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.


About add


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.*

Employment Opportunities add

Source: LVN Fact Sheet: www.tavne.org 

LVN's are qualified to work as a nurse in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools, physician offices and varioud other health care environments in the community.

LVN's work with multiple healthcare personnel, including physicians, registered nurses, respiratory and physical therapists, dietitians, and nursing assistants.

LVN Fact Sheet 2016:

  • Between 2008-2010 in the United States, one out of every four nurses was a licensed vocaitonal nursing (LVN).
  • LVNs makes up 24.6% of the nursing profession in the US.
  • In June 2014, here were 288,606 nurses in Texas.  99,154 or 35% were LVNs.
  • 27% of LVNs in Texas work in Long-Term Care facilities (Nursing Homes).
  • Licnesed staff in nursing homes is predominately made up of LVNs.
  • Texas has 44% few LVNs (234.7 per 100,000 population) than, for example, North Dakota, a much small state with (420.9 per 100,000 population).  This report powerfully illustrate an urgent need for more LVNs in Texas.
  • LVNs are dedicated to providing health care and many contiues to have long careers as nurses.
  • Employment of LVNs is expected to grow by 25% from 2012 to 2022.
Working under the Texas Board of Nursing Scope of Practice, the LVN:
  • Provides nursing care within a directed scope of practice.
  • Practices under the supervision  of a registered nurse, advance practice registered nurse, physician's assistant, physician, podiatrist or dentist.
  • uses systematic problem-solving process to provide individualized, goal directed nursing care to one or multiple patients with predictable health care needs.
  • Cares for patients who may be sick, injured, disabled or recoving from illness or injuries.
  • Contribuites to the plan of care for one or more patients by collaborating with interdisciplinary team members and with the patient's family.
  • Provides care and evaluation of patients with various medical diagnoses.
  • Adminsiters medications safely an dcompetently.
  • Performs wound assessments and wound care.
  • Assures patient safety and injury prevention.
  • Integrates technical skills and use computers and equipment into nursing practice.
Program Contacts add

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


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.

Nursing Application

Hill County Campus Enrtry add


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 test passing:  Overall 58.4%; Reading 66.9%; Math 61.7%; Science 48.0%                        English 66.35% (optional section)


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.

ATI offers study material options which can be purchased at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/

Prices are subject to change

1.  Hard Copy study guide - $40-$50.00
2.  2 practice tests - $35-46.00
3.  Study Guide with 2 practice test $115.00
4.  Test Prep package $209.00
Johnson County Campus Entry add

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 test passing:  Overall 58.4%; Reading 66.9%; Math 61.7%; Science 48.0%                        English 66.35% (optional section)


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.

ATI offers study material options which can be purchased at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/

Prices are subject to change

1.  Hard Copy study guide - $40-$50.00
2.  2 practice tests - $35-46.00
3.  Study Guide with 2 practice test $115.00
4.  Test Prep package $209.00
Immunization/CPR Requirements add

Immunization Requirements

        2 MMR’s or positive serological titer

            Varicella 2 injection series or positive serological titer

            HEP B 3 injection series or positive serological titer

            Tetanus (within last 10 years)

            Tdap (once as an adult)

            Seasonal Influenza

CPR – American Heart Association BLS for Health Care Provider.  No other CPR card accepted.  No exceptions. 

NOTE:  AFTER selection the student will be required to submit a physical (on the Health and Community Services approved form) and a negative 2 step TB results. 

Candidates must be aware that clinical facilities may have other requirements than those listed above.
High School/TOEFL Procedure add

Board of Nursing requirement (High School Graduates OR GED)

  • Official High School Transcript with a date of graduation/completion or GED scores (Mandatory for ALL applicants).
  • Out of Country High School Transcripts must be translated into English by a certified translator. The original document must be also be submitted. 

 TOEFL Procedure Demonstrate English proficiency as an admission requirement.

This may be demonstrated by:
       2 years of High School in the United States and its territories.
Or

       Submission of acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Test (TOEFL)            within two years of the posted deadline date of program application.

 TOEFL minimum passing: Internet score of 80 or a computer-based TOEFL score of 250 or a paper/pencil test score of 600.  Scores will not be considered if they are more than two years old. TOEFL Test score reports must be sent directly to the Health Science Department from the testing center. Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the web site: www.ets.org/toefl or by calling 1-800-468-6335.

 

TOEFL Waiver (VN applicants only) The student can request a TOEFL waiver form from the Health Science department if they meet the following criteria:  completion with a “C” or better of 4 different college level English courses and 1 college level communication course; from an accredited US college/university.  

TOEFL Waiver Request Form


Program Cost & Student Handbook

Cost add
Under Construction.

Check back later for updated information.

Accreditation/Pass Rates

Accreditation add

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 Vocational Nursing Education Programs

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

Pass rates add

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

Health Science Background Process add
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.
Board of Nursing Declaratory Order add

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 Administrative Code add

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

Vocational Nursing add

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


FAQ

Which campus is the Vocational nursing held? add
Hill County Campus location – January Entry
Johnson County Campus location – August Entry
When can I apply for the nursing program? add
Hill County Campus location - November 1st for the January Entry Class.
Johnson County Campus location – February – May 31st for the August Entry Class
Who do I contact if I have questions? add
Hill County Campus
       Teresa Palinkas
       254-659-7920
       tpalinkas@hillcollege.edu

Johnson County Campus
       Julie Britton
       817-760-5921
       jbritton@hillcollege.edu

Do I need to make an appointment with the nursing department? add
No, we do not require appointments.  Walk in's are welcome.
Appointments do assure that we will be in the office at the time you want to meet with us.
What academic pre-requisite courses are required for the application process? add
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
Is there an age requirement for the science courses? add
The Vocational Nursing program does not require an age requirement.

NOTE:  Students who plan to pursue the LVN-RN Transition program after completing the Vocational Nursing program will need to repeat any science course that is over 5 years at the posted deadline date of the Transition program of choice.
Are there any additional recommended courses I can take while I am waiting to be accepted add
VNSG 1216 Nutrition or BIOL 1322 Nutrition
VNSG 1331 Pharmacology or RNSG 1301 Pharmacology

Applicants are not required to complete these courses prior to entry but completion of these coures will lessen the course load for the 1st semester of the Vocational Nursing program.
Do I need a specific GPA or grade requirement for the pre-requisites and recommended courses? add
You will need a “C” or better for each required pre-requisites and recommended with a minimum GPA of 2.50 on all pre-requisites and recommended courses.
Do I have to take a pre-entrance test to apply for the nursing program? add
The nursing department requires all applicants complete the TEAS test within 1 year of the deadline date of the program of choice.
What are the passing scores for the TEAS test? add
Minimum TEAS test passing scores
Overall 58.4%
Reading 66.9%
Math 61.7%
Science 48.0%
English 60.3 (optional section)
What if don’t pass one or more sections of the TEAS test? add
Applicants will have 2 attempts to complete the TEAS test requirement during the application time frame for the program of choice.
How much does the TEAS test cost? add
Each attempt is $70.

After you have scheduled your test date with ATI you will need present a photo ID at the Hill College Testing Center on the day of your test.
Is there any TEAS study guides available? add
ATI offers study material options which can be purchased at http://www.atitesting.com/ati_store/

Prices are subject to change
     Hard Copy study guide - $40-$50.00
     2 practice tests - $35-46.00
     Study Guide with 2 practice test $115.00
     Test Prep package $209.00
I have already submitted my college/high school transcripts to Hill College do I have to resubmit them to the nursing? add
No, but you will need to notify the nursing department what college transcripts are on file.
I already have previous college courses so why do I need to submit my high school transcript? add
The Texas Board of Nursing requires applicants to nursing schools to hold a high school diploma issued by an accredited secondary school or equivalent educational credentials as established by the High School Equivalency scores (GED).
What if I DID NOT graduate high school? add
You will need to submit a high school transcript(s) from a high school in the United States or its territories showing you attended 2 years AND Submit a copy of your High School Equivalency scores (GED).
I do not have 2 years of high school but I have a GED? add
Submit a copy of your High School Equivalency scores (GED) AND submit acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL).
What if I DID NOT graduate high School in the United States or its territories add
You will need to submit an original Out of Country high school transcript and must be translated/evaluated by a certified evaluator orHigh School Equivalency scores (GED) AND submit acceptable scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL).
Why do I need to take the TOEFL test? add
Our nursing faculty and community advisory board members recognizes the heavy academic requirement for our nursing programs. They feel that students need to demonstrate a high level of English/Reading comprehension to be successful in the program.  The goal of the nursing program is to ensure that the student is able to maintain acceptable academic requirements and wll be able to graduate as Student Vocational Nurses ready to take the NCLEX test to become a LVN.
What are the minimum passing scores for the TOEFL? add

TOEFL minimum passing: Internet score of 80 or a computer-based TOEFL score of 250 or a paper/pencil test score of 600.  Scores will not be considered if they are more than two years old. TOEFL Test score reports must be sent directly to the Health Science Department from the testing center. Information about the TOEFL may be obtained from the web site: www.ets.org/toefl or by calling 1-800-468-6335.

Do I have another option to satisfy the TOEFL Requirement? add

TOEFL Waiver (VN applicants only) The student can request a TOEFL waiver form from the Health Science department if they meet the following criteria:  completion with a “C” or better of 4 different college level English courses and 1 college level communication course; from an accredited US college/university.

Please contact the nursing department for further information about the TOEFL waiver.

Do I need immunizations to apply for the program? add
All applicants must submit the following immunizations as part of the applicaiton process.
  • 2 MMRs (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)
  • 2 Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • 3 Hep B
  • Tdap/Td - Applicants must show receipt of one dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap).
    In addition, one dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine must have been received within the last seven years. Td vaccine is an acceptable substitute, if Tdap vaccine is medically contraindicated.
    Applicants born before January 1, 1957 are not required to submit documentation of the 2 MMRs (Measles/Mumps/Rubella)
I can’t find my immunization records. add
Applicants can request their health care professional do a serological lab (blood test) test to determine their level of Immunity to the MMR’s, Varicella and Hep B.
What immunizations will I need AFTER I am selected the nursing program? add
Negative 2 step TB
Proof of Major Medical Insurance
Health screening form (must be on the approved nursing department form).
Will I need a current CPR? add
Yes, it must be from the American Heart Association, BLS Provider. No exception.  You must have hands on CPR manikin practice with a qualified AHA CPR instructor.
What if I have a criminal background? add
All student must submit a Declaratory Order petition to the Texas Board of Nursing which can be found by following this link https://www.bon.texas.gov/forms_declaratory_order.asp

For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
        A. been arrested and have a pending criminal charge?
        B. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
        C. been convicted of a felony?
        D. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
        E. received deferred adjudication?
        F. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not          
            adjudicated guilty?
        G. been sentenced to serve jail time, prison time, or court-ordered confinement?
        H. been granted pre-trial diversion?
         I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
         J. 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. Govt Code 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order if 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 Govt 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 n

The student is required to submit a copy of the Declaratory Order and all supporting documents to the nursing program before the application deadline date of the program of choice.

The Declaratory Order petition must be completed with the final Texas Board of Nursing resolution letter in file before the first class day if you are selected.

For students in this course who way have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have any questions 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.

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