Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Want a fast track to a nursing career? Our three-term vocational nursing programs* at the South and North Campuses can get you there.

The curriculum combines class lectures, skills training, and clinical experience in a variety of health care settings. After completing the program, you may apply to take the State Board Examination for license by the Texas Board of Nursing to practice as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN).

Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.  

 Degrees & Certificates

Level 2 Certificate

Want to get your foot in the nursing door? This fast-track, three-term program prepares you to enter the nursing field quickly. Then you can work as an LVN while pursuing further education to advance your career - 45 credit hours


Program Info

Contact Us

North Campus
 281-998-6350 x7128

South Campus
 281-998-6350 x3592


 North Campus, South Campus

Serving students in Houston, Channelview, Summerwood, Southeast Houston, Pearland, Clear Lake, Webster, Friendswood, and surrounding communities.


Application Information and Deadlines

Online Program Application

Spring 2023 Application Period: July 5 - Sept 16, 2022 @ 4:00pm

North Campus Only Information Packet

South Campus Only Information Packet

Program requirements
You must meet the requirements for general admission to San Jac, as well as these specific requirements:

  • Be a high school graduate or pass the GED test
  • Pass the placement test with acceptable scores
  • If required, complete needed College Preparatory courses
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.25 on college-level coursework
  • Pass a physical exam

BIOL 2301/2101 and BIOL 2302/2102 will meet your anatomy and physiology requirement if you took within five years of your starting semester.  

Note: Effective Jan. 1, 1996, a person convicted of a felony that relates to the duties and responsibilities of an LVN may be disqualified from obtaining licensure as an LVN (213.28 Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas; Rules and Regulations, September 2004). Applicants must address these issues directly with the Texas Board of Nursing.

Selection process
If you apply for the program and meet the requirements, you will be selected based on…

  • Placement test scores
  • Entrance exams
  • Grades on college-level coursework completed at San Jac and other accredited institutions

If accepted for admission, you will be notified by email. You must enroll, or you will lose your spot and have to reapply later. If you aren’t accepted for one term, you may reapply for a future term.

The program involves a full year of training with 560 classroom and 864 laboratory/clinical hours. If you complete each course in the program with a grade of C or higher, you will earn a certificate of technology.


Information Sessions

Spring 2023 Information Sessions

North Campus: Online Information Sessions - please email vocational.nursingno@sjcd.edu to signup.

August 30            10:30am

September 8        2:30pm

September 13     10:30am


South Campus:

Click Here To Register for a South Campus Information Session.  Upcoming dates and times are listed within the registration link.  If no dates are listed then no sessions are available.

Entrance Exam (HESI A2)

Spring 2023 HESI A2

North Campus:  HESI Date – August 31, 2022 9a-1p [CLOSED - Capacity has been reached.  No more exams are available]

Email vocational.nursingno@sjcd.edu with student ID # to sign up for HESI Exam. First come first serve.


South CampusClick Here For South Campus HESI A2 Sign Up

Program Outcomes

Information Coming Soon

Resources & Important Documents

Content Coming Soon

*The VN programs are approved by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Board of Nursing.