Vocational Nursing Admission Procedures

Steps to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to Amarillo College 
  • Applications on the AC website and at all Ask AC Counters (Washington Street and West campuses)
  • Declare Vocational Nursing as your major: VNSG CERT
  1. Complete placement testing

All VN majors are required to take all parts of the TSI Assessment prior to enrollment.

  1. Schedule an advising appointment with the VN Coordinator on the West Campus, (806) 354-6015
  • Advising appointments are required every semester while in the VN Program.
  • Advisor will assist with selection of courses using testing information.

Orientation Sessions

Orientation Sessions for Spring 2023 admission to the Vocational Nursing Program:

Attend in-person Orientation held in the West Campus Jones Hall, Room 201. 

  • Monday, October 24, 2022 @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 @ 1:00 p.m.

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Please contact the Vocational Nursing Office at (806) 354-6015 to schedule your appointment.

  1. Apply for acceptance to the VN Program:
  • A "C" is required in the prerequisite courses.
  • Schedule an advising appointment with the VN Coordinator (806) 354-6015.
  • A Vocational Nursing Program Application and HESI Exam information will be given out during the advising appointment.
  • After taking the HESI, the student will complete the online application for admittance to the nursing program for Spring 2023. 
  • HESI Exam - Schedule test time during your Advising Session.

Complete the Online Application


An acceptance letter will be provided for students who have been accepted in the VN Level 1 classes.

  • Registration will be done by the Vocational Nursing Assistant during the Advance Registration period.
  • Any student not entering Level 1 classes the semester after applying must follow application instructions and re-apply.
  1. Immunization, Certification, and Background Check Requirements

Immunization, certification, and background check requirements are required for admission into the LVN Program.  Immunization and certifications must be complete and current prior to admission, and must remain current until completion of the program.  Background check reports must be obtained prior to acceptance in the LVN program.  For immunizations (including tuberculosis screening), certifications and background check requirements, select this link:


  1. Texas Board of Nursing Requirements

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) may deny licensure to an applicant who fails to demonstrate good professional character or who demonstrates lack of fitness to practice in regard to mental illness or addiction to alcohol or drugs.  All applicants for initial nursing licensure, both RN and LVN, in the state of Texas are subject to an FBI-level criminal background check at the time of application.

The BON maintains a process whereby individuals with a criminal record, a history of disciplinary action, a history of mental illness, and treatment and/or addiction to alcohol or drugs may petition to the BON to make decisions about eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.  This process entails petitioning the BON for a Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure.  The petition and instructions to complete the process can be found on the BON Web Site or the BON may be contacted at (512) 305-6838 for additional information.

  1. Professional Liability Insurance

All nursing students are required to carry professional liability insurance.  Fees are collected at the time of registration to cover the cost of a blanket college student policy with a major insurance carrier.

  1.  Additional Information

HESI Assessment is valid for one calendar year.  Students may only take the HESI one time during an application period.