LVN to RN Transition

For students that already have their Vocational Nursing License, DNI offers the LVN to RN Transition program that takes into account their past education towards an Associate Degree of Nursing. Depending on the student’s transferable credits, DNI’s LVN to RN Transition program can reduce up to 6 months off of the traditional ADN program.

Graduates of DNI’s LVN to RN Transition program will be academically prepared to become licensed registered nurses (RN), providing compassionate care to patients anywhere that health care is administered. As an RN, you will be prepared to:

  • Administer and coordinate holistic patient care
  • Educate about various health issues
  • Provide advice and emotional support to patients and family members

Dallas Nursing Institute was ranked as the 6th Best LVN program in Texas by Nursingprocess.org

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 16% between 2014 and 2024, faster than the average for all occupations because of increased emphasis on preventative care, growing rates of chronic conditions, and demand for health care services from the baby boomer population.

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

With RN job placement rates of 100%* for 2014, DNI graduates are known by employers for their preparedness, having established comprehensive nursing skills in:

  • Performing physical exams and diagnostic tests
  • Administering medications and providing immediate and emergency medical care
  • Coordinating care with other health care professionals
  • Supervising nursing teams
  • Predicting, planning, and implementing comprehensive care plans
  • Outlining therapy and treatment with clients and their significant others


*The disclosed placement rates reflect historical outcomes of graduate employment and should not be relied on by anyone as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future employability for any graduate. The placement rates are calculated by dividing the number of graduates who complete within 150% of the program length during the reporting period, were available for employment, and found a job in their field of training; by the total number of graduates available for employment. The reporting period for these placement rates was July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.


Students who pursue an Associate Degree of Nursing from DNI will benefit from hands-on, rigorous training and individual guidance from accomplished faculty.

Relying on three components of nursing care — biology, psychology, and sociology —students will be empowered to start their careers by learning the following:

  • Proper patient care
  • Medical terminology
  • Medication administration
  • Body systems
  • Body growth and development
  • Patient care assessment
  • Nursing procedures

Make an Impact

Whether it’s through bringing health care awareness and services to underserved areas or helping future nurses attain their goals, graduates continue to be inspired by their experience at DNI, making a difference in their communities long after they have left the classroom.


Graduates will be prepared for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.

Program Cost

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 all of our programs. In addition to making it easier for students to focus on their studies rather than tracking down the necessary equipment, this process ensures that all of our students are working with up-to-date, clean, and precise materials.

In addition to federal financial assistance, numerous payment options are also available through DNI dependent on student need. Please contact the financial aid department for more details.

Included with the tuition:

  • Textbooks — including online resources and videos
  • Nursing kit
  • 2 sets of nursing scrubs
  • Nursing databases-online
  • POE verification
  • Kaplan exam preparation
  • Tutoring sessions
  • Wireless access
  • Comprehensive final exam
  • And more

LVN-RN $8,711 per semester
There is a one-time $100 application fee.


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.

Educational Requirements

  • Standardized Test Requirements for Admission; all accepted applicants must achieve performance on one of the following:
    • An American College Test (ACT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 19 or above
    • A Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score within the last five years with a composite score of 1350 or above
    • The ADN Admissions Entrance Assessment with a score of 68 on Reading, 63 on Math, 38 on Critical Thinking or above within the last two years with one retake attempt after four weeks.
    • Completion with a minimum grade of 2.0 or C of the following courses or their equivalent from an accredited institution: BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, ENGL 1301, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314. No student will be admitted to the ADN programs if he/she has failed two attempts at BIOL 2401, BIOL 2402, BIOL 2420, HPRS 2300, HPRS 2301.
  • Cumulative GPA for transferring credits of 3.0 or above on 4.0 scale.
  • Two professional letters of reference (non-family members).
  • Applicant must complete an essay scored by program director or designee.
  • Applicant must pass a drug screen (Board of Nursing 213.29 Criteria and Procedure Regarding Intemperate Use and Lack of Fitness in Eligibility and Disciplinary Matters).
  • Applicant background check must meet the Board of Nursing 213.28 criteria regarding Licensure of Person with Criminal Offenses. Minor criminal offenses [Class C misdemeanor(s)] will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Decision of the Executive Director is final.
  • Interview with ADN program director or designee.
  • If all requirements are met, then the completed admissions packet will be forwarded to the Nursing Admission Committee for a panel interview. The committee is currently comprised of:
    • The ADN Program Director, RN, MSN
    • The ADN faculty member, RN, MSN
    • The LRC Manager, MLIS
    • The Student Services Coordinator, MA.

Program Time to Completion

80 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.

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