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El Centro College Associate Degree Nursing Program

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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.

LVN-RN Advanced Placement “Bridge” Program

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.

Perioperative Nursing Enhanced Skills Certificate

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.

How to Get Started and How to Apply

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.

Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

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.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for:

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.   

El Centro’s Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing INC (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850; Atlanta, Ga., 30326; phone: 404-975-5000; fax: 404-975-5020) and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe #3-460; Austin, Texas 78701; phone: 512-305-7400, fax: 512-305-7401).


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.

Faculty Profiles

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.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our Associate Degree Nursing program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.