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School of Vocational Nursing - Harlingen

Put nursing in your future! If you are an individual who is motivated, self-disciplined, responsible and enjoys helping others, consider becoming a Vocational Nurse through our Program.

Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations that should continue to provide stable, long-term employment for the future.

The Vocational Nursing Program at Valley Baptist begins in January and ends in December. The Program contains both classroom and clinical components. We provide knowledge and learning opportunities that allow an individual to become a safe practitioner capable of meeting the basic care needs of individuals with acute and chronic disorders.

The Vocational Nursing Program at Valley Baptist is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and Texas Workforce Commission. The program is divided into 3 distinct levels. During these levels, students gradually learn theoretical concepts that will be used in the clinical practice of nursing and experience patient care opportunities that advance from the simple to the complex. 

Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). The program’s pass rate on this examination usually exceeds the state average. A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) assumes roles and responsibilities for client care in a variety of hospital and community based settings, caring for patients of all ages with a variety of conditions, under the direction of a Registered Nurse or physician.

Visit the various sections for more information on how you can become an LVN and information on testing. If you have questions please contact a program representative at (956) 389-1721.

Additional Information:

  • Pre-entrance testing begins in July.
  • Clinical experiences are held at Valley Baptist Medical Center - Harlingen and surrounding facilities.
  • There are no pre-requisite courses required. (College credits not accepted)
  • For Program cost see Academic Catalog. The program is approved by the Veteran’s Administration for acceptance of GI Bill funds if the applicant qualifies.
  • Course hours are full-time days (hours vary between 6:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

To be eligible for selection, you must:

  • Complete a Criminal Background Check with (Safran) Morphotrust USA, and be cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing.
  • Be at least 17 years of age, and 18 years of age by time of graduation.
  • Have a High School Diploma or have completed and received a GED.
  • Take the current ATI TEAS pre-entrance exam.
  • Meet all pre-entrance and admission criteria.
  • Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) may be disqualified from taking the national licensure examination.

For further information about the Vocational Nursing Program, please call (956) 389-1721.

Program Information

  • Program Philosophy

  • What is a Vocational Nurse?

  • Purpose of the LVN Program

  • Program Design

  • Student Expectations

  • Scholarship Information

  • Employment Following Graduation

Program Documents