The Central Texas College (CTC) Nursing and Allied Health department is currently accepting applications for its evening/weekend Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program. The deadline to apply is December 12 so students can attend the pre-admission session in February. Two program pre-requisites must also be completed by August 2020. Classes for the evening LVN program will start with the fall 2020 semester.

The CTC Evening Weekend LVN program is designed to accommodate the busy schedule of the working adult. It is a 42-credit hour program which can be completed within one additional semester beyond the traditional LVN program. After completing the two pre-requisites (first semester), the second semester consists of two eight-week sessions which include two online courses to be completed in fall 2020. The third semester consists of one class in the spring semester and the fourth semester has four classes, two of which are online, to be completed during the summer. The fifth, and final, semester is one class to be completed in fall 2021.

Students receive classroom instruction and coordinated supervised clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients in local affiliated health care agencies. Classroom courses are held Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Clinical rotations of eight- or 12-hour shifts will be held on the weekends, either Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday, during the second eight-week term of the second semester and in the third and fifth semesters. Students completing the program will earn a Certificate of Completion and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam-Practical Nurse to become a vocational nurse for a variety of healthcare settings. The credit hours earned in the evening program can also be transferred to the LVN to Associate Degree in Nursing program for an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Admissions for the evening/weekend LVN nursing program are the same as the day-time program. Among the qualifications, prospective students must complete the CTC LVN program application online; complete the two required prerequisites - Anatomy and Physiology I (Biol 2401) and Pharmacology for Health Professionals (HPRS 2300) and achieve a grade of “C” or higher by the eligibility deadline date. Students must also complete the HESI A2 examination which must be taken no more than two years prior to the eligibility deadline date. They must also start the Hepatitis B series immunizations, if not already completed, which requires six months for completion.

For more information, contact the CTC Department of Nursing and Allied Health at 254-526-1266 or visit the website www.ctcd.edu/nursing

Photo: CTC nursing students check the vital signs of a "patient" in the department's emergency room simulation lab during a recent mock casualty drill.