Vocational Nursing

The Vocational Nursing Program is a one-year program that prepares students to take the state board examination (NCLEX-PN) to become licensed vocational nurses (LVN). Approved by the Texas Board of Nursing, the program is administered through the College of Professional Studies. Articulation agreements are in place to facilitate advancement to registered nurse at other schools of nursing. 


What is a Vocational Nurse?

Licensed vocational nurses work under the supervision of registered nurses and medical doctors.  An LVN is a trained professional that tends to the needs of sick, injured, or disabled people.  Duties of licensed vocational nurses include being responsible for the bedside care of patients, monitoring and recording vital signs, dressing wounds, administering medication, updating patient charts correctly, and assistng with the basic needs of patients, such as bathing and walking.  An LVN may also help during physical therapy or rehabilitation of patients.  Job opportunities for a licensed vocational nurse include a variety of medical institutions: hospitals, nursing homes or permanent care facilities, private doctors' offices, surgical centers, and home healthcare services. 


Requirements for admission are:

High School Diploma or GED

Satisfactory scores on the pre-nursing entrance examination (TEAS)

Application for admission to the program

Three letters of reference

Evidence of good health

Background check

An interview

Passing one of the prerequisite biology courses with a grade of C or better

  • Biology 2403, Human Anatomy and Physiology Survey
  • Biology 2404, Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Biology 2405, Human Anatomy and Physiology II


The Vocational Nursing Program begins every January and has three sessions: spring, summer, and fall.  At the end of the program year in December, students will receive a certificate of completion during the Sul Ross Commencement.  Applications for the program are due by July 31st.  For more information or to schedule a visit, prospective students should contact the Director of Vocational Nursing at

Department of Vocational Nursing
Box C-58
Alpine, TX 79832
(432) 837-8171