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El Centro Vocational Nursing Program

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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.

How to Get Started

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.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Testing

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.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

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

LVN-RN Advanced Placement “Bridge” Program

A licensed vocational nurse 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. 

Accreditation and Affiliations

​​Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.  

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 850; Atlanta, Georgia 30326; phone, 404-975-5000; fax, 404-975-5020); email,


Please contact El Centro College’s Health Occupations Admissions Office if you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution.

Faculty Profiles

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.

Contact Us

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.