VC’s Nursing Program helps Cuero resident live his career dream

'My goal is to someday go on medical mission trips for International Medical Relief'
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Austin Gallaway graduated from Victoria College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program this past spring.

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria College’s nursing program helps a Cuero resident live his career dream. Austin Gallaway hopes, someday, to take the medical skills he has learned at VC to the most remote parts of the world.

“My goal is to someday go on medical mission trips for International Medical Relief,” said Gallaway, who graduated this spring from Victoria College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. “I’d like to help set up medical clinics in third-world countries where there is no healthcare available.”

Gallaway, 27, developed a passion for healthcare at an early age. His mother, Susan Gallaway, has been a nurse for 35 years.

“My mom would come home and talk about her day, and I just thought helping people would be something I would want to do,” Gallaway said.

Gallaway volunteered as a teen

As a teenager, Gallaway volunteered at Cuero Regional Hospital. Following his graduation from Cuero High School, he took a phlebotomy course at VC in 2021.

“It is not as challenging as the nursing program, but it teaches you a skill and allows you to get comfortable with medical procedures and patients,” Gallaway said. “It helped me a lot.”

Gallaway then started taking prerequisite classes in preparation to apply for Victoria College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.

“Then I decided I wanted to do the Vocational Nursing Program first just to get a job quicker,” Gallaway said. “And then I transitioned to the ADN Program.”

Gallaway plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He currently works at a nursing home in Yoakum, Texas.

Gallaway’s skillset prepares him for the future

Gallaway shared the skillset he developed at VC has prepared him for a career in nursing. He believes it also prepares him for opportunities to serve abroad.

“The clinical experience is really thorough, so they actually teach you how to be confident when you’re on the floor by yourself,” Gallaway said. “The main thing I learned was to ask questions. Confidence comes with time and experience, and I think the program does a good job of giving you a chance to gain that.”

Health care facilities, including hospitals and nursing homes, look for qualified licensed vocational nurses and registered nurses regularly. Employment for these positions is expected to increase by seven percent in the next 10 years.

The Texas Board of Nursing has fully approved VC’s two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing. The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing also accredited the two-year program.

Upon successful completion of the ADN Program, graduate students can apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. If students receive a satisfactory achievement on the exam, they qualify for licensure as registered nurses.

In the Golden Crescent region, licensed vocational nurses earn an average of $40,000 annually. Registered nurses earn an average of $63,000 annually.

You can find more information on Victoria College’s nursing programs by calling 361-573-3191. You can also visit VictoriaCollege.edu/HealthCareers.