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Vocational Nursing

Vocational Nursing


Program Summary


Thank you for your interest in the Hill College Vocational Nursing Program. The program is a one-year, 47/48 credit hour curriculum leading to a Certificate of Completion. The Vocational Nursing Program is accredited by the Board of Nursing (BON) for the State of Texas and is designed to provide the student with the skill and knowledge required to pass the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination - Vocational Nursing).


Hill College maintains an open admission policy; however, the number of nursing students that can be accepted is limited by the Texas Board of Nursing for the State of Texas and the availability of clinical instruction facilities. Hill College will take the top candidates who receive the highest total points. In the event of a tie, the candidate with the highest points in the required areas will be given first priority (Reading and Math scores, Preparation essay and Reference form). Hill College reserves the right to refuse admission to the nursing program to any applicant whose application is deemed unsatisfactory.

Vocational Nursing students must have the Hepatitis B immunization series completed prior to first patient contact.



The Hill College Vocational Nursing Program is a 12 month program that leads to Certificate of Technology degree that offers h
ands-on training that will prepare the students for licensure examination with the Texas Board of Nursing.

Program locations:

Hill County Campus - January Entry
Johnson County Campus - August entry


Sampling of Classes

Anatomy
Clinical
Health and Illness
Maternal Neonatal
Nutrition
Pharmacology
Pediatrics

Please note that additional admission procedures are required for nursing programs.*


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Dean of Instruction, Health and Community Services
Lori Moseley, MSN, RN
(254) 659-7921 or (817) 760-5920, lmoseley@hillcollege.edu

Director of Vocational Nursing
Janis Grimland, BSN, RN 
(254) 659-7927, jgrimland@hillcollege.edu

Nursing Faculty
Sarah Degner, BSN, RN
(254) 659-7924, sdegner@hillcollege.edu

Brenda Taylor, RN
(817) 769-5926, btaylor@hillcollege.edu

Jack Williams, RN;
(817) 760-5931, jdwilliams@hillcollege.edu

Skills Lab Coordinators, Health Sciences
Paula Hutchings, MSN, RN
(254) 659-792, phutchings@hillcollege.edu

Katina Castro, BSN, RN
817) 760-5925, kcastro@hillcollege.edu

Support Staff, Health Sciences
Julie Britton, Administrative Assistant - JCC
(817) 760-5921, jbritton@hillcollege.edu

Teresa Palinkas, Administrative Assistant - HCC
(254) 659-7920, tpalinkas@hillcollege.edu


Program Application

Click here to apply

Vocational Nursing Education Pathway and Application requirements


Program Location:  Hill County Campus January Entry
Important deadline date:
Application and supporting documents:  November 1

Entrance testing:  TEAS Test must be completed by Noon October 31 

TEAS proficiency preparedness level of 58.7% or higher in each level – Reading, Math, Science, English and Language Usage.  



Teas test cost:  $70.00.  Schedule and pay at http://www.atitesting.com

After you have scheduled your test date you will need present a photo ID at the Hill College Testing Center on the day of your test.

 

www.atitesting.com. Click here to apply

Vocational Nursing Education Pathway and Application requirements

Program Location:  Johnson County Campus August Entry
Important deadline date:
Application and supporting documents:  June 1

Entrance testing:  TEAS Test must be completed by Noon May 31 

TEAS proficiency preparedness level of 58.7% or higher in each level – Reading, Math, Science, English and Language Usage.  


Teas test cost:  $70.00.  Schedule and pay at www.atitesting.com.  

After you have scheduled your test date you will need present a photo ID at the Hill College Testing Center on the day of your test.

 


Program Cost & Student Handbook

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Hill College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hill College.

Texas Board of Nursing: Approved Professional Nursing Education Programs

Texas Board of Nursing granted the Hill College Professional Nursing Program full approval status. 

Texas Board of Nursing RN (Registered Nurse) pass rates for last 5 years

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
100% 95.83% 100% 97.22% 97.87%

Background Requirements

The Hill College Nursing department uses the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) FBI background check process during the application process.  The nursing program will submit the required documents to the BON.  The BON will notify the nursing department of names of students who will be required to submit their fingerprints to the BON.

Please contact the Health and Community Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students will eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

For students in this course 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.

Declaratory Order

If a student has any criminal background they must submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

Please contact the Health and Community Services Division for further information or questions. Having a criminal history does not automatically preclude you from entry but your selection is dependent upon the charge, age of the offense and final disposition. Students will eligibility issues related to a criminal offense must submit a Declaratory Order with the Texas Board of Nursing. All Declaratory Orders must be complete before enrollment in any Hill College nursing program.

If you answer Yes to one or more listed under Question 1 you will need to submit a Declaratory Order Petition to the Board of Nursing. 

 1) [ ] No [ ] Yes *For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. been arrested and have a pending criminal charge?
  2. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  3. been convicted of a felony?
  4. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  5. received deferred adjudication?
  6. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  7. been sentenced to serve jail time, prison time, or court-ordered confinement?
  8. been granted pre-trial diversion?
  9. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
  10. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military

    judgment/ punishment/action?

 (You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial licensure or renewal application.) 

NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character. (See 22 TAC §213.27)

NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non- disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non- disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character and fitness.

Texas Administrative and Occupation Codes

Texas Board of Nursing
Texas Administrative Code (TAC)
www.bon.state.tx.us

Rule:

Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters
         §213.30. Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure

I have received a copy of the Texas Administrative Code that pertains to the Hill College Nursing Program.  I understand it is my responsibility to seek further clarification regarding the contents of the above rules if needed.


Texas Board of Nursing Scope of Practice


Practice - Licensed Vocational Nurse Scope of Practice

The Texas Nursing Practice Act(NPA) and the Board’s Rules and Regulations define the legal scope of practice for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). The LVN scope of practice is a directed scope of practice and requires appropriate supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, physician, dentist, or podiatrist. The LVN, with a focus on patient safety, is required to function within the parameters of the legal scope of practice and in accordance with the federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, and policies, procedures, and guidelines of the employing health care institution or practice setting. The LVN is responsible for providing safe, compassionate, and focused nursing care to assigned patients with predictable health care needs.

Educational Requirements:

Texas Board of Nursing (2010), Differentiated Essential Competencies (DECs) of graduates of Texas Nursing Programs.

Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 301

Rule 217.11 - Standards of Nursing Practice

Scope of Practice Position Statements:  

Note: For the complete list of position statements, click here.

Six-Step Decision Making Model for Determining LVN Scope of Practice

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to LVN SOP include but not limited to:

  • Co-signature on Documentation relating to Graduate Nurses and Graduate Vocational Nurses
  • Co-signature on LVN Actions/Documentation
  • GNs, GVNs, and Newly Licensed Nurses Practicing in Home Health Settings
  • Initiation of CPR - A Nurse's Duty
  • List of Tasks a Nurse Can/Cannot Perform
  • LVN's Performing Triage/Telephonic Nursing/Being On-Call
  • LVN's Performing Initial Assessments
  • LVN's and Nursing Care Plans
  • LVN's "Supervision of Practice"
  • Practice of Nursing
  • Practice Recommendations for Newly Licensed Nurses
  • FAQ - Regarding Position Statements 15.27, The LVN Scope of Practice and 15.28, The RN Scope of Practice
  • Staffing Ratios
  • Volunteer Retired Nurse Authorization
  • When does a Nurse's Duty to a Patient Begin and End

Note: For the complete list of nursing practice FAQs, click here