Vocational Nursing

Program Level: Certificates
Department: Nursing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Vocational Nursing program?

The LVN scope of practice is directed 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 legal scope of practice and under the federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines of the employing healthcare institution or practice setting. The LVN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and focused nursing care to assigned patients with predictable healthcare needs. The 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.

Effective June 15, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on June 15, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

What will I learn?

The curriculum covers the 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 healthcare facilities in San Antonio and surrounding communities.

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Upcoming Application Deadlines:
  • Fall 2024 Admission – June 6, 2024

  •  You can either Mail or Hand deliver your application for Spring 2024 

  • Spring 2025 Admission – October 31, 2024

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.

What can I do with this course of study?

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Students who complete the entire 12-month, 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.

THECB Statutory Requirement

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.

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 30

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.

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)
  • PSYC 2314 Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan
  • HITT 1305 Medical Terminology


Application and Selection Process

Application Process:

Applications to the Vocational Nursing Program for 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.

Applications for Fall must be submitted by June 6, 2024.
Applications for Spring must be submitted by October 19, 2023.

Mail to:
St. Philip’s College
Nursing Education Department, CHP 100

1801 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78203

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

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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, MSN, RN-BC
MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 100D

 Administrative Services Specialist: 

Linda King (for program information)

MLK Center for Health Professions (CHP), 100D


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