Vocational Nursing

Program Description

Licensed practical and/or licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic nursing care. In Texas, LVNs work under the direction of

  • Registered nurses
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Podiatrists or dentists

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses work in many settings, including:

  • Nursing homes
  • Extended care facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Private homes

Examples of skills provided include vital signs, medication administration and wound care.

Course Length:12 months

Upon completion of the course, student will have the opportunity to test for the following licenses:

  • Vocation Nurse License - Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

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Why Vocational Nursing?

The Vocational Nursing program provides prospective students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue a career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The program concentrates on skills, technical expertise and clinical decision making.

The Vocational Nurse assists in determining the physical and mental health status, needs, and preferences of culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse patients and their families based on interpretation of health related data.

The LVN collects data and information, recognizes changes in conditions and reports this to the RN supervisor or another appropriate clinical supervisor to assist in the identification of problems and formulation of goals, outcomes and patient-centered plans of care that are developed in collaboration with patients, their families, and the interdisciplinary health care team.

Example of Skills

  • Medication Administration
  • Wound Care
  • Urinary Catheter insertion
  • Maintenance of intravenous (IV) catheter lines
  • Assistance with activities of daily living ( feeding, bathing, clothing, etc)
  • Assistance with the plan of care

Medical Terminology

Medical terminology is the language of healthcare setting. Healthcare physicians use medical terminology to describe body parts, diseases, procedures and equipment.

All medical professionals must have an understanding of this language in order to communicate effectively with physicians and patients and to carry out instructions correctly.


Phlebotomy is the removal of blood from the patient for the purpose of testing.

  • The equipment includes test tubes and needles
  • Patient preparation and site selection
  • Venipuncture and capillary puncture
  • Safety and infection control are key

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

  • EKGs measure the activity of the heart
  • Basic cardiac testing for treatment
  • ECG (12 lead) testing monitoring, troubleshooting


  • Basic drug calculation and metric conversions
  • Pharmacology terms and abbreviations
  • Legal prescription requirements for all drug schedule and classes
  • Safe preparation and administration of medications (e.g. oral, topical, subcutaneous, Intramuscular)

Infection and Exposure Control

  • OSHA Safety regulations
  • Exposure Control
  • Sanitation, sterilization & disinfection
  • Personal Protective Equipment

Employment Possibilities

  • Pediatrics
  • Family Practice
  • Specialty Clinics (cardiology, urology, pulmonary etc...)
  • Dialysis Centers
  • Wound Care Facilities
  • Urgent Care Clinics
  • Hospitals

Course Outline

Course # Course Title
BIO 203 Anatomy & Physiology
VN 101 Foundations of Nursing
VN 102 Nutrition
VN 103 Basic Nursing Skills I
VN 104 Basic Nursing Skills II
VN 105 Pharmacology I
VN 106 Pharmacology II
VN 107 Medical Surgical Nursing I
VN 108 Nursing Clinicals I
VN 109 Medical Surgical Nursing II
VN 110 Nursing Clinicals II
VN 111 Medical Surgical Nursing III
VN 112 Nursing Clinicals III
VN 113 Maternal & Child Nursing
VN 114 Nursing Clinicals IV
VN 115 Pediatric Nursing
VN 116 Nursing Clinicals V
PHIL 102 Professional Vocational Adjustments
Total Clock Hours: 1530

Program Accreditation Information

Approved by:

Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC)
Texas Board of Nursing.

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Valley Grande Institute's programs are approved by Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges (TWC); Texas Department of State Health Services, Massage Therapy License #MS1004; Texas Department of State Health Services, Radiology; Texas Board of Nursing; Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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