Vocational Nursing

Program Level: Certificates
Department: Health and Biosciences
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Vocational Nursing program?

The LVN scope of practice is a directed scope of practice and requires appropriate supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, physician, dentist, or podiatrist. The LVN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies, procedures, and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The LVN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and focused nursing care to assigned patients with predictable health care needs. Program is 12 months in length, full-time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. All students must be able to meet admission requirements as well as clinical and classroom schedules. Upon completion of this program, the student must pass the National Council State Board of Nursing for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) through the Texas Board of Nursing. Passing this exam certifies the graduate to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Degrees/Certificates Offered

Vocational Nursing Level 2 Certificate

What will I learn?

The curriculum covers fundamentals of vocational nursing, ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice, nutrition, gerontology, communication skills, body structure and function, administration of medications and solutions, medical and surgical nursing, obstetrical nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and professional development. In addition to classroom study, the student will receive supervised laboratory and clinical experiences in local long-term care facilities, clinics, hospitals, and other health care facilities in the San Antonio and surrounding communities.

What can I do with this course of study?

Licensed Vocational Nurse

What's special about program?

The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program is approved/accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing.

Students who successfully complete the entire 12 month, three semester program, are awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Program Accreditation and Licensure

The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program is approved/accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing.

Texas Board of Nursing, William P. Hobby Building, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701-3944, Phone (512) 305-7400


Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Admissions Requirements:

The requirements for admission into the St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program are in accordance with the Alamo Colleges admission policies, admission policies of the Vocational Nursing program and policies specified by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

Complete and submit the admission application to the Alamo Colleges District. Go to AlamoENROLL for more information.  Select the appropriate type of student you will be. You will then receive a series of e-mails with directions on how to log-in to your Alamo Colleges Education Services (ACES) account to view the “Start Here” Tab for next steps and required GO FAARR and TEST PREP modules if requested. 
The St. Philip’s College school code is 003608.
Admission to St. Philip’s College is required before applying to the Vocational Nursing Program.
The apply Texas application is for admission to the college, not for admission to the nursing program. You will have to complete a separate application for the nursing program.

Prerequisite Requirements:

Although not required, we strongly encourage completing the following courses prior to admission:

  • Anatomy & Physiology I&II (BIOL2401 and  BIOL2402) or BIOL2404
  • Nutrition (one of the following: BIOL1322, BIOL1323, FDNS1305, CHLT1305)
  • PSYC 2314 Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan
  • HITT 1305 Medical Terminology
Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Complete the application packet. The completed application packet and required documents must be placed in a 9 x 12 brown envelope and may be submitted in person, or mailed, to the St. Philip’s College Nursing Education Department. 

Mail to:
St. Philip’s College
Vocational Nursing Program
ATTN: Admissions Committee
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203
In Person Deliver to:
St. Philip’s College
Vocational Nursing Program
Admissions Committee
Center for Health Professions
Room 100

Applicants requesting admission consideration into the New Braunfels extension campus must submit the application directly to the New Braunfels campus at the Central Texas Technology Center, 2189 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

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There are 8,062 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse employed in the Greater San Antonio Area. The demand for this position locally 11%.

  • Annual Wage Range - $33,295 – $55,708


Contact Information

Program Director:
Veronica Furlow, BSN, RN
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 230Q