Vocational Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

What do LVNs do?

LVNs work in non-complex patient care areas under guidance of RNs and/or licensed physicians or dentists.  LVNs attend to personal hygiene needs, administer medications, chart and assist with meeting patient care needs. 

What hours can I expect to work and what how much will I make?

LVNs are assigned like other health care workers to work 8 to 12 hours shifts, periodic weekends and some holidays. Specific work schedules are determined by the employer. Salaries vary. New graduate vocational nurses are currently starting at $15 - $20 per hour base pay in the Golden Triangle.

What are the minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the VN Program?

To be considered for admission into the VN Program, you must score 50% or higher in reading, language arts, and math sections on the TEAS test, complete all prerequisites prior to the start of the program and submit the completed application by the due date.

What criteria are used to select applicants?

The VN Program is a selective admissions program. The goal is to select the most qualified applicants. Criteria that are considered in the admission process include academic achievement and consecutive applications. Click on this link to view the Admission Rating Scale (insert link to VN Admission Rating Scale).

It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure the application, transcripts, and TEAS scores are submitted by the due date. Only applications that are complete by the due date will be considered. Conditional admission will be offered to the most qualified applicants in any given admission period. In the event that two or more applicants have the same Admission Rating Scale, the TEAS Reading score will be used to break the tie.

How long is the waiting list?

While there may be a wait to be admitted to the VN Program after completing all admission requirements, the program does not have a "waiting list." Applicants who are not selected for admission may remain in the applicant pool by submitting an updated application and transcript. Those applicants are then re-ranked during the next review and reconsidered for admission. The applicant's rank may change from one review to the next. Because of the limited clinical facilities available to the students and the large number of applicants, qualified applicants may wait one or two periods before their rank is high enough for admission.

Do I need to submit a new application each year?

The nursing department will keep your application for one year. However, to be considered for the next class, you must submit a new application with current (less than one year) contact information, work history, updated transcripts and TEAS score. All documents must be current, meaning less than one year since submission. Applications with no activity for 12 months will be destroyed.

Should I retake courses to improve my GPA?

The decision to repeat courses is up to the individual candidate.

How is the size of the admitting class determined?

The total number of students that can be admitted to a class is determined by rules and regulations mandated by the Texas Board of Nursing. The rule governing class sizes states: "The number of students admitted to the program shall be determined by the number of qualified faculty, adequate educational facilities and resources, and the availability of appropriate clinical learning experience for students." (Rules & Regulations 215.15a)

Can I take non-nursing courses listed on the degree plan before being accepted into the VN Program?

Students are encouraged to complete all non-nursing co-requisite courses on the degree plan while waiting to be accepted into the VN program. Only courses on the degree plan which are completed by the application deadline are considered in the admission rating scale.

If I am a transfer student, how do I know my classes/credits will transfer?

Courses taken in Texas should have the same reference number. For additional information, please contact the transcript evaluator at (409) 882-3398 or by e-mail.

When is the application due date and when will I know if I am accepted?

Applications for the Vocational Nursing Program starting in Spring will be open August 1st through October 1st. These applicants will be notified by email no later than December 1st  as to their application status (Accepted, Contingent, or Not Qualified).

Applications for the Vocational Nursing Program starting in the Fall will be open March 1st through May 1st.  These applicants will be notified by email no later than July 1st  as to their application status (Accepted, Contingent, or Not Qualified).

When do classes start? How many days a week are we in class and clinical? Is each semester different from each other?

The program admits new applicants each Spring and Fall. The program lasts three semesters. The number of days students must devote to the program varies each semester. Each semester has a clinical component which is completed at facilities in the Golden Triangle area. (insert link to course schedule)

How much does your program cost? Is there financial aid and/or scholarships available?

The cost of the program is available on our website. For information regarding financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (409) 882-3317 or by financial aid office e-mail. Scholarships for health care professionals are available throughout the program. The nursing department shares scholarship information with the eligible students as it becomes available.

Does your campus offer an LVN to ADN program?

Lamar State College Orange offers an RN Transition Program which is designed for LVNs who wish to further their education and obtain their RN license.

Are there resources are available to help me with online courses?

Our goal is for you to be comfortable with and succeed in hybrid/online courses. To help you, here are some resources available:

  • Blackboard Help for Students - located on Blackboard
  • Upswing Online Tutoring via Blackboard
  • LSCO Learning Center staff