Admissions FAQ

What programs are offered at Dallas Nursing Institute?

Dallas Nursing Institute offers four programs for students who wish to establish a strong foundation in the field of nursing:

What is the difference between an LVN and an RN?

The difference between the two nursing licenses is scope of practice. Further information can be found on the Texas Board of Nursing website.

How long is each program?*

The Vocational Nursing full-time program is 51 weeks.

The Vocational Nursing part-time program is 68 weeks.

The Associate Degree in Nursing program is 80 weeks.

The Associate Degree in Nursing LVN to RN Transition program is 80 weeks.

The RN to BSN program is 100 weeks.

*Actual program length is determined by the number of transferable credits as well as student performance. Please consult your admissions representative for more information.

Is Dallas Nursing Institute accredited?

Dallas Nursing Institute holds institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

DNI holds approval from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for Title IV eligibility.

DNI is authorized to grant degrees by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

DNI holds approval from the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges Division (TWC) to operate as a proprietary school in Texas.

DNI nursing programs are approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON).

What is the NCLEX?

To ensure public protection, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s (NCSBN) member board jurisdictions require a candidate for licensure to pass an exam that measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

NCSBN developed two licensure exams, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) that are used by boards of nursing to assist in making licensure decisions.

In addition to being the capstone of your studies at DNI, passing the NCLEX-PN or the NCLEX-RN demonstrates your competence so that you may begin a successful career in nursing.

Learn more at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Where do students complete clinical coursework?

With a variety of clinical rotations available for the students, sites are located throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Clinical rotations include acute, long term acute and long term care facilities as well as various clinic, shelter and community nursing opportunities.

Do students interact with actual patients?

Yes, direct patient care is the majority of clinical rotations for all DNI nursing programs.

Is Financial Aid available?

Financial aid is available for qualified students. For more information please visit our financial aid page.

What job placement assistance is available to students upon graduation?

Guidance from DNI begins the moment you walk through the door and carries on long beyond graduation. Career and alumni services are available to prepare the graduates for the interviewing process, resume writing, and professional presentation. Career and hiring fairs are also held frequently on campus to facilitate graduate job placement.

Will DNI credits transfer in to RN-BSN completion programs upon graduation from the ADN program?

Yes, many of our graduates have gone on to complete their BSN degrees, and several graduates are currently completing their MSN degree and Nurse Practitioner specializations.

Starting in Spring 2016, we will offer an online RN to BSN program.

What are the credentials of the faculty that teach in the programs?

For the Vocational Nursing program:
Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN), Registered Nurse (RN) (Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or other graduate related health degree; a minimum of three years clinical nursing experience; current unrestricted nursing license.

For the Associate Degree of Nursing and RN to BSN programs:
MSN or higher; minimum of three years clinical nursing experience; current unrestricted nursing license.

How much is the tuition for the VN, ADN, and LVN to RN programs?

Continuing our focus on guiding students to a successful career in nursing, DNI rolls the costs of the books, materials, and equipment into the tuition for our Vocational Nursing and Associate programs.

Included with the tuition:

  • Textbooks-including online resources and videos
  • Nursing kit
  • 2 sets of nursing scrubs
  • Health screening
  • Immunizations
  • HESI A2 entrance exam
  • POE verification
  • Kaplan exam preparation
  • Unlimited tutoring sessions
  • Wireless access
  • Comprehensive final exam
  • And more

Total VN program cost: $28,662

Total ADN program cost: $49,266

Total LVN to RN program cost: $43,554

Total RN to BSN program cost: $18,880.00

Actual program costs are determined by the number of transferable credits as well as student performance. Please consult your financial aid advisor for more accurate costs.

How much is tuition for the online RN to BSN program?

The tuition for the RN to BSN program is $18,100.

What are the requirements to apply?

Specifics to the admission process can be found on our general admissions page.

What are the technology requirements for my program?

The Associate Degree in Nursing program may offer some courses via distance education and the RN to BSN program is offered entirely online.  The learning management system is Canvas.  This requires that students have the following minimum technology:

Screen Size:  A minimum of 1024x600

• This is the average size of a notebook computer.

• Should you wish to view Canvas through a smaller screen, we advise using the Canvas mobile app

Operating Systems:  the following operating systems are acceptable

• Windows 10 or XP SP3 or newer

• Mac OSX 10.6 or newer

• Linux – Chrome OS


Mobile Operating System Native App Support

• iOS7 and newer

• Android 2.3 and newer

Computer Speed and Processor

• 5 years old or newer

• 1 GB of RAM

• 2GHz processor

Internet Speed:  Along with compatibility and web standards, Canvas has been carefully crafted to accommodate low bandwidth environments

• Minimum of 512 kbps

Screen Readers:

• Macintosh:  VoiceOver (latest version for Safari)

• PC:  JAWS (latest version for Internet Explorer 10 and 11)

• PC:  NVDA (latest version for Firefox)

• There is no screen reader support for Canvas in Chrome

Standard Webcam

Standard Microphone


What if English is my second language?

All applicants for whom English is a second language, with the exception of applicants who have credits from a university in which the language of instruction is English, must take the international TOEFL and have the scores sent directly to the Admissions Office. For students who’s education was taught in English, must provide an official letter from Institution verifying the program was taught in English. A score of 550 or above on the paper-based exam—or 79 and above on the Internet-based exam—is required for admission. IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is also accepted. Scores may be no more than two years old.

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