2013-05-09 / News

TJC extends vocational nursing application deadline

Tyler Junior College School of Nursing and Health Sciences officials have announced an extension to the deadline for applications to the vocational nurse education programs in Tyler, Lindale, Jacksonville and Rusk.

The deadline is May 17.

“The job market for licensed vocational nurses remains strong and graduates routinely find good-paying jobs,” said Paul Monagan, TJC dean of nursing and health sciences.

At its main campus, TJC has a capacity of 35 licensed vocational nursing students in the daytime program and 35 in its evening program. The Lindale site has a capacity of 20 while there are a maximum of 20 spaces in Jacksonville and 30 in Rusk.

“With changes in healthcare funding, there may be an even greater need for licensed vocational nurses versus registered nurses, as facilities explore ways to keep operational costs low,” Monagan said.

He said many students choose to complete a certificate of proficiency in licensed vocational nursing then return to college after working as LVNs, to finish an associate’s degree. TJC offers an LVN-to ADN transition program to assist those returning students.

The vocational nurse education program is a one-year, 48 credit hour program leading to a certificate of proficiency in vocational nursing. Graduates are recommended to the Texas Board of Nursing to be approved to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to qualify as a licensed vocational nurse.

Applicants to the program must first be admitted to TJC and then speak with an academic advisor within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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