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CovenantReady - Educational Opportunities

Whether you are looking at a certificate program, associate degree, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral program CovenantReady is here for you. Explore Covenant Health System and discover what matters most to you in your healthcare career. We provide a dynamic environment that gives you experience while allowing you to learn and grow! While giving you a place to explore and find your career we also provide opportunity for professional development and an insight into available
positions. We will also help you prepare for interviews by conducting mock interviews, providing informational materials to help you be your best self during an interview, enable you to attend guest speaker lectures over a multitude of topics, and so much more. So come join the Covenant family and become CovenantReady!

Covenant School of Nursing- Registered Nurse Program

Covenant School of Nursing (formerly Methodist Hospital School of Nursing) is located in Lubbock, Texas. Founded in 1918, Covenant School of Nursing is the oldest nursing school in the South Plains and has graduated more than 5,200 nurses.

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We are committed to producing highly skilled nurses who share our passion and commitment to patients and the nursing profession. Throughout our full-time, accredited diploma program, students receive both classroom training and faculty guided hands-on experiences in both lab and clinical settings. Our supportive learning environment ensures that every student receives the guidance and encouragement he or she needs to succeed as a registered nurse.

Opportunities for Nursing Students:

  • Work as a student nurse aid after semester 1, then you are able to transition to a nurse tech after completing your second semester (or module 4).
  • As a senior you are able to shadow 3 different departments for 4 hour increments and for Covenant School of Nursing Students we have our Residency Program.
    • For CSON students entering IM7 you will enter the intern residency program where you can select a specialty group (Med Surg, PEDI, OB, Critical Care, Surgical, or Oncology-after you have completed a rotation in Med Surg- so that when you start module 8 you are able to pick a matching unit where you will work and receive 120 hours of paid clinical.
    • This is incredibly beneficial as you will be paid for your clinical hours while you grow into your career. When you start this residency program you are able to see a multitude of areas that will allow you to make a decision on where you ultimately want to end up in your nursing career.
  • Covenant School of Nursing students complete more clinical hours than any other program in Texas at 1,368 hours, to help fully prepare you for your career in nursing.
  • We will also be hosting fun get togethers to connect students and managers throughout the year! Check our upcoming events calendar for a Trivia Pursuit NCLEX Review night with other GN's in the area!!

For information about Covenant School of Nursing RN program or contact Trent McGuire 806-725-8949.

Covenant School of Nursing LVN-RN Transition Program

Covenant School of Nursing accepts applications for fall classes. Applications are only processed during the designated application period.

To apply for January 2024

  • Application period: June 1, 2023 - August 15, 2023
  • Deadline: August 15th 4 p.m.
  • Prerequisites completed by: December, 2023

For consideration into the LVN–RN Track, the applicant must have a valid LVN license to practice in the state of Texas and meet all regular admission requirements, which include completion of the specific college per-requisite courses.

Licensed vocational nurses may request admission to the LVN-RN Track for completion of their registered nursing education. This accelerated track is 27 weeks in length and includes a 14-week integrated didactic instructional module followed by a 13-week instructional module dedicated to clinical experiences in advanced medical-surgical and specialty populations including pediatrics, mental health and obstetrics/gynecology.

To graduate from Covenant School of Nursing, students must be able to fully attend and successfully complete all classroom, lab and clinical components of each required nursing course. Students who successfully complete our program are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) once they pass the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN).

Covenant School of Nursing - Extension Programs

CSON offers a Certified Patient Care Technician Program and an EKG Monitor Technician Course. These classes are designed for people from all backgrounds of life – from a person with no medical experience to a person who has worked in the medical field but is ready to launch a new career.

CNA's are invited and encouraged to take the PCT course with Covenant School of Nursing to gain phlebotomy and EKG certifications. This is a five-week course in the evenings with Saturday clinical, the course is offered several times throughout the year.

Monitor Tech Program is a five-week course. It will include eleven classes that will be comprised of thirty hours of class time and ten practicum hours. Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and the last two days of the course will be direct observation EKG monitoring. The completion of this course along with a minimum of three to six months of EKG work experience will help you prepare for the Certified EKG Technician through National Health Career Association.

Packet Deadline:

May 24, 2023

  • Start Date: June 5, 2023
  • End Date: July 10, 2023

September 20, 2023

  • Start Date: October 2, 2023
  • End Date: November 6, 2023

If you have any questions regarding the extension programs, please reach out to Trent McGuire (

Covenant School of Radiography

In today's medicine, radiology plays a leading role in the diagnosis of many diseases and conditions. This means that radiology technologists are now on the front lines of patient care. More than ever before, the sacred patient encounter is in their hands.

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At Covenant School of Radiography, our students specialize in both the technical skills and patient care techniques they need to carry out our Christian mission of caring – with the highest level of academic and clinical expertise.

The program in radiography at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas is 20-months and culminates in a certificate of completion.

After graduation, our students are eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). Upon successful completion of the examination, you'll be registered in the field of radiologic technology in radiography and may use the initials RT(R) after your name.

Many hours of study are required to be successful. Qualified personnel, including registered radiographers and radiologists, supervise our students in the clinical areas. Testing is conducted through written and demonstration exams.

All classes are scheduled during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Following an initial orientation period, you'll be assigned to specific areas in radiography departments to begin clinical development.

Students are scheduled in classroom and clinical activities for no more than 40 hours per week; attendance is mandatory. Covenant School of Radiography graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Safely and competently perform radiographic procedures
  • Perform in a professional and ethical manner
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and flexibility in the clinical practice
  • Serve patients in a manner that is consistent with Covenant Health's Christian mission of caring

Opportunities for Radiology Tech Students at Covenant:

  • After completing one year of school, you are eligible to apply for an associate radiology technologist position here at Covenant. This allows you to obtain on the job training and to receive paid clinical hours!
  • We also offer shadowing opportunities; you can shadow in three areas for up to four hours at a time.

For more information on Covenant School of Radiology admissions and requirements contact Lori Oswalt at

Surgical Tech/Sterile Processing

Surgical Technology is a rapidly growing field with a high demand for professionals who can provide optimum patient care, and utilize clinical knowledge in this vital role within the surgical team. It is a challenging and demanding field, but is also rewarding and exciting. The Surgical Technologist scrubs in and participates in surgical procedures to provide assistance to the surgeons and other members of the surgical team. They will also prepare instrumentation and maintain the sterile surgical field. A successful Technologist possesses not only academic knowledge, but critical thinking skills, clinical experience, integrity and stamina.

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After completion of year one students are able to apply for an associate student tech position within our surgery department to gain hands on experience.

Asterile processing technician cleans and sterilizes used surgical instruments and other medical supplies. The Sterile Processing Technician Program is
designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to work as a sterile processing technician. The program will prepare students to clean,
disinfect, and distribute sterilized instrumentation and equipment to various areas of the healthcare facility. The clinical setting will allow the student to work in
a sterile processing department and central service department setting to gain real-world experience.

Students are able to apply for a sterile processing position with Covenant Health System for on the job training and hands on learning.

Respiratory Care

It is an exciting time for the respiratory care profession. America’s Career Infonet has targeted respiratory therapy as one of the fastest growing professions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth at 19% (2012 - 2022) for respiratory therapists. Career opportunities are excellent and earning potential is competitive with other health professions.

A Respiratory therapist, also known as a respiratory care practitioner, is the health profession responsible for evaluating, treating and caring for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. Practicing under the direction of a physician, respiratory therapists assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedure. Respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased.

Respiratory therapists setup, operate and monitor devices that provide oxygen or medicine in the form of a mist or gas to patients. They use and maintain equipment such as mechanical ventilator, therapeutic gas, administration apparatus and aerosols generators. Respiratory therapists are also responsible for teaching patients about breathing exercises, monitoring patients’ physiological responses to therapy and maintaining natural and artificial airways, while maintaining the patient’s records.

Respiratory care personnel must be able to see and hear well, have mechanical ability and manual dexterity to work with machines and be able to be on their feet most of the day. Therapists should be sensitive to a patient’s physical and psychological needs. In addition, operating advanced equipment requires proficiency with computers.

About 90% of respiratory therapists work in hospitals with the department of respiratory care, anesthesiology, emergency medicine or pulmonary medicine. Therapists may assist physicians is clinical setting or operating rooms. With additional education or experience, therapists may advance to supervisory positions, managerial positions or become academic instructors.

Once you reach your clinical phase of your respiratory program you may apply to be a respiratory care assistant.

Shadowing opportunities are available at our Children's Hospital and Main campus!

After 2 years of experience you are able to apply for the trauma team!

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East Lubbock Resident-Owned Business Initiative

EL ROBI is a 6-week pre-apprenticeship program administered by EL ROBI (East Lubbock Resident-Owned Business Initiative). Students receive essential safety training, financial coaching, and industry specific curriculum. The classes will go from February – October. EL ROBI works directly with employers to develop training programs that meet the specific and timely needs of the sector to ensure that individuals are well-prepared apprenticeships and for a career in the skilled trades. The pre-apprenticeship program provides individuals with the practical skills and technical knowledge encompassed in the Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing, and Electrical industry to maximize employability.

South Plains College Trade Opportunities

South Plains College offers 7 technical program areas which prepare students for industrial careers.

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  • South Plains College
  • Amarillo College
  • Covenant School of Nursing & Covenant School of Radiology
  • Cisco College
  • Howard College
  • Odessa College
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