Dallas-Area Nursing Schools
With several nursing schools to choose from, prospective students should be able to find a program in the Dallas area that fits their needs. This article examines three schools less than a half-hour's drive from downtown Dallas and the programs they offer, including programs that qualify graduates to take the certification examination for registered nurses. Pertinent information about the schools, such as size, tuition and graduation rates, is included in a table. At the end of the article is a listing of a few other area schools with nursing programs.
- El Centro College, in the heart of downtown Dallas, can get students ready to begin their nursing careers with an associate degree program.
- In Farmers Branch, about ten miles from the Dallas city center, Brookhaven College students can also earn an associate degree in nursing.
- University of Texas at Arlington has both bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. This school is 21 miles from downtown Dallas.
Comparison of Schools
Students who are deciding on a nursing school need to consider many factors. The following table details important statistics about each school and can help individuals make a decision on their training.
|El Centro College||Brookhaven College||University of Texas at Arlington|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||10,797||13,286||46,497|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state||$9,952 in-state, $25,152 out-of-state|
|Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||72%||49%||85%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions||71%*|
|Retention Rate (2013-2014)*||54% full-time, 43% part-time||58% full-time, 38% part-time||71% full-time, 55% part-time|
|Graduation Rate*||10% for students beginning in Fall 2014||16% for students beginning in Fall 2014||50% for students beginning in Fall 2011|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator
El Centro College
To participate in the program, students must pass criminal background checks and drug tests.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
This degree can be earned in two years by students with no prior nursing experience. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can take advantage of a bridge program that allows students to complete three advanced courses and then enter the third semester of the ADN program, thus reducing the time it takes to earn the degree. Students who wish to transfer to a bachelor's degree program may qualify for automatic admission to the University of North Texas System Center in Dallas.
To be enrolled in the program, prospective students must complete a series of prerequisite courses, submit a professional writing sample and go through an interview process.
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
Students can earn this degree in four semesters of study, including one summer session. The program was designed to prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for registered nurses (RNs). The program includes a clinical segment, and students will need to pass a drug and alcohol screening as well as a criminal background check before they can participate.
University of Texas at Arlington
The school of nursing at this university allows students to work towards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
This nursing school offers two routes to earn a bachelor's degree, both of which are offered in on-campus and online formats. For students in the traditional path, freshman year begins with nursing introductory coursework. Prerequisite courses for upper-division study are completed in the second year. Students who are already professional RNs can earn their bachelor's degree though an accelerated program that awards credit for field experience and previous education. This program can be completed in two semesters of full-time study, or students may choose a part-time study format.
Master of Science in Nursing
Students with clinical courses must submit a criminal background check, drug screening, immunization records, CPR certification and RN license. Admission requirements also include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and GRE scores. The program offers a variety of schedules and specialization options.
Students in the master's program can choose from a broad spectrum of specializations, including acute care nurse practitioner, neonatal nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. These specialization studies are also offered in post-master's certificate programs. The program is offered in thesis and non-thesis formats.
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Admission into this program requires students to pass a drug screening and criminal background check, have at least a master's degree with a nurse practitioner designation and a current RN license. The program includes 36 semester hours of required courses. The curriculum includes both clinical practica and a clinical project. Students with goals in advanced academics or research may find the Doctor of Philosophy program better suits their needs.
Other School Options
Two other schools can be found within about a half an hour's drive from Dallas. Collin County Community College in McKinney offers an associate degree in nursing and an LVN-RN bridge program, and the school is just under 30 miles from Dallas. At Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, which is about 31.5 miles from Dallas, students can earn an Associate in Nursing.