Midland College offers a certificate in Vocational Nursing on the main campus in Midland and in Fort Stockton at the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC). The Midland College Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, located at 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, Texas 78701; phone 512-305-7400.
The Vocational Nursing Program is a one-year (12-month) program leading to a certificate. Satisfactory completion of the program qualifies the individual to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) which in turn allows the individual to become licensed to practice as a vocational nurse (LVN). The curriculum prepares the graduate to work in an acute or long-term care facility, nursing agency, or physician’s office.
Requirements for graduation include successful completion of all courses in the certificate plan with a minimum grade of “C”, passing the end of program exit exam, and satisfying all college financial requirements. The passing standard for a grade of “C” in nursing (VNSG) courses is 75. Requirements to write the licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) include written application to and approval by the Texas Board of Nursing, payment of fees, certification by the program chair, and graduation from the program.
Special Admission Requirements: The Vocational Nursing program has limited enrollments based on specific admission criteria. The admission criteria are as follows:
- High school diploma or GED.
- The applicant must satisfy all areas of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) either by testing or exemption.
- The applicant must complete the background check process with the Texas Board of Nursing before being accepted into the vocational nursing program.
- Applicants who were born and educated through high school outside the United States must obtain a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBt (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The TOEFL score is valid for two years.
- Admission points will be awarded if the applicant has completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or above:
Additional admission points will be awarded for the following:
- EDUC 1100
- Current certification as a Certified Nurse Aide
- Emergency Medical Technician or medical-related training and service in a branch of the United States armed services
- PREP 0370 Basic College Study Skills
- Previous college certificate or Degree
- Immunizations including three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine, two doses of mumps-measles-rubella (MMR), current tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), and varicella (chicken pox) disease verification or vaccine. Clinical agencies require students to have the current influenza vaccine and tuberculosis screening each year. All immunizations must be complete in order for the application to be considered for admission. Clinical agencies require students to have a current flu vaccine and tuberculosis screening. These requirements can be met after being accepted into the program.
- Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) must be completed prior to the start of classes for students accepted into the program. Healthcare Provider Basic Certification must be obtained from the American Heart Association. Online CPR training is not acceptable.
For additional information regarding the admission criteria, contact either the Health Sciences Division Office in Midland (432/685-4601) or the WRTTC in Ft. Stockton (432/336-7882).
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