The Department of Nursing is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing. The Vocational Nursing Program conducts classes on the main campus in two tracks for students. They may choose either the day or evening track for the length of their matriculation. St. Philip’s College students in the New Braunfels area may also attend daytime classes held in the Teaching Center as a professional courtesy of the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. The curriculum covers fundamentals of vocational nursing, ethical and legal aspects of nursing practice, nutrition, gerontology, communication skills, body structure and function, administration of medications and solutions, medical and surgical nursing, obstetrical nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and professional development. In addition to classroom study, the student will receive supervised laboratory and clinical experiences in local hospitals, long term care facilities and other health care facilities. Students who successfully complete the entire three semester program are awarded a Certificate of Completion and may apply to the Texas Board of Nursing for the National Certification Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
All applicants admitted to Vocational Nursing Program must meet the current admission requirements. Applicants with completed application packets are admitted by an admission process per department policy and procedure.
Program requirements: A student enrolled in Vocational Nursing must be able to:
- Use the sense of vision, hearing, speech, and touch. Use of the senses enhances the nurses’ abilities to observe the patient accurately.
- Preform psychomotor movements that require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, and equilibrium. Good coordination is necessary for patient safety.
- Communicate orally and in writing as well as demonstrate behavior that indicates sensitivity to others. Nurses are required to function in highly compassionate areas where integrity, interpersonal skills and concern for others are desirable personal qualities
- Demonstrate emotional health and intellectual abilities required to exercise sound judgement. The applicant must be flexible and able to adapt to change and stress.
- Demonstrate physical health necessary to preform strenuous activities related to patient care, which include moving and lifting. (Must be able to lift or move more than 50 pounds)
- Provide nursing care to patient with all types of health problems, including communicable diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV -(AIDS).
The requirements for admission into the Vocational Nursing Program, St. Philip’s College, are in accordance with the Texas Board of Nursing, Austin, Texas. All admission requirements must be met and application process completed before submitting application to the Vocational Nursing Program for proper consideration.
Individuals with college degrees, ( regardless of the degree or type of degree), must still qualify for admission by taking an entrance exam and must pass with the qualifying scores established by the program for admission. Applicants must meet the entrance exam requirement before the application for admission is requested.
If the applicant does not meet the minimal score for each program, the faculty/academic advisor will recommend remediation and/or developmental courses in math and reading with review of specific study skills such as note taking, textbook annotation, and test taking skills. The applicant would be able to retake the exam prior to the next program admission date.
ATI TESTING and REMEDIATION
Assessment Technologies Institute LLC. (ATI) Policy
Statement of Policy: Goal of St. Philip’s Department of Nursing:
St. Philip’s College nursing students will complete the prescribed nursing program (Licensed Vocational Nursing program) and to successfully pass the National Licensing Examination (NCLEX). To this aim, the nursing faculty has selected the Assessment Technologies Institute, LLC (ATI) Total Testing Program for the vocational nursing program. The ATI Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program is designed to accomplish the following: Remediate student’s progress via online content enrichment activities, track critical thinking and nursing process throughout the program. The ATI enables the nursing program to document student outcomes for accreditation, validate curriculum against national norms, increase NCLEX Examination pass rates, and decrease student attrition.
The Comprehensive Assessment and Review Program (CARP), another component of the Total Testing Program is designed as a comprehensive measure of students’ theoretical knowledge and abilities in the application of nursing concepts to specific situations. It is also designed, to help educators and institutions evaluate their own curricula, teaching methods, and education systems for preparing students for the NCLEX-PN examination and to make revisions based on test results.
Toward the end of each nursing course, students will be given a CARP achievement examination. Analysis of these tests will result in individual profiles of St. Philip’s College nursing students as compared to a national population of nursing students. The tests are designed in accordance with the format of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).
Remediation materials, both written, auditory and video will be available to all students during the course of study. Students who make below the national average score on a CARP’s test will be required to complete the assigned remedial study materials and re-test.
Programs and Courses - Vocational Nursing
Level I Certificate