Our History

Established in 1991 with the charge of training compassionate, dedicated nursing professionals to serve our community, DNI is recognized for producing some of the most capable nurses in the industry, with graduates finding both local and national success in hospitals and health care facilities.


Formerly E&K Vocational Nursing Program Inc., the school was initially approved to provide Nurse Aide/Home Health Aide by the Health Facility Licensure and Certification Division and Bureau of Long-Term Care of the Texas Department of Health. In 1990, Parkland Memorial Hospital was instrumental in encouraging the school to begin vocational nurse training.

Filling the need for qualified Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) in Texas, the school sought and was granted approval by the Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners in May 1991 to offer the LVN training program. Job Training Partnership Act funds were granted for a pilot project which began in August 1991.

Dedicated to Service

Two years after the program began, in 1993, the LVN program received a National Association of Counties JTPA Award of Excellence. Since its inception, DNI has also received numerous awards of recognition from the City of Dallas City Council and Dallas County Commissioners Court.

Having received proprietary institute status from the Texas Workforce Commission Career Schools and Colleges Division in August 1999, the school began doing business as North Texas Professional Career Institute on Oct 1, 1999. Institutional accreditation was granted by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education School the following December. Following that, the school was approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV eligibility, allowing students to receive federally-insured loans and grants.

Community Focused

The school has received multiple commendations from the Texas Board of Nursing for the achievements of its graduates — including the 100 percent pass rate achieved on the 2005 NCLEX-PN examination. In order to expand and take on more students, in October 2006, the school moved to its current location and changed its name to Dallas Nursing Institute.

Seeing an opportunity to expand our reach in educating students to provide quality health care to our community, in 2014, DNI joined TCS Education System of nonprofit colleges and universities. Throughout its history, DNI has enabled hundreds of low-income residents in the Dallas area to receive training and helped them in obtaining employment in health care facilities and agencies.


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