Licensed Vocational Nurses are men and women who give direct patient care under the supervision of physicians, dentists, and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, long-term care, home health and in some cases acute care.
Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. A new class is enrolled every year and a half. Thirty qualified applicants are accepted in the order in which their file is completed until the class is filled. Spaces are offered only to those applicants who have verified completion of the program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better, verified nursing assistant certification and the Hepatitis B series of vaccinations. If qualified applicants can not be accepted for the current class due to space limitations, they will receive priority for admission to the next class. This program requires the physical ability to lift approximately 30 pounds.
This certificate program is three semesters in length and includes supervised clinical experience in local health care facilities. Students should be prepared to be in class or clinical as early as 6:30am. Some classes may be scheduled in the evening hours and/or on weekends. In addition to the nursing courses each students must satisfactorily complete required general education courses which may be taken prior to or concurrently with nursing courses (CL 120 during the first semester, and Psych 101 during the third semester). We strongly recommend that the general education courses be taken prior to the nursing courses. Basic computer skills are strongly recommended.
Vocational nursing courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for classroom (theory) classes and “CR” (credit) in laboratory/clinical courses in each nursing course to continue in the program.
The Southwestern College Vocational Nursing program does not discriminate because of mental or physical disability or in the recruitment, selection and admission of students. College policy supports the provision of reasonable accommodations to assist disabled students in the program.You should make an appointment with a counselor to plan your schedule prior to beginning the first semester, especially if you will be applying for financial aid or pursuing a degree.