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 & Admission Criteria:

Applications for admission are being accepted to KC School of Vocational Nursing. Students who are interested in the nursing program must meet the following admission criteria:

1. Be accepted for admission to Kilgore College. Apply at

2. Complete the LVN Nursing Application for the program that begins in January of 2021, attach all of the documents requested on the application and scan and email to

3. Complete the HESI-A2 exam.

  • Minimum score requirement:
    • 75 or higher in Math
    • 75 or higher in Reading
    • 75 or higher in Grammar
  • Exam cost: $65 (the fee to retake the exam is $65. Exam fee is nonrefundable)
  • You may pay for the exam in person at the KC-Longview campus or by phone by calling 903-753-2642. (please click on the HESI A-2 schedule, instructions and dates link above for instructions on signing up for the exam)
  • The HESI-A2 is the entrance exam we will use to determine the next class..
  • Applicants are given 4 hours to complete the exam.
  • Study guides are available for purchase online. 
  • Earning minimum scores does not guarantee acceptance into the program and may not be enough to earn placement in the program.
  •  Scores must not be older than 5 years.
  • You may only take the HESI-A2 twice per application period.

4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

5. Complete the pre-courses A&P and Nutrition with a “C” or better.


After acceptance to the KC School of Nursing, the following items must be submitted through CastleBranch. (Instructions will be communicated after acceptance.):

  • Signed agreement for FBI background check through the Texas Board of Nursing
  • Health/immunization records (Instructions will be communicated after acceptance.)
  • Evidence of CPR training through American Heart Association

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Application Dates:

  • Application dates for the August VN Program: Jan. 1 to March 1. (Deadline date may vary)
  • Application dates for the January VN Program: June 1 to Sept. 1 (Deadline date may vary)

Other Important Information:

Background Check:

After submitting a vocational nursing application, applicants will receive instructions for submitting fingerprints. 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 Declaratory 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


The following courses should be taken prior to the start of the 12-month LVN program to help ensure student success and entry into the program. Only pre-courses taken within the past two years are acceptable.

  • VNSG 1420 (A&P)
  • VNSG 1216 (Nutrition)

Applicants must earn a “C” or better in pre-courses for program credit.

Medical Terminology may be taken for points towards admission in the program and to prepare for the program. It is NOT required.

The following courses are acceptable substitutes for VNSG 1420 & VNSG 1216:

  • BIOL 2401 & 2402 (A&P) (both courses must be taken to earn credit)
  • EMSP 1471 (A&P)
  • BIOL 1322 (Nutrition)
  • HECO 1322 (Nutrition)

Courses that applicants would like to substitute other than those listed above must be approved by the vocational nursing program director.

Tuition and Fees:

Books, Additional Fees & Supplies:

  • Books: $2,800
  • Additional Fees: $1,125 (Background check fee, NCLEX exam fee, BON application fee for licensure, student handbook, class and skills kit, Castlebranch account fee (for shot record submission.)
  • Uniforms and Supplies**: $555  (Two uniforms from the KC-Longview Bookstore, one white lab coat (wrist and knee length), burgundy polo w/ vocational nursing logo, black scrub pants or slacks, white, leather shoes (no color), watch with sweep second hand, index cards, one LVN patch, gold-filled LVN graduation pin, (KC Bookstore only) cap and gown, clip case, tablet with GPS capabilities.)

**Prices are estimates

Learn More:

The nursing faculty and dean are available to answer any questions that you may have about admission to the program. To learn more and begin this process, please call (903) 236-2036.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For information about Vocational Nursing:

Cynthia Campbell, MSN, RN, CEN
Interim Program Director
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2042
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200 B
Candice Dotson, BSN, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2040
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200 C
Michaelle Green, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2037
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200 F
Kay Hawthorne, BSN, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2041
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200 E
Adrienne D. Jackson
Support Specialist
Health Occupations
(903) 236-2036
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200
Samantha Spiro BSN, RN
Vocational Nursing
(903) 236-2038
KC-Longview Hendrix Bldg. (LVHDX), 200 A