Vocational Nursing

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).

  • Start: Fall 2023 (Aug. 23, 2023)
  • Application Dates:  June 28 - July 14, 2023
  • Application Review Dates: July 17 - July 19, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance Letters: July 19, 2023
  • Location: McAllen, Mid-Valley & Starr
  • 3 semester program - 46 Credit Hours
  • Mandatory Orientation: July 25, 2023 (12:30p.m. - 5p.m.)

Information Sessions

Due to COVID 19, we are unable to hold a face to face informational session.

To better serve our prospective student, the Vocational Nursing Program will offer Informational Sessions on Zoom.

Students will need to download the Zoom app on their own devices, such as desktop or laptop computers, tablets, or cell phones. Please ensure your electronic device has a camera.

Zoom is a free application that you can download to any device.

To invite you to one of our informational sessions please email:

Sara Paz at  spaz7@southtexascollege.edu

We will need your full name and preferred e-mail address

The sessions will be conducted on Tuesday(s) at 10a.m. and Thursday at 2p.m.

A certificate of attendance will be emailed to you after the session.

For more information, please contact: Liz San Roman at 956-447-6632

For immunization and background checks, please contact a Clinical Affairs Specialist at 956-872-3022

Application Requirements

All applicants must:

  1. Participate in the required Prospective Student Information Session at the Nursing & Allied Health Campus. For the session schedule, access the information on the Vocational Nursing Program website online at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/vn/.
  2. Be admitted to the college as a high school graduate or GED equivalent.
  3. Meet TSI College Readiness Standards or meet TSI exemption standards.
  4. Earn a " B" or better in the following: VNSG 1420 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health or both BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I AND BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II.
  5. Achieve a HESI A2 Admission Assessment exam test score of 70% or higher in English Language Composite, Science (Anatomy & Physiology only) and Math.  HESI Exam test scores must be current within two years.
  6. Pass a criminal background check, 10-panel drug screen through approved providers, and complete all required immunizations including Hepatitis B series before applying to the program. For more information on these requirements access the Clinical Affairs website:  https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/clinical_affairs.html.
  7. Meet the NAH Functional Abilities Standards available on the NAH Clinical Affairs website.
  8. Submit a completed Program application by stated deadline. For more information access the website at https://nah.southtexascollege.edu/vn/.

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 assigned based on the physical address at the time of the application.

Degree Plans Faculty Staff Career Exploration

Name E-mail Phone Location
Dr. Ayala-Vargas, Margo - Program Chair mavargas-ayala 956-872-3135 NAHC A-4.314
Contreras, Sylvia scontreras 956-488-5860 Starr L-1.612
Countryman, Karen kcountry 956-872-3086 NAHC 4.334
De La Cruz, Judith C. Sevilla jsdelacruz 956-973-1017 Mid-Valley K-1.803F
Escamilla, Marisol mescami8 956-447-6643 Mid-Valley K-1.803L
Espera, Maynard mespera 956-973-1053 Mid-Valley K-1.803E
Garcia, Edna egarcia_2508 956-447-1211 Mid-Valley K-1.803M
Gracia, Geronimo ggarcia1 956-447-6659 Mid-Valley K-1.803J
Garza, Cynthia cgarz358 956-716-4763 Starr L-1.622
Garza, Gina ggarza_8606 956-447-6642 Mid-Valley K-1.803C
Herrera, Blanca bherrer2 956-447-6640 Mid-Valley K-1.803G
Miller, Rebecca rjmiller1 956-872-3057 NAHC A-4.326
Muro, Adriana amuro5 956-872-3219 NAHC A-4.344
Neely, Jessica jmoran1 956-872-3074 NAHC A-4.318
Ochoa, Patricia pochoa10 956-447-6690 Mid-Valley K-1.803K
Pruneda, Michelle mlopez_7922 956-872-3009 NAHC A-4.338
Reyna, Eloisa emoctez1 956-872-3104 NAHC A-4.330
Salinas, Cynthia csalinas1 956-872-3167 NAHC A-4.342
Soliz, Erin ehash_6277 956-872-3131 NAHC A-4.322
Trigo, Alexia atrigo 956-447-1069 Mid-Valley K-1.803D
Vargas, Joel J. jvargas_4024 956-872-2811 NAHC PPB2A-B
Villarreal, Lutano lvillarreal_0132 Starr L-1.620
Yang, Richard ryang_3797 956-872-2810 NAHC A-412

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Gonzalez, Nadia ngonz188 956-973-1071 Mid-Valley 1.504
Perez, Valerie - VN Lab Coordinator vperez24 956-872-3006 NAHC A-4.416

Potential Job Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Offices from General/Specialist
  • Home Health
  • Schools
  • Long Term Care
  • Hospice
  • Adult Day Care

Salary Data

  • Average Wage: $13.00/hour
  • Top Earners: $23.00/hour
  • Average Annual Pay:  $44,000.00

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