Vocational Nursing

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

The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nurse (VN) Program began remote teaching, learning, and working operations on March 23, 2020, as part of a college leadership decision related to global COVID 19 situation. This remote teaching, learning, and working environment are expected to remain in place through the end of the summer semesters.

While this situation is ever-changing, the intent of this notice is to provide some general information to current and prospective students.


1) How will I complete my clinical hours this semester?

The current St. Philip’s College (SPC) VN program students have completed 50% hands-on clinical requirements required by the Texas Board of Nursing.  In accordance with Governor Abbot’s Waiver dated 3/21/2020 as a result of COVID-19, remaining clinical hours are being completed virtually for Spring 2020, in accordance with Tex. Admin. Code §214.10(e)(3) relating to Clinical Learning Experiences for Vocational Nursing Education Programs.

Prior to this waiver, these rules limited clinical learning experiences for vocational nursing students to 50% simulation activities in each clinical course. The granted waiver allows students in their final year of a nursing education program to meet clinical learning objectives by exceeding the 50% limit on simulated clinical learning experiences.  However, current Level 1 and Level 2 students enrolled in the VN program do not meet these criteria. Therefore, students enrolled in courses where there is a lab/clinical component to it will receive the grade of incomplete until students and faculty may return to campus to complete the skills check-off portion.

2) How will I do my skills check off?

Beginning August 24, 2020, a small group of students, to be determined by Alamo Colleges Administration, will be allowed to perform any skills related to “check-offs” for course completion in order to progress on their courses.

3) What grade will I earn if I still have clinical or lab hours to complete at the semester?

The St. Philip’s College current VN program students will receive a grade of incomplete which will be in place until students are able to return to campus on August 24, 2020, or the of Summer 2021.  Vice President Dawson extended the 120-day incomplete rule until Summer 2021.

4) Will I be able to petition my grade for credit/non-credit?

Students in the VN program will not be able to petition their grades for credit/non-credit. The courses are sequential, and some are co-requisites. This is a licensure program and successful completion of courses is required to move forward.

According to the Student Handbook under Student Grade Changes and Appeals, it states:

  • You (student) have a maximum of one year from the end of the term in which the final grade was issued to request a review of the grade or petition for a grade change. Judging the quality of academic performance rests with the instructor assigned to the course. If you believe that the grade is incorrect, you should schedule a conference with the instructor or, if the instructor is not available, the department chair. If you still are not satisfied with the grade, you can file an Academic Grievance within five days of the instructor’s decision. See Academic Grievance Procedure in the “District, State and Federal Regulations” section of the e‐catalog.
5) Are any of my summer classes going to be changed or cancelled?

All VN summer classes have been canceled until the Fall 2020 semester.  However, students may take classes for future higher-level educational requirements during the interim.  In addition, the VN faculty will provide Student Engagement Activities for students currently enrolled and awaiting the start of Medical-Surgical Nursing I and II.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

For questions or concerns, please contact the Program Director, Ms. Ivette Sterling via email or office phone. The email address is isterling@alamo.edu. The phone number is 210-486-2043.


1) Are applications still being accepted?

Yes, applications for the VN program are being accepted for the Fall 2020 semester.  The deadline for applications is May 28, 2020.  Please see the Application and Selection process on the webpage: https://www.alamo.edu/spc/academics/programs/health-and-biosciences/vocational/.

Please click on the + to open the section and click on the Apply Now button for the application.  Once completed students may mail their applications to:

Mail Vocational Nurse Program Applications to:

St. Philip's College
Nursing Department
1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio TX 78203-2098

2) What do I do if I don’t have my TEAS score yet?

Students will need their TEAS score within one year from the application deadline for admission consideration.  Applicants must meet Proficient Score (58.7) overall score to be admitted to the program along with other requirements as listed on the website.    

Currently, due to COVID-19, testing sites and seating availability is limited.  We hope to be giving it online and have that set up by mid-May. 

It will require a good internet connection, a webcam and microphone on your desktop or laptop, and Chrome.  Check our website for updates. 

Applications may be accepted prior to students taking the TEAS exam, however, consideration for admission will not be granted until the TEAS score is provided.

Students may also want to check on the TnT tutoring center for TEAS tutoring.  You can email Mr. Jared Boggs at JBoggs6@alamo.edu for more information on TEAS Tutoring.

3) What do I do if I can’t complete my physical exam and immunizations before I submit my application? I’m having difficulty getting a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Card.

There is time after acceptance to the program to obtain all clinical requirements.  However, Hepatitis B  is a series of 3 vaccines which is a 6-month series. This must be completed by the time the potential applicant begins clinical.  These are outlined in the student handbook and reviewed with students at the program orientation.  Currently, most physician offices are open on a limited basis and/or by appointment only, thus students should have no problem in obtaining the requirements for the application.

The Nursing Department will accept CPR cards from blended courses.  Theses courses are taught with the theory portion conducted online and the practicum portion must be completed via hands-on.  NO SOLEY INTERNET/ON-LINE COURSES WILL BE ACCEPTED. 

For any questions, please contact the program director at isterling@alamo.edu.

4) Are new students going to start on time for August 2020?

The plan is to begin the Fall 2020 semester on August 24, 2020, however remote teaching may still be in place. Please refer to the Alamo Colleges website for more information.

5) How will I find out if I am accepted to the program?

Students accepted to the VN program will be contacted via their SPC student email accounts and a letter to their home address listed on the application. No acceptance letters will be emailed to an applicant’s personal email address. Please make sure the information you provide is current and legible.

There is a time limit to accept. If the department receives no response from the student, the department will take that as declination and will move on to another applicant.

6) Who should I contact if I still have questions?

All questions related to the VN program should be directed to the following personnel:

Ivette Sterling, MSN-Ed, RN-BC
Vocational Nurse Program Director
St. Philip's College
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78203
Office: CHP 230 L
Phone: (210) 486-2546
Email: isterling@alamo.edu 


Annette Bailey, BSN, RN
Faculty and Coordinator NB CTTC extension site
Vocational Nursing Program
St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr. | San Antonio, Texas 78203
Direct: 210-486-2724 Main campus
Alter: 210-486-7423 NB CTTC
Email: abailey@alamo.edu


Peggy Ortiz
Administrative Services Specialist
1801 Martin Luther King Drive/ San Antonio, Texas 78211
Direct: 210-486-2055
Email: poertiz@alamo.edu

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

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.

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

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.

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:

*Information and qualifications subject to change.  Please review Documentation before submitting applications.  For questions please call the Nursing Education office @ (210) 486-2055

Important Update: Due to COVID-19 preventative 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 in to St. Philip's College at the address listed below.

Read carefuly 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 Deliver to:
St. Philip’s College
Vocational Nursing Program
Admissions Committee
Center for Health Professions Building
Room 100

All applicants must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam and submit results along with 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.




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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:
Ivette Sterling, BSN, RN-BC
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 100D