North Central Texas College has concluded its 2013-14 licensed vocational nurse program, and out of 18 registered students, 15 made the cut as LVNs.

“As I said in the pinning ceremony, they’re all keeper,” said Nick Bixby, lead instructor of NCTC’s LVN Program. “This year all of them were good.”

The LVN Program offers a year-long class that teaches students the vocabulary, medical skills and training to take care of patients. Students also learn by participating in clinicals, a section of the program in which a student spends a few hours caring for patients at nursing homes, local hospitals and senior care facilities.

Bixby said that 100 percent of the students graduating out of the program have had success finding a job in the nursing field.

“A lot of them get hired,” Bixby said. “When we take students to clinicals, (facility employers) tell the students, ‘When you graduate, come work for me.’”

After students graduate, they can take their LVN knowledge to the next level by pursuing an associate’s degree as a registered nurse through NCTC online, Texas Tech University and Midwestern State University.

That is something that LVN program graduate and FLorence Nightingale Award recipient Chambrie Stroud plans to do in the future. She also highly recommends the program to those interested in the medical field.

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