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VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM - (VNSG) One Year Certificate

Introduction

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. The Vocational Nursing Program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Applying for Admission into the Institution

  1. If not presently enrolled at Laredo Community College, submit the following forms to the Enrollment & Registration Services Center at the Lerma Peña Center, Room 116:
    1. LCC Admissions Application and Information Form
    2. Official high school transcript or GED certificate
    3. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities
  2. The Nursing Program online application is available on the website at http://www.laredo.edu/cms/LCC/Instruction/Divisions/Health_Sciences/Nursing/Online_Application_Client_Requirements/

Program Admission Criteria

All required forms must be completed and received by Laredo Community College by:

2nd Thursday in May - Fall Admission

The student seeking admission into the Vocational Nursing Program at Laredo Community College must meet the following requirements:

  1. General admission criteria must be met as outlined in the Laredo Community College catalog.
  2. Complete Assessment Test requirements for placement and/or satisfy the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements for entry into college level courses.
  3. LCC Institutional and Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or greater. The student on scholastic probation will not be considered for admission.
  4. Admission for the applicant who has not previously attended LCC will be based on Overall GPA. The student must meet all of LCC's general admission requirements. The applicant must have overall GPA of 2.5 or greater. Official transcripts must be submitted to the admissions office for evaluation of course credit.
  5. Complete program prerequisite courses: PSYC 2314, MDCA 1409 (or BIOL 2301, BIOL 2101- Lab & BIOL 2302, BIOL 2102 -Lab). All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Although the minimum passing grade for individual prerequisite is a "C", overall prerequisite grade point average (GPA) must be a 2.5. Earning all "C's" will result in a GPA of 2.0 which does not meet the requirement. Student must follow the Vocational Nursing program curriculum plan valid for the cohort entrance year.
  6. Only applicants that are accepted to the Vocational Nursing Program will be required to submit the recommendation form and the immunization form.
  7. Negative Criminal Background. The applicant’s information will be submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Texas BON will notify applicants via email to schedule an appointment with Identogo, www.identogo.com. The applicant will be able to schedule an appointment at a Live Scan location in Texas through online enrollment or by phone at 1-888-467-2080 to have their fingerprint scanning performed and submitted to the Texas Board of Nursing. The applicant will receive verification from the Texas Board of Nursing of the applicants Criminal Background Status. Documentation of a Negative Criminal Background from the Texas BON must be submitted to complete the application and admissions process and prior to enrolling in any nursing courses.
  8. A standardized pre-entrance exam will be administered as a component of the nursing program's admission process to demonstrate proficiency. The areas required to complete include the English Composite, Math, Critical Thinking and Personality Sections. The applicant will be allowed one attempt per admission period and is responsible for the cost of the exam and/or preparation materials.

Application Review Process

  1. The Nursing Admissions Committee will review all applications to assure that the application is complete.
  2. Applicants who have met the required GPA, and completed all prerequisites courses as described on the Program Admission Process will be eligible to take the standardized pre-entrance exam.
  3. Applicants will be notified through LCC's PASPort email address with instructions about the standardized pre-entrance exam.
  4. Once all qualified applicants have taken the standardized pre-entrance exam, applicants will be notified by email regarding his/her program admission status. A number of applicants who meet the program’s admission requirements may not be admitted to the program based on space availability. Applicant’s will be ranked based on the following criteria using the highest:
    1. GPA of the prerequisite courses,
    2. Pre-Entrance Standardized Exam Scores,
    3. If the applicants are ranked equally, they will be further ranked by the highest institutional GPA.

The applicant who is not selected for admission must submit a new application during the next application period and complete all admission requirements as described in the Program Admission Criteria and Application Process.

The student accepted into the Vocational Nursing Program must:

  1. Submit verification of physical examination by a U.S. physician or nurse practitioner.
  2. Submit evidence of negative 10 panel drug screen.
  3. Submit evidence of current American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider CPR Certification.
  4. Purchase student liability insurance (premium rates applicable to current academic year and paid through tuition and fees).
  5. Purchase nursing uniforms and necessary accessories (rates applicable to current academic year).
  6. Pay additional fees for standardized nursing examinations (Cost may vary).
  7. Computer Access & Equipment: Students accepted in the program will be notified by letter on computer compatibility and specs requirements.
  8. Immunization status must be verified by the LCC campus nurse and documentation submitted upon admission to the Nursing Program:
    • Tetanus-Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap): one dose required within the last ten years.
    • Measles, Mumps Rubella (MMR). Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.
    • Complete series of Hepatitis B Vaccines. Serology confirmation of immunity to the Hepatitis B virus acceptable.
    • Two doses of Varicella (chickenpox). Also acceptable:
      1. Student received first dose prior to 13 years of age
      2. Laboratory report indicating Varicella immunity, or
      3. Parent/physician validated history of Varicella disease (chickenpox)
    • TB skin test (annually) or a Negative Chest X-ray at the provider’s discretion is acceptable.
    • Bacterial Meningitis

      Texas State Law Senate Bill 62, requires students who meet the criteria below, to provide proper documentation that they have received the bacterial meningitis vaccination within the last five years and at least 10 calendar days before the beginning of the semester. 

      1. All new or transfer students under age 22.
      2. All returning students under the age of 22, who have experienced a break in enrollment of at least one fall or spring term.
      3. Students enrolled in online courses that physically attend classes or come to campus within the semester.
      4. Influenza vaccine (annually)
    • RECOMMENDED: Hepatitis A

      These vaccines are available at the LCC Health Services Department. Shipment is approximately two weeks after vaccines are ordered and paid for by the student. For more information contact the LCC Health Services at (956)721-5189.

Legal Information for Prospective Nursing Students

An applicant to the Vocational Nursing Program must be potentially eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The applicant who has been convicted of a felony, implicated in substance abuse, or involved in activities considered inappropriate by the Texas Board of Nursing is not eligible to apply or enter the program until he or she has received a declaratory order from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) granting permission to take the NCLEX-PN. Such an applicant should contact the Texas BON for guidance in petitioning the Board for a decision of eligibility prior to applying for entry to the Vocational Nursing Program at Laredo Community College. The Board's statement of eligibility or any correspondence must be submitted to the Nursing Programs Director prior to the application deadline. The student is responsible for notifying the Nursing Programs Director should the status in the criminal background check change at any period during enrollment in the program. Refer to the Board's address and phone number listed.

Progression

Students progress through the nursing program's curriculum according to the Vocational Nursing Program Degree Plan. For progression in the Vocational Nursing Program the student must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Abide by the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures outlined in the Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.
  2. Complete all prerequisites and nursing courses in the required semester sequence as outlined in the Vocational Nursing Program's degree plan with a grade of C = 75% or better and meet all clinical objectives.
  3. The student must maintain an institutional grade point average of 2.5 or greater to progress to the next nursing course.
  4. Complete all college support courses with a grade of C or better.
  5. Declared a major with the office of admissions by completing the Declaration of Major Field of Study Form.
  6. Students will not be required to repeat concurrent course(s) that were completed successfully except for last semester. The two theory capstone courses must be completed concurrently.

Withdrawal

A student considering withdrawal from a Nursing Course(s) should refer to the Vocational Nursing Student Handbook and make an appointment with the Course Instructor and the Program Director.

Continuation

A student requesting continuation in the Vocational Nursing Program must have an institutional grade point average of 2.5 or greater. The request must be in writing and follow the Continuation Procedure outlined in the Vocational Nursing Student Handbook. Documentation of a clear/negative criminal background check must be submitted to complete the continuation process.

Attendance

Nursing programs follow the LCC attendance policy for campus/didactic courses. All clinical rotation courses require attendance in order to be in compliance with the accrediting agencies.

For additional information call: (956) 721-5255 or visit the Vocational Nursing Department in the Lopez Nursing Building, Room 124

Laredo Community College

West End Washington Street

Laredo, Texas 78040

The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by:

Texas Board of Nursing (BON)

333 Guadalupe #3-460

Austin, Texas 78701

Phone: (512) 305-7400

www.bon.state.tx.us

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

Vocational Nursing - One-Year Certificate

Prerequisite Courses

Credit Hours

PSYC 2314

Life Span Growth & Development

3

*MDCA 1409

Anatomy & Physiology for Medical Assistant

4

 

 

7

Semester I

Credit Hours

VNSG 1304

Foundations of Nursing

3

VNSG 1323

Basic Nursing Skills

3

VNSG 1500

Nursing in Health & Illness I

5

VNSG 1360

Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (Fundamentals)

3

 

 

14

Semester II

Credit Hours

VNSG 1230

Maternal - Neonatal

2

VNSG 1234

Pediatrics

2

VNSG 2331

Advanced Nursing Skills

3

VNSG 1409

Nursing in Health & Illness II

4

VNSG 1362

Clinical- Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (Med./Surg.)

3

 

 

14

Semester III

Credit Hours

**VNSG 2410

Nursing in Health & Illness III

4

**VNSG 1205

NCLEX-PN Review

2

**VNSG 1463

Clinical - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (Mental Health & Med./Surg.)

4

 

 

10

Total Minimum Hours

45

Prerequisite, institutional, and overall G.P.A. must be a 2.5 or higher to apply to program.

Students must complete all prerequisites and Nursing courses in the required semester sequence as outlined in the Vocational Nursing Degree Plan. Students will not be required to repeat concurrent course(s) that were completed successfully except in the last semester. The two theory capstone courses must be completed concurrently.

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

** Capstone Experience: VNSG 1410, VNSG 1205, and VNSG 1463 are taught in the last semester. The learning experience in these courses results in a consolidation of a student’s nursing educational experience.

Approved by Texas Board of Nursing and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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

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