LVN Admission Requirements

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The application for the LVN program is due by June 1st. In order to apply, you must have met the following criteria:

Pre-Admission Requirements:

  • Enrolled at Odessa College as a Credit Student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required from most recent college or high school work
  • Submit all previous college/university/high school transcripts
  • Maintain current AHA CPR card. (Online CPR not accepted)
  • Meet immunization requirements. See VN Application for complete list of immunizations.
  • Provide proof of health which must be maintained throughout 12 month program.
  • A satisfactory score on the TEAS Test must be achieved.

                  Overall: 54

                  Math: 60

                  Reading: 60

[The TEAS Test is required for consideration for admission to the program. Reservations to take the test may be made by contacting the Testing Center at (432) 335-6620 or by walk in Monday- Thursday 8:00am- 3:00pm and Friday 8:00am- 11:00am. The cost is $70.00 on the day of testing, payment may be made by debit or credit card ONLY. Picture identification is required. Please contact the Extension after the results are received.]a

Additional Information:

  • Applications Accepted: May 1st through June 1st.
  • Program Start Dates: Fall Term per Odessa College Academic Calendar.
  • A student has one year to complete the Licensed Vocational Nursing Certificate Level 1.
  • Students will be expected to pay additional fees required for state mandatory background tests and national exams. We will provide most current list of extraneous expenses at Student Orientation.

Number of Students Admitted to Program:

  • Andrews: up to 40
  • Monahans: up to 36
  • Dual Credit: up to 20
  • Number of students admitted may vary by term based on program instructional and clinical resources.

Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Purchase uniforms, supplies, and text books as required by the program.
  • Authorize the Board of Nursing to conduct a criminal background check. This procedure is required for students to go to the various hospitals and agencies for clinical education. If the background check is positive for certain offenses, the student may not be able to do clinical education and therefore will not be able to complete the requirements for the nursing program and will be dismissed form the program.
  • Liability insurance is required and is part of the college fee schedule.
  • Obtain a physical examination with drug screen.
  • Attend mandatory orientation at Odessa College. 

Program Length:

  • The VN program runs from August to August each year. It is a 12 month program. The VN program consist of 3 long semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer. The VN Academic Calendar runs concurrent with the Odessa College Academic Calendar.

Ability to Work during the Program:

  • It is very difficult for students to maintain good academic standing while working and attending school. The Odessa College VN Program strongly discourages working during the program.

Program Cost:

  • The estimated cost to the program is approximately: In District: $7,100.00, Out of District: $8,900.00, Out of State: $10,600.00. This estimate includes books, uniforms and testing fees. 

Financial Aid:

  • Financial Aid and scholarship assistance is available to the Vocational Nursing student on a first-come, first-serve basis. The prospective student is advised to contact the Financial Aid Office at Odessa College.

Job Description:

  • The vocational nurse practices under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or licensed physician and performs treatments and procedures to meet client needs. The vocational nurse uses the nursing process when providing care to individuals with common health problems. Employment opportunities are available in many different health care settings such as Doctor’s offices, hospital settings, home health, and specialty areas just to name a few.


  • The annual salary range for a vocational nurse in the Permian Basin is $40,000. These figures do not include shift differential, weekend differential, or critical care pay.

Certification and Licensure:

  • Graduates who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion for Odessa College and take the NCLEX-PN (Licensure Examination) endorsed by the Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas.

Educational Options:

  • Student completing the program and passing the NCLEX-PN Examination may go on to earn an Associate Degree or a diploma in nursing. See the Odessa College Student Handbook for details.


  • Andrews Extension: (432)524-4022
  • Monahans Extension: (432)335-6390
  • Dual Credit Extension: (432)335-6464