- Certificate - Vocational Nursing - 1 year program
- Offered in Monahans and Andrews
- Eligible for Financial Aid
- Associate Degree – Yes (see related associate degrees)
201 NW Ave. D
Andrews, Texas 79714
Faculty: Nancy Wells, chair; Nicole Hays, Rosa Tejeda
806 South Dwight
Monahans, Texas 79756
P.O. Box 1370
Monahans, Texas 79756
The Odessa College vocational nursing program is a one-‐ year certificate program to prepare the graduate to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Vocational nursing education is available at the Andrews and Monahans extension centers. The LVN functions as an important member of a health care team under a licensed physician and/or a registered nurse’s supervision. Vocational nurses provide care in a variety of structured health care settings for individual clients who are experiencing common health problems.
The Odessa College vocational nursing programs approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. The BON is located at 333 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas, 78701; phone 512-‐305-‐7400. The nursing curriculum plan is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Licensing as a Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Texas utilizes the title of LVN. Many other states use LPN (licensed practical nurse) for this level of nursing practice. The Odessa College vocational nursing graduate must meet state requirements to take the licensing examination National Council for Licensure Examination ␣ Practical Nurse (NCLEX-‐PN®).
Requirements to take the licensing examination to become an LVN include the application and approval process with the BON, payment of fees to the BON, graduation from the nursing program, and graduate certification by the director of the vocational nursing program. Be advised that the BON requires fingerprint identification to screen all applicants for licensure. The fingerprints are analyzed by the state of Texas and the FBI, and there must be clearance on the background check by the BON prior to being allowed to take the licensing examination. There are other issues that may prevent an applicant from being allowed to test. Contact the nursing department or the BON directly regarding any questions.
The vocational nursing program has selective admission criteria. Not all students who apply are accepted.
1) A new class is admitted each fall semester, with classes beginning in August. Applications should be submitted by March 1. Obtain the application by downloading the documents from the Odessa College homepage. Go to “Departments List” and “Nursing.” Perspective students may also contact vocational nursing programs directly to receive information.
2) Students must meet all criteria for admission to Odessa College.
3) Submit the official high school transcript or GED certificate with the completed application to the extension site of choice.
4) A satisfactory score on the department approved admission test must be achieved.
Requirements Following Admission
1) Authorize the nursing program to conduct a criminal background check. Procedure is required for students to enter various hospitals and agencies for clinical education portion of the program. If the background check is positive for certain offenses, the student may not be able to fulfill clinical education requirements. Therefore they will not be able to complete the nursing program and will be dismissed.
2) Liability insurance is required and is part of the college fee schedule.
3) Submit proof of health and accident insurance, which is a requirement of the clinical agencies. Student health and accident insurance is available for purchase for students who do not have Medicaid or a private insurance policy.
4) Obtain and pass a physical exam with drug screen.
5) Submit an immunization record and obtain any needed immunizations. All immunizations must be completed prior to the start of the first clinical course.
6) Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training is a required competency. The class will be provided to students at the beginning of the fall semester.
All courses in the curriculum are required. Students must complete outcome competencies for each level with a 75-‐79. Diagnostic testing is required and is completed after each area of content. Graduates have the opportunity to participate in a completion ceremony at the end of the educational experience. Students must satisfy all college financial obligations and return any borrowed school property.
Students must comply with all school and vocational nursing program policies. Program policies are delineated in the Student Handbook.
Course of Study for Associate in Applied Science Degree – Nursing
|First Semester - Semester Hrs||20|
|VNSG 1327 Essentials of Medication Administration||3|
|VNSG 1260 Introductory Clinical Nursing||2|
|VNSG 1505 Health Science||5|
|VNSG 1500 Nursing in Health & Illness I||5|
|VNSG 1502 Applied Nursing Skills I||5|
|SECOND SEMESTER - Semester Hrs.||14|
|VNSG 1330 Maternal/Neonatal Nursing||3|
|VNSG 1334 Pediatrics||3|
|VNSG 1361 Intermediate Clinical Nursing||3|
|VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health & Illness II||5|
|Summer I and II - Semester Hrs.||12|
VNSG 1219 Leadership and Professional Development
|VNSG 1238 Mental Illness||2|
|VNSG 1363 Advanced Clinical Nursing||3|
|VNSG 1510 Nursing in Health & Illness III||5|
|Total Semester Hours||46|
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Mental Illness
- Essentials of Medication Administration
- Maternal-Neonatal Nursing
- Intermediate Clinical Nursing
- Advanced Clinical Nursing
- Nursing in Health and Illness I
- Applied Nursing Skills I
- Health Science
- Nursing in Health and Illness II
- Nursing in Health and Illness III
- Vocational Nurse - LVN