LVN-RN Bridge Program

Associate of Applied Science

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) can complete the Associate Degree Nursing program via the advanced placement LVN-RN Bridge program at El Centro College.


entry wage for registered nurses
Projected job growth through 2026
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cost of in-county tuition to earn this degree

*Nurses in this program must hold a current license from the Texas Board of Nursing for the state of Texas or be a graduate of a nursing program eligible for the next NCLEX-RN examination. Current CPR certification is required.

on America Career Infonet's list of top 36 careers

Career Information

Registered nurses (RNs) perform tests, give medicine to patients and educate the public under the direction of doctors. Most nursing jobs are in hospitals, but RNs may also work in clinics, doctors’ offices, home health care settings, nursing care facilities, schools and surgical centers.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, America’s Career Infonet lists registered nurses as number-one of its top 36 careers with the most job openings through 2022. U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers’ lists registered nurses as sixth in its top 36 “best health care jobs” through the next decade.

Not sure about the difference between registered nurses (RNs), vocational nurses (LVNs) and nursing assistants (CNAs)? Read more about careers in nursing.

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.

Find out more about information sessions and download the information packet for the LVN-RN Bridge Program.