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Do you want a rewarding health care career that’s always in high demand, anywhere in the world? Would you like a challenging job where no day is the same and where you can really make a difference in people’s lives? The nursing profession needs you!

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.

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Career Opportunities

About three out of five nursing jobs are in hospitals, with either inpatient or outpatient departments. Nurses with several specialties have the best career options. One of the highest job growth areas is gerontology, caring for elderly patients.

Nurses work in:

  • Clinics
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Home health care
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Schools, from elementary to university level
  • Surgery centers

See more about possible career paths and salary ranges.

Degree and Certificate Options for Nursing Programs

Associate Degree Nursing

Brookhaven College • El Centro College • Mountain View College • North Lake College


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

Several colleges of the Dallas County Community College District offer Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. Each has its own admissions process, application timeline and specific requirements; please check with an academic advisor at the DCCCD college of your choice to find the right fit for you.

Associate Degree Nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.

Vocational Nursing and LVN-RN Bridge Program

El Centro College


  • El Centro College offers a Vocational Nursing certificate. The program includes classroom and laboratory work on campus as well as clinical experience at various area health care facilities. Graduates may take the Licensing Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in Texas. An LVN-RN Advanced Placement "Bridge" program is also available. Get more information about El Centro’s Vocational Nursing program.