Vocational Nursing

Four semesters


Abilene Campus

Cisco College offers a one-year Vocational Nursing program, leading to a certificate in vocational nursing, which prepares the graduate to take the licensure exam. The program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Licensure must be granted by the Board of Nursing for the State of Texas.

Program leading to a Vocational Nursing Certificate may include the following courses: 

  • Nutrition 
  • Foundations of Nursing 
  • Basic Nursing Skills 
  • Medical Surgical Nursing 
  • Maternal-Neonatal Nursing 
  • Pediatrics 
  • Advanced Nursing Skills 
  • Clinicals

After successful completion of the curriculum, the student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination.

Marvella Starlin
Director of Nursing

Teri Brown
Health Sciences Assistant


Persons interested in seeking a Vocational Nursing Certificate should:

  1. Fulfill the Cisco College requirements for admission; refer to college catalog. 
  2. Submit all transcripts and/or GED scores.
  3. Take the ACCUPLACER or THEA. This should be College Ready or TSI Complete
  4. Have documentation of current immunizations—Hepatitis B series required or show serologic confirmation of immunity to Hepatitis B virus.


All candidates for admission who meet the minimal criteria for admission will be considered. However, the number of applicants normally exceeds the number of students who can be admitted to each class. Preference for admission is determined by the balance of the following factors:
  • Number of support, technical, academic, and/or pre-requisite courses completed
  • GPA
  • The nursing Admission Exam, HESI, must be taken prior to admission as a determination for entry. A score of 75% or greater is required; one re-take is allowed

In addition to the above mentioned factors, additional components may be considered.

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