The Vocational Nursing Program degree plan consists of a total of 53 semester credit hours: 9 semester credit hours of prerequisite course work and 44 semester credit hours of nursing coursework that includes classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Those 44 hours of nursing coursework require four semesters for completion. The curriculum leads to a Certificate in Vocational Nursing. Graduates are able to apply to the Texas Board of Nursing for licensure and to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). The program is one of only three vocational nursing programs in the State of Texas to be accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.
Graduates of the Vocational Nursing Program are well qualified for entry level positions in a variety of clinical settings and are vital to meeting the healthcare needs of the community. ACC graduates consistently have high pass rates on the NCLEX-PN and enjoy a positive reputation in the community.
ACC offers the vocational nursing graduate career mobility through the Mobility Track or the “Alternate Entry” option of the Associate Degree Nursing.