The competitive selection process is designed to give all qualified applicants an opportunity to be a member of the class while ranking the individuals that have the best potential for success. Each applicant is interviewed by an admissions representative, provided detailed information about the program and screened regarding their qualifications for the VN Program.
Students applying to the Vocational Nursing Program must complete the following admissions steps:
- Applicants are required to provide supporting documents or evidence of high school graduation or General Education Diploma (GED)
- Submit, within 30-days of the class start, proof of vaccination by titer for: measles; mumps; rubella; hepatitis B; varicella; proof of vaccination by paper for tetanus, influenza (seasonal) and tuberculosis skin test (or chest x-ray & questionnaire if history of positive test), & hepatitis A (depending on facility).
- Physical examination; submit, within 30-days of the class start, proof of a physical exam not greater than 90-days old. Exam must be signed by a Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant, or Nurse Practitioner.
- Possession of the Texas Board of Nursing Blue Card, Operations Outcome Letter, Enforcement Outcome Letter, or Eligibility Order.
- Provide a urine drug screen result that is negative. The drug screen will be completed by first day of class. Applicants are allowed to test only once. If the result is positive, the applicant is removed from the program and deferred from reapplying for one year at which time they may re-apply and repeat the entire admission process.
- Complete the ATI TEAS© Entrance Exam. This exam is developed by ATI and is administered online by certified testing proctors and it measures and assesses a person's ability to be academically prepared to enter and succeed in nursing school. The applicant will be allowed two attempts in a 12-month period. Applicants who have previously taken the TEAS© Exam may provide their scores for consideration for admission as long as they are not greater than one-year-old and identical testing was completed.(Score a minimum composite score of 61.7% overall or greater)
- Complete a panel interview with the Nursing Admissions Committee. The applicant may bring letters of recommendation for the program from current or former nursing supervisors. Contact information should be listed if the panel desires to communicate with the supervisor.
- Complete the required admissions documents and application and submit the necessary fee(s) stated on the tuition and fee schedule.
- Consent to a criminal background check. Applicants with a felony conviction will be disqualified from admission. Applicants with misdemeanors or deferred adjudication will be instructed to submit the declaratory order of license eligibility petition to the Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) prior to acceptance. The student will be placed on the waiting list for the class until the response from the TBON is determined. A copy of the TBON’s letter indicating the final decision will be placed in the academic record as evidence of approval to take the licensure exam. The applicant will then be admitted to the next available class if they have met all other admission criteria.
- The nursing acceptance committee will meet approximately 6 weeks prior to the class start date to review and make selections for the class from the applicant files of all qualified individuals that have completed steps A-J of the process. The committee will be comprised of the Director of Nursing, Nursing Faculty, Director of Education or their designee.
- Complete the required forms and information for the financial aid officer (if the applicant is seeking assistance).
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK POLICY
During the Admissions and Selection Process students are notified of the regulations (Sections 213.27 - 213.30 of the Texas Administration Code) for nurses who have criminal histories. The following histories will disqualify an individual from entrance into the Vocational Nursing Program:
→ Felony convictions
→ Misdemeanor convictions or felony deferred adjudications involving crimes against persons (physical or sexual abuse, etc.)
→ Misdemeanor convictions related to moral turpitude (prostitution, public lewdness/exposure, etc.)
→ Felony deferred adjudications for the sale, possession, distribution, or transfer of narcotics or controlled substances
→ Registered sex offenders
Criminal background checks on all students are done prior to enrollment or prior to clinical rotation. Students, who have criminal histories, must have already completed the Declaratory Order of Eligibility (DOE) for licensure through the Texas Board of Nursing and provide a copy of the Texas Board of Nursing eligibility letter prior to acceptance into the program. The process takes a minimum of three to six months to complete. Fees are associated with the DOE process.
*Students will not be allowed to start clinical or progress in the program of they do not have a blue card, operations outcome letter, enforcement outcome letter, or eligibility order prior to clinical rotations beginning.
*Students will also not be allowed to start clinical or progress in the program of they do not have all required immunizations.
CLINICAL ROTATION INFORMATION
Clinical hours and scheduled days will vary. Clinical hours are scheduled between 5:00 am – 11:30 pm. Clinical days may be scheduled Monday through Sunday and shifts will be based on availability by the clinical agency.
All applicants will be ranked based on TEAS Entrance Examination scores, interview score and acceptance into the VN Program will be determined from the ranking and the submission of all required documents
During the first three days of a new nursing class start, students may be added to the class if previously accepted students either do not show for classes or decide to drop the program.
No new students from the waiting list will be added to the class after the third day of school.