2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]
Nursing - Vocational Nursing Certificate
Program Advisor: Contact Aaron Gann, 806-356-3694 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Susan McClure, 356-3603 (email@example.com), or Syndia Delgado, 806-371-5092 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact the Testing Center or Program Advisor for testing requirements. Testing requirements are based on the unique needs of the certificate program.
Certificate of Completion
Major Code - VNSG.CERT
Provides graduates the opportunity to take the national licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) and apply for licensure as a licensed vocational nurse. Certain conditions, such as criminal convictions, a history of disciplinary action, a history of mental illness, and treatment and/or addiction to alcohol or drugs may disqualify graduates from licensure as vocational nurses in the state of Texas. The licensing agency for vocational nurses, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON), maintains a process whereby individuals may petition the BON to make decisions about licensure eligibility prior to entering or completing a vocational nursing program. An eligibility determination takes a minimum of 3-6 months, so individuals are strongly encouraged to petition the BON for an eligibility determination prior to enrollment in the nursing program. The declaratory order (DO) petition and instructions to complete the process can be found on the BON website at www.bne.state.tx.us or the BON may be contacted at 512-305-6838 for additional information.
Students must have a “75% or C” in all required courses in order to progress to the next level of the program. Any nursing course with a required concurrent clinical course is integrated and inseparable; thus a student must pass both components in the same semester in order to be eligible to enroll in the next level.
To continue in the program, a student may repeat any course or combination of concurrently enrolled nursing courses (class and concurrent clinical course) one time only. Once a student is enrolled and attends a class, the term ‘repeat’ shall be interpreted to mean re-enrollment following withdrawal, audit, drop or unsatisfactory grade. Failure of 2 VN courses will make the student ineligible to return to the program.
Students seeking entry into Vocational Nursing must file a specific program application form and complete additional admission procedures as required. This includes providing documentation of immunization or immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria as required by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Refer to www.actx.edu/nursing/. Click on the Immunization, Certification and Background Check requirement link or contact the Nursing Department Office at 806-354-6010.
Students enrolled in a nursing course(s) in the Vocational Nursing program will be charged a non-refundable fee of $570.00 in Level I and $570.00 in Level II for access to the online ATI learning system and ATI review modules.