FAQ

Vocational Nursing Program

  1. How do I apply to workforce solutions for financial assistance?

    The applicant must tour the school, complete all application and enrollment activities. The school will then provide the student with the cost obligation form completed by the School Director. The student will then take this form to workforce solutions for review of eligibility per their guidelines.

  2. When is the cut off for enrollment in the next VN program?

    All enrollment packages MUST BE complete and submitted by 12:00 pm on May 31, of each year. If May 31st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the Friday preceding it will be the due date.

  3. I already took my HESI test somewhere else and scored higher than 74.5, do I need to take it again?

    The school requires a previous HESI test with a score of 80 or higher. You do not need to repeat the test as long as the previous HESI test was taken in the past three years unless you wish to try for a higher score which might affect your overall score on our scoring guidelines for admission which could improve your chances of being accepted.

  4. How do I know I got accepted?

    The school will send a 5 x 7 card to you if accepted approximately one week after 6/15 for the first cohort. If you receive a long envelope that is an letter of declination or alternate position.

  5. What is an alternate position?

    The school has 30 positions available for the VN program. The school shall accept 30 students and if there are enough qualified applicants, then the school will assign up to 10 alternate positions. The alternate position would become actively enrolled if one of the 30 students accepted decided to drop out, or not proceed with enrollment prior to the first day of class or within the first 4 days of class.

  6. Does VNI accept international students?

    At this time, VNI is not SEVIS certified and approved. Once the school completes its accreditation process it will then apply for SEVIS certification and approval by DHS. So, as of right now, no we do not issue I-20's or accept international students.

  7. Can students mail in their LVN Enrollment packets?

    Enrollment packets can be mailed to the school, please ensure that they are complete with all required elements. Mailing address for enrollment packets is : 11201 Steeple Park Drive Houston, TX 77065 Attention: Kimberley Kelly RN BSN LNC School Director

  8. Do I need a new user name and password for each HESI test?

    The student uses the same user name and password to access their evolve account. The school gives the student the unique test password for the HESI test each time they take the exam.

  9. How many times can I take the HESI exam?

    A student can take the HESI test many times. Our school will administer the test a total of 3x to one student. If a student needs more than 3x to take the test, then we recommend the student register elsewhere.

  10. What if I forget to establish a username and password on the evolve website before testing day?

    The student will NOT be able to test and must reschedule with the school. It is too disruptive to try and create an account the morning of the test.

  11. Do I need to show proof of a High School diploma or GED to be accepted in the Vocational Nursing program?

    You DO need a high school diploma nor a GED to be accepted in the Vocational Nursing program. You can get your GED here in Houston at these locations:



  12. What is accreditation and why is it important?

    Accreditation ensures that the education provided by a postsecondary institution meets certain quality standards set by regional and national private education associations. All educational institutions, including vocational schools, are required to undergo the accreditation process on a regular basis to ensure they maintain their standards. The U.S. Department of Education publishes a list of schools that it recognizes as authorities on accreditation. Accrediting agencies must also pass a review by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. You can search for recognized accrediting agencies on the Department of Education's website.

  13. Is The Vocational Nursing Institute, Inc. accredited?

    Yes, the school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education otherwise known as COE.

  14. When is the affidavit of graduation posted once students graduate?

    The school will post the affidavit of graduation within 8-12 weeks post-graduation. This will provide the students with time to take the BON jurisprudence course, study for the NCLEX PN exam, and complete the application to test with the BON. The school recommends all students study 8-12 weeks for the NLCEX licensure exam.

Regulatory Updates

DADS bulletin: Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) On-Call Services Pilot Program

12-28-11

Due to the need to clarify issues regarding LVN on-call services, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) will delay full implementation of the pilot program for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) waiver programs and all Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/ID) with capacities of 13 or fewer beds until March 1, 2012.

Providers may not continue to use LVNs to provide on-call nursing services after March 1, 2012, unless they are participating in the pilot.

Providers who have already submitted the verification of eligibility and pilot agreement forms to DADS may begin to participate in the pilot prior to March 1, 2012.

This delay does not affect the requirement that effective January 1, 2012 for the HCS and TxHmL waiver programs, and effective February 1, 2012 for the ICF/ID program, all LVNs must be clinically supervised by a registered nurse (RN) or an advanced practice registered nurse. In addition, HCS waiver providers must have a written plan and schedule in place by January 1, 2012 to complete an initial comprehensive nursing assessment by an RN for all individuals enrolled in HCS by September 1, 2012.

DADS will relay further information regarding the pilot program in the next several weeks.


Nurse Aide Program Updates:

08/10/2011 Program Updates (PDF)