Nursing, Vocational Nursing, Level 2 Certificate

Program Information

If you are a compassionate, take-charge person with a desire to make patients feel comforted in the face of illness, then a career in vocational nursing may be the right career for you. As the population is quickly expanding and aging, the need for quality health care is greater than ever and those who can provide that care are in short supply. A nursing certification from San Jacinto College will change your life and help save the lives of others.

The San Jacinto College Vocational Nursing curriculum includes:

  • a focus on helping students develop as individuals and as responsible citizens who will become a competent practitioner in nursing;
  • a combination of class lectures, nursing skills training, and clinical experience in a variety of health care settings; and
  • an approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Graduates who pass this examination are granted a license by the Texas Board of Nursing to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Career Opportunities

The US Department of Labor is reporting a sharp increase for these jobs, with specific increases in large cities and metropolitan areas.

Graduates can work in:

  • Hospitals, 
  • Out-patient facilities, and
  • Nursing homes.

Earning Potential

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): $48,2241 per year

For more information, students may contact the following:

North Campus

281-998-6150, x7128 or vnnursingnorth@sjcd.edu

South Campus

281-998-6150, x3592 or vocational.nursing@sjcd.edu

Campuses

North Campus
South Campus

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) (also known as Licensed Practical Nurses, LPNs) are a valuable member of the health care team and provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. The vocational nursing curriculum is 45 credits and includes a combination of 480 hours of class lectures, 416 hours of lab, and 448 hours of nursing skills training and clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Board of Nursing. Upon successful completion of the program (minimum grade of C in each course), graduates are awarded a Level 2 Certificate, and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN® exam). Those students who pass this examination are granted a license by the Texas Board of Nursing to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Applicants for the program must meet the requirements for general admission to the College and must also meet program-specific requirements. For detailed information concerning admission requirements and deadlines for submitting applications and related documents, students may contact the department of Vocational Nursing.

South Campus Contact Information:
Email: vocational.nursing@sjcd.edu
Phone: 281-998-6150, x3592
Website: https://www.sanjac.edu/our-programs/academic-programs/health-sciences/nursing

North Campus Contact Information:
Email: vnnursingnorth@sjcd.edu
Phone: 281-998-6150, x7128
Website: https://www.sanjac.edu/our-programs/academic-programs/health-sciences/nursing

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe
Suite 3-460
Austin, Texas 78701-3944

Phone: 512-305-7400
Fax: 512-305-7401

Admission Information

Applicants for the program must meet the requirements for general admission to the College and must also meet the following specific requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate, GED, or equivalent;
  • Have a GPA minimum of 2.25 on college-level coursework;
  • Pass a physical examination and meet specific immunization requirements; and  
  • Pass a criminal history check and drug screen.

Please note that a person who has been convicted of a felony that relates to the duties and responsibilities of a Licensed Vocational Nurse may be disqualified from obtaining licensure as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (213.28 Texas Board of Nursing; Rules and Regulations, February 2018). Applicants can address any concerns directly with the Texas Board of Nursing.

Application Dates

Applications for entry into the program are accepted each year in the fall and spring. Periodically, based on need, the North Campus may offer a summer and/or evening sequence of courses. For exact dates, students may see www.sanjac.edu/vn.

Plan of Study

North and South Campuses
5NUR-LVN

The prerequisite for enrolling in the first term is acceptance into the program.

Plan of Study Grid
PrerequisitesCredits
BIOL 2301
BIOL 2101
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab)
4
 Credits4
First Term
BIOL 2302
BIOL 2102
Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab)
4
VNSG 1327 Essentials of Medication Administration 3
VNSG 1423 Basic Nursing Skills 4
VNSG 2431 Advanced Nursing Skills 4
VNSG 1260 Clinical I 2
 Credits17
Second Term
VNSG 1509 Nursing in Health and Illness II 5
VNSG 1331 Pharmacology 3
VNSG 1261 Clinical II - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nursing Training 2
VNSG 1226 Gerontology 1 2
VNSG 1162 Clinical III - Practical Nurse 1 1
 Credits13
Third Term
VNSG 1330 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 3
VNSG 1334 Pediatrics 3
VNSG 1301 Mental Health and Mental Illness 3
VNSG 2161 Clinical V - Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1
VNSG 1119 Leadership and Professional Development 1
 Credits11
 Total Credits45

Capstone Experience: VNSG 1119 Leadership and Professional Development

The prerequisite for enrolling in the second and third terms is successful completion of each preceding term with a minimum grade of C in each course.