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Get Started with Nursing

How to Get Started

 

Apply to DCCCD

Complete the admissions process and specify the DCCCD college that offers the program you'd like to follow.

Each program has its own admissions process, application timeline and specific requirements; please check with an academic advisor at the DCCCD college of your choice to find the right fit for you.
 

See an Academic Advisor

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the specific Nursing program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

 

Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

All students enrolled in Health Occupations programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug testing prior to beginning their clinical experience. This procedure is conducted after students have been accepted to their respective program.

After being accepted into the program, Nursing students must also go through an FBI criminal background check through the Texas Board of Nursing prior to the first day of class. Specific information is available upon acceptance into the program.


Other resources to help you get started

 

Tuition

Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

 

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

 

Transfer Information

Degrees and certificates in our Nursing programs are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process or contact the Nursing office at the DCCCD college you plan to attend for specific information.

Nursing Programs

Looking for info about nursing careers? As an additional resource, the Dallas County Community College District offers general career and pathways overview for nursing.