School of Vocational Nursing
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- Application for Admission - School of Vocational Nursing
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SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Students are admitted to this program through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section) and by satisfying the following additional requirements:
1. Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for specific prerequisites that include BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I, BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II, PSYC 2301 General Psychology, and PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development. Acquired grades below a C on prerequisites will not be accepted.
Note: If any Anatomy & Physiology courses are over 5 years old, at the time of applying, the course MUST be repeated. Meeting the application process does not guarantee admission into the program.
2. Application for admission to SWTJC and to the VN Program.
3. Official High School Transcript or GED certificate.
4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended other than SWTJC.
5. Meet TSI College-Readiness requirements.
a) If exempt due to an alternate test, you must provide documentation of acceptable scores. This applies to ACT, SAT, TAKS, COMPASS, Accuplacer, ASSET, STAAR, TASP, THEA, TAAS, etc.
6. Take the TEAS V examination and meet the Vocational Nursing Program requirements. Please call in spring for scheduled dates.
7. Three letters of reference that speak to your character and work ethic (instructors, co-workers, or employers).
8. A background investigation is required for all SWTJC Nursing Students prior to admission into the nursing program.
After the student applies for admission the SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing will submit the student’s name to the Texas Board of Nursing. The school will notify the student as to when he/she can , make arrangements to have a fingerprint scanning appointment with IdentoGo using the originator number (ORI) TX923490Z. The student will pay IdentoGo for both fingerprint scanning services ($9.95) and the cost of the DPS/FBI background check ($34.25). To make arrangements with IdentoGo go to http://www.identogo.com/.
The Texas Board of Nursing will send the results of the DPS/FBI criminal background check to the student (clear background check, positive background check or request a petition for declaratory order, or correspond with the student who has a rejected fingerprint scan and request another scan).
As a condition of admission, SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing will require the student to provide The School of Nursing with copies of all communications regarding the student’s status received from the Texas Board of Nursing.
9. The following are the requirements set out by the Texas Board of Nursing:
The Texas Board of Nursing requires the following questions be asked of each applicant prior to Licensure:
1. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
A. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
B. been convicted of a felony?
C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
D. received referred adjudication?
E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
F. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
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).
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, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises question 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 are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is 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.
2. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
3. 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 fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
4. Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?*
5. Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?*
If “Yes” indicate the condition:
All students are required to comply with Texas Board of Nursing rules and regulations in order to become licensed.
10. All application requirements must be completed and filed by April 1st. All requirements for admission, including successful background check with the Texas Board of Nursing must be met in order to be considered for admission to the nursing program. The student will receive written notification of acceptance to the SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing.
Students that have received a letter of acceptance require the following documentation:
11. A drug screening test is required for all SWTJC Vocational Nursing students.
12. A physical exam conducted by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant that demonstrates evidence of good physical and mental health (received within the last 6 months). The student is responsible for paying for the cost of the physical exam.
The exam must include the following documentation:
Tuberculin Test (PPD) or Chest X-ray
13. Proof of personal health insurance coverage.
14. Proof of current CPR for health care professionals. (CPR & AED program) from American Heart Association only.
15. Proof of privately obtained liability insurance, which the student must enroll in through SWTJC. The student is responsible for the cost of liability insurance.
1. Students applying for re-admission to the Vocational Nursing Program (VN) must comply with all current SWTJC admissions requirements, VN program admission requirements, and with VN program re-admission requirements.
2. Students applying for re-admission to the VN program are not automatically granted acceptance. Readmission is contingent upon space availability.
3. A student that fails or is withdrawn from the VN program must submit a letter to the Admissions and Progression Nursing Committee explaining the reason for failure/withdrawal and a plan of action for future success.
4. The Admissions and Progression Committee will evaluate each student on an individual basis and will assess the student’s ability to demonstrate skills, knowledge, professional and ethical behaviors. The decision will also be based on the curriculum in effect at the time of application for readmission.
5. Students who were withdrawn from the VN program during the fall semester and are accepted for re-admission will be required to repeat all courses for the fall semester regardless of any previous nursing course work successfully completed.
6. Students who were withdrawn from the VN program during the Spring semester will be required to make an appointment with the director of the nursing program during the summer, by May 15th, to schedule the following requirements:
a. Take a comprehensive exam and a skills exam to demonstrate competency in nursing skills and knowledge proficiency of the fall semester courses.
b. Score at least 80% on both the comprehensive exam and skills exam in order to be re-admitted in the spring semester. If the score is below 80%, the student must re-apply in the fall semester and repeat all course work for the fall semester regardless of previous course work successfully completed.
7. All students must complete the VN program within two years from initial admission; otherwise, students will be required to re-apply and repeat the VN program entirely regardless of previous course work successfully completed.
8. Re-admitted students must contact the nursing program to make arrangements for a current Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Test.
All policies associated with the Vocational Nursing program are subject to change without prior notice in order to keep all College and Program policies in compliance with State and Federal laws and/or with rules regulated to the program’s accrediting agency.
Program of Study
Application for Admission - School of Vocational Nursing
Application for Admission DUE April 1
(Application can be filled in on the user's computer then printed for submission or printed then handwritten for submission.)
You may return the completed forms and required documentation to one of the following campus locations:
U.S. Postal Service – mailing address:
Vocational Nursing Resources