Licensed Vocational Nurse
The Vocational Nursing program is a 12 month Certificate program that offers college credit.

Big Spring - LVN Program


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.

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  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)

Nursing has been an integral part of Howard College’s history for over 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

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, MSN, RN
Program Director – Nursing
(432) 264-5067
(432) 264-5622 – Fax 

Janet Davis-Somers
Nursing Department Secretary
(432) 264-5070
(432) 264-5142 – Fax