Blinn College LVN - Brenham Campus and Bryan Campus
Online Information Session

 

Welcome to the Blinn College Vocational Nursing Online Information Session!

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Objectives:

  1. Describe Vocational Nursing.
  2. List and explain admission requirements into the Vocational Nursing Program.
  3. Identify eligibility questions for the Texas Board of Nursing.
  4. Identify documents you must submit to be considered for admission.

 

 By the end of this information session, you will

  1. Be informed about Vocational Nursing.
  2. Be informed of the admission requirements into Blinn College Vocational Nursing Program.
  3. Identify eligibility questions for the Texas Board of Nursing.
  4. Be able to score 75% or higher on the information session quiz and submit a certificate of completion and begin the application process for Fall 2018.

 

 To receive a certificate of completion, you must complete all pages of the information session, type in your full name and provide a contact email address.

 

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What is a Licensed Vocational Nurse?

 

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An LVN is:

 

LVN's:

 

 

 

 

Program Licensure

 

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 The Blinn College Vocational Nursing Program is approved by the:

 

  Student Certificate

 

Student Licensure

 

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Campuses

 

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Blinn College Vocational Nursing Program is offered on two campuses.

The Brenham campus accepts 30 students each fall semester.

The Bryan campus accepts 30 students each fall semester.

 

Entrance into the program:

ADDITIONAL QUALIFYING POINT SYSTEM IS AS FOLLOWS:

Example of composite including qualifying additional points:

An applicant with a composite ATI TEAS score of 63% including 2 qualifying additional points would have a calculated score of 65 and would be considered a qualified applicant.

More ATI TEAS information will be addressed on Slide 17.

Links for more TSIA information and exemption requirements are provided on Web Link page at the close of this online session.

 

 

 

Program Information

 

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Semester

Number of Courses

Courses

Credit Hours

Days of Classroom and Clinical

Fall Semester

8 Courses

(including 1 internet course)

 

Basic Nursing Skills,

Clinical I,

Essentials of Medication Administration,

Gerontology,

Growth and Development,

Health Sciences,

Mental Health & Mental Illness,

Vocational Nursing Concepts.

18

4 Classroom Days and 1 Clinical Day

Spring Semester

5 Courses

Clinical II

Maternal and Neonatal Nursing

Medical/Surgical I

Pediatrics

Pharmacology

15

2 Classroom Days and 3 Clinical Days

Summer Semester

3 Courses

Clinical II

Medical/Surgical II

Professional Development

6

2 Classroom Days and 3 Clinical Days

Performance Standards and Requirements

 

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The Vocational Nursing Program establishes performance standards and requirements to insure that students have the abilities to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the program. Students are required to meet performance standards and requirements for the Vocational Nursing program as indicated below. If an applicant or student is unable to meet all of the outlined standards, he/she may be withdrawn from the program.

The student must demonstrate the following abilities:

Category

Performance Standard


Requirements
(Not Limited to)

Observation

Student will be able to participate actively in:

  • all demonstrations
  • laboratory exercises
  • clinical experiences

 

Student will be able to:

  • Assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him/her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment.

 

Note: The observations listed above usually require functional use of visual, auditory, and tactile sensations.

Visual (corrected as necessary)

  • Able to visually discriminate between various colored objects.
  • Able to visually discriminate increment readings on syringes, sphygmomanometers and other various medical equipment and supplies.
  • Assess the environment in close proximity and at a distance.
  • Recognize and interpret facial expressions and body language.

Auditory (corrected as necessary)

  • Demonstrate the ability to auscultate blood pressures.
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal body system sounds
  • Recognize and respond to a variety of voices/noises

Tactile

  • Demonstrate the ability to detect changes or abnormalities of surface texture and skin temperature
  • Palpate a variety of pulses and effectively distinguish the quality of pulses

Communication

Student will be able to demonstrate the:

  • Ability to effectively communicate in English using verbal, non-verbal and written formats with faculty, other students, patients, families and all members of the profession.
  • Interpret verbal and nonverbal communications
  • Obtain information
  • Receive, write, and interpret written communication in both academic and clinical settings.
  • Transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and members of the profession.

Motor

Student will be able to demonstrate:

  • Sufficient motor ability to execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective patient care
  • Sufficient motor ability to execute emergency treatment
  • Demonstrate coordination, balance, speed and agility to assist and safely guard patients who are walking, exercising or performing other fine motor and gross motor activities.
  • Lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Move, adjust and position patients or equipment.
  • Possess finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate equipment, and to perform patient care procedures (i.e. starting IVs, sterile procedures, dressing changes, medication administration, etc.). Provide emergency treatment to patients.
  • Sit and stand for long periods of time (8-10 hours).

Intellectual

Student will be able to:

  • Collect, interpret and integrate information
  • Make decisions based on data collection
  • Apply knowledge to situations and problem solving scenarios. Measure, calculate, reason, apply, comprehend, analyze and synthesize information to enhance critical thinking skills.
  • Read and comprehend relevant information in textbooks, medical records, case studies, and professional literature.
  • Retain information.
  • Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment and complete tasks, within required time limits.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Student will be able to:

  • Adapt to changing environments with flexibility and complete all academic and patient care responsibilities
  • Maintain professional behaviors and strong work ethics and remain motivated.
  • Exercise good judgment and maintain professionalism with the ability to function effectively under stress and in uncertain and evolving patient clinical settings
  • Possess the emotional health and stability required for full utilization of the student's intellectual abilities
  • Possess compassion, integrity, and genuine concern for others and tolerate heavy workloads
  • Manage demanding academic schedules and deadlines.
  • Perform in rapidly changing clinical situations.
  • Display flexibility.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior at all times including conditions of physical and emotional stress.
  • Demonstrate emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and exercise good judgment at all times.
  • Demonstrate integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills with interest and motivation.
  • Accepts responsibility and accountability for one's own actions including the ability to utilize constructive criticism to improve performance.
  • Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others.
  • Comply with the professional standards of the Nurse Practice Act.

Qualified applicants with disabilities may apply to the program. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Office of Disability Services if they feel they cannot meet one or more of the performance standards and requirements. Students can obtain complete information from the ODS website at http://www.blinn.edu/Disability/index.html or through the Office of Disability Services on campus.

 

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Dress Code Requirements

 

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Classroom Uniforms

 

Clinical Uniforms

 

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Clinical Information

 

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Transportation

 

A good support system is essential to help you meet the:

 

 

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Program Expenses 

 

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Books, Nurse Kit, Supplies, Uniforms, FBI background check, CastleBranch Profile Account, Drug Test and Texas Board of Nursing license application fee and NCLEX testing fee.

A link to the Approximate Registration Expenses can be found on slide 26.

 

 Financial Aid

 

Texas Board of Nursing

 

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Licensure Eligibility Questions

 

The Texas Board of Nursing may deny licensure to individuals with:

Eligibility Questions:

 

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The Board of Nurse Examiners determines eligibility requirements for applicants for the initial licensure by examination. All candidates for licensure will be required to answer the following questions:

 

1. *For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

A. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?

B. been convicted of a misdemeanor?

C. been convicted of a felony?

D. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?

E. received deferred adjudication?

F. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?

G. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement?

H. been granted pre-trial diversion?

I.   been cited or charged with any violation of the law?

J.   been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

 

(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial licensure or renewal application.)

 

NOTE:Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.  (See 22 TAC §213-27)

 NOTE:Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov't Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form.  However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to Gov't Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character and fitness.

2.  *Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?

3.  Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?

4. *In the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with or treated or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder which impaired or does impair your behavior, judgment, or ability to function in school or work?

(You may answer "No" if you have completed and/or in compliance with TPAPN for mental illness OR you've previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing and have remained compliant with your treatment regime and have had no further hospitalization since disclosure.)

5. *Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?

 

*Pursuant to the Texas Occupations Code §301.207, information, including diagnosis and treatment, regarding an individual's physical or mental condition, intemperate use of drugs or alcohol, or chemical dependency and information regarding an individual's criminal history is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Texas Occupations Code §301.466. If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses you may answer "NO" to questions #4 and #5.

 

Attestation/Consent to Release & Use of Confidential Records

I, the NCLEX ® Candidate whose name appears with this application, acknowledge this document is a legal document and I attest that I understand and meet all the requirements for the type of licensure requested, as listed in sections 301.252, 301.253, 301.452, 301.453, 301.454 and 304.001 of the Nursing Practice Act; 22 TAC §213.27, 213.28, 213.29, 213.30, 213.33; 22 TAC §§ 217.11 and 217.12

Further, I understand that it is a violation of the 22 TAC § 217.12 (6) (I) and the Penal Code, sec 37.10, to submit a false statement to a government agency; and I consent to release of confidential information to the Texas Board of Nursing and further authorize the Board to use and to release said information as needed for the evaluation and disposition of my application. 

I understand that if I have any questions regarding this affidavit I should contact an attorney or the appropriate professional health provider.  I will immediately notify the Board if at any time after signing this affidavit I no longer meet the eligibility requirements.

 

For information or guidance in this process to determine eligibility for licensure by examination, contact the Board of Nurse Examiners at 512-305-7400 or go to the web site:  http://www.bon.state.tx.us/index.html

 

PROGRAM NOTE:

If your response is yes to any of the questions, you are required to submit a "Petition for Declaratory Order" to the Texas Board of Nursing. 

Your "Declaratory Order" needs to be submitted to the Texas Board of Nurses as soon as possible.  The review can take up to six months or longer before response is received. 

 

In order to register for courses and participate in the program, a copy of the Texas Board of Nursing clearance letter is required for your file by August 1, 2018. Should you foresee any complication, contact our office at 979-830-4283 immediately.

 

*Declaratory Order: After completing this session, refer to slide 26 to access the link to the Texas Board of Nursing Declaratory Order packet containing the forms and instructions needed to complete and submit accordingly.

 

Texas Board of Nursing Contact Information

333 Guadalupe, Ste. 3-460

Austin, TX 78701-3944

Phone: 512-305-7400

Web Site: www.bon.texas.gov

  

In accordance with Texas House Bill 1508, all applicants in pursuit of an occupational degree with licensure must be notified of potential ineligibility. Admission to and/or completion of the Vocational Nursing Program does not ensure licensure eligibility.  Eligibility to sit for the licensed vocational nursing licensure exam NCLEX-PN is determined by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).  Issues that could lead to ineligibility could include but are not limited to certain criminal offenses, substance abuse and mental health illnesses.  Please note, a student's eligibility may be affected by any inaccuracies in their petition, and any subsequent violation of the Nursing Practice Act may affect eligibility or may result in the later revocation of a license obtain through misrepresentation. Please refer to the Texas Board of Nursing site for specifics (http://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_eligibility.asp).

All students prior to entering the program are required to submit fingerprints to the Texas BON. A clear background check (blue card) or a letter from the Texas BON stating approval though the declaratory order process is required prior to admission to the program.  According to Texas HB 1508, any student declared ineligible has the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing agency.

 

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ATI TEAS Test Information

 

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*For testing preparation, an ATI TEAS Study Manual - 6th Edition and online practice tests are available through ATI Testing Company at www.atitesting.com .

50% correct on each of the Reading, Math, and English / Language Usage sections and 33.3% correct on the Science section of the test.

Composite scores are calculated using the combined ATI TEAS scores.

ATI TEAS COMPOSITE SCORE FORMULA: (the highest section scores are used.)

Reading (score x 30%) + Math (score x 30%) + English (score x 30%) + Science (score x 10%) = Composite Score

Applicants can receive qualifying additional points to their ATI TEAS composite score. The additional point system is as follows:

One point for 20 or more volunteer hours in the last 12 months documented on official organizational letterhead (excluding court-ordered community service.)

One point for completing one or more health field college courses, official transcript required

One point for having one or more college degrees, official transcript required.

One point for having one or more Health Science certifications OR 2 or more years of healthcare employment involving direct patient interaction. (i.e. receptionist in doctor's office or hospital, administrative assistant, clerk in emergency room registration, etc.)

Example of composite including qualifying additional points:

An applicant with a composite ATI TEAS score of 63% including 2 qualifying additional points would have a calculated score of 65 and would be considered a qualified applicant.

 

   

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The prospective student must also have immunizations up-to-date and completed by August 1, 2018:

 

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Hepatitis B Immunity:   MANDATORY (must be completed prior to admission)

There is potential of exposure to Hepatitis B during clinical assignments.

All students must have completed the Hep B series of vaccinations (3 doses over a 6 month period).  If you have not already completed this:

The CDC recommends (and we require) serologic testing. Specifically, we require a quantitative Hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) to document immunity.

 

Varicella (chicken pox) - MANDATORY- Must show proof of either:

Or if necessary, without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccine:

 

Measles (Rubeola):   MANDATORY --Those born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of either:

OR if necessary, without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccine:

 

Mumps:   MANDATORY --Those born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of either:

OR if necessary, without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccine:

 

Rubella:   MANDATORY --Those born on or after January 1, 1957, must show proof of either:

OR if necessary, without serologic evidence of immunity or prior vaccine:

 

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (TDAP):   MANDATORY

One TDaP Booster within 10 years.

 

Influenza:   MANDATORY (will be required this fall)

All students should receive annual vaccination against influenza unless there are certain pre-existing medical conditions in which this is contraindicated with supporting medical documentation.

One dose of influenza vaccine annually, live inactivated injectable influenza vaccine IM or intradermal or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) intranasally (ONLY for non-pregnant healthy HCP aged 49 or younger).

 

Meningococcal (Meningitis) Vaccine (MCV4)

Note: It must be administered at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

 Mandatory for all students <22 years of age.

Proof of either:

or

 

Tuberculin Skin Test*: MANDATORY (PPD - TB test) or QuantFERON Gold TB Blood Test or Chest X-ray (required IF skin test is positive) Documentation: 

*Must have been tested within past 6 months prior to the start of school (fall semester).

 

 

Additional Information

 

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Immunizations

 

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Important Due Dates:

 

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1. Participate with an information session.

a. Pass an online information session with a score of 75% or higher and submit the certificate by February 14th by 12 midnight so you will still have time to take the TEAS test or

b. Attend one of the Face-To-Face Sessions as scheduled.

2. Meet the following minimal requirements for the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) by March 30.

Reading 50% or higher;

Math 50% or higher;

English/Language 50% or higher;

Science 33.3% or higher

3. Return the Allied Health Student Application to the program of your choice or both by April 6 by 12 noon. Separate applications are required for the Brenham and Bryan programs.

a. Brenham Program office is located in the Arts and Sciences Building, Room 207 of the Brenham Campus, 902 College Ave, Brenham, Texas 77833.

b. Bryan Program office is located in the Texas A&M Health Science Center, 8447 State Hwy 47, Clinical Building 1, Suite 2502, Bryan, Texas 77807.

4. Provide one of the following with the Allied Health Student Application: G.E.D. certificate, high school transcript or college transcript.

5. Have a Blinn College Admissions and Records TSIA status of College Ready by August 1.

 

 

STEPS TO APPLY TO THE BRENHAM PROGRAM

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Step 1: Submit to the Brenham Program office, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 207, the required documents of the completed online information session on or before February 14th by 12 midnight.

a. Email confirmation or printed certificate confirming a passing score of 75% or higher of the Online Information Session

      You may take the online information sessions as many as times as needed.

b. Complete eligibility questionnaire of the Texas Board of Nursing Declaratory Order (BON) sent by the Administrative Assistant once your Online Information Session score is received.

(this document is sent as an email attachment by the Administrative Assistant)

c. Upon submission of the eligibility questionnaire, you will receive from the administrative assistant, an application to the Brenham LVN program and the ATI TEAS permission slip along with Testing Dates and Times.

 

Step 2:   To Test Twice, Make ATI TEAS Test reservations on or before January 26 by 12 noon. To Test Once, Make reservation on or before February 16 by 12 noon.

  1. Current Photo ID
  2. Test Receipt (received from Enrollment Services) and Test Ticket (received from Program Administrative Assistant)
  3. $58 Payment Card (all major credit cards, debit card, or cash card.) Tax is not included; therefore, you may want to add $5.
  4. ATI Username and Password

Please visit http://www.blinn.edu/testing/teas_v.html for more information on what to bring on test day

 

Step 3:   Take TEAS test. Testing time frame is September 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018.

 

Step 4:   Submit following required documents to office, Arts & Sciences Building, Room 207 beginning March 19, 2018 and by 12 noon on April 6, 2018.

 

STEPS TO APPLY TO THE BRYAN PROGRAM

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Step 1: Submit to the Bryan Program office, Health Science Center, Room 2502, the required documents of the completed online information session on or before February 14th by 12 midnight

a. Online Information Session Score Summary Certificate confirming a passing score of 75% or higher

You may take the online information sessions as many as times as needed.

b. Completed pages 1 and 2 of the Texas Board of Nursing Declaratory Order (BON) sent by the Administrative Assistant once your Online Information Session score is received.

(this document is printed from the Texas Board of Nursing website - the link can be found on "Web Links" page)

c. Upon submission of the eligibility questionnaire, you will receive from the administrative assistant, an application to the Bryan LVN program and permission slip to take the ATI TEAS Test.

 

Step 2:   Take TEAS test by March 30, 2018. Testing time frame is September 1, 2017 to March 30, 2018.

Please visit http://www.blinn.edu/testing/teas_v.html for more information on what to bring on test day

Step 3:   Submit following required documents to office, Health Science Center, Room 2502 beginning March 19, 2018 and BY 12 noon on April 6, 2018

 

 

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In order to be a qualified applicant, the prospective student must meet the following deadlines:

Match the Deadlines!

 

 

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When will I know if I was accepted?

 

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Acceptance Letter, Alternate Letter or Not Accepted Letter 

 

Accepted Student Packet

 

  Continue to the next page to complete certificate form and email to administrative assistant verifying a score of 75% or higher.

 

Web Links, Contact Information Box and Completion of Session

 

Blinn College Vocational Nursing webpage for list of immunizations

 

Texas Board of Nursing Declaratory Order -- you are advised to mail your order by certified mail with returned receipt (to verify that BON has received your declaratory order).

 

ATI Testing Company for ATI TEAS study manual - 6th edition

 

ITEMIZED PROGRAM COST

 

Blinn College TSIA Exemptions

 

Financial Aid TASFA online application

 

 REQUIRED: Type in your contact information in the box below and click finish. Then to complete your online information session: scroll down and type your name or identifier information in the box below and click "email score." Your score will be sent to the Administrative Assistant.

 

Once you have sent your score by email, it is recommended you print for your record. From the sent email screen, click "back" and then click "print score summary"

You will receive an email confirmation from the Administrative Assistant containing further application instructions.

 

Please contact the Administrative Assistant of the Vocational Nursing Program Office regarding any questions or concerns: