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About Our Program

Vocational Nursing by the numbers

  • 2.0: minimum GPA to be eligible to apply
  • 75: minimum score on each section of HESI® A2 Admission Exam
  • 3: consecutive semesters (12 months) to complete our program
  • 40: up to 40 applicants accepted each application period
  • $5,500: approximate cost of the program (in-District tuition)

How our program works

Time Commitment

You need to commit to full-time schedule for 3 consecutive semesters (12 months).

You must also be able to plan your other coursework around the schedule of core Vocational Nursing (VN) courses.

Part-time and distance learning are not available at this time.


Program courses and labs are generally held Monday through Thursday between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Clinics are held various days. They may start as early as 6 a.m. and might include afternoon or evening rotations.


Successful completion of this program requires a grade of “C” or better in all courses.


Approximately $5,500 (includes tuition, courses, books, immunizations, prerequisites, etc.)

National Licensure Exam: $200


After successfully completing our program, you are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN® (National Council Licensure Examination), which is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

State License

Our Associate Degree in Nursing and Vocational Nursing programs meet the state education requirements for a nursing license in the state of Texas.

TCC has not determined if these nursing programs meet the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia. 

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has resources that may be helpful.



Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions Advising

Advising Resource Hub

TRCF 2101A

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 August 05, 2020