Vocational nurse graduates contribute to the plan of care by collaborating with the interdisciplinary team members and with the patient's family. You will readily integrate technical skills and use of computers and equipment into practice. Vocational nurses represent 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.
Immunization requirements for VN students
Effective September 1, 2017, all students applying to the Vocational Nursing program are required to submit, with their application, a positive titer (blood work) with numerical index values for negative, equivocal, and positive results for the following immunizations: Measles (Rubeola) IgG Antibody, Mumps Virus IgG, Rubella Antibody Screen, Varicella Zoster IgG, and Hepatitis B Surface AB Quant Titers. Additional requirements, if accepted, include: a current negative Tuberculosis Test (within the last year), proof of Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination (within the last 10 years) and a current American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR card. Only the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider BLS CPR will be accepted.
How to Apply
The next application period for Vocational Nursing is September 3, 2019 through September 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM. The ATI TEAS Exam may be scheduled at www.tjctesting.setmore.com. Please see the ATI TEAS exam scheduling guidelines.
Why Choose Vocational Nursing
With facilities in Tyler, Rusk and Lindale, the VN program is a convenient option for much of the East Texas area.
Our brand new Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences building includes three floors of high tech training equipment.
Excellent Job Placement
Located in the heart of the medical district in Tyler, TJC provides an excellent gateway into hospital, home health and other healthcare professions.
Vocational Nursing is expected to grow by 16% over the next 10 years.
Nursing, Vocational (LVN) (Certificate)
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.
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.
Who We Are
- Cheryl Holcomb, Professor - Vocational Nursing
- Kelly Cobb, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Sheri Gillis, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Michelle Nelson, Department Chair - Vocational Nursing
- Edward Dushuanack, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Genny Kilgore, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Teresa Bloch, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Jennifer Duck, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Sara Luce, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Natalie Serrano, Professor - Vocational Nursing
- Carla Biondillo, Professor, Vocational Nursing
- Laura Kelly, Professor, Vocational Nursing
For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.