General Information About DCCCD

DCCCD Colleges

The Dallas County Community College District serves seven colleges at convenient locations around the Metroplex. Our Quick Guide indicates which colleges offer each career program, whether the programs offer college credit hours or continuing education contact hours, the length of time needed to complete each awards and much more.

If you plan to earn an associate degree, please note that you must complete 25% of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

DCCCD serves seven colleges:

  • Brookhaven
  • Cedar Valley
  • Eastfield
  • El Centro
  • Mountain View
  • North Lake
  • Richland

Find out more about the Health Careers Resources Center.

Admission and Enrollment

To begin a DCCCD college health careers program, you will need to enroll in a DCCCD college, preferably the one that offers the program you’ll be pursuing, although prerequisite classes may be taken at any of our seven colleges. Find out more about the DCCCD admissions process.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the specific health careers program you want to pursue so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

College Credit Hours and Continuing Education Contact Hours

Our health careers programs are offered for college credit hours or for continuing education contact hours; some programs offer both options. Our program information and Quick Guide indicate whether credit hours or continuing education contact hours apply, or both.

Program prerequisites and requirements differ for credit and continuing education programs. Contact an HCRC advisor to see whether a program for college credit or continuing education best suits your career and educational goals. 


Tuition for DCCCD colleges is based on your place of permanent residency.

 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 DCCCD tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

For those with tight budgets, we offer financial aid, scholarships and a variety of payment methods.

The DCCCD Foundation offers more than 350 scholarships to current and potential students, including Rising Star scholarships for Dallas County public high school graduates who have demonstrated financial need and who meet certain academic requirements.

Transferring From a DCCCD College

Degrees and certificates in our health careers programs are designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, many of our programs have transfer agreements with Texas public universities that accept the credits from a DCCCD college associate degree into a specific bachelor’s degree curriculum.

You should confirm transferability of specific courses and degrees with an academic advisor at your DCCCD college and the institution where you intend to pursue a four-year degree.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.​​

Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing

All students enrolled in a DCCCD college health careers programs are required by Dallas/Ft. Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program but within 30 days before the start of clinical rotations. This procedure is conducted after students have been accepted to their respective program.

For more information on background checks and drug testing, check with the campus advisor for the program you intend to pursue.