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Welcome to the Baptist School of Health Professions and the Vocational Nursing Program!

We are a success oriented, student-centered program. We are committed to excellence in education. The Baptist Health System core values of compassion, safety, excellence, accountability, innovation and faith provides the environment and foundation for nursing education and those we serve.

This is the beginning of your student nursing experience and life-long educational journey. Plan ahead, ask questions, seek advice, study and enjoy learning.

We are pleased that you have chosen our program and we are committed to teach and prepare you for the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Congratulations on your decision to join our Vocational Nursing Program. We look forward to working with each of you.

Donna R. Wallis, MBA, MSN, RN - Director of Vocational Nursing

If caring is your calling, the Vocational Nursing Program at the Baptist School of Health Professions offers the education and training necessary to start a rewarding healthcare career and to prepare for the national licensure examination for licensed practical/vocational nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The Licensed Vocational Nurse is a valued member of the health care team and applies entry-level skills upon graduation for the practice of vocational nursing in the care of patients across the life span. The LVN provides nursing care at the direction of physicians and/or registered nurses. Entry-level skills provide the basis to care for patients with commonly occurring health needs in a variety of healthcare settings. The Department of Vocational Nursing believes that nursing education can be provided in a continuum with efforts aimed toward supporting educational mobility of its graduates.

Texas Board of Nursing – Requirements

Program Strengths

  • Clinical sites throughout the Baptist Health System
  • Commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing
  • #1 NCLEX-PN pass rate in Bexar County
  • Experienced nursing faculty

The LVN has many opportunities in the health care industry. Possible employment areas include the acute care setting (hospitals), long-term care (nursing homes), physicians’ offices, home health, clinics and schools to name a few. Employment of vocational nurses is projected to grow faster than average and the best opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home healthcare service (2010-2011, Occupational Outlook Handbook, US Department of Labor) Nursing salaries for Licensed Vocational Nurses in San Antonio, TX average $40,077 ( 2010).

Actual salaries and employment opportunities may vary depending upon geographic location, market employment trends by local area, employer size, employee experience, and employee credentials. Prospective students should research the local employment opportunities as a part of their decision-making processes.


*Currently, this program is only approved for active duty United States Air Force Basic Medical Technician Corpsman 4N051 (5 Skill Level) who have permission from the 59 Medical Wing Chief Nurse and 59 Medical Functional Manager.

Program Length: 12 weeks