Vocational Nursing

The Grayson College Vocational Nursing program requires 42 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 admitted 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.


Transfer of College Coursework

Students who desire admission via transfer 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 Vocational Nursing Program.  Prerequisite and corequisite general education courses will be accepted for transfer and application toward the Vocational Nursing program if the course is evaluated as equivalent to the required course at GC. Nursing courses are accepted for transfer only with prior approval.  Students wishing to transfer nursing courses should request an Information Packet. Copies of course syllabi from all previous nursing courses must be submitted to the program director to determine eligibility for transfer. Applicants must also provide a letter from the previous nursing program director stating that the applicant is currently passing and in good standing. 


Eligibility for LIcensure

To qualify to take the licensing exam, students must meet eligibility requirements stipulated by the Texas Board of Nursing.  Applicants who have reason to believe they may be ineligible to take the licensing exam due to criminal background issues may petition the BON for a declaratory order.  This should be done prior to entering the nursing program since these eligibility issues also prevent the student from enrolling in the clinical courses. Information about eligibility is available in the VN Information packet and on the website for the Texas Board of Nursing.


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



BIOL 2404 (Anatomy & Physiology) 4
VNSG 1304 (Foundations of Nursing) 3
VNSG 1502 (Applied Nursing Skills I) 5
VNSG 1226 (Gerontology) 2
VNSG 1360 (Clinical-LVN Training I) 3
VNSG 1509 (Nursing in Health & Illness II) 5
VNSG 1230 (Maternal-Neonatal Nursing) 2
VNSG 1238 (Mental Illness) 2
VNSG 1361 (Clinical II) 3
VNSG 1219 (Leadership and Professional Development) 2
VNSG 1162 (Clinical-LVN Training II) 1
VNSG 2510 (Nursing in Health & Illness III) 5
VNSG 1262 (Clinical-LVN Training IV) 2
VNSG 1334 (Pediatrics)  3

42

The Semester Credit Hours are based on a 16-week semester. The Grayson College Vocational Nursing Program adapts the hours to accommodate two16-weeks semesters, one 3-week Minimester, and one 8-week semester.

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

*Please review your Student Planner or contact your Student Success Coach/Faculty Advisor to review which courses may be used to fill this degree requirement.

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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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 I. 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: 02/21/2020