Vocational Nursing

Program Info

  • Start: Fall 2014 Full Time
  • Location: NAHC, Mid-Valley and Starr County
  • 3 semester program - 46 Credit Hours

Vocational Nursing Application

For more information, please contact:
Suzy Castellanos at (956) 872-3011
Liz San Roman at (956) 447-6632

For immunization and background checks, please contact:
Maria Ramos at (956) 872-3022

Major Description

This intensive three semester program offers classroom instruction and related clinical practice in the four basic areas of nursing care: adults, mothers and newborns, children, and the elderly. Graduates of this program will have a wide array of opportunities for providing nursing care for patients in structured health care settings. Patients cared for by Vocational Nurses typically are experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes. Students seeking entry in the Vocational Nursing program must file a specific program on-line application and complete additional admission procedures as required (see VN advisor for specific criteria, courses and procedures).


Vocational Nursing Certificate

Cost of Program

Tuition & fees: $5,668.00
Books & supplies: $2,789.00
On-Campus Room & Board: Not Offered

Length of Program

Intended time to complete: 12 months
% of graduates who completed on time: 14%


Jobs related to this program:
. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses O*NET


Median debt from federal loans: $0
Median debt from private educational loans: $2,777
Median debt from institution financing plan: $0

Job Placement

% Job Placement of Graduates 87%

Potential Job Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Offices from General/Specialist
  • Home Health
  • Schools

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $13.00/hour
  • Top Earners: $23.00/hour

Application Requirements

  1. All applicants must meet general admission requirements to South Texas College.
  2. Must have a high school transcript, GED and or HS equivalency on file with STC Admissions office
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in state-mandated general knowledge content through approved means; i.e., Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS and/or course work with program specific exemptions accepted.
  4. Attend VN program advisement sessions at Mid-Valley campus or Nursing Allied Health.
  5. Submit a completed Vocational Nursing program application.
  6. Earn a minimum grade of "B" in Mathematics for Allied Health and Anatomy & Physiology courses.
  7. Satisfy program specific requirements for clinical practice. (i.e. Drug Screening, Criminal Background Checks, Immunizations, CPR, etc.)

Note: Selection criteria of the vocational nursing program is based on a point system of grade point average and courses completed.

Qualified applications are ranked from highest to lowest points.

Due to program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet the program admissions requirements may not be admitted to the program.

Site Selection: Site placement (Starr, Mid-Valley, and McAllen) is determined following group ranking of the applicant pool. Students are given the opportunity to select a program site in the acceptance letter.

If more accepted applicants are given for a particular site, preference is given to the home address in ranking order. Students that cannot be accommodated at their home site will be given a second site preference according to ranking.