Vocational Nursing

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Coordinator: Mrs. Karen Tyl, MSN, RN

E-mail: Karen.Tyl@TexarkanaCollege.edu

Description of Program

The Vocational Nursing (VN) program at Texarkana College was established in 1956.  This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in health care. Students learn to provide direct nursing care to acutely and chronically ill patients within the health care settings. The role of the VN is to function under the leadership of registered nurses and physicians. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. Employment settings include but are not limited to: hospitals, nursing homes, home health and physician offices.

VN Admission Requirements

Candidates are expected to have effective judgment, and basic communication, math, and learning skills, as well as the physical characteristics necessary to practice nursing.

The VN program admits 2 classes a year. Applications  are accepted from August 1st to October 1st for the January class, and from April 1st to June 1st for the August class.

All steps for admission, including Hepatitis B vaccination series, must be completed before the applicant can be accepted into the program.

Pre-requisites include: Anatomy and Physiology I (Biol 2401), A&P I Lab (Biol 2101), Anatomy and Physiology II (Biol 2402), A&P II Lab (Biol 2102) and Pharmacology (RNSG 1201).

Overall GPA and GPA for Pre-requisite courses must be 2.5 or higher.

Process for Selection of Students:

Priority I:

A. Meet the general admission criteria.
B. BIOL 2401, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2102, and RNSG 1201 with a grade of C or higher within the last 5 years is completed prior
to application.
C. Complete an additional 7 credit hours of Associate Degree in Nursing pre-requisites prior to application.
D. A resident of the geographical service area.*

 Priority II

A. Meet the general admission criteria.
B. BIOL 2401, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2102, and RNSG 1201 with a grade of C or higher within the last 5 years completed prior
to application.
C. A resident of the geographical service area.*

Priority III

A. Meet the general admission criteria.
B. BIOL 2401, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2102, and RNSG 1201 with a grade of C or higher within the last 5 years completed
prior to application. Remaining Biology course completed before first day of class.
C. A resident of the geographical service area.*

Priority IV

A. Meet the general admission criteria.
B. BIOL 2401 or BIOL 2402 with labs completed with a grade of C or higher within the last 5 years completed prior
application. Remaining Biology course and Pharmacology completed before the first day of class.
C. A resident of the geographical service area.*

Priority V

A. Meet the general admission criteria except for #5 on the checklist.
B. BIOL 2401, BIOL 2101, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2102, and RNSG 1201 completed with a grade of C or higher within the last 5 years
completed before the first day of class.
C. Outside geographical area.*

*Geographic Service Area includes these counties:

Texas – Bowie, Cass, Red River, Marion, Morris and Titus.
Arkansas – Miller, Columbia, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Nevada and Sevier.
Louisiana – Caddo.
Oklahoma – McCurtain.

Every student must attend a mandatory Informational Session. There is a limit of 25 per session, so please register early by calling the Enrollment Management Specialist at 903-823-3351.

Steps for admission:


 1. A college Application for Admission indicating VN Nursing as your major and the date of desired
enrollment.

2. A personal guidance interview with Enrollment Management Specialist. Appointments are encouraged
but not required.

3. Entrance Exam/TSI: All applicants must satisfy the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative. A copy of
scores must be submitted with application. Students who are exempt from the THEA must pass a reading
and math placement test.

4. An official high school transcript or GED scores and transcripts from all colleges attended. High School
Seniors must submit a 7-semester transcript to be on file 2 weeks prior to registration.

5. Any student on suspension or probation must be cleared through the Admission’s Office.

6. Transcripts of high school or college computer application course or a non-credit computer course.
“Introduction to Computers for Health Occupations Students” is available from the Texarkana College
Continuing Education Division or Business Computer Applications (BCIS 1305) is acceptable.

7. Pre-requisites: All applicants must complete BIOL 2401 and 2402 (A&P I and II) and RNSG 1201
(Pharmacology) with a “C” or higher prior to the beginning of the 1st semester.

8. Successful completion of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers. This is
available from the Texarkana College Continuing Education Division. Card/Certificate must not expire
prior to expected date of graduation.

9. Prior to full acceptance, applicants must submit: a physical examination, negative drug screen, and
satisfactory criminal background check. (These are not to be done until the applicant receives official
notification in writing of “Conditional Acceptance” into the nursing program).

10. Completed Hepatitis B Vaccine series. NOTE: If you have questions contact the Vocational Nursing
Program Coordinator.

11. Return Checklist to the Enrollment Management Specialist with an original signature and date.
Completion of one’s file does not constitute admission to the Nursing Program. Please be aware that
it is your responsibility to complete the appropriate admissions requirements by the stated deadlines.

 

Disability Act Statement:

Texarkana College complies with all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and makes reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Larry Andrews at 903.823.3283, or go by the Recruitment, Advisement, and Retention Department located in the Administration building for personal assistance.

 

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