Photo of vocational nursing studentTemple College has extended the deadline to apply for its next vocational nursing class, which will begin in June 2017. The new deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 19.

The vocational nursing program is a one-year program designed to prepare students to function in a variety of healthcare settings under the supervision of a registered nurse. Program graduates are eligible to take the state licensing exam for vocational nursing.

Many community hospitals are currently in need of vocational nurses. Vocational nurses can also find employment in a variety of outpatient settings such as clinics, offices, home care and long-term care facilities. A survey of recent students who graduated from the Temple College vocational nursing program found that 96 percent were able to find employment in the local area.

Applications for the program are available online or may be picked up in the Vocational Nursing office in the Health Professions Building. Applicants must also take an admission test for the program, which is known as the HESI A2 test. This test may be taken at the Testing Center on the Temple College campus up until Dec. 14 and then from Jan. 3-19. To take this exam, prospective students need to bring a photo ID and $65. For Testing Center hours, visit

For more information on the Vocational Nursing program, visit or call 254-298-8664. Applications for the program are accepted each year beginning in September.

Financial aid is available for vocational nursing students.