Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) provide basic skilled nursing care for patients with predictable healthcare needs in a variety of clinical settings.

The Vocational Nursing (VN) Program is committed to the preparation of individuals who will assume the role of the vocational nurse and collaborate with the professional nurse and other health care professionals in the delivery of quality health care.

Our mission is to prepare competent, vocational nurses that are knowledgeable, safe, and demonstrate positive and caring behavior.

Vocational Nursing Certificate

The VN program is a "closed" program and requires an additional application to be admitted into the program.

The VN program is taught face-to-face over three semesters and is offered at the Carthage (fall semester) and Center (spring semester) Panola College locations.

Clinicals are scheduled during days, evenings, nights, and/or weekends within a 70- mile radius of Carthage Campus or Center Campus.

How to Apply


This packet below will outline the requirements you need to complete before the application deadline. 


STEP 2: Pick up the Application in-person

You must pick up an application packet in person at either the Carthage or Center location. Contact us at for more information.

Application Period


Apply between September 1 - October 1


Apply between February 1 - March 1

Area of Study Staff

The Vocational Nursing Program is an approved Vocational Nursing Education Program by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Vocational Nursing Program at Panola College meets the Texas state education requirements to prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensure as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in the state of Texas.

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