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Big Spring Application Deadline: April 1 - Vocational Packet Now Available

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The Vocational Nursing program is a 12 month Certificate program that offers college credit. It is designed to prepare students to perform direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or physician. Students are prepared for upward mobility in a nursing career. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Upon completion, students will make application to take the State Board Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Many Vocational Nursing students after passing the State Board Exam return to Howard College Big Spring campus to pursue the Accelerated (Transition) Associate Degree Nursing Program to become a Registered Nurse.


How to Apply

In order to properly process application material,
it is extremely important that all documentation be mailed to:
Howard College
Attention: Nursing
1001 Birdwell Lane
Big Spring, TX 79720
   
Please read all information carefully.  An incomplete application packet will not be accepted for consideration to the program.
Step 1:  Apply to Howard College - Apply to Howard College.  Submit verification of acceptance in the Application packet.
Step 2:  Nursing Application - Complete and submit the Nursing Application and completed required documents by April 1.  Required documents listed below (Step 5).
Step 3:  TEAS Exam -  Take TEAS exam.  You will schedule this at http://www.atitesting.com.  If taken at the Howard College Testing center, results will be submitted to the college automatically.  If taken elsewhere, you will be responsible for getting your results to the Nursing office.
Step 4:  Required Documents - The following items are required for a complete admission folder:
  • Nursing Application
  • Hepatitis B proof
  • Varicella (chickenpox) proof
  • Official College Transcripts (from other colleges)
  • TEAS Results
  • Proof of Certified Nurses Aide (see packet for info)

Who We Are

Nursing has been an integral part of Howard College’s history for fifty years. The LVN program at the college began in 1958.  The Associate Degree program began in January of 1976.  The Big Spring Campus hosts a LVN, RN, and Transition program.  The LVN program has a branch at the San Angelo campus as well. Since June 2003, the didactic portion of the second year of the RN program has taken place in the online learning environment.

Clinical rotations for all programs are excellent and varied. We are fortunate to have Affiliation Agreements with many hospitals and clinics in Big Spring, San Angelo, and the surrounding areas.

“Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back."
~Florence Nightingale, 1914

Philosophy

We, the faculty, believe nursing is a practice discipline with a unique body of knowledge based on principles and concepts derived from the sciences and humanities.  The goal of nursing as a caring profession is to assist individuals, families, and communities in health promotion, maintenance and restoration throughout the life process.

Program Director   Department Contacts
Vanessa Arista, RN, BSN
Program Director - Nursing
(432) 264-5067
(432) 264-5622 - Fax
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Janet Davis-Somers
Nursing Department Secretary
(432) 264-5070
(432) 264-5142 - Fax
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Jill Estes, RN
Vocational Nursing Instructor
(432) 264-5023
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San Angelo

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The Vocational Nursing program is a 12 month Certificate program that offers college credit. It is designed to prepare students to perform direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or physician. Students are prepared for upward mobility in a nursing career. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Upon completion, students will make application to take the State Board Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Many Vocational Nursing students after passing the State Board Exam return to Howard College Big Spring campus to pursue the Accelerated (Transition) Associate Degree Nursing Program to become a Registered Nurse.

Program Requirements

All admission requirements with the exception of prerequisite classes must be completed by June 1.

  1. Attend a Howard College Health Professions Orientation. A Schedule may be obtained by contacting the HCSA Health Professions Division at (325) 481-8371, ext. 3435. Orientations will also be announced on the HCSA homepage.
  2. Take a reading test. HC administers the ACCUPLACER exam. The testing schedule is posted on the website for each campus or may be obtained by contacting  the Testing Coordinator at (325) 481-8300, ext. 3406 in San Angelo.
  3. Complete the required prerequisite courses with a final grade of "C" or above.
  4. Students seeking admission to the Vocational Nursing Program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills Test (TEAS). The student will be responsible for registering and paying for the exam through the ATI website (www.atitesting.com). The testing schedule is on the Howard College website howardcollege.edu. Please contact the Testing Coordinator at (325) 481-8300 for more information. The TEAS V test can be taken once every 30 days with a maximum number of three (3) times per admission cycle (September 1 – May 31). ONLY TEAS V scores will be accepted. TEAS V scores not taken at Howard College will be accepted from ATI. Scores will need to be mailed or emailed directly to the Howard College Vocational Nursing Program Director, Nancy Chavez-Coleman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  5. Provide proof of required immunizations.
  6. Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  7. Submit a Nursing Application to the Health Professions Division along with an official transcript indicating high school graduation or proof of GED and an official transcript from each college/university attended including Howard College.
Program Director
Nancy Chavez-Coleman, R.N.
Program Director - Vocational Nursing, St. John's - Office HC-1002
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3428 or (325) 481-8310 - Fax
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Department Contacts

Jennifer Cedillo
Assistant to Health Professions Division
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3435
(325) 481-8373 - Fax
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Martha Alvarez
Vocational Nursing Instructor
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3442
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Lisa Spurgin
Nursing Instructor
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3426
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Manuel Tobias
Vocational Nursing Instructor
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3445
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Glenda Corker, R.N.
Vocational Nursing Instructor
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3429
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Faleasha Moutry, RN, CCRN
Vocational Nursing Instructor, St. Johns - Office HC1005
325-481-8371 ext. 3425
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Nancigail Economidis R.N.-M.S.N.
Vocational Nursing Instructor
(325) 481-8371, ext. 3427
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