2022-2023 General Catalog 
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2022-2023 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Vocational Nursing Certificate

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Offered at the Levelland Campus, the SPC Reese Center, and the SPC Plainview Center.

The Vocational Nursing program is designed to prepare individuals interested in the nursing profession to practice as licensed vocational nurses. Clinical experience is provided through affiliations with several area health care facilities.

Satisfactory completion of the 12-month curriculum with a minimum grade of “C” in all course work, including a Capstone Experience in the final semester of the program, qualifies the student to receive a Certificate of Proficiency. The student is then eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).

The Vocational Nursing program reserves the right to change the curriculum and program policies as deemed necessary for the maintenance of a high-quality education. Policies regarding admissions, advanced placement, dismissal, probation, class and clinical attendance, insurance, grading, and readmission are available in the Vocational Nursing Student Handbook.

This program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing.

Program Admission Requirements
Students wishing to make application for entrance into the Vocational Nursing program should follow the criteria below:

  • Apply for admission to South Plains College and complete all requirements for admission. You may apply online here. You must be accepted by SPC in order to enroll for any classes or take any admission exams! Please keep your user name, password and student email information.

**Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Vocational Nursing Program

  •  Meet SPC Admission criteria and be TSIA compliant. Check with Admission office for more information on TSIA2.
  • Have a GPA or 2.0 or higher. The program cannot take candidates who do not have a 2.0 GPA.
  • Take and pass the program entrance test, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Please visit the Testing Center Website for information on testing. See minimum scores below. *There is no minimum score on science, but points will be awarded towards the application for scores of 40 and above.

Admission to the Program is determined by the Vocational Nursing Admissions Committee.

All students applying to the program will undergo a criminal background check required by the Texas Board of Nursing. Any student wishing to enroll in the Vocational Nursing program who has been convicted; adjudged guilty by a court; or pleaded guilty, no contest, or nolo contendre to any crime in any state, territory, or country, whether or not a sentence was imposed, including pending criminal charges or unresolved arrests, must submit a declaratory order to the Texas Board of Nursing prior to applying for admission to the program. This includes expunged offenses and deferred adjudications with or without prejudice of guilt. 

No student will be considered for the Vocational Nursing program until he or she has been deemed eligible for licensure by the Texas Board of Nursing. The student must present a copy of licensure eligibility to the Program Coordinator at the time of application to the program.

Student admission into the program will be conditional pending a negative drug screen.  A positive drug screen will result in forfeiting entrance into the program.  The presence of an adulterant in the drug screen is considered a positive test.

Program director on the Levelland Campus is Dr. Tara Strawn, Director of Nursing 

Program director at the Plainview Center is Jennifer Steffey, Program Director of Vocational Nursing. 

Certificate of Proficiency

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