School of Vocational Nursing (51.3901) Uvalde, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio Campuses

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Faculty and Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

(830) 591-7364
A Hadley
Amanda Hadley
Uvalde Campus
(830) 591-7256
R Valdez
Raul Valdez
Uvalde Campus
(830) 591-7316
K Ruiz
Klarissa Ruiz
Uvalde Campus

(830) 591-7332
V Valerio
Veronica Valerio
Administrative Assistant
Uvalde Campus

(830) 591-7320
M Serrano
Melissa R. Serrano
Del Rio Campus
(830) 703-1596
O De La Torre
Olga Cecilia De La Torre
Del Rio Campus
(830) 703-1567
L Gammill
Laura Gammill
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-4155
S Tovar
Sonia Tovar
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-5070
N Diaz
Norma Diaz
Administrative Assistant
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-5070


The purpose of the SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing Program is to prepare graduate vocational nurses as beginning practitioners who are competent and self-directed to function under the supervision of the registered nurse or physician. The primary role of the entry-level graduate of a vocational nursing program is to provide nursing care in structured health care setting for individual clients who are experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes. The new graduate can readily integrate technical skills and use of computers and equipment into practice. The vocational nursing role represents the beginning level of the nursing practice continuum as members of the profession, provider of patient-centered care, patient safety advocate, and member of health care team.

Students who successfully complete all programs objectives and meet the Texas Board of Nursing requirements will be eligible to register and take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and apply to the Texas Board of Nursing for Licensure.

The School of Vocational Nursing consistently strives to promote the highest standards in vocational nurse education and nursing practice. The school operates under the direction of Southwest Texas Junior College, the Texas Board of Nursing, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Program Goals

The goals of Southwest Texas Junior College School of Vocational Nursing are to:

1. Provide and maintain a quality curriculum that incorporates educational requirements and competencies as prescribed by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

2. Provide instruction that includes current standards of nursing practice, procedures, and advances in technology (computers, simulation, etc.)

3. Provide a quality learning environment that promotes critical thinking, enhances problem solving abilities, and ensures technical competence.

4. Ensure that students are prepared to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

5. Ensure that the graduate will function as a vital member of the health care team in meeting the needs of a socially diverse community.

Program Objectives/Outcomes

Upon completion of the Vocational Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Safely plan and implement therapeutic nursing interventions within the scope and role of the vocational nurse as an entry level practitioner in a variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the delivery of safe and effective care.
  3. Utilize the nursing process as a conceptual model in the care of patients, families, and communities with commonly occurring health needs throughout the life span.
  4. Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills while interacting with patients, families, communities, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  5. Demonstrate caring behaviors and respect for humans in meeting the needs of patients.
  6. Implement a teaching plan for patients with common health problems and well defined learning needs.
  7. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in the practice of vocational nursing as stated in the Vocational Nursing Practice Act.
  8. Demonstrate accountability for own nursing practice.
  9. Participate as an advocate in the activities that focus on improving the health care of patients.
  10. Demonstrate behaviors that promote the development and practice of vocational nursing.


SWTJC School of Vocational Nursing is accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Application Process

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 & 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 VI 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 student’s information is then sent to IdentoGo. This company will notify the student as to when he/she canmake arrangements to have a fingerprint scanning appointment with IdentoGo. The student will pay IdentoGo for both fingerprint scanning services) and the cost of the DPS/FBI background check

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:

  1. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
  2. been convicted of a felony?
  3. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
  4. received referred 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 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, canceled, 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:

  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder
  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder

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
Hepatitis B Vaccine Series (series of three)
MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine)
Td Booster (administered within 10 years prior to start of nursing school)
Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
Varicella - 2 doses (history of disease not accepted)
Flu Shot (when offered; by end of October)

13. Proof of personal health insurance coverage.

14. Proof of current CPR from American Heart Association - Basic Life Support BLS (CPR & AED).

15. Proof of liability insurance, which the student must enroll in through SWTJC. The student is responsible for the cost of liability insurance.

Re-Admission Policy

    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 re-admission.
    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

Vocational Nursing Certificate add

Program of Study

Summer Session I

Vocational Nursing Certificate Program of Study Summer Session I
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1300π Learning Framework
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development 3
Total 7

Summer Session II

Vocational Nursing Certificate Program of Study Summer Session II
Course Number Title Credit
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Total 7

Fall Semester

Vocational Nursing Certificate Program of Study Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
VNSG 11162 Nutrition 1
VNSG 1323 Basic Nursing Skills 3
VNSG 2331 Advanced Nursing Skills 3
VNSG 1122 Vocational Nursing Concepts 1
VNSG 1136 Mental Health 1
VNSG 1329 Medical/Surgical Nursing I 3
VNSG 1126 Gerontology 1
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration 2
VNSG 1360 Clinical - Licensed Vocational Nurse
Training 3
Total 18

Spring Semester

Vocational Nursing Certificate Program of Study Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
VNSG 1230 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 2
VNSG 1234 Pediatrics 2
VNSG 14321 Medical/Surgical Nursing II 4
VNSG 1138 Mental Illness 1
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology 2
VNSG 1561 Clinical - Licensed Vocational Nurse
Training 5
Total 16
Total Credit Hours for VN Program 48


  1. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
  2. HECO 1322 or BIOL 1322 may replace.

π All students are required to take EDUC 1300 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1300/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolling in the Vocational Nursing Program pay the regular college tuition, fees and an additional $300 Allied Health surcharge each fall and spring semester. Additional fees are also required prior to admission and upon acceptance to the program. The following fees are approximate costs identified to assist the student in financial planning:

Fall Semester

Additional Fees/Expenses Fall Semester
Additional Fees/Expenses Approximate Fee
1 Required Physical Exam Varies
2 Hepatitis B vaccine series about $80.00
3 Uniforms ordered through the nursing school $75.00
4 School Patches (available at bookstore) $2.73
5 Textbooks about $900.00
6 Nursing Equipment (stethoscope, bandage scissors, hemostat, Penlight, sphygmomanometer, gait belt, goggles) about $69.00
7 Liability insurance $14.50
8 White nursing shoes Varies
9 Watch with a second hand Varies
10 Four function calculator Varies
11 ATI National Assessment Exams and Remediation $950.00

Spring Semester

Additional Fees/Expenses Spring Semester
Additional Fees/Expenses Approximate Fee
1 Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas License Fee $125.00
2 National Council Licensure examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) $200.00
3 Graduation Cap and Gown and Diploma about $75.00
4 ATI National Assessment Exams & Remediation $950.00

Withdrawal and Dismissal Policy

Southwest Texas Junior College School of Vocational Nursing reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose health, attendance, conduct, personal qualities or scholastic records indicate that it would be inadvisable for the student to continue in the program. Students must maintain a minimum grade of 80 in all nursing courses in order to remain in the nursing program. Students withdrawing from the nursing program must comply with the SWTJC withdrawal policy and must participate in an exit interview in order to remain in good standing.

Vocational Nursing Advanced Placement Policy

A student who is a Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) may receive credit for:

        VNSG 1323 – Basic Nursing Skills (3 hrs.)

To receive advanced placement credit for the vocational nursing certificate of completion, the applicant must:

  1. Provide documentation of current CNA certification;
  2. Apply and be admitted into the Nursing Program;
  3. Have completed at least 6 semester hours at SWTJC;
  4. Satisfactorily complete a skills assessment exam with a grade of 80% or better;
  5. Make arrangements to take the exam with a nursing faculty 4 weeks before the first day of school.

Students who meet the criteria and satisfactorily pass the skills assessment exam will receive advanced placement credit and a grade of “P” for the course.

Graduation Requirements

Students who have met all program requirements are eligible to attend the May commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive a Vocational Nursing Certificate of Completion.

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