Becoming an LVN in Dallas

Last Updated/Verified: Sep 29, 2023

In Dallas, you will find three educational institutions currently offering LVN programs.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2021, 16,020 vocational nurses operate in the Dallas Metro Area – this includes Fort Worth and Arlington. That figure is around 20% of the city’s total nurses.

With general health improving and longevity increasing, more nursing professionals will be needed in the coming years. This makes it a great time to complete a vocational nursing program.

LVN programs are usually offered full-time as a 12–15-month program, or part-time over 24-30 months.

The body responsible for licensing nurses and approving vocational nursing programs in Texas is the Texas Board of Nursing.

Vocational nursing students can expect to take courses in the following topics:

  • Composition
  • Conceptual Healthcare
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Development
  • Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Maternity and Pediatrics
  • Gynecology / Obstetrics
  • Older Care
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacology
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Professional Development

Schools That Offer LVN Programs in Dallas, TX

Dallas El Centro College

A 12-month full-time program, Dallas El Centro College’s LVN offering proceeds over two semesters (of 16 weeks) and two summer periods at 5 weeks each. With supervised clinical training, classroom study and lab work, students receive an intensive program of study to set them up for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Admission Requirements:

  • Pre-requisite courses that you must pass before eligibility include Composition I, Anatomy & Physiology, General Psychology with a 3.0 GPA
  • Pass HESI (with an 80 minimum score) no more than two years before commencing the program
  • Mandatory information session - in-person and online options available
  • High school diploma or GED – evidence is required with your application
  • Details of a recent physical exam
  • All relevant immunizations
  • Negative TB test
  • CPR certification (current and up-to-date)
  • Any other academic transcripts from colleges (if attended)
  • Details of prior healthcare experience
  • Personal healthcare insurance
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Mandatory drug screen

The Chicago School (Dallas Nursing Institute)

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology currently offers Vocational Nursing through its Dallas campus. The school has a flexible approach, permitting both full and part-time study, completed in 51 or 68 weeks with over 1,400 contact hours. Upon graduation, you will be eligible for the required exams needed to practice nursing.

Admission Requirements:

  • Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply
  • Present a valid high school diploma or GED
  • Minimum age is 17; applicants under 18 require a parent or guardian to sign all forms
  • ACT or SAT scores taken no longer ago than five years; minimum score of 19 for the ACT, minimum score of 1350 for the SAT if taken prior to 2016 (minimum score of 990 if taken after 2016)
  • Pass the Nursing School Admissions Test. Failing one or more sections will require a four-week break after the first attempt. Any sections failed after a second attempt requires a six-month wait
  • Written essay
  • Drug screen test
  • Background check
  • Application fee of $100

Concorde Career College

Concorde Career College’s program covers all the usual courses you can expect, but also some coursework rarely available elsewhere including rehabilitation, therapeutic nursing, preventive and restorative care, and intervention. Program graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN which will grant a license to practice.

Admission Requirements:

  • Attend the college for a personal interview
  • Complete all required documentation,
  • Complete an Online Readiness Assessment
  • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma, plus proof of passing
  • Minimum applicant age is 18 at program start
  • Health certificate - must include proof of immunizations
  • A high level of English language communication
  • Admissions tests include Wonderlic SLE (minimum score of 17) or the HESI A2 (minimum score of 70)
  • Criminal background check

Employment Opportunities for LVNs in Dallas

Dallas-based vocational nurses currently looking for new opportunities may find employment at the following:

Other healthcare facilities:

Dallas NCLEX-PN Pass Rates

NCLEX-PN Students Total3173,726
NCLEX-PN Students Passed2363,243
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate74.4%87.0%

Top Ranked LVN Programs in Dallas

Listed below are the top LVN schools in Dallas based on our LVN program rankings for TX out of 79 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - #20
  • El Centro College - #21

LVN Programs Near Me in Dallas


Concorde Career College

600 E Lamar Blvd #200, Arlington, TX (817) 261-1594

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El Centro College

801 Main St, Dallas, TX (214) 860-2000

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Dallas College at El Centro

801 Main St. , Dallas, TX (214) 860-2000

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Arlington Career Institute

901 E Avenue K, Grand Prairie, TX (972) 647-1607

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Collin College

3452 Spur 399 W, McKinney, TX (972) 599-3100

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The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

2101 Waterview Pkwy, Richardson, TX (469) 941-8380

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Navarro College - Waxahachie

1900 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, TX (972) 937-7612

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