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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Allied Health Vocational Nursing Program

Vocational Nursing Program


The Vocational Nursing Program operates in the belief that all individuals should be:
  • Treated with dignity and respect;

  • Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

  • Provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

Program Description

The Vocational Nursing Program provides instruction in courses which prepare graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN/VN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

The courses in the VN Program give students the opportunity to acquire the skills and demeanor necessary to provide nursing care to clients in structured health care settings.

The vocational nurse functions under the supervision of a registered nurse and/or licensed physician.

The VN Program provides students with the background necessary to enable them to succeed in the workforce or to seek additional nursing education.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the college's admissions requirements, students must apply for admission to the Vocational Nursing Program. Please read, print, and complete the Vocational Nursing Program Admission Application Adobe Reader Required Image. The completed application can be delivered in person to the Allied Health department, or mailed to:

Vocational Nursing Program Standards Committee
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
P. O. Box 310
Port Arthur, Texas 77641-0310


The program begins twice each year — in the fall and spring semesters. Complete information about all requirements and current application forms are available from the Allied Health Department.

The number of students admitted to any class is governed by the requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing. The Admission Criteria Rating Form was developed to aid in the objective selection of the class. Successful completion of the LSC-PA Vocational Nursing Program does NOT guarantee that a graduate may take the NCLEX-PN/VN.

Applicants are ranked according to their score on the Admission Criteria Rating Form. In any given admission period, those applicants having the highest scores are the ones admitted to the program. Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access institution. All available slots are filled with the most qualified applicants available in any given admission period.

Eligibility for Licensure

The Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas requires that the following questions are asked of each applicant for licensure:

  • Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

  • Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor other than a minor traffic violation?

  • Have you been hospitalized with a psychiatric occurrence within the past three (3) years?

  • Have you ever engaged in the intemperate use of drugs within the past three (3) years?

  • Have you ever engaged in the intemperate use of alcohol within the past three (3) years?

  • A person who has been convicted of a felony that relates directly to the duties and responsibilities of a Licensed Vocational Nurse shall be disqualified from obtaining a license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. The board shall not license such a person, and shall upon conviction of a felony, suspend, or revoke the license of a person previously licensed.

  • Crimes which the board considers to be directly related to the duties and responsibilities of a Licensed Vocational Nurse shall include, but are not limited to:

    1. Offenses against person

    2. Offenses against property

    3. Offenses involving fraud, dishonesty or deceit

    4. Offenses related to drugs/alcohol

    5. Offenses which include attempting or conspiring to commit any of the above named offenses.


Contact Us

For inquiries or additional information complete our Request Additional Information form, call (409) 984-6356, or visit our offices in the Allied Health Building.


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