Austin Community College (ACC) expands its vocational nursing program with new evening and weekend classes to accommodate students’ busy schedules. The new program option begins fall 2019. Applications are accepted through April 19.
“Nursing is not just a job, it is a passion and a lifestyle. This program teaches us the skills we need and the compassion patients want ,” says Amarachi Amaikwu, vocational nursing student. “We’re learning how to be better nurses.”
The program is five semesters, with most of the program provided through distance education courses. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).
No prerequisites are required, but it is recommended all core curriculum is completed prior to beginning the program. Admission ranking is based on co-requisite taken, ATI TEAS score, prior medical experience, and completion of information session.
“This gives students a chance to pursue a nursing career at a more flexible and convenient time,” says Sandra McCrary-Marshall, ACC Vocational Nursing Department Chair. Upon graduation they can apply for the associate degree program and continue on to the RN-to-BSN program to earn their bachelor’s degree.”