2016 - 2017 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Vocational Nursing

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Gainful Employment Information

(Level II Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C2.NURS.LVN.08

The Vocational Nursing program is a twelve-month program that prepares students to give direct nursing care to acute and chronically ill patients with predictable outcomes in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701, 512-305-7400); and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326; 404-975-5000; fax: 404-975-5020). Upon completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate and may write the Licensing Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Texas. The program includes classroom and laboratory work on campus as well as clinical experience at various area health care facilities.

Admission requirements include attending an information session, satisfactory completion of the HESI A2 Test, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on the three program prerequisite courses, and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all college course work completed. Completion of required support courses and documented experience in selected health care fields is also considered in the selection process.

NOTE: HPRS 1202, 1204, 2201, 2210, 2231, and 2300 are all health occupations core curriculum courses. These courses are listed and described in a separate section of the El Centro College catalog: Health Occupations Core Curriculum.



SCIT 1407 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)


VNSG 1327 Essentials of Medication Administration 3
VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II 5
VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing 2
VNSG 1360 Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 3
HPRS 1204 Basic Health Profession Skills 2


VNSG 2510 Nursing in Health and Illness III 5
VNSG 2460 Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 4
VNSG 1138 Mental Illness 1
SCIT 1408 Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3


VNSG 1330 Maternal/Neonatal Nursing 3
VNSG 2161 Clinical - Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1


VNSG 1334 Pediatrics 3
VNSG 2162 Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1
VNSG 2163 Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1
Minimum Hours Required 51

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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