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 2022 (August 22 - December 9)
  • Application Dates:  July 5 - July 15, 2022 (for the Fall 2022)
  • Application Review Dates: July 15 - July 20, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance Letters: July 20, 2022 (5:30 p.m.)
  • Location: NAHC, McAllen, Mid-Valley & Starr
  • 3 semester program - 46 Credit Hours
  • Mandatory Orientation: July 26, 2022 (time and place - TBA)

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) and Thursday at 10:00am and 3:00pm

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

The VN Program will be accepting applications from November 2, 2020 - November 13, 2020 for Spring 2021.

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. HESI A-2 Scores with 70% or better in all sections.
  5. Attend a VN Program advisement session at Mid-Valley Campus (MVC), Nursing Allied Health Campus (NAHC) or
    Starr County Campus (RIO) and receive a Attendance Certificate.
  6. Submit a completed Vocational Nursing program application.
  7. Earn a minimum grade of "B" in Anatomy & Physiology courses.
  8. Satisfy program specific requirements for clinical practice. (i.e. Drug Screening, Criminal Background Checks, Immunizations, CPR, etc.)
  9. Have in possession the BON Blue Clearance Card or Letter.

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.

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
Dr. Castillo, Gerardo gcastillo_8672 956-447-6643 Mid-Valley K-1.803L
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 956-872-3104 NAHC 4.330
Dr. Deree Yang, Jamie ljaime1 956-973-1053 Mid-Valley K-1.803G
Espera, Maynard mespera
Garcia, Edna egarcia_2508 956-447-6642 Mid-Valley B201B
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 956-872-3074 NAHC A-4.306
Miller, Rebecca rjmiller1 956-872-3128 NAHC 3.342
Muro, Adriana amuro5 956-872-3219 NAHC A-4.344
Neely, Jessica jmoran1 956-872-3074 NAHC A-4.318
Ochoa, Patricia pochoa10 Mid-Valley K-1.803K
Pruneda, Michelle mlopez_7922 956-872-3009 NAHC A-4.338
Reyna, Eloisa emoctez1 956-488-6986 Starr E-1.408
Dr. Scott, Bernard bscott 956-447-6640 Mid-Valley K-1.803E
Salinas, Cynthia csalinas1 956-488-5860 Starr E-1.408
Soliz, Erin ehash_6277 956-872-3131 NAHC A-4.322
Trigo, Alexia atrigo 956-872-3499 Mid-Valley K-1.803D
Vargas, Joel J. jvargas_4024 956-872-2811 NAHC PPB2A-B
Yang, Richard ryang_3797 956-872-2810 NAHC A-412

For faculty not listed, please contact the department.

Name E-mail Phone Location
Garcia, David - Faculty Secretary dgarc199 956-872-3011 NAHC A-4.302
San Roman, Elizabeth - Faculty Secretary Mid-Valley hooks 956-447-6632 Mid-Valley K1.803
Gonzalez, Nadia ngonz188 Mid-Valley 1.504

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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