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A (Health) Caring Career

The Vocational Nursing degree and certificate programs at Southwestern College prepares students for direct patient care in situations where they are under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses. A major portion of the educational experience takes place in a variety of healthcare settings, including hands-on lab work in state-of-the-art Southwestern College facilities.

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Licensed Vocational Nurses are men and women who give direct patient care under the supervision of physicians, dentists, and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings such as clinics, long-term care, home health and in some cases acute care. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

A new Vocational Nursing class is enrolled every eighteen (18) months. Generally, thirty qualified applicants are accepted in the order in which their file is submitted until the class is filled. Spaces are offered only to those applicants who have verified completion of the program pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better and other program requirements.

This program is three semesters in length and includes supervised clinical experience in local health care facilities. Students should be prepared to be in class or clinical as early as 6:30 am. Some classes may be scheduled in the evening hours and/or on weekends. In addition to the nursing courses, each student must satisfactorily complete required general education courses which may be taken prior to or concurrently with nursing courses (Psych 101 during the third semester). We strongly recommend that the general education courses be taken prior to the nursing courses. Basic computer skills are strongly recommended.

Vocational nursing courses must be taken in sequence. A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for classroom (theory) classes and “CR” (credit) in laboratory/clinical courses in each nursing course to continue in the program.

The Nursing Program policy supports the provision of reasonable accommodations to assist disabled students in the program.

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