Degrees Offered - Nursing, Vocational (VN) (Certificate) | Tyler Junior College

Degrees Offered - Nursing, Vocational (VN) (Certificate)

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Vocational nurses contribute to the plan of care by collaborating with the interdisciplinary team members and with the patient’s family. Our graduates can readily integrate technical skills and use of computers and equipment into practice.

Our Vocational Nursing (VN) program is designed to prepare you to provide nursing care within a directed scope of practice under appropriate supervision. Once graduated, you will be 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.

Our program 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 graduating, you will be qualified to apply for the National Council Licensure Exam for Licensed Vocational Nurses. Only students who have completed a program approved by the State Board and who have successfully passed the state licensing examination are authorized to practice as licensed vocational nurses.

Please click here for information on how to apply to this Selective Admissions program.

Catalog Year
Degree Type
Available Online
Available Hybrid
Reading & Writing Complete
Degree Plan



BIOL 2404 Anatomy and Physiology*

Level I  

VNSG 1231 Pharmacology


VNSG 1260 Clinical I


VNSG 1204 Foundations of Nursing

VNSG 1323 Basic Nursing Skills 3
VNSG 1400 Nursing in Health and Illness I 4

VNSG 1329 Medical-Surgical Nursing I

Level II  

VNSG 1201 Mental Health and Mental Illness


VNSG 1409 Nursing Health and Illness II


VNSG 2331 Advanced Nursing Skills


VNSG 1360 Clinical II

Level III  


VNSG 1119 Leadership and Professional Development



VNSG 2410 Nursing in Health and Illness III



VNSG 1361 Clinical III

VNSG 1234 Pediatrics 2
VNSG 1230 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 2
Total Semester Hours 44

*Prerequisite for all VNSG courses. BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 may be substituted for BIOL 2404
Courses titled in bold type represent general education requirements.
Department-specific courses must be taken in sequence.
All courses must be completed with a “C” or better.
Selective Admissions and retention rules apply.
Contact the department chair for details.