Applications for the Weatherford College Vocational Nursing program are being accepted through March 31 for the class that begins in August. Only 35 students are accepted into the 12-month program.
Over three semesters, students progress from the basics of anatomy and physiology to more advanced skills like mediation administration as well as leadership and professional development courses. All three semesters include clinical work in long-term care facilities and hospitals in Weatherford, Mineral Wells, Stephenville, Decatur and Fort Worth.
“We have a lot of clinical work,” said Nita Parsons, Vocational Nursing Program Director. “Graduates who come back to us thank us for that strong clinical aspect of the program. It enables them to take care of patients as soon as they get out there.
“Our employers love it too because they are ready right after certification and don’t require a long orientation. They just get in there and get to work.”
No prerequisite courses are required for acceptance. The program costs approximately $6,000 which covers tuition, fees and books. Workforce funding is available to students in this program as well as PELL grants for those who qualify.
After acquiring one-year of experience, vocational nurses are eligible for a one-year credit toward the Associate Degree Nursing program should they decide to continue their education.
Applicants must submit an Allied Health application, a copy of their high school transcript along with any official college transcripts, immunization records, and a passing Compass test score. A letter will be sent to applicants approximately six weeks after the deadline to let them know if they were accepted into the program.
The Allied Health application can be downloaded from www.wc.edu/public/upload/files/academics/AH-App.pdf
For more information on the application process, contact 817-598-6259.