Blinn vocational nursing programs to host information sessions

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the program’s face-to-face and online/blended options

Prospective students are invited to learn more about the program’s face-to-face and online/blended options

September 24, 2018

The Blinn College District invites prospective students to learn more about its face-to-face and online/blended vocational nursing programs that can lead to high-demand careers in the healthcare industry.

Information sessions will take place in Brenham, Bryan, and online throughout the 2018-19 school year. All individuals interested in applying to Blinn’s vocational nursing programs are required to participate in an information session.

The online information session is available through noon Friday, March 1, 2019, at Participants should allow approximately 40 minutes to compete the online session, which includes the same information as the face-to-face sessions. Upon completion, participants must submit a verification of completion form to begin the application process.

The online information session will be divided into two sections: one for those interested in the traditional vocation nursing programs on Blinn’s Brenham and Bryan campuses and one for the newly launched online/blended program. Individuals wishing to apply to Blinn’s face-to-face and online/blended programs must attend both sections of the online information session.

The Brenham Campus Vocational Nursing Program will host its face-to-face information sessions at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018; Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018; and Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Room 205 of the Arts & Sciences Building on the Brenham Campus (map). Participants must register for an information session in Brenham either online at or by contacting Peggy Schwarze at 979-830-4283.

The Bryan Campus Vocational Nursing Program will host its face-to-face information sessions at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14; and Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Room 4504 of the Health Science Center Building I located at 8441 State Highway 47 in Bryan. Participants must register for an information session in Bryan either online at or by contacting Emily Baker at 979-691-2010.

Each face-to-face session will provide information about Blinn’s vocational nursing programs in Brenham and Bryan, as well as the new online/blended program.

Blinn’s vocational nursing programs provide students the education and training needed to become highly skilled, licensed vocational nurses capable of working in a variety of medical settings. All programs include courses in disease control and prevention, anatomy and physiology, basic nursing skills, nutrition, pharmacology, pediatrics, neonatal and surgical nursing, and mental health and mental illness.

During the 10-month face-to-face programs, students spend approximately 40 hours per week in classroom and clinical settings and attendance is mandatory. Class begins at 6:30 a.m. three times per week. Because students devote a great deal of time to studying and preparing for class and clinicals, faculty recommend that students limit their work hours.

Blinn’s online/blended Vocational Nursing Program is a one-year program that begins each August. On the weekends, students attend face-to-face clinical and laboratory experiences at the Health Science Center in Bryan and local hospitals and clinics.

Graduates of each program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and the Nursing Jurisprudence Examination, and are considered licensed vocational nurses after passing both exams.

Jobs abound in a variety of settings, including home health, dialysis, hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices. According to the U.S.  Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for vocational nurses is expected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026, resulting in 89,900 additional positions. In 2017, the median pay for a vocational nurse in Central Texas was $44,950 per year, according to Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley.

Contact Schwarze at 979-830-4283 for more information regarding the online/blended and Brenham Campus vocational nursing programs, or contact Baker at 979-691-2010 for more information regarding the Bryan Campus Vocational Nursing Program.








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