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Frequently Asked Questions
El Centro College’s Vocational Nursing
program features a 12-month curriculum leading to a certificate of
completion. Courses are completed in two 16-week academic semesters and
two five-week summer semesters.The program includes classroom
and laboratory work on campus as well as clinical experience at various
area health care facilities.
Clinical rotations may take place at:
Students will need to plan two to three hours of studying and
preparation time weekly for each class and/or clinical experience. The demands of nursing courses are such that students may not be able to work full time while enrolled in these courses. Courses are offered during daytime hours only.The
program’s clinical experience requires that students be physically able
to care for sick patients. This involves lifting, moving, bathing and
transferring patients into and out of bed. Students will be exposed to
patients with infectious diseases.
Students who complete the program receive a Vocational Nursing certificate
and are eligible to take the Licensing Examination for Vocational
Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become licensed vocational nurse (LVN)
within the guidelines set by the Texas Board of Nursing.
If you are not already enrolled at a college of DCCCD, you’ll need to complete the regular admission process
at El Centro College before you can apply for admission to the
Vocational Nursing program. If you haven’t finished high school yet,
you must also have earned a General Education Development certificate
before applying for admission to the Vocational Nursing program.Acceptance
to the Vocational Nursing program is via a competitive selection
process based on grade point average of prerequisite courses.
Find out more about information sessions and download the information packet for Vocational Nursing.
Get complete information about El Centro’s Nursing programs. More questions? Look at our frequently asked questions.
All students enrolled in Health Occupations programs are required by
the 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.
The catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for:
A licensed vocational nurse may complete the Associate Degree Nursing
program via the LVN to RN Advanced Placement (“Bridge”) program at El
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.
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.
El Centro’s Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe #3-460; Austin, Texas 78701; phone: 512-305-7400; fax: 512-305-7401) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road N.E., Suite 500; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; phone, 404-975-5000; fax, 404-975-5020).
Our Vocational Nursing faculty have not only degrees and
certifications in their field but also 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 Vocational Nursing faculty.
If you have questions about our Vocational Nursing program that aren’t answered on our website or in our frequently asked questions, please feel free to contact us.