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School of Nursing - Vocational Nursing

RGV College is one of the very few institutions that offers the Vocational Nursing multiple times a year, during the day and evening!
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Vocational Nursing Program

RGV College is one of the very few institutions that offers the Vocational Nursing Program multiple times a year, during the day and evening! This program prepares our students to become licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing and perform simple and more complex patient care. Acquiring this program is no easy task, and continuing the program with the highest completion rate we can achieve is an achievement of extreme importance to us.

Upon successful completion of the program, the entry-level graduate vocational nurse shall be competent in the following areas: Enables the student to apply for presentation of NCLEX examination and obtain a vocational nursing licensure; apply for entry-level vocational nursing positions; assist in the determination of predictable healthcare needs of clients within healthcare setting; encourages lifelong learning and provides a foundation for furthering their education; promotes involvement in both professional and community organization and activities; to accept personal accountability for ethical and competent nursing practice, as well as for continuing professional and personal development; to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; to practice nursing under the direction of a registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, healthcare provider’s assistant, healthcare provider, podiatrist or dentist. Please see Vocational Nursing Catalog for details pertaining to this program.

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Vocational Nursing students

at RGV College can learn the following beneficial career skills:
  • Learn common diagnoses, drugs, & therapies
  • Safely administer medications and treatmens
  • Monitor & report patient response
  • Help assess patient status
  • Participate in plan of care for a patient
  • Compassion to help those in need
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Professional communication
  • Nursing care for mothers, newborns, children, the elderly, and more!

Our Vocational Nursing program takes between 13 - 19 months (1765 clock hours) to complete. Click here to download a course description

More About The Vocational Nursing Program

Critical Thinking
Demonstrate the ability to interpret, apply, analyze, identify, distinguish and evaluate the assumptions, methodology and/or evidence of concepts, constructs and theory to provide a valid response, conclusion or recommendation.

Professional Competence & Behavior
Demonstrate knowledge and the ability to apply professional, industry and ethical standards through the development of skills and knowledge consistent in professional practice. Students will adhere to the following standards of professional conduct as an integral aspect of professional socialization.

  • Accountability                       
  • Ethical
  • Legal
  • Honesty
  • Dependability
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Punctuality
  • Professional Appearance

Inter/Intrapersonal Skills
Demonstrate an ability to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; recognize the impact of societal issues; function effectively as a member or leader of a team; and perform self-reflection of personal growth and achievement.

Communication Skills
Demonstrate the ability to effectively present, organize, and articulate thoughts, ideas, viewpoints, and conclusions both orally and/or in writing in a professional manner.

Clinical Skills
The clinical skills that LVNs are taught during their practical nursing program are designed to prepare them to competently and effectively participate in the delivery of care to patients and their families. LVNs are responsible for a wide range of duties, and the successful LPN will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to perform those duties without hesitation. Listed are a few of the many skills acquired by Vocational Nursing students during the course of the program and clinical experiences:

  • Perform Head-to-Toe Assessments
  • Vital Signs
  • Wound Care & Dressing Changes
  • Foley Catheterization
  • Medication Administration: Dermal, Oral, Subcutaneous, Intramuscular, Parenteral
  • CPR & Life Support in Emergency Situations

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