Tyler Junior College

Nursing, Vocational (VN)

Vocational Nursing Application Period:

Spring semester 2017

Apply September 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016

(TJC – Tyler location only)

Fall semester 2017

Apply March 1, 20017 to April 18, 2017

(TJC-Tyler a.m. & p.m., TJC-Lindale, TJC-Rusk a.m. & p.m. locations)

Please fill out and print the Selective Admission Health Programs application and turn it in to the Vocational Nursing office.

Enrollment in TJC's vocational nursing program is limited. The vocational nursing program is designed to prepare qualified individuals to provide nursing care within a directed scope of practice under appropriate supervision. The new graduate is able to use a systematic problem solving process in the care of multiple patients with predictable health care needs to provide individualized, goal-directed nursing care. The vocational nurse graduate contributes to the plan of care by collaborating with the interdisciplinary team members and with the patient's family. The new graduate can readily integrate technical skills and use of computers and equipment into practice. The vocational nurse represents the beginning level of the nursing practice continuum in the roles of Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team.

Successful completion of TJC's VN curriculum leads to a Certificate of Proficiency. After successful completion of the curriculum, graduates are qualified to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Licensed Vocational Nurses. Only students who have completed a program of education approved by the State Board of Nursing and who have successfully passed the state licensing examination are authorized to practice as licensed vocational nurses. A vocational nursing student must maintain a minimum of a "C" in every vocational nursing course in order to graduate.  A grade of "C" is determined as greater than or equal to 76.

See our related downloads page for other important information on admission guidelines, declaratory orders, technical standards, and the gainful employment report.

Degree Plans

HESI Testing

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Nursing Information

Men in Nursing


  • J. Michelle Nelson, Department Chair
  • Jessica Hill - Coordinator, Tyler
  • Jacob Cabrera, Coordinator, Lindale
  • Felicia Mayo - Coordinator, Rusk
  • Maria Stewart - Clinical Coordinator   


  • Kim Brown 


  • Teddy Wilson
  • Sheri Gillis
  • Genny Kilgore


  • Jim Farley
  • Laura Kelly
  • Sara Luce
  • Kelly Cobb

Nursing (VNE) Contact Information

J. Michelle Nelson, MSN, RN, OCN
Department Chair
Office: RNHS 2.256

Email: mnel@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2492

Advising contact: 903-510-2662