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Rural Nursing Education Consortium (RNEC)

Amarillo College, Frank Phillips College, and five regional hospital districts are pleased to announce the formation of a consortium conceived to increase the number of homegrown nurses serving rural Panhandle communities.

The Rural Nursing Education Consortium (RNEC) will support nursing educational opportunities throughout both Colleges' service areas with a goal of producing nurses where they live in order to create a healthy future for these communities.

Member Hospital Districts:
Coon Memorial Hospital
Golden Plains Community Hospital
Hereford Regional Medical Center
Moore County Hospital
Ochiltree General Hospital

Programs Offered:
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) certification
Registered Nurse (RN) certification *program pending SACSCOC approval for Fall 2021

Program Locations:
Amarillo College Campus in Hereford
Amarillo College Campus in Dumas
Frank Phillips College Campus in Borger
Frank Phillips College Rahll Campus in Dalhart
Frank Phillips College Allen Campus in Perryton

LVN Curriculum

Encouraged courses:

BIOL 1332 Nutrition
MATH PN 0303 Math for Nursing
HITT 1305 Medical Terminology


Pre-requisite Courses:
(must be completed before acceptance but NOT before application)

PSYC 2301 General Psychology
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II


Fall LVN Courses:

VNSG 1402 Applied Nursing Skills
VNSG 1227 Essentials of Medication Administration
VNSG 1126 Gerontology
VNSG 1231 Pharmacology
VNSG 1329 Medical Surgical Nursing 1
VNSG 1360 Clinical


Spring LVN Courses: 

VNSG 1332 Medical Surgical Nursing II
VNSG 1230 Maternal-Neonatal Nursing
VNSG 2360 Intermediate Clinical
VNSG 1234 Pediatrics
VNSG 1136 Mental Health
VNSG 2363 Advanced Clinical
RN Curriculum (pending SACSCOC approval)

Transition to RN curriculum will be available once SACSCOC and the Texas Board of Nursing approval has been provided. 

Licensed Vocational Nurse Program

Approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing, Frank Phillips College Vocational Nursing program is licensed to offer Vocational Nursing Certificates. This program is a 12-month program dedicated to the preparation of valuable members of the health care team, both male and female, who share in the care of the sick and in the prevention of illness under the direction of a licensed physician and/or registered nurse.
FPC has recently formed a consortium with Amarillo College and five (5) hospital districts to offer our LVN program in more rural communities in the Texas Panhandle. We are now offering our Vocational Nursing program to both Dumas and Hereford through this consortium (RNEC). 
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN Examination. After successfully passing the examination, the graduate receives a license to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

Careers in LVN Program

Our students have the ability to use courses taken in the vocational nursing program as credit toward an Associates degree or Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Through collaboration with other colleges in the Panhandle, students will be able to transition into registered nurse training.

To learn more about RNEC in specific and the long-term mission of this consortium visit You can also navigate to our Vocational Nursing Application from this site. 

A busy and challenging career awaits you as a nurse. Your services will be in immediate demand as a well-trained nursing professional.

Contact information for Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
33 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, Texas 78701-3944
Phone: (512) 305-7400

General Information on Our LVN Program

Frank Phillips offers an LVN certificate program and takes approximately one (1) year to complete.


  1. Apply to Frank Phillips College
  2. Be TSI complete or taking preparatory classes
  3. FPC requires five (5) pre-requisites before beginning the Nursing program. General Psychology - PSYC 2301 Elementary Nutrition - BIOL 1322 Anatomy & Physiology I & II - BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402 Medical Terminology - HITT 1305
  4. FPC’s Nursing program starts every August and graduates in May
  5. Application process begins FEBRUARY 1st
  6. Applications are available HERE or in the Nursing offices CLC 36.

If you have any questions, please call Bethany or Laura at 806-457- 4200 ext 745 or 746.

Curriculum Outline

FPC Vocational Nursing Manual & Policy Forms

Student Nursing Policy Manual

Nursing Simulation Lab Policies

Frank Phillips College School of Vocational Nursing Philosophy

The Vocational Nursing Department acknowledges and supports the mission, goals, and philosophies of Frank Phillips College, of which we are a part and of Amarillo College, of which we are partnered with to offer RNEC on all of our rural campuses. We believe the Vocational Nursing Department is an integral part of Frank Phillips College and Rural Amarillo College in Hereford and Dumas, and should be designed to promote excellence in the nursing profession while serving the needs of the students and the community.

We believe that Vocational Nursing provides an important service and is directed toward assisting individuals and families in maintaining optimal health. Vocational nurses are a vital part of the health care team. Vocational Nursing emphasizes the importance of expert technical skills in providing competent bedside care for patients in a variety of health care settings.

We believe that Vocational Nursing is based upon principles and is directed toward meeting the basic needs of man utilizing the nursing process to provide individualized nursing care through the life span.

We believe that the teaching-learning process is dynamic and requires both learner and teacher to be self-directed and active participants. Learning is a lifelong process and as an important part of life, enhances personal and professional growth. We believe that a learning situation proceeds from simple to more complex concepts and includes the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Learning results in a change of behavior that depends on individual abilities, experiences, motivation, and readiness for learning.

We believe that Vocational Nursing education prepares a Vocational Nurse to function as a skilled, technical, primary health care provider in a variety of health care settings, and that it provides the basis for further nursing study.

Admission Requirements 

  1. Any individual making application to the Frank Phillips College Vocational Nursing Program must have completed high school or have a GED Certificate. An official transcript/copy of certificate must be on file in the Office of Admission and Records.
  2. Students must meet all requirements for entrance to the college including taking the college entrance exam and achieve the minimum score set by the college.
  3. An official transcript from all colleges attended must be on file in Office of Admission and Records and a copy of all transcripts on file in the Nursing Department.
  4. The Texas Board of Nursing now requires students to be Board approved before entering a Nursing program. Therefore, FPC nursing program will require all students to undergo their DPS/FBI criminal fingerprint background check during the Spring/Summer, so results can be obtained before August 1st.
  5. All Applicants must take the HESI nursing entrance test and achieve the acceptable scores.
  6. Prior to acceptance, applicants shall present evidence of being in good physical and mental health and show proof of a physical examination, dated not more than three months prior to acceptance. See page 6 of Nursing Application.
  7. Required immunizations must be completed and submitted to the nursing offices by August 1st except for the TB and flu vaccine which must be received no earlier than 30 days prior to the clinical rotation.
  8. WECM courses with equivalent or greater clock hours may be transferred to Frank Phillips College Nursing Program if a minimum grad of C was obtained.
  9. Five (5) prerequisite courses will be required before acceptance into the Nursing portion of the course. These include:

A. Elementary Nutrition
B. General Psychology
C. Medical Terminology
D. Anatomy and Physiology I
E. Anatomy and Physiology II

  1. Transfer students will be considered for acceptance to the Frank Phillips College Nursing Program. All courses to be accepted must have a minimum grade of C. The transfer courses must have equivalent or greater clock hours and content compared to FPC course. In addition, the student may be asked to pass an exam and/or practicum for each course being transferred .

Vocational Nursing Application 

Please review attached information before completing your application. 

Vocational Nursing Application

Physical Examination & Immunization Form(s)

Physical Examination Form

Immunization/Test Form

Hesi Exam Information

You are qualified to take the HESI if we have received your

  • College application 
  • TSI scores
  • Nursing application

Please contact the Nursing Department at 806-457-4200 ext. 746 or at to reserve your spot. Space will be limited to allow for social distancing. Please reschedule if you have any signs of COVID-19.

The test will take approximately three (3) hours. The cost is $50.00 and will be due upon arrival at the testing site along with a photo ID. Testing after these dates will require permission from the Director of Nursing.

HESI Admission Assessment Exam (A2)

June 8th, 2020
Borger Campus - 8:30am 
Borger Campus - 12:30pm

June 11th, 2020
Perryton Campus - 12:30pm
Hereford Campus - 12:30pm

June 22nd, 2020
Borger Campus - 8:30am 
Borger Campus - 12:30pm
Dalhart Campus - 12:30pm

August 10th, 2020
All Campuses - 9:00am

August 12th, 2020 *last test date*
All Campuses - 12:30pm 

Frank Phillips College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees.  Contact the Commission on colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, Georgia  30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Frank Phillips College.

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