Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Certificate

Nursing- Vocational Nursing



The Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is a clinically intensive one-year certificate program, which offers classroom instruction and related clinical practice in four basic areas of nursing:

  • Fundamentals
  • Medical/surgical
  • Maternity/pediatric
  • Psychiatric

 Supporting courses and program content include:  

  • Basic human anatomy and physiology
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Life cycle/growth and development
  • Vocational adjustments
  • Legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice
  • Nursing skills

Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing Program the graduate will receive a Level 2 Certificate and may register for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to become a Practical/Vocational Nurse in the State of Texas. 

Career and Transfer Opportunities:

The primary role of the vocational nurse is to provide quality-nursing care in a structured health care setting for clients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes.  The vocational nurse functions under the supervision of a registered professional nurse and/or a physician.

Completing the VN Program

Once a student is selected to be a part of the Vocational Nursing Program, it will take 12 months to complete the requirements for graduation from the program.   Prerequisite courses include PSYC 2314 and MDCA 1409 (or both BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101 & BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102) with a C or better with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  At the completion of the Vocational Nursing Program, a student will receive a Vocational Nursing Certificate from Laredo College.

Job Opportunities

With over 100,000 vacant positions across the nation and an ever-growing need for healthcare workers, the career outlook is excellent for the nursing field.    There are many specialties available in a variety of settings and environments for nurses to work. 

Program Costs

The approximate cost of the one-year certificate program for tuition and fees is $5,300, not including books and other fees that will be required throughout the program.  Please refer to the LC catalog for specifics.  Students seeking financial aid should contact the Financial Aid Center for more information.


Accreditation Info

The Vocational Nursing (VN) program is a clinically intensive one-year certificate program that offers classroom instruction and related clinical practice in four basic areas of nursing: fundamentals, medical/surgical, maternity/pediatric, and psychiatric. Supporting courses and program content include basic human anatomy and physiology, mathematics, pharmacology, nutrition, life cycle/growth and development, vocational adjustment, legal and ethical aspects of nursing practice, and nursing skills.

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to be licensed to practice in Texas.

The Vocational Nursing Program is fully approved by:


Texas Board of Nursing               
1801 Congress Avenue Suite 10-200
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 305-7400


Statistical Data (Licensure/Exam/Retention Rates)

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   Vocational Nursing Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Determine patient-centered care by communicating and collaborating with the interdisciplinary health care team. 
  2. Explain patient-centered teaching to promote common health problems, health promotion, maintenance, and self-care. 
  3. Assume accountability when providing patient-centered nursing care by functioning within the legal/ethical scope of practice. 
  4. Apply critical thinking to provide comprehensive patient-centered nursing care. 
  5. Evaluate patient outcomes and responses to therapeutic interventions. 
  6. Distinguish patient-centered health needs with social diversity. 
  7. Evaluate actual and potential unsafe practices in the client’s environment. 


Admission Process

Please visit the Bursar's Office at Fort McIntosh or South Campus to pay the application fee(s) ($10 per program)Application fee is non-refundable.

Your application will not be submitted without proof of application fee payment.



  • Applications Open February 1, 2024, 9 am - Applications Close March 28, 2024, at Midnight.
  • Please use your legal name (no nicknames) as this information will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing for background check processing.
  • Students taking pre-requisite courses (flex course that ends March 8) will be allowed to apply in 2024.
  • Students taking pre-requisite courses (flex courses that begin in March and end in May) and courses that began in January and end in May do not qualify to apply but are welcome to apply in Spring 2025.
  • An LC Palomino ID# is required to apply and your LC student email.
  • “D” course grades are not considered a passing grade.
  • If proof of the application fee is not submitted the application is cancelled and cannot be retrieved or re-submitted.
  • Students that apply must be College Ready in Reading, Writing, and Math to be considered.
  • Once an applicant applies they are screened to verify they have completed the pre-requisite courses with a 2.5 GPA or better.
  • If the pre-requisite courses were taken at another institution, official transcripts must be submitted to the LC admission office to be added to your LC student records.
  • The student must have a 2.5 or better GPA in their institutional and overall GPA.
  • At the end of March students are notified (by Pasport email) if they qualified to take the ATI TEAS pre-entrance exam.
  • Testing takes place in April and selected students begin the program in Fall.
  • Test scores from other nursing programs are not accepted.
  • You must score a minimum overall score of 58% or better on the ATI TEAS to be considered for the program.
  • Students who are chosen for the program are notified by mid-April and must submit the required paperwork to register for the program in the Fall semester.


Competitive Ranking Process

Acceptance to the program is a competitive ranking process based on points awarded for designated criteria.  Meeting all of the criteria does not guarantee anyone admission to the program.

Applicant’s will be allocated points based on:

Pre-Requisite, Institutional, and Overall GPA’s

GPA Range


3.6 - 4.0


3.1 - 3.5


2.5 - 3.0


Maximum of 9 points from GPAs

Pre-entrance standardized examination scores

 Overall Score to be considered for the V.N. program = 58.00






Cumulative Score


100 - 81

100 - 78

100 - 66

100 - 70

100 - 74


80.9 - 66

77.9 - 61

65.9 - 48

69.9 - 58

73.9 - 58


65.9 - 0

60.9 - 0

47.9 - 0

57.9 - 0

57.9 - 0


Maximum of 10 points from ATI TEAS Scores.

Maximum Points for each program is 19 Points.


Pre-Entrance Exam Information

What is on the ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam?

  • The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam is comprised of four content areas: reading, math, science, and English and language usage. The TEAS 7 contains 39 reading, 34 math, 44 science, and 33 English and language usage scored items.
  • The table below displays the number of questions in each category as well as time limits for each section of the TEAS.  There are 170 total questions on the ATI TEAS, Version 7, which includes 150 scored items and 20 unscored, pretest items.  The total time limit is 209 minutes. The ATI TEAS, Version 7 Exam will introduce alternate item-type questions, questions that are not the conventional, single-answer multiple choice question. Click here for more information on alternate item-type questions.

The ATI TEAS, Version 7 will be released on June 3, 2022.  Official TEAS Prep by ATI has been released to prepare you for the new exam.  Visit for more details.


Pre-Req, Background Info/Vaccines/Clinical Requirements/Etc. 

Please refer to the Student Handbook for criminal background verification, vaccine requirements and additional program information.


Students enrolling into Laredo College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by Laredo College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. Laredo College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Plan of Study

*Courses must be taken in sequence.
Pre-Requisites Semester Offered Credit Hours
PSYC 2314      Life Span Growth & Development F, SP, SSI, SSII 3
*MDCA 1409  Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assistants F, SP, SSI, SSII 4
Total   7
Semester I (Fall) Semester Offered Credit Hours
VNSG 1323     Basic Nursing Skills Fall 3
VNSG 1500     Nursing in Health & Illness I Fall 5
VNSG 1260     Clinical Licensed Practical Nurse Training – Introduction M/S Fall 2
Total   10  
Semester II (Spring) Semester Offered Credit Hours
VNSG 1230     Maternal-Neonatal Nursing      Spring 2
VNSG 1234     Pediatrics Spring 2
VNSG 2331     Advanced Nursing Skills Spring 3
VNSG 1409     Nursing in Health & Illness II Spring 4
VNSG 1262     Clinical Licensed Practical Nurse Training – Maternity/Pediatric & M/S II Spring 2  
Total   13  
Semester III (Summer) Semester Offered Credit Hours
**VNSG 2410 Nursing in Health & Illness III Summer Session I 4
**VNSG 1205     NCLEX-PN Review Summer Session I 2
VNSG 1263     Clinical Licensed Practical Nurse Training – M/S III & Mental Health Summer Session I 2
Total of Credit Hours   38 

*Completion of BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101 & BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102 will satisfy this requirement.

**Capstone experience: VNSG 2410, VNSG 1205, and VNSG 1263 are taught in the last semester.  The learning experiences in these courses results in a consolidation of a student’s educational experience.  



*Complete Assessment Test requirements for placement and/or satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements for entry into college level courses.
*LC Pre-requisite, Institutional and Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater. 
*Successfully complete Pre-Entrance Standardized Exam individual score of 58 or greater. 
*Students must complete the nursing courses in the required semester sequence as outlined in the Vocational Nursing program curriculum plan.
All courses must be taken concurrently.

NOTE: Information regarding the Vocational Nursing Program is current at time of publication and is subject to change without notice.

Approved by Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board (THECB).