students.

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Course Descriptions

VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts

Introduction to the nursing profession and its responsibilities and the legal and ethical issues in nursing practice. Included also are concepts related to the physical, emotional, and psychosocial self-care of the learner/professional. Co-requisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1226, 1260.  Internet Course.

 

VNSG 1133 Growth and Development

This courses focuses on the study of the basic aspects of growth and development throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on growth and development of the individual’s body, mind, and personality as influenced by the environment. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Internet Course.

 

VNSG 1191 Special Topics in Practical Nursing (role Transition)

This courses focuses on the role transition of the student nurse to the graduate nurse with attention to the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors pertinent to the professional development of the student. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1432, 1136, 1238, 1219, 1261. 

 

VNSG 1219 Professional Development

This course is a study of the importance of professional growth. Topics include the role of the licensed vocational nurse in the multi-disciplinary health care team, professional organizations, and continuing education. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1432, 1136, 1238, 1191, 1261.

 

VNSG 1236 Mental Health

This course is an introduction to the principles and theories of positive mental health and human behaviors. Topics include emotional responses, coping mechanism, and therapeutic communication skills. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1432, 1238, 1219, 1191, 1261. Internet Course.

 

VNSG 1238 Mental Illness

This course is a study of human behavior with emphasis on emotional and mental abnormalities and modes of treatment incorporating the nursing process. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1432, 1136, 1219, 1191, 1261.

 

VNSG 1260 Clinical I – Practical Nurse

Clinical experience focuses on direct client nursing care in selected long-term care and acute-care facilities. The student will be expected to apply foundations of nursing practice, theory, concepts and skills, demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and utilize appropriate communication with clients, families, staff, and peers. Co-requisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226.

 

VNSG 1261 Clinical III – Practical Nurse

Clinical experience focusing on direct client care of adult and pediatric populations in selected acute-care facilities. The student will be expected to apply the concepts and skills of the licensed vocational nurse and demonstrate LVN-level legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and utilize appropriate communication with clients, families, staff and peers. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1432, 1136, 1238, 1219, 1191.

 

VNSG 1327 Essentials of Medication Administration

This course focuses on the general principles of medication administration including determination of dosage, preparation, safe administration, and documentation of multiple forms of drugs. Instruction includes various systems of measurement. Co-requisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1122, 1226, 1260.

 

VNSG 1330 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing

This course focuses on utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Emphasis is placed on the bio-psycho-socio-cultural needs of the family during the phases of pregnancy, childbirth, and the neonatal period including abnormal conditions. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1460.

 

VNSG 1331 Pharmacology

This course focuses on the fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. It includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process. Co-requisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Internet Course.

 

VNSG 1334 Pediatrics

This course is a study of childhood diseases and childcare from infancy through adolescence. Focus is placed on the care of the well and the ill child utilizing the nursing process. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 2431, 1230, 1460.

 

VNSG 1423 Basic Nursing Skills

This course focuses on mastery of entry-level nursing skills and competencies for a variety of health care settings. Includes utilization of the nursing process as the foundation for all nursing interventions. Co-requisites: VNSG 1505, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260.

 

VNSG 1429 Medical-Surgical Nursing I

This course focuses on the application of the nursing process to the care of adult patients experiencing medical- surgical conditions in the health-illness continuum. A variety of health care settings are utilized. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1334, 2431,1230, 1460.

 

VNSG 1432 Medical-Surgical Nursing II

This course is a continuation of Medical-Surgical Nursing I with application of the nursing process to the care of adult patients experiencing medical-surgical conditions in the health-illness continuum. It includes a variety of health care settings. Prerequisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230, 1460. Co-requisites: VNSG 1136, 1238, 1219, 1191, 1261.

 

VNSG 1460 Clinical II Practical Nurse

Clinical experience involving the provision of nursing care to diverse clients/families in selected acute care facilities, as well as care of the woman and family throughout the maternity cycle in selected clinical facilities. The student will be expected to apply related theory, concepts, and skills, demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, interpersonal and teamwork skills, and utilize appropriate communication with clients, families, staff, and peers. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 2431, 1230.

 

VNSG 1505 Health Science

Introduction to the general principles of anatomy and physiology, nutrition, and Microbiology for Non-Science Majors that are necessary for understanding body processes and basic principles underlying health promotion and therapeutic interventions. Co-requisites: VNSG 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, and 1260. Internet Course.

 

VNSG 2431 Advanced Nursing Skills

This course focuses on mastery of advanced-level nursing skills and competencies in a variety of health care settings utilizing the nursing process as a problem-solving tool. Prerequisites: VNSG 1505, 1423, 1331, 1327, 1122, 1226, 1260. Co-requisites: VNSG 1133, 1429, 1334, 1230, 1460.

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Licensed Vocational Nursing Certificate50 credit hours

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ACCREDITATION
Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Licensed Vocational Nursing program is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Executive Dean, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7594

Dean’s Office, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7585

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.