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: Spring 2023 (Jan. 17, 2023)
  • Application Dates:  Oct. 31 - Nov. 11, 2022
  • Application Review Dates: Nov. 14 - Nov. 17, 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance Letters: Nov. 18, 2022
  • Location: McAllen & Mid-Valley
  • 3 semester program - 46 Credit Hours
  • Mandatory Orientation: Dec. 6, 2022 (1p.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

Faculty
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.

Staff
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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