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Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of registered nurses, surgeons, and physicians. They collect samples for testing, clean and monitor medical equipment, measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, give alcohol rubs and massages, gather information from patients, and teach family members how to care for patients. Some LVNs even help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LVNs may also supervise nursing assistants and aides.

Licensed vocational nurses must have advanced knowledge and skills in the areas of anatomy, first aid, nutrition, medical and surgical nursing, obstetrics nursing, pediatrics, pharmacology, physiology, and much more. To obtain the education and skills necessary to compete for a positon at any top Texas hospital, nursing care facility, or physician’s office, aspiring LVNs must complete a training program at an approved school of vocational nursing and obtain a license. LVN programs typically take 12-18 months to complete.

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Graduates of an approved LVN program can expect a positive job outlook and competitive salaries. In the state of Texas, LVNs earn an average salary of $42,930 per year, which is more than $1,300 above the national average of $41,540 per year. Expected employment growth for LVNs is 25% for the 2012-2022 decade.

Below is a list of accredited Texas schools that offer some of the best licensed vocational nursing programs in the state. For your convenience, we’ve ordered them by major metropolitan area.

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Amarillo

Amarillo College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Amarillo College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2012

Austin

Temple College - Taylor
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Austin Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Temple College - Taylor
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.2% 2008 to 2012
Austin Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012

Beaumont / Port Arthur area

Lamar State College - Port Arthur
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lamar State College - Orange
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 91.3% 2008 to 2012
Lamar State College - Orange
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.4% 2008 to 2012

Brownsville

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Valley Baptist Medical Center School of Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Texas Southmost College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 91.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.2% 2010 to 2012
Valley Baptist Medical Center School of Vocational Nursing
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.5% 2008 to 2017
Texas Southmost College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 91.7% 2008 to 2012

Corpus Christi

Del Mar College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Del Mar College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.3% 2008 to 2017

Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

Teamwork Career Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Weatherford College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Navarro College - Waxahachie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
El Centro College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dallas Nursing Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cephas Center for Health Sciences
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Teamwork Career Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Weatherford College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.8% 2008 to 2012
Navarro College - Waxahachie
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2012
El Centro College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Dallas Nursing Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 82.7% 2008 to 2017
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 80.5% 2008 to 2012
Cephas Center for Health Sciences
Certificate in Vocational Nursing

El Paso

El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Vista College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2012
Vista College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.1% 2008 to 2017

Greater Houston metro area

College of Health Care Professions
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Lone Star College - CyFair
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lone Star College - Montgomery
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Brazosport College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - North Harris
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lee College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lone Star College - Kingwood
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
College of the Mainland
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Alvin Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Lone Star College - Tomball
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
San Jacinto College - North
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
San Jacinto College - South
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Houston Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Galveston College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bell Tech Career Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Vocational Nursing Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of Health Care Professions
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Lone Star College - CyFair
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Lone Star College - Montgomery
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.1% 2008 to 2012
Brazosport College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.0% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - North Harris
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 97.0% 2008 to 2012
Lee College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.6% 2008 to 2012
Lone Star College - Kingwood
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.5% 2008 to 2012
College of the Mainland
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.3% 2008 to 2012
Alvin Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Lone Star College - Tomball
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
San Jacinto College - North
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2012
San Jacinto College - South
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
Houston Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Galveston College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 81.3% 2008 to 2012
Bell Tech Career Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Vocational Nursing Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area

Temple College - Temple
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Central Texas College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Temple College - Temple
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2012
Central Texas College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012

Laredo

Laredo Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Laredo Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2012

Lubbock

South Plains College - Reese Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Plains College - Reese Center
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.3% 2008 to 2012

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

South Texas College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
RGV Careers
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Valley Grande Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 79.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Texas College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
RGV Careers
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 82.1% 2010 to 2012
Valley Grande Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 79.1% 2008 to 2012

San Antonio

St. Philip's College - New Braunfels
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Army Practical Nurse Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
  • Diploma in Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Quest College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 45.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Philip's College - New Braunfels
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Army Practical Nurse Program
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.1% 2008 to 2012
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
Diploma in Vocational Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2017
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2012
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 85.2% 2008 to 2017
Quest College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 45.8% 2011 to 2012

Waco

McLennan Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP): 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
McLennan Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP) 96.1% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2012

Other Texas cities

Angelina College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP): 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Howard College - Big Spring
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Sul Ross State University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Navarro College - Corsicana
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Navarro College - Mexia
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Plains College - Plainview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Grayson College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Northeast Texas Community College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wharton County Junior College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hill College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
South Plains College - Levelland
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Blinn College - Brenham
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Howard College - San Angelo
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Texas College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Huntsville Memorial Hospital
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Paris Junior College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Cisco College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Texarkana College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kilgore College - Longview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tyler County Hospital School of Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Blinn College - Bryan
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Victoria College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Midland College - Fort Stockton
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Odessa College - Andrews
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Vernon College - Wichita Falls
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 87.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Frank Phillips College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Odessa College - Monahans
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Tyler Junior College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Coastal Bend College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Schreiner University
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Panola College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Ranger College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 81.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Texas State Technical College - West Texas
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Clarendon College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Western Texas College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 77.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Angelina College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP) 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
Howard College - Big Spring
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Sul Ross State University
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Navarro College - Corsicana
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.7% 2008 to 2012
Navarro College - Mexia
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.6% 2008 to 2012
South Plains College - Plainview
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 97.9% 2008 to 2012
Grayson College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 97.7% 2008 to 2012
Northeast Texas Community College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 97.0% 2008 to 2012
Wharton County Junior College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.0% 2008 to 2012
Hill College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.6% 2008 to 2012
South Plains College - Levelland
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2012
Blinn College - Brenham
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Howard College - San Angelo
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.8% 2008 to 2012
North Central Texas College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
Huntsville Memorial Hospital
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.8% 2008 to 2012
Paris Junior College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Cisco College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2012
Texarkana College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2012
Kilgore College - Longview
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.2% 2008 to 2012
Southwest Texas Junior College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2012
Tyler County Hospital School of Vocational Nursing
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.7% 2008 to 2017
Blinn College - Bryan
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012
Victoria College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Midland College - Fort Stockton
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2017
Odessa College - Andrews
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
Vernon College - Wichita Falls
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 87.5% 2008 to 2012
Frank Phillips College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2012
Odessa College - Monahans
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 86.1% 2008 to 2012
Tyler Junior College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2012
Coastal Bend College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.3% 2008 to 2012
Schreiner University
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2017
Panola College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 82.8% 2008 to 2012
Ranger College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 81.2% 2008 to 2012
Texas State Technical College - West Texas
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 78.9% 2008 to 2012
Clarendon College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 78.4% 2008 to 2012
Western Texas College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 77.8% 2008 to 2012