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Vocational Nursing Application Information

The Vocational Nursing Program at Lamar State College Orange is designed to prepare its graduates to take the NCLEX-PN and become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

The LVN functions under the direction of a registered nurse and/or licensed physician to provide care to individuals who are in need of medical diagnostic evaluation and/or experiencing acute or chronic illness.  The vocational nursing program is ideal for anyone who wants to be a nurse, but who may have limited resources of either time or money. It is also excellent for those who desire a career in nursing but do not wish to spend two or more years in an educational program.

The VN program is the foundation on which the Associate of Applied Science Upward Mobility Nursing Program is built. Graduates of the LSCO VN Program are eligible for the RN Transition Program after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN/VN) to be Licensed Vocational Nurses, and complete required pre-requisite courses. The RN Transition Program is a program of study that prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be registered nurses. New graduate vocational nurses currently start out making $15 to $18 an hour base pay.

Lamar State College Orange offers an evening and day Vocational Nursing Program.

Classroom hours for evening are 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and clinical hours are 12:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Classroom hours for day are 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, and clinical hours are 6:30 am - 3:30 pm. Class and Clinical days vary throughout the program. Students accepted for the evening program my NOT transfer to the day classes mid-program. The evening program begins in the spring semester of each year.

Admission to the VN Program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Rating Scale to include GPA formula.  All applicants are ranked based on the VN Admission Rating Scale.  Available places are assigned according to the applicants’ rank on the rating scale.  For example, if there are fifty seats available for the incoming class, the person with the highest score on the VN Admission Rating Scale will be accepted for the first seat.  The applicants’ rating scale scores are placed in descending order until all seats are filled.
    PLEASE NOTE:  IF CLASSES ARE TAKEN MORE THAN ONCE, THE GRADES WILL BE AVERAGED ON THE RATING SCALE.
  2. Completion of BIOL 2301, BIOL 2302, and VNSG 1323/1160 with a minimum grade of "C".  Although completion of BIOL 1322 and PSYC 2314 is not required before admission to the VN Program, those grades will add points on the rating scale. Since many applicants have completed BIOL 1322 and PSYC 2314 not having those courses may decrease your chances of getting into the Vocational Nursing Program.  Points are also given for any classes completed toward the Upward Mobility Program.
    **  Experienced nurses' aides  or Certified Nurses' Aides (CNA's) may be exempt from the VNSG 1323 Basic nursing class by passing the VNSG 1323 Basic Nursing Challenge Exam with a minimum score of 80%.  The challenge exam is  given at the Lamar State College Orange Testing Center . Contact Victoria Norville at 882-3330  at for an appointment to take the exam.  The cost of the challenge exam is $25.00 with an additional $100.00 is minimum score is achieved.
  3. Evidence of passing the TEAS test. All vocational nursing students  MUST take and pass the TEAS test.  (There are no exemptions).
  4. Completion of the Applicant Interview Form
  5. Evidence of good physical and mental health (if accepted)
  6. A COMPLETE application with transcripts (may be unofficial) from any schools attended, including those in the Lamar system. All transcripts should be submitted with the application. Students should make arrangements to obtain transcripts from Lamar Orange and other colleges attended at least one month before the application deadline so that transcripts can be submitted with the application to the NURSING DEPARTMENT.  Most colleges charge a minimal fee to obtain transcripts.
  7. Students in the Vocational Nursing Program are required to complete  the Hepatitis B vaccination series before attending clinical. Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver caused by a virus.  It is usually spread by contact with infected blood or blood products.  Nurses are at risk for contacting Hepatitis B. The Hepatitis B vaccine is given in a series of three injections; an initial one, another in a month, and the third one after six months.  If a student plans to take the vaccine s/he should start the series as soon as possible.  These injections can be obtained from your doctor or a local clinic. The Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) requires that all employers make the vaccine available at no cost to their employees who are at risk for contracting Hepatitis B.
  8. Students in the vocational nursing program must adhere to the Texas Success Initiative requirements while enrolled in the program and meet these requirements before graduation.
  9. Health care facilities in the area are requiring all students to complete a criminal
    background check. This must be completed through the Texas State Board of Nursing.  Upon applying to the program each student will receive a letter with instructions on submitting fingerprints to the Board.  Once complete the student will have to submit clearance of the background check (blue card).  This may take up to 45 days.  Students with a criminal background (see below) must complete a Declaratory Order.  This form is on the BON website and may take 4 to 6 months.

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LICENSURE

Completion of the Vocational Nursing Program does NOT guarantee that a graduate may take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN).  Effective January 1, 1996, A person who has been convicted of a felony that relates to the duties and responsibilities of a licensed vocational nurse shall be disqualified from obtaining licensure as a licensed vocational nurse.  The Texas State Board of Nursing shall not license such a person and shall upon conviction of a felony, suspend or revoke the license of a person previously licensed. The Texas State Board of Nursing may disqualify an applicant from obtaining licensure who:

Eligibility Issues

Applicants must be able to answer “No” to the following questions in order to use the online application.  All other applicants may download a complete application packet.  Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) months to complete.

For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

  1. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. Been convicted of a felony?
  3. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. Received deferred adjudication?
  5. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
  6. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time?  Court ordered confinement?
  7. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
  8. Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
  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)

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 the Board of Nursing with your application.  Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine.  Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.

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 re 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 other sections of the 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.

  • Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever been fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • *Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  • *Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?

Of course, Applicants are invited to provide any additional information (i.e. notarized letters of character reference) that they wish to bring to the attention of The Texas State Board of Nursing. All correspondence should be addressed to The Texas State Board of Nursing:

The Texas State Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 3-400
Austin, Texas 78758
(512) 305 -8100

Applicants for licensure must have a grade of "C" or better in all courses that apply to the Certificate of Vocational Nursing to be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN/VN.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

*  FOR THE FALL CLASS - DEADLINE IS MAY THE 1st OF EACH YEAR.
*  FOR THE SPRING CLASS - DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 1st OF EACH YEAR.
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION TO THE VOCATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM,  THE STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF NURSING:

  1. THE NURSING PROGRAM APPLICATION
  2. PROGRAM APPLICANT INTERVIEW FORM
  3. COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS FROM ANY SCHOOLS ATTENDED, INCLUDING
    THOSE IN THE LAMAR SYSTEM
  4. A COPY OF THE TEAS TEST RESULTS

OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS  MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE TO THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE.

YOU  MAY TURN IN  COMPLETE APPLICATIONS BEFORE THE DEADLINE.

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED
ON THE DEADLINE DATE!

All applicants who have complete files will be notified of acceptance or rejection. If you do not receive a letter, please call 882-3344. Please wait at least 10 weeks following the deadline before you call. Keep in mind the rating scales must be calculated and evaluated, then they are given to the administrative assistant for production and mailing of the letters.

STUDENT POLICY REGARDING HIV STATUS
Health and Safety Code 85.201 “health care workers who perform exposure-prone procedures should know their HIV antibody status; health care workers who perform exposure-prone procedures and who do not have serologic evidence of immunity to HBV from vaccination or from previous infection should know their HbsAf status and, if that is positive, should also know their HbeAg status. “  This law however does not give the facility the right to test the health care worker for one of the infectious agents nor does it require the health care worker to disclose their HIV status to anyone.  HSC 81.102 states “A person may not require another person to undergo a medical procedure or test designed to determine if a person has AIDS or HIV infection, antibodies to HIV, or infection with any other probable causative agent unless 1) the medical procedure or test is required under subsection (d), under Section 81.050, or under Article 21.31, Code of Criminal Procedure.  2) the medical procedure or test is required under Section 81.090, and no objection has been made under Section 81.090 (1).  3)  the medical procedure or test is authorized under Article 21.21-4, Insurance Code.  4)  a medical procedure is to be performed on the person that could expose health care personnel to AIDS or HIV infection, and there is sufficient time to receive the test result before the procedure is conducted. 5)  the medical procedure or test is necessary.  For more information you may view the web site http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/he/he0008500.html#he057.85.201 and http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/statues/he/he00088100.html#he051.81.102
It is each LSCO student’s responsibility to understand the legal and professional/ethical ramifications of the law and to comply with the law’s requirements. If a student is unsure of his/her HIV status, anonymous testing is available in Orange through the following agency:

Orange County Health Department
2014 N. 10th
Orange, Texas 77630

FINANCIAL AID

Financial Aid consists of several programs funded by federal and state governments to help college students defray expenses while attending college.  The types of financial aid available at LSCO are:

Grants - Money awarded that is not repayable
Work Study - Money the student earns through employment at the college

To apply for financial aid you must complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provided by the College Scholarship Service to determine if you are eligible for aid. The form is available in the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Anyone who will need financial aid should obtain application forms from the Financial Aid Office at Lamar Orange and APPLY for it NOW. It takes approximately eight weeks to process the financial aid application so you should APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Do not wait until you are accepted into the program or your money will not arrive in time for registration.

STUDENT FINANCIAL AID STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS

Students are expected to meet established standards for academic progress to remain eligible for financial aid.  Complete information about those standards is available from the Financial Aid Office.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available cover a portion of eligible student's expenses. A limited number of  scholarships are available to students who qualify based on academic merit and/or need. The amounts and number of awards vary each year, depending on available funding and students' need. Scholarship application forms and information concerning other requirements and deadlines are available in the Office of Student Financial Aid or by calling 409- 882-3317.