EL CENTRO COLLEGE Vocational Nursing Program
801 Main Street Dallas,
El Centro College’s Vocational Nursing program features a 12-month, 54-credit-hour 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:
Dallas Regional Medical Center – Galloway Campus
Medical City Dallas Hospital
Methodist Charlton Medical Center
Methodist Health System
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center of Dallas
Women’s Hospital at Dallas Regional Medical Center – Mesquite
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.
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