North Central Texas College (NCTC) Division of Health Sciences

North Central Texas College (NCTC), the oldest continuing operating community college in Texas, offers the Vocational Nursing (LVN) certificate, the Associate Degree in Nursing, LVN to ADN, and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs. Students Schools Scholarships

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Founded in 1924, North Central Texas College (NCTC) is a public community college and the oldest continuing operating community college in Texas. Nursing programs are available at all campuses.

Academic Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Vocational Nursing (LVN) Certificate

LVN to ADN Transition Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pathway

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The Associate Degree Nursing program is for those who want to become RNs. After completion of the pre-nursing courses and nursing program, graduates may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), which is administered by the Texas Board of Nursing. Once the NCLEX-RN is passed, one is then eligible to be licensed in his or her state and practice as an RN.

Admission Criteria (not all-inclusive)

  1. Cumulative 2.5 GPA
  2. Prerequisite courses - Anatomy and Physiology I & II and Elementary Statistical Methods grades C or better
  3. ATI TEAS through Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)

Vocational Nursing (LVN) - Campus and Online

This is a 12-month (3 semesters) full-time vocational certificate program. After graduation, students are able to sit for the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). After passing, the nurse becomes eligible for licensure and to practice as an LVN in all 50 states.

The Vocational Nursing programs are offered at the following campuses:

  • Gainesville
  • Corinth
  • Bowie
  • Graham
  • eCampus of North Central Texas College

This is a full time program where students will attend school 5 days per week (Monday thru Friday) for approximately 8 hours per day. There are breaks that follow the college calendar. The online students are required to do clinicals on the weekends. The curriculum consists of classroom lecture, skills lab and clinical practicum components.

Students are able to complete the VN theory courses online. All clinical courses will be held on Saturday and Sunday of each week during the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in the online program. Is it 100% online?

No, you must do the clinical portion of the program at the assigned clinical facility every Saturday and Sunday for the entire year. Gainesville is the campus that holds the online program.

Can I choose a clinical site closer to me or one where I already work?

No, you must go to the site that is assigned by your lead instructor.

LVN to ADN - Transition to Professional Nursing

This is an accelerated 12-month LVN to RN Transition program. Students utilize the Leo & Mabel Scott Health Science Center for clinical learning experiences.

Course content is blocked in 8-week segments with the bulk of clinical learning experiences (practicum) at the end of the program.

Transition students' admission requirements are the same as new Associate Degree in Nursing students. Documentation of current licensure as a vocational/practical nurse is required. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pathway

The ADN program at NCTC created partnerships with major universities to offer students the opportunity for a smoother transition from ADN to BSN through the Consortium for the Advancement of Baccalaureate Nursing Education in Texas (CABNET) agreement. The BSN Pathway curriculum has been standardized. Students who graduate with an ADN from NCTC, pass the NCLEX-RN, and complete all BSN prerequisite courses, will be able to complete the BSN program with 30 hours of online courses at one of the partner universities.

NCTC University Partners

  • Midwestern State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • Western Governor's University
  • Southwest Kingston University
  • Texas Woman's University

2019 NCLEX Pass Rates

ADN/RN - 90.76%

VN/LVN - 94.347%

Accreditation and Approval

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

North Central Texas College is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Texas Board of Nursing approved North Central Texas College's ADN program.

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) approved the Vocational Nursing program.

Rankings (2018)

  • #1,852 Education School (out of 2410; top 80%) in USA
  • #99 Education School in Texas

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