Acceptance to the Vocational Nursing program is via a competitive selection process based on grade point average of prerequisite courses.
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.
Find out more about information sessions and packets.
Information Packet and Information Sessions
Please visit dcccd.edu/health-packets-sessions for information packet and information session details. The information packet will include complete information on admission requirements and application instructions.
Email the Health Occupations Admissions Office or call 972-860-5001 with additional questions.
Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check
All students enrolled in allied health programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program.
Class Locations for El Centro Allied Health Programs
Classes for the
Medical Laboratory Technology and
Paramedic programs are held at the El Centro Downtown Campus, 801 Main St.
Dental Hygiene are held in the Dallas College Dental Hygiene Center, 1250 W. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75247, just east of I-35, Stemmons Expressway (in the six-story Comerica Bank building).
All other allied health programs at El Centro hold classes in the Downtown Health Sciences Center (formerly El Centro Center for Allied Health and Nursing), 301 N. Market St. in the West End District of downtown Dallas, one block north of the El Centro Downtown Campus.
The Vocational Nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460; Austin, Tx. 78701; phone: 512-305-7400; fax: 512-305-7401), and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400; Atlanta, Ga. 30326; phone: 404-975-5000; fax: 404-975-5020). Students are awarded a certificate upon program completion and may write the Licensing Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Texas.