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Vocational Nursing

Quick Facts

Vocational nurses care for ill, injured, or disabled patients in a variety of health care settings under the appropriate supervision of a registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, physician, dentist, or podiatrist.

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Our Program

Why choose Vocational Nursing?

  • Fulfill your passion for service to others
  • Have a choice where you live & work because Licensed Vocational Nurses are needed everywhere
  • Enter the health care workplace relatively quickly
  • Be eligible to enter the TCC Nursing program after completing & passing NCLEX-PN

Prepare for what you will do at work

  • Administer & record prescribed medications, fluids & feedings
  • Monitor & record patients’ vital signs
  • Observe patients & report changes in their conditions
  • Answer patients’ calls & determine how to best help them

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Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before you enroll, think about:

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)-approved

You can use your Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits to pay for this program.

Questions? See VetSuccess on Campus

Credentials in detail

Our program will prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-PN® (National Council Licensure Examination) so you can deliver quality, safe medical care.

Selective Admission

Vocational Nursing is a selective admission program.

After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our Vocational Nursing program.

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Degrees & Certificates


Level 2

Traditional VN Track

Apply for the 1-year program if you are eligible.


Already have Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT)  or Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification?


If you successfully pass the exam for this course, you can earn 3 semester credit hours toward a Certificate of Completion in Vocational Nursing:

Eligibility Requirements

  • Acceptance into our VN Program
  • Current Certification as a CNA, PCT or CMA
  • At least 6 months of employment in an acute / chronic care setting

Continuing Education Programs

Program Approval

Our VN Program is approved by:

Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
333 Guadalupe #3-460
Austin, Texas 78701

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2022–2023 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
CRT2 Vocational Nursing 45 $2,880


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Choose your Career Advisor by the first letter of your last name:

  • A–K: Adrienne Ballard
  • L–S: Janette Keen
  • T–Z: Kimberlyn Moore-Debrossard

Call 817-515-1484


Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated February 01, 2023