Programs of Study
Reese Campus VN Program Entrance Requirements
Entrance Requirements for the August 2014 Vocational Nursing Program
South Plains College, Reese Campus
Application Period: May 19 through July 7, 2014
Dear Vocational Nursing Program Candidate:
4. Take the Vocational Nursing Program entrance exam, the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) test. Student must obtain the Vocational Nursing Test Checklist from the VN Administrative Assistant in order to register for the test. Cost for the TEAS is $50. Test fee is non-refundable. Testing is limited to two times per application period. Please do not bring children to the Checklist process.
Thank you for your interest in the Vocational Nursing Program of South Plains College at the Reese Center. In order to be considered for admission to the Vocational Nursing Program, you must do the following:
1. Apply for admission to South Plains College. You may apply online at www.southplainscollege.edu. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page and click on the orange bar that says “Apply Now” and follow the prompts from there. Send all high school and/or college transcripts to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.
2. Apply for financial aid. Processing for financial aid takes approximately 6-8 weeks—do not wait for acceptance to apply for financial aid.
3. Take the prerequisite courses listed in the table below. Please see the Vocational Nursing administrative assistant in room 531, SPC building 5, to register for the prerequisite courses. Early registration for the prerequisite courses offered in the spring 2014 semester begins on November 14, 2013. Early registration for the prerequisite courses offered in the summer 1 semester begins on April 15, 2014. Must be TSI compliant in Reading and Writing in order to take ENGL 1301. Please do not bring children to the registration process.
5. Applicants may pick up the application packet in person from the administrative assistant by submitting a college transcript that shows either completion of the prerequisites or “currently enrolled” in the prerequisite classes. Completed application packets will not be accepted until the application period as noted above.
*****Candidates with a criminal history, please see Items #4 and #5 under "Acceptance is conditional based on the following criteria" below*****
|Prerequisite Courses||Acceptable Alternative||Special Note|
|ENGL1301 - Composition I||None||Must be TSI compliant in Reading and Writing in order to take ENGL1301|
|Math0120 - Mathematics for Vocational Nursing||MATH0311 - fundamentals of Arithmetic for Allied Health
MATH1314 - College Algebra
|Completion of an alternative math course will be accepted with a grade of "C" or better.|
|VNSG 1420 - Anatomy & Physiology for Allied Health||
BIOL2401 - Anatomy & Physiology I
|Prior completion of both BIOL2401 and BIOL2402 will be accepted with a grade of "C" or better and courses must have been completed within the last 5 years|
|VNSG1222 - Vocational Nursing Concepts||None||None|
|Elective courses (if needed in addition to prerequisites for 12 credit hours/financial aid)|
|HUDV1300 - Academic Strategies (Based on Learning Frameworks)
PSYC2301 - General Psychology
HITT1305 - Medical Terminology
PSYC2314 - Lifespan Growth & Development
6. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. If a course is repeated, the most recent course grade is the grade used for admission since it is also the grade used by SPC for your GPA.
7. Applicant must score a 58.7 or better in Reading and Writing on the TEAS. Math section must be taken.
8. Work Place Eligibility—Clinical rotations are done at local hospitals and clinics. Students MUST BE ELIGIBLE for re-hire at local facilities in order to complete clinical rotations. Students who are listed as NO RE-HIRE at any local facility are ineligible for admission to the Vocational Nursing Program because they cannot complete clinical rotations. You must verify that you are eligible for re-hire.
9. Complete the Reese Vocational Nursing Application Packet by July 7, 2014. The application packet must be submitted by the candidate to the Vocational Nursing Program administrative assistant in person. PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN TO TURN IN APPLICATION PACKET AND PLEASE ALLOW 30 MINUTES FOR THE PROCESS.
Selection of Candidates and Status Notification:
Completed applications will be accepted and “Conditional Acceptance” granted to candidates based on their completed applications and prerequisite classes. Applicants who are currently registered for prerequisites may submit their completed application packet by the deadline and submit the final transcript after grades are posted. Applicants will be notified via their SPC email account of their status. Should there be more candidates than class positions, candidates will be placed on a “Wait List.” The program reserves the right to extend the deadline if the class does not fill.
Acceptance is conditional based on the following criteria:
- The applicant must pass the prerequisite courses. Applicants who are currently registered for prerequisites may submit their completed application packet by the deadline and submit the final transcript after grades are posted.
- The applicant must have a 58.7 in Reading on the TEAS.
- The applicant must pass the required drug screen.
- The applicant must pass the Criminal Background Check by the Texas Board of Nursing. Instructions for this background check will be given to all conditionally accepted candidates after the program application deadline. All candidates conditionally accepted to the program will be required to undergo an FBI fingerprint background check by the Board of Nursing. If the check reveals undeclared criminal history, the candidate will forfeit the class position. Undeclared criminal history questions the honesty and integrity of the candidate.
- If the applicant has a criminal history, the applicant must be cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing prior to submitting an application to the program. Criminal history includes juvenile offenses, “sealed” offenses or deferred adjudication. The applicant with a criminal history must submit the “Petition for Declaratory Order” to the Board of Nursing prior to applying for the program because the process can take up to two years, depending on the individual circumstances. ALL criminal history must be reported to the BON. This includes any arrest for any offense, even if the charges were dismissed! Please visit the BON’s website at www.bon.state.tx.us. Click on “Verification & Licensing,” click on “Download Other Paper Applications and Forms” then scroll down to “Candidates for Licensure” and download the “Petition for Declaratory Order” and follow those instructions. The Vocational Nursing Office cannot give opinions about your criminal history—please read the Declaratory Order Petition instructions and questions. The petition and supporting documentation must be sent to the Board of Nursing in Austin, not submitted to the Vocational Nursing Program.
- The applicant must attend orientation in August--Date TBA. More information will come in the acceptance letter.
- Applicants who are applying for READMISSION should request readmission information from the Vocational Nursing Program administrative assistant. Readmission candidates must meet the entrance requirements for the class for which they are seeking readmission.
- Applicants will be notified via their SPC email account of their status. Should there be more candidates than class positions, candidates will be placed on a “Wait List.” The program reserves the right to extend the deadline if the class does not fill.
Immunization and CPR Requirements
- TB skin test (negative) within one year of application submission
- Tetanus booster within 10 years
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 series)
- Hepatitis B - A series of 3 injections. You must have received the first two injections in order to submit your application to the program. The first two injections are 30 days apart, so plan accordingly with the deadline in mind.
- Varicella (chickenpox) immunization or a notarized statement from a parent or guardian stating you had the chickenpox as a child.
- Influenza vaccine
- Meningococcal vaccine (required by SPC). Please read the advisory concerning the state mandated requirement for a meningitis vaccine on our website and take action accordingly.
Become CPR certified: Obtain CPR certification for Health Care Provider from the American Heart Association (no other types of CPR are accepted.) Sources for obtaining the appropriate CPR certification are The SPC Center for Clinical Excellence, (806) 716-4720 (email email@example.com), Health & Safety Solutions – Phone (806) 745-8277, or First Response Resources – Phone (806) 791-2582.