What is the Vocational Nursing program?
The LVN scope of practice is a directed scope of practice and requires the 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, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) through the Texas Board of Nursing. Passing this exam certifies the graduate to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
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
Information sessions to be held on:
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What's special about the program?
The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing.
The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award a Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing.
Contact information for the Texas Board of Nursing is William P. Hobby Building, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701-3944, Phone (512) 305-7400 or at http://www.bon.texas.gov/contact_us.asp.
Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) through the Texas Board of Nursing. Passing this exam certifies the graduate to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.
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.
If you are an Alamo Colleges District student, you must see your advisor and complete a Change of Primary Institution for St. Philip's College. The deadlines for Change of Primary Institution is:
Fall Deadline: July 31
Spring Deadline: November 30
Summer Deadline: April 30.
If you are a student coming from another institution, you must complete the Apply Texas application to become a student at St. Philip's College. There are financial aid implications if St. Philip's College is not your primary institution.
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
Important Update: Due to COVID-19 preventive measures, at this time and until further notice, applications to the Vocational Nursing Program for both our Main Campus and New Braunfels Extension Campus must be mailed to St. Philip's College at the address listed below.
Read carefully through the program Information Packet and complete the Application Packet - both are found in the links below. The completed application packet and required documents must be placed in a 9 x 12 brown envelope and mailed to the St. Philip’s College Nursing Education Department.
Mail Delivery to:
St. Philip’s College
Vocational Nursing Program
Center for Health Professions Building
All applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam and submit results along with the completed application packet. The college offers on-campus TEAS testing at its MLK Campus. Information on registration and preparation for the TEAS Exam can be found here.
*Information and qualifications subject to change. Please review the Documentation before submitting applications. For questions please call the Nursing Education office @ (210) 486-2055
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
Ivette Sterling, BSN, RN-BC
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 100D