August class applications are accepted from the 1st Monday in January until the 1st Friday in April
January class applications are accepted from the 1st Monday in July until the 1st Friday in September

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.

Certificate Plan

Spring Admission

Prerequisite Hours
BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I + lab 4
Total 4
Prerequisite Hours
BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II + lab 4
Total 4
First Semester Hours
VNSG 1304
Foundations of Nursing
3
VNSG 1400
Nursing in Health & Illness I
4
VNSG 1402
Applied Nursing Skills I
4
VNSG 1461
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nursing
4
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
VNSG 1330
Maternal – Neonatal Nursing
3
VNSG 1334
Pediatrics
3
VNSG 2463
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training (H&I III)
4
Total 10
Third Semester Hours
VNSG 1509
Nursing in Health & Illness II
5
VNSG 2410
Nursing in Health & Illness III
4
VNSG 1219
Leadership and Professional Development
2
VNSG 2462
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training
4
Total
Total Hours*
15
48


Note: Students must achieve at least a grade of “C” in each course. Those failing to meet the grade requirements cannot continue in the program. The faculty of the Vocational Nursing Program reserve the right to alter the curriculum and admission policies whenever change is deemed necessary and advisable. Notification to all applicants who have completed the application process will constitute means to effectuate policy changes prior to enrollment.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Fall Admission

Prerequisite Hours
BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I + lab 4
Total 4
Prerequisite Hours
BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II + lab 4
Total 4
First Semester Hours
VNSG 1304
Foundations of Nursing
3
VNSG 1400
Nursing in Health & Illness I
4
VNSG 1402
Applied Nursing Skills I
4
VNSG 1461
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nursing
4
Total 15
Second Semester Hours
VNSG 1509
Nursing in Health & Illness II
5
VNSG 2410
Nursing in Health & Illness III
4
VNSG 2462
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training (H&I II)
4
Total 13
Third Semester Hours
VNSG 1330
Maternal – Neonatal Nursing
3
VNSG 1334
Pediatrics
3
VNSG 1219
Leadership and Professional Development
2
VNSG 2463
Clinical – Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training (H&I III)
4
Total
Total Hours*
12
48


Note: Students must achieve at least a grade of “C” in each course. Those failing to meet the grade requirements cannot continue in the program. The faculty of the Vocational Nursing Program reserve the right to alter the curriculum and admission policies whenever change is deemed necessary and advisable. Notification to all applicants who have completed the application process will constitute means to effectuate policy changes prior to enrollment.

Please be advised that licensure for this program includes a criminal background check.  If you have a question about this action, please speak to the division dean.

Course descriptions

Note:
Specific detailed learning objectives are developed for each course by the faculty. On-site clinical instruction, supervision, evaluation, and placement is the responsibility of the college faculty. All clinical experiences are unpaid external learning experiences.

VNSG 1219 - Leadership and Professional Development

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. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, RNSG 1201, VNSG 1304, VNSG 1330, VNSG 1334, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1402, VNSG 1509, VNSG 1561, VNSG 2662, VNSG 1509, VNSG 2510. Co-requisite: VNSG 2662 or VNSG 2663.

VNSG 1304 - Foundations of Nursing

Introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101 and BIOL 2302/2102 Co-requisites: VNSG 1400, 1402, and 1561.

VNSG 1330 - Maternal Neonatal Nursing

Study of the biological, psychological, and sociological concepts applicable to basic needs of the family including childbearing and neonatal care. Utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Topics include physiological changes related to pregnancy, fetal development, and nursing care of the family during labor and delivery and the puerperium. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101, BIOL 2302/2102, VNSG, 1304, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1402, VNSG 1561. Co-requisites: VNSG 1334 and 2662.

VNSG 1334 - Pediatrics

Study of the care of the pediatric patient and family during health and disease. Emphasis on growth and developmental needs utilizing the nursing process. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101, BIOL 2302/2102, VNSG, 1304, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1402, and VNSG 1561. Co-requisites: VNSG 1330 and VNSG 2662 or VNSG 2663.

VNSG 1400 - Nursing in Health and Illness I

Introduction to general principles of growth and development, primary health care needs of the patient across the life span, and therapeutic nursing interventions. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101, BIOL 2302/2102, and VNSG 1304. Co-requisites: VNSG 1304, 1402, and 1561.

VNSG 1402 - Applied Nursing Skills I

Introduction to and application of primary nursing skills. Emphasis on utilization of the nursing process and related scientific principles. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101 and BIOL 2302/2102. Co-requisites: VNSG 1304,1400, and 1561.

VNSG 1461 - Clinical—Vocational Nurse Training
VNSG 1509 - Nursing in Health and Illness II

Introduction to common health problems of the adult requiring medical and surgical interventions. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101, BIOL 2302/2102, VNSG 1304, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1402, and VNSG 1561. Co-requisites: VNSG 2510 and 2663.

VNSG 2410 - Nursing in Health and Illness III

Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of common medical-surgical health problems of the adult including concepts of mental health. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse. Prerequisite: American Heart BLS, Computer Introduction for LVN’s through Allied Health Continuing Education, BIOL 2301/2101, BIOL 2302/2102, VNSG 1304, VNSG 1400, VNSG 1402, VNSG 1561. Co-requisites: VNSG 1509 and 2663.

VNSG 2462 - Clinical—Vocational Nurse Training
VSNG 2463 - Clinical—Vocational Nurse Training

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