El Centro College (Dallas County Community College District)

El Centro College was the first college of the Dallas County Community College District to offer a nursing program. El Centro offers a Vocational Nursing Certificate (LVN), the Associate of Science in Nursing degree (AAS), and the LVN to RN bridge program.


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  • On Campus
  • Public
    Non-Profit
  • Accreditation acen Accredited
  • Programs LPN, ASN/ADN, Other
  • Location Dallas, TX
  • Telephone 1-214-860-2000
  • Website URL Visit Website

El Centro College, a public community college established in 1966, has partnerships with local hospitals to offer quality clinical rotation experiences.

Academic Programs


Associate Degree in Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing (AAS) program is a two-year nursing program offered in the spring and fall semesters. The program also includes a Perioperative Nursing Enhanced Skills Certificate for RNs and graduate nurses. El Centro’s satellite campus, North Lake College, holds the ADN program. The clinicals rotate from day to evening times at various locations.

At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then become eligible to be licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.

Hospitals that partner with El Centro include Texas Health Resources, Hospital Corporation of America Inc., the Dallas VA Medical Center, and Methodist Health System.

LVN to RN - Advanced Placement (Bridge) Program

For Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) who are interested in becoming RNs, the program is called the Advanced Placement, or Bridge program. Students who are accepted into the program must enroll in the following courses: a three-credit hour lecture course (RNSG 1324), a one-credit-hour skills component (RNSG 1118), and a one-credit hour nursing competencies component (RNSG 1126) which involves 2-3 full days of classes for the first semester of the Advanced Placement Program.

After the "bridge" semester courses have been completed, the students are able to blend into the third semester of the Associate Degree curriculum to complete the final two semesters of the traditional Associate Degree Nursing program. LVNs are granted another 13 additional credit hours for selected courses from the first two semesters of the traditional Associate Degree Nursing program.

Admission is open to applicants who have a current Texas LVN license and who have not previously enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing program but who have completed all entrance requirements.

After completion of the required courses and clinical hours in the Associate Degree LVN-RN Bridge program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.

Vocational Nursing Certificate

This certificate program can be completed in two 16-week academic semesters and two 5-week summer semesters.

There are clinical experiences offered at various healthcare facilities locally. There is additional classroom and laboratory work for students to complete as well. Students are encouraged to commit to two to three hours of studying and preparation time weekly for each class and/or clinical experience.

Students are also encouraged to not work full time while enrolled in these courses. Courses are offered during daytime hours only. Students must be physically fit before taking this course as well. The clinical experiences include lifting, moving, bathing, and transferring patients into and out of bed. Also, as expected, students will be caring for the sick; often those with infectious diseases.

Graduates receive a Vocational Nursing certificate and are eligible to take the Licensing Examination for Vocational Nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) within the guidelines set by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Attend an information session
  • HESI A2
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA or higher on the three program prerequisite courses
  • Overall GPA of at least 2.0 in all college coursework

NCLEX Pass Rates (2017)

ADN RN - 69.89%

LPN/LVN - 100%

Rankings and Accolades

BestEducationSchools.com ranked El Centro College #1,828 (out of 2410; top 80%) in the United States and #96 in Texas (2018).

The national, nonprofit, organization, Achieving the Dream, is dedicated to helping community college students succeed, particularly students of color and low-income students; El Centro College has been recognized as an Achieve the Dream College (ATD).

Program Approval and Accreditation

The Texas Board of Nursing approved the Associate Degree program.

The Texas Board of Nurse Examiners approved the Vocational Nurse Program (LVN).

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Vocational Nurse Program (LVN).

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited the Associate Degree program.

El Centro College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Latest Reviews (Max 10)

  1. Visit chief76 profile page
    Dec 20, '17, 9:39 pm by
    Overall: 2.3 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 2 stars
    Experience: 3 stars
    Staff: 3 stars
    Academics: 2 stars
    Costs: 1 stars
    Support: 3 stars

    Status: Alumni
    Program: Other
    Classes: On Campus
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Medical-Surgical

    My Experience

    The most unorganized program that you will find. This program is one of the oldest in it's area, and it is still being run like it's brand new. You have to be willing to roll with the punches. The available clinical sites are a joke. A lot of times you have to complete all of your clinicals in the final month of class when you should be studying for finals. Lean on your fellow classmates, because the program is terrible. The only thing good I can really say about this program is its cost, which initially interested me. But it's like they always say, you get what you pay for, and in this place, you truly do.

    About The Staff

    The staff is really hit or miss. Some instructors are terrific, while others shouldn't be instructing the hospital janitor. Unfortunately, they run all of the great professors off and you are left with well...what's left. This program and its staff really continue to go downhill.

    Things To Know

    They really train towards med-surg nursing. You get very little experience in different specialties when in clinical.

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