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Nursing Programs at Coastal Bend College


Nursing is a dynamic and constantly changing profession. The ability to encompass care of individuals, families, communities, and populations requires a strong commitment to study in the field of nursing. It is our commitment to prepare graduates to provide safe, competent, and compassionate care.  Coastal Bend College has a variety of pathways to achieve students’ career goals. 

Nurse Aide 

Certified Nurse Aides play a pivotal role in the care of patients.  Nurse Aides assist patients with the activities of daily living like eating and bathing.  They are the eyes and ears for the nurses they work in collaboration with.  Students will learn to provide basic patient care – bathing, feeding, grooming; acquire, distribute, and administer patient care supplies; perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness of patient rooms; accommodate the special needs of patients; and provide emotional support. 

Vocational Nursing 

Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) care for patients in collaboration with a healthcare team (RN and Doctors) in a variety of settings.  In the Vocational Nursing Program, students will learn to provide patient care – administering medications, providing treatments, assessing patient needs, and providing emotional support. 

Professional Nursing 

Students seeking a Professional Nursing licensure (RN), upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree, will master the theory, laboratory, and clinical components needed to be successful in the workforce. Successful graduates from the Professional Nursing program will be eligible to take the Board Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as an RN.  Coastal Bend College offers two tracks in Professional Nursing:  Traditional RN and LVN-RN Bridge Track.   

Traditional RN Track: 

Students will have the opportunity to begin their nursing education by taking a combination of nursing and general education courses.  This track is for students who are not already licensed as an LVN. 

LVN-RN Bridge Track:  

This track is for students who are already licensed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) to further their nursing education toward the RN degree. 

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