Nursing-Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Certificate. Classes at KC-Longview.

About the program:

Vocational nursing prepares the graduate to function as a member of the nursing team in performing basic nursing skills. Kilgore College's program is accredited by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the state examination for licensure. The 12-month program is taught in three semesters for a total of 47 credit hours. A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of the program.

Vocational Nursing classes are offered at KC-Longview:

This program consists of a combination of classroom instruction at Kilgore College-Longview, and clinical training at local hospitals and medical facilities.  Two classes are admitted annually.  One in August and one in January.  A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of course requirements. Students will then be eligible to take the state board examination to receive their vocational nursing license.

  • 52-week program that varies from 35-38 hours per week, Monday through Friday.
  • All classes are at KC-Longview from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • All clinicals are held at various area facilities. The days and hours at clinical sites will vary depending on the availability of clinical sites.
  • At this time, no weekend clinicals are required, but evening clinical rotations may be required after the first semester.

Course information:

NOTE: For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas.  If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or the department chair. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.

Vocational Nursing

Application Checklist - How to Apply and What is Required

Application Checklist:

Application deadline has been extended to July 6, 2018, for the Spring 2019 program.

Please follow these steps:

1) Apply for Admission to KC (FREE!)

2) Apply for Financial Aid

3) Request official transcripts (high school, GED and/or college/university).

Send transcripts to:
Kilgore College c/o Registrar's Office
1100 Broadway
Kilgore, TX 75662

4) The TSI is the entrance exam we will use to determine the next class.  You may sign up for the test at the Kilgore or Longview campus. Click here for a link to a study guide to prepare for the TSI exam.

5) Please print the LVN application below and follow the instructions:

Apply for the LVN Program (Spring 2019) (pdf)

Application Dates:

  • Application dates for the August VN Program: Jan. 1-March 1. Deadline date may vary.
  • Application dates for the January VN Program: May 1-July 6 Deadline date may vary.

Other Important Information:

After submitting a vocational nursing application, applicants will receive instructions for submitting fingerprints (you must use our Fast Pass). Applicants that have clear backgrounds will receive a "blue" clearance card from the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). This will need to be submitted to the vocational nursing program in order to complete the application process.

If you have an eligibility issue, you will have to decline admission, file a petition for a Declatory Order with the BON, and re-apply once you receive your "Outcome Letter" from the BON.  This process can take three to six months.  For more information, see "Eligibility Issues" at

Application and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

  • Hepatitis B vaccines
  • High School diploma or equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Satisfactory results on the TSI test
  • Good Mental and Physical Health.  A complete physical examination is required prior to final acceptance
  • Completed Vocational Nursing Application form with all transcripts
  • Clear FBI fingerprint and criminal history background check through the Texas Board of Nursing (KC will provide applicants with instructions)
  • Clear drug screening (due upon acceptance into program)

Modifications in Admission Requirements:

  • The Vocational Nursing Program will require attendance to LVN orientation and a one-day mini-camp that provides students with skills to achieve success in college.
  • Applicants also have an option to take the following courses prior to acceptance into the program:

VNSG 1420: Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health*
VNSG 1216: Nutrition*
*Must meet the college's admission requirements to take these courses

  • Applicants who take these courses in advance will receive points based on their grades therefore increasing their chances of acceptance into the Vocational Nursing Program.  This option lightens a student's load which may also increase their chances of success in the program.
  • See Kilgore College's schedule for course offerings or contact the Vocational Nursing Office at (903) 236-2036.

Testing and Making Application:

In addition to regular college admission requirements, prospective students must be accepted into the program by the Vocational Nursing Committee.  For consideration, the TSI test is required.  Applications for the August program will be accepted until March 1 and applications for the January program will be accepted until July 1.


Receiving an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  Prospective student applications are rated by test scores and other criteria.  The top students from the application pool will be accepted and all other applicants will be placed on a Waiting List.  After the class starts, the Waiting List is discarded.


Students who drop due to "unsatisfactory clinical performance" or who have dropped from the program twice are not candidates for re-entry.

Point Rating of Applicants:

The 35-40 applicants with the highest scores are accepted into the Vocational Nursing Program.  All others are placed on the Waiting List.  Scores are determined from the following:

Test scores:

The greatest number of points an applicant receives is from the TSI test scores. The minimum scores needed to be considered for the program are as follows:

  • Math: 343
  • Reading: 351
  • Writing: 350
  • Essay: 4

Minimum scores may not be enough to earn placement in the program.

Certified Nurse Assistant Class attendance is strongly recommended.  Extra points are given if the applicant has attended a CNA course.  A copy of your certificate is necessary for validation. Contact Kilgore College's main office at (903) 236-2036 for more information about CNA classes that begin every three weeks.



  • VNSG 1420: (A&P for Allied Health)
  • VNSG 1216: (Nutrition)

(Extra points are given if applicant has taken the courses above.  Points are based on the applicant's grades.  Must submit copy of transcript from college for validation of scores.)

If you're looking for information about the Nurse Assistant Program, visit the Nurse Aide page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Vocational Nursing:

Michaelle Green, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2037
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Adrienne D. Jackson
Support Specialist
Health Occupations
(903) 236-2036
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Amy Collins, BSN, RN, MBA
Department Chair, Instructor
Vocational Nursing - Nurse Assistant
(903) 236-2042
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Candice Dotson, BSN, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2040
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Kay Hawthorne, BSN, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2041
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Tami Yates RN, MSN, MBA-HC
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2039
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200