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


 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

Fall 2023 Application Period: January 30 - April 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm (noon)

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 request a date.

Mondays 11am Zoom

February March
6 6
20 27
27 31


Friday 1pm Zoom



South Campus:

Information sessions are optional and are not mandatory for South Campus Vocational Nursing.  Session space is limited.  Click on the date below to register.  Face to face sessions do not require advance registration.




Wed – Feb 8 at 10am Zoom

Wed – Mar 8 at 10am Zoom

Mon – Apr 3 at 10am Zoom

Fri – Feb 10 at 2pm Zoom

Wed – Mar 22 at 10am Zoom

Tue – Apr 4 at 2pm Zoom

Wed – Feb 15 at 10am Zoom

Thu – Mar 23

Face to Face Meeting Cancelled



Thu – Feb 16 at 2pm Zoom

Wed – Feb 22 at 10am Zoom

Fri – Feb 24 at 2pm

Face to Face at S-1.113

No Registration Needed

Entrance Exam (HESI A2)

Spring 2023 HESI A2

Please note do not send test scores or transcripts. All required documents are to be downloaded to the VN application portal.

North Campus:  HESI Date – February 10, 2023 9a-1p, February 24, 2023 9a-1p & March 24, 2023 9a-1p

The March 24, 2023 HESI exam offered for North Campus is now full.  No more slots are available.

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


South Campus: HESI A2 is OPEN.  Click here to register.

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.