Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) - Certificate

Begin Your Career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse

#1 Ranked LVN Program by PracticalNursing.orgThe Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) is an important frontline member of the health care team. LVNs are also referred to as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in many states. The LVN provides basic patient care. LVNs are supervised by Registered Nurses, Physicians, Physician’s Assistants, Dentists and Podiatrists. There are employment opportunities for LVNs in acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, the home-health care setting, schools, clinics, physician’s offices, and the criminal justice system. Alvin Community College (ACC) has educated individuals to enter the nursing profession for over 40 years and has the reputation of an outstanding LVN program.

The mission of the ACC LVN program is to provide the community an accessible, affordable, and quality education that will prepare safe, professional, competent, and caring VN graduates.

Attend an Information Meeting:

Sept 24 , 2019 at 6 pm in Building S-105
October 1, 2019 @ 6 pm in Building S-103

NCLEX-PN pass rates for first-time testers are: 100% for all the years 2012 through 2018

Career Opportunities

LVNs are in demand!  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that the mean annual wage for LVNs in the Woodlands/Houston/Sugar Land area is $48,950.

For more information on career opportunities as a LVN, please visit Career Coach where you can explore the local job market, take a career assessment, and build a resumé.

What Will I Study?

The 44-credit-hour ACC LVN certificate program is one year in length and begins every year in June. This cost-effective program can help pave the way for your entry into a growing and rewarding health care profession. It is an intensive study of vocational nursing, including classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Courses include medication administration, pharmacology, surgical nursing, maternal-neonatal nursing, pediatrics and more. View the Curriculum Guide for a detailed program outline. LVN training includes attending clinical where you obtain nursing experience working directly with patients in hospitals and other health care facilities under supervision of a Registered Nurse. The ACC LVN program has affiliation agreements with the following health care facilities (the following list is subject to change):  

  • Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (Webster) 
  • Cornerstone Hospital (Bellaire & Clear Lake) 
  • D. Anderson Hospital (Medical Center) 
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital Southeast 
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital Southeast, Pearland campus
  • Kindred Hospitals (Medical Center, Bay Area) 
  • UTMB pediatric & ante-partum clinics (Alvin, Angleton, Pasadena, Lake Jackson, Sugar Land)
  • Nursing homes: Tuscany Village (Pearland), Regent Care (League City), Country Village (Angleton)

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LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSING (LVN)
LEVEL II CERTIFICATE 

44 credit hours 

FIRST SEMESTER (SUMMER)

CREDITS

VNSG 1122 - Vocational Nursing Concepts

1

VNSG 1160 - Clinical I - Vocational Nurse

1

VNSG 1227 - Essentials of Medication Administration

2

VNSG 1420 - Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health

4

VNSG 1423 - Basic Nursing Skills

4
SECOND SEMESTER (FALL)

VNSG 1329 - Medical - Surgical Nursing I

3

VNSG 1331 - Pharmacology

3

VNSG 1332 - Medical - Surgical Nursing II

3

VNSG 1660 - Clinical II - Vocational Nurse 

6
THIRD SEMESTER

VNSG 1219 - Leadership & Professional Development

2

VNSG 1226 - Gerontology

2

VNSG 1230 - Maternal - Neonatal Nursing

2

VNSG 1234 - Pediatrics

2

VNSG 1301 - Mental Health & Mental Illness

3

*VNSG 1661 - Clinical III - Vocational Nurse 

6
VOCATIONAL NURSING CERTIFICATE – CREDIT HOURS 44

*Capstone Course

The ACC VN Program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). The ACC VN program upholds the stated mission of the Texas BON which is to “protect and promote the welfare and safety of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely”.

*How Much Will the Program Cost?

Costs, including tuition and fees, for the LVN certificate are approximately $6,000 if you live in district and approximately $8,000 if you live out of district. This includes the HESI-A2 test fee, CPR certification, all tuition, fees, books, supplies, uniforms, malpractice insurance, and costs related to graduation and licensure. Personal health insurance, transportation, parking fees, physical exam, TB test, and immunizations are extra. To find out whether you live in or out of district, call the Admissions Office 281-756-3531.

For a detailed breakdown of costs, visit the Program Costs page.

For more information on education costs, payment options, payment plans, deadlines and more, visit our Tuition and Fees section.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.  For more information, visit our Financial Aid section.

*Alvin Community College may change tuition rates and other fees without notice or when so directed by the Board of Regents.

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