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
P Garcia
Pat Garcia
Uvalde Campus
(830) 591-7332
R Valdez
Raul Valdez
Uvalde Campus
(830) 591-7316
V Valle
Virginia Valle
Uvalde Campus
(830) 591-7217
V Valerio
Veronica Valerio
Administrative Assistant
Uvalde Campus

(830) 591-7320
L Gammill
Laura Gammill
Del Rio Campus
(830) 703-1567
C Yeldell
Charlotte Yeldell
Administrative Assistant
Del Rio Campus
(830) 703-1581
R Briseno
Richard Briseno
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-4155
Savanaugh J. Bustamante
Savanaugh J. Bustamante
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-5062
M Menchaca-Garza
Mischelle Menchaca-Garza
Eagle Pass Campus
(830) 758-5063 
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 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) 119TF2. 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

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, 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 for health care professionals. (CPR & AED program) from American Heart Association only.

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 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

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:

Veronica Valerio 
Administrative Assistant 
Southwest Texas Junior College 
2401 Garner Field Road
Uvalde, Texas 78801

Norma Diaz 
Administrative Assistant 
Southwest Texas Junior College 
3101 Bob Rogers Drive
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852

Charlotte Yeldell
Administrative Assistant 
Southwest Texas Junior College 
207 Wildcat Drive
Del Rio, Texas 78840

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