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  Mar 01, 2024
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Vocational Nursing Level 2 Certificate


The Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certification of Completion in Vocational Nursing.  The affordable one year program admits new students each fall and spring semester.  The program is offered on the main campus in San Antonio either day or evening.  To obtain the best learning experiences, students may be required to attend class, lab, or clinical in San Antonio, New Braunfels and surrounding areas based upon class size, availability of clinical sites, etc.  Due to the full-time requirement of attending classes and clinical rotations (based on 40 hour/week schedule), it is advisable to limit full-time employment while enrolled in the program.  Please visit the website for detailed program and admission requirements.


The curriculum encompasses courses in fundamentals of nursing, nutrition, gerontology, therapeutic communication, administration of medications, pharmacology, medical-surgical nursing, maternal/newborn nursing, nursing care of children, mental health/mental illness, professional development, and ethical/legal aspects of nursing practice.

The curriculum consists of 47 credit hours and reflects care of the client in a holistic, family-centered perspective throughout the lifespan.  Instruction is based on a learner-oriented approach with application of knowledge in order to gain a thorough understanding of the instructional content presented in the classroom, lab and clinical that is required to become a knowledgeable, competent, and safe nursing care provider.  In order to fulfill the curriculum requirements, students required to attended classes a the MLK Campus.

Clinical Requirements

In order to fulfill the clinical requirements, students are required to attend clinical rotations in San Antonio and its surrounding areas to include but not limited to New Braunfels, Seguin and San Marcos in a variety of public and private health care settings.  Transportation to and from hospitals and other assigned medical facilities is the responsibility of the student.  Students should be prepared to travel to any facility deemed appropriate to meet course objectives.

With this award, you may seek jobs such as:

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Related Awards:

Nursing: Career Mobility - LVN/Military to ADN Mobility Program  

Total Credit Hours Required: 47

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone course(s)

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Additional Program Information

The St. Philip’s College Vocational Nursing Program is approved/accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to award the Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing.

Texas Board of Nursing, 1801 Congress Avenue, Suite 10-200, Austin, TX 78701-3944, Phone (512) 305-7400

The Vocational Nursing Program’s length is 12 months, full-time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. Classes are conducted at the main campus in two tracks for students (Track 1: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters and Track 2: Spring, Summer and Fall semesters). Students may choose either the day or evening cohort for the length of their matriculation in either track. Approximately 120 students are accepted into each track, with approximately 80 students for the day cohort and 40 students for the evening cohort. 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 long-term care facilities, clinics, hospitals, and other health care facilities in the San Antonio and surrounding communities. Students who successfully complete the entire 12 month, three semester program, are awarded a Certificate of Completion. Students  must obtain state licensure from a state board of nursing in order to practice vocational nursing. In Texas, this is accomplished by the graduate taking the National Council State Board of Nursing for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) through the Texas Board of Nursing.

The program is completed within 12 months of acceptance into the program. Per Texas BON Rule 214.9 & 214.10, the program requires the following:

  • The program of study includes both didactic and clinical learning experiences. The program consists of 560 hours of classroom instruction and 880 hours of clinical instruction/practice for a total of 1440 hours of instruction.
  • Classroom instruction hours shall include actual hours of classroom instruction in nursing and non-nursing Board-required courses and content.
  • Laboratory activities/instruction in the nursing skills or simulation laboratory may be considered as either classroom instruction hours or clinical learning experience hours.
  • Clinical practice learning experiences shall include actual hours of practice in nursing skills and computer laboratories; simulated clinical experiences; faculty supervised hands-on clinical care; clinical conferences; and observation experiences for the purpose of calculating the hours for clinical learning experiences in the curriculum. Observation experiences provide supplemental learning experiences that meet specific learning objectives.
  • The total weekly schedule throughout the 12 month length of the program shall not exceed forty (40) hours per week, including both classroom instruction and clinical practice hours.

Upon completion of this program, the student must pass the National Council State Board of Nursing for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) through the Texas Board of Nursing. Passing this exam certifies the graduate to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The LVN scope of practice is a directed scope of practice and requires appropriate supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, physician, dentist, or podiatrist. The LVN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies, procedures, and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The LVN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and focused nursing care to assigned patients with predictable health care needs.

Program is 12 months in length, full-time, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week. All students must be able to meet admission requirements as well as clinical and classroom schedules.

Special Tuition Fees are part of the program. Students will pay $136 per semester in special tuition fees for each of the 3 semesters to cover high costs associated with this program.


All VNSG courses must be taken in sequential manner with the exception of VNSG 1238 and VNSG 1261 which may be a level 2 or level 3 course.

CLEP (College Level Examination) Credit will not be accepted.

The following recommended courses may not be older than 5 years:

Anatomy and Physiology I & II (BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402) or BIOL 2404

Nutrition (one of the following: (BIOL 1322, BIOL 1323 and FDNS 1305

PSYC 2314 Developmental Psychology across the Lifespan

HITT 1305 Medical Terminology

VNSG and RNSG courses are not transferable.

Based on program design, students may not always receive the maximum number of free tuition credit hours.

CIP 51.3901

Major Code: VNRS


Based on program design, students may not always receive the maximum number of free tuition credit hours.

Admission to Vocational Nursing  Program

CIP Code: 51.3901

Major Code: VNRS