Vocational Nursing

The Grayson College Vocational Nursing program requires 46 credit hours and can be completed in 12 months. The Vocational Nursing Program meets five days a week and is considered a full time program. Classes begin in August and students complete three (3) semesters and one (1) minimester with scheduled breaks, completing the program the next July. Clinical course rotations may vary to include day or evening shifts. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded a certificate in vocational nursing. Graduates must subsequently apply to take the NCLEX-PN exam. If successfully completed, the graduate will be issued a license to practice nursing as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Detailed information about the program is provided in an information packet, available by sending an email request to lvn@grayson.edu.  The applicant should request the Vocational Nursing Information Packet.  The packet will be sent to the applicant via email.  Completion of this information packet is required for all applicants to the program.

The following general information about the vocational nursing program is current at the time of printing, but all information is subject to change without notice or obligation.

Information for Prospective Students

Detailed information about the program is provided in the VN Information Packet.  This packet is available by sending an email request to LVN@grayson.edu.  Completion of this information packet is required by June 10th of every year for all applicants to the program.

Graduation Rates:

  • Class of 2013 - 77%
  • Class of 2014 - 88%
  • Class of 2015 - 77%

Graduates' Success on the NCLEX-PN Licensure exam:

  • Class of 2013 - 93.55%
  • Class of 2014 - 88.24%
  • Class of 2015 - 98.08%

Job Placement Rates of Graduates:

  • Class of 2013 - 92%
  • Class of 2014 - 93%
  • Class of 2015 - 91%

Accreditation Status

Approved by:  Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, TX  78701  Phone:  512.305.7400  www.bon.state.tx.us

Core Performance Standards/Physical & Mental Capabilities 

In order to accomplish the objectives of the program, students must be able to meet certain core performance standards.  These standards are listed in the VN Information Packet.

Admission Information 

Admission to the nursing program is selective, with registration in nursing courses by permission only.  Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Vocational Nursing Program.  To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must submit all required application information by the deadlines posted in the VN Information Packet. 

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  1. Admission to Grayson College
  2. Application to the Vocational Nursing Program.  The application closing date is found in the Vocational Nursing Information Packet obtained by emailing drydene@grayson.edu .  
  3. Submission of copy of High School transcript or GED to VN Program
  4. Completion of the TSI (Texas Success Initiative Assessment), if not taken previously. Information may be found at http://www.grayson.edu
  5. Submission of copies of college transcripts from colleges or universities previously attended to VN Program
  6. Completion of HESI Admission Exam with score of 75 or higher on cumulative total of required sections. (HESI Admission exam may be taken two (2) times in a 12 month period).
  7. Documentation of current enrollment or successful completion of BIOL 2404 (Survey of Anatomy and Physiology) -or– Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs with a grade of “C” or better.
  8. Documentation of ability to complete all required immunizations prior to the start of classes in August. This includes Hepatitis B series, MMR, tetanus and varicella. These immunizations are taken in series and can take up to six (6) months to complete.

All documentation related to these admission requirements should be submitted to the VN Program Assistant by the posted deadline.  Applications will not be considered for acceptance until the applicant has taken and passed the HESI Admission Exam. Details about the exam are provided in the VN Information Packet.

Selection and Acceptance Procedure

  1. Applicants are reviewed for required documentation (after submission deadlines) by the VN Admissions Committee. 
  2. Only those with complete files will be considered for admission.
  3. Applicants with complete files will be evaluated for selection based on HESI Admission Exam scores.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative score of 75 or higher on required sections. 
  4. Applicants will be assessed on point system:
    • Completion of prerequisite course (BIOL 2404) with grade "C" or better must be obtained in the course.
    • Completion of concurrent courses (PSYC 2314 and HPRS 2300) with grade "C" or better in each course.
    • HESI scores.
  5. Applicants will be notified in writing regarding acceptance, standby, alternate or denied status, within 2 weeks of the final deadline date.  Applicants will be asked to return a form documenting acceptance of their status.  Failure to do so by the specified date will result in acceptance being forfeited.
  6. Final acceptance is contingent upon completion of final acceptance requirements, listed below:

Final Acceptance Requirements (Following notification of admission)

  1. Application to Texas Board of Nursing (BON) to complete mandatory DPS/FBI background check and fingerprint scan.  Instructions on completing the application to the BON are contained in the notification of admission letter received by the applicant.  This must be completed within the time frame specified in the acceptance letter.      
  2. Obtain CPR certification. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider level with a face-to-face demonstration check off.  
  3. Completed Medical Exam Form (provided at orientation by GC)
  4. Submit proof of a negative TB (tuberculosis) test or negative chest X-ray
  5. Complete mandatory orientation requirements. Failure to attend will result in acceptance being forfeited.
  6. Pass a urine drug screen and an additional criminal background check, as specified by the Vocational Nursing Program.

Transfer of College Coursework

Students who desire admission to GC must adhere to the GC course transfer policies outlined in the GC Student Handbook.  This includes submitting official copies of transcripts from each college or university previously attended to the Office of Admissions and Records and a copy of the transcripts to the VN Program.  The Office of Admissions and Records will not send a copy to the VN office.  Nursing courses are accepted for transfer only with prior approval of the VN Program Director.

Contact information regarding program approval:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe St #3-460
Austin, TX 78701
512-305-7400
http://www.bon.state.tx.us/

Vocational Nursing Certificate


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester (Fall) 

BIOL 2404  4
VNSG 1304 3
VNSG 1502 5
VNSG 1226 2
VNSG 1133 or PSYC 2314  1
VNSG 1360 3

18


Second Semester (Spring) 

VNSG 1331 or HPRS 2300 3
VNSG 1509 5
VNSG 1230 2
VNSG 1334 3
VNSG 1361 3

16


Third Semester (Spring MiniMester)

VNSG 1219 2
VNSG 1162 1

3


Fourth Semester (Summer)

VNSG 2510 5
VNSG 1262 2
VNSG 1238 2

9

The Semester Credit Hours are based on a 16-week semester. The Grayson College vocational Nursing Program adapts the hours to accommodate three (3) 14-week semesters and one (1) three-week minimester.

Capstone Requirement: An external exit exam requirement is included in VNSG 2510.

Study of the basic aspects of growth and development throughout the life span. Focus on growth and development of the individual’s body, mind, and personality as influenced by the environment.

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Study of the importance of professional growth. Topics include the role of the Licensed Vocational Nurse in the multi-disciplinary health care team, professional organizations, and continuing education.

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Overview of the normal physical, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of the aging process. Addresses common disease processes of aging. Exploration of attitudes toward care of the older adult.

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A study of the biological, psychological, and sociological concepts applicable to basic needs of the family including childbearing and neonatal care. Utilization of the nursing process in the assessment and management of the childbearing family. Topics include physiological changes related to pregnancy, fetal development, and nursing care of the family during labor and delivery and the puerperium.

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Study of human behavior with emphasis on emotional and mental abnormalities and modes of treatment incorporating the nursing process.

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Introduction to the nursing profession including history, standards of practice, legal and ethical issues, and role of the vocational nurse. Topics include mental health, therapeutic communication, cultural and spiritual diversity, nursing process, and holistic awareness.

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Fundamentals of medications and their diagnostic, therapeutic, and curative effects. Includes nursing interventions utilizing the nursing process.

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Study of the care of the pediatric patient and family during health and disease. Emphasis on growth and development needs utilizing the nursing process.

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A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Introduction to and application of primary nursing skills. Emphasis on utilization of the nursing process and related scientific principles.

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Introduction to common health problems requiring medical and surgical intervention.

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Continuation of Nursing in Health and Illness II. Further study of common medical-surgical health problems of the client including concepts of mental illness. Incorporates knowledge necessary to make the transition from student to graduate vocational nurse.

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A health-related, work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional.

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Last updated: 06/14/2017