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Nursing Programs


Are you interested in a career in the field of health professions? Do you want a career with variety? Would you like a financially secure career that’s rewarding both to you and the people you’ll help? You may be ready for a career in the nursing profession!

Registered nurses perform tests, give medicine to patients and educate the public under the direction of doctors. Licensed vocational nurses care for patients under the direction of doctors and registered nurses. Most nurses have direct contact with patients, either in a general medical setting or in their specialty area.

Career Opportunities

Nurses with several specialties have the best career options. One of the highest job growth areas is caring for elderly patients. Nurses work in:

  • Clinics
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home health care
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Schools

See more about possible career paths and salary ranges.

Degree and Certificate Options for Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing program is a full-time program comprising lecture, skills lab and clinical experience, with rotations involving both day and evening hours. Students begin their hospital rotations the first semester after admission to the program and rotate through metroplex hospitals, participating in a wide variety of procedures.

The following colleges of the Dallas County Community College District offer Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. Each program has its own application and admissions process and timeline.

El Centro College offers an Associate Degree Nursing A.A.S. in a two-year program over fall and spring semesters as well as a Perioperative Nursing Enhanced Skills Certificate for RNs and graduate nurses. North Lake College is a satellite campus for El Centro’s ADN program. Get more information about El Centro’s Nursing program.

Vocational Nursing

El Centro College offers a Vocational Nursing certificate which can be completed in two 16-week academic semesters and two 5-week summer semesters. An LVN-RN Advanced Placement “Bridge” program is also available. Get more information about El Centro’s VN program.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

Together, the colleges of the Dallas County Community College District offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates and more than 50 academic degrees.

For more information, see a chart of our degree plans by location or visit our credit programs home page.