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El Centro College’s Associate Degree Nursing program leads to the Associate Degree Nursing AAS (Associate in Applied Sciences degree) and can be completed in two years over fall and spring semesters.
North Lake College serves as an authorized site for El Centro’s ADN
program. Students can attend all ADN classes at North Lake and receive
their degree from El Centro College.
El Centro also partners with Texas Health Resources, Hospital Corporation of America Inc., the Dallas VA Medical Center and Methodist Health System for a distance learning program, Hospital Partners.
A licensed vocational nurse (LVN) may complete the Associate Degree
Nursing program via the LVN to RN Advanced Placement (“Bridge”) program
at El Centro College.
Acceptance to the Bridge program is via a competitive selection
process based on grade point average of primary prerequisite courses.
Admission to this program is open to applicants who have not previously
been enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing program, although an
applicant may petition the dean for admission consideration. Applicants
must complete all entrance requirements as outlined in the information
packet and must possess a current Texas LVN license.
El Centro College’s Perioperative Nurse Internship program
offers registered nurses and graduate nurses the opportunity to acquire
additional theory and skills required for patient care in the surgical
setting. The emphasis of the program is on the scrub and circulating
roles. Upon successful completion of this two-semester program, nurses
receive the Perioperative Nursing Enhanced Skills certificate.
Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program is by a competitive ranking process.
Find out more about information sessions and download the information packet for Associate Degree Nursing.
Get complete information about El Centro’s Nursing programs.
All students enrolled in Health Occupations programs are required by
Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo a
criminal background check and drug testing prior to beginning their
clinical experience. This procedure is conducted after students have
been accepted to their respective program.
After being accepted into the program, Nursing students must also go
through an FBI criminal background check through the Texas Board of
Nursing prior to the first day of class. Specific information is
available upon acceptance into the program.
The catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for:
The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.
Please contact El Centro College’s Health Occupations Admissions Office if you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution after you complete your associate degree.
Our Associate Degree Nursing faculty not only have degrees and
certifications in their field but have on-the-job experience, making
them able to relate to the challenges you’ll face in the workplace. Our
faculty members work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and
helping you to prepare for your career in nursing.
See profiles of some of our Associate Degree Nursing faculty.
If you have questions about our Associate Degree Nursing program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.