Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)

Associate of Applied Science

Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) is a full-time program that includes lecture, skills lab and clinical experience, with rotations involving both day and evening hours.

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Students begin hospital rotations the first semester after admission to the program and rotate through area hospitals, participating in a wide variety of procedures.

Associate Degree Nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Texas.

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.

North Lake is an authorized site for El Centro's ADN program. Students attend classes at North Lake but receive their degree from El Centro. By clicking the buttons below, you will be taken to El Centro's site.

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.