The Vocational Nursing Program degree plan consists of a total of 43 semester credit hours: Seven (7) semester credit hours consist of non-nursing courses that are recommended to be taken prior to entering the program. Thirty-six (36) semester credit hours of nursing coursework includes classroom, laboratory and clinical learning experiences. Those 36 hours of nursing coursework require three 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 two vocational nursing programs in the State of Texas to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
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.