LVNs work in multiple heath care settings including but not limited to long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies. The responsibilities include performing basic nursing skills, administering medications and assisting with all aspects of patient care while under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Mostly it takes caring and compassion for human-kind plus critical thinking and strength in science. The program at Panola College takes one year and you must have BIOL 2404 and be a CNA (Certified Nurse Aide) or complete the NURA 1301 course before starting the program. The National licensure exam must be taken after graduation in order to obtain a license to practice nursing.
You must apply to Panola College and complete all the paperwork to receive an ID number. Then you can register through "campus connect" online for the BIOL 2404 and 2404L (lab) that meet your schedule.
The CNA classes are offered through Continuing Education: http://www.panola.edu/workforce/class-schedule.html
The cost is approximately $400. You can also take the course for credit in case you qualify for financial aid, that might help pay for it.
HESI A2 is an admissions placement test. Prospective students must register for and take the HESI A2 test in order to be ranked for admission. You must take the HESI A2 before having a mentoring appointment to receive an application.
- The HESI A2 consists of three parts: Reading, Grammar, and Math
- The test MAY NOT be taken more than twice
- Study books are available through the bookstore
- You must pay $50 for the test through the Business Office (non-refundable)
- Call Student Services to reserve a date and time: (903) 693-2036
- Bring a photo ID and a pencil on the day of the test - no book bags, purses, cell phones, or calculators will be allowed at the testing station
Costs include regular tuition and fees plus some additional fees, uniforms, and lots of books. An estimate of cost can be obtained from the department. Students are encouraged to apply for financial aid since there are many sources of support for nursing students these days.
TSI is the method used in Texas to determine if a student is college ready. A test is used such as the Accuplacer. If a student does not pass all parts of the Accuplacer, they are placed in developmental courses to help them be more prepared for college-level coursework. Other exemptions may apply.
You must take the Accuplacer (or be exempt [check with Records Office]) but you do not have to pass it. If you do not pass a portion of the exam, you must take a developmental course along with BIOL 2404. Once you are in the Vocational nursing program, you do not have to take additional developmental courses.
The BIOL 2401 AND BIOL 2402 from any Texas College will also count for BIOL 2404. The transfer courses from Louisiana are below:
BIOL 2404 TRANSFER FROM LOUISIANA COLLEGES
|Panola||Bossier||LSUS||NW (LA)||Southern||UL @ Monroe (Northeast)||Grambling||LA Tech|
BIOL 210 does not have a lab
|BIOL 114/BIOL 116||BIOL 208/208L||None|
Different states use different designations for this level of nurse: LVN is Licensed Vocational Nurse and is used in Texas and other states. LPN is Licensed Practical Nurse and is used in Louisiana and other states. The role of the LVN and LPN are equivalent under the nurse practice acts.
The Vocational Nursing program awards a certificate of completion to the graduate. Once you complete, you will take part in the commencement ceremony in a cap and gown. The certificate level courses transfer to other colleges with technical programs but not as college credit.
The Vocational Nursing program is clinically intensive. Currently the program is not offered online but some of the courses are using online elements and are moving toward becoming hybrids.