Program Foundation and Delivery
Educational foundations in the Vocational Nursing (VN) program, the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN), the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) - LVN to RN Transition program, and the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN-BSN) program are based upon the Differentiated Essential Competencies of Graduates of Texas Nursing Programs (DECs). Please use the following link to the Texas Board of Nursing’s website to access additional information regarding DECs: http://www.bon.texas.gov/pdfs/differentiated_essential_competencies-2010.pdf. Instruction in DNI’s programs may be delivered through residential, distance education, or a combination of both.
The equipment provided for instructional purposes is comparable to that found in the nursing field.
The VN, ADN, and Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) - LVN to RN Transition programs use stethoscopes, intravenous pumps, feeding pumps, sphygmomanometers, PC computers, computer software, printers, and other equipment and supplies such as, or similar to, those found in the nursing field.
Students at DNI are being trained for professional careers which involve considerable public contact. DNI maintains a dress code to prepare students for these careers. Students will be required to comply with the following:
UNIFORMS: Scrubs and lab jackets must be clean, wrinkle-free. Scrubs must be worn at all times by students enrolled in the VN program, and black scrubs and white lab coats are not permitted. Students enrolled in the ADN programs are exempt from wearing scrubs while on campus unless required by an instructor or while participating in skill labs or onsite clinical rotations. Specific clinical attire is required and is issued to the student by the Institute. White shoes should be clean, polished, and in good repair. Sandals, open-toed, and sling-back shoes are not allowed. Nails should not extend beyond the end of the finger, and no nail polish is allowed. No artificial nails or false eyelashes are permitted. Hair shoulder-length or longer must be pulled back or pinned up off the collar. Hairstyle must accommodate personal protective equipment. Hats/caps are not permitted.
OTHER: Students should bathe regularly and practice good personal hygiene. Hair must be of natural color. Makeup and jewelry should be kept at a minimum. The use of cologne is not permitted. Visible body piercings are not permitted, and all visible tattoos must be covered.
In order to graduate, students must pass each course in their program of study with a grade of C (2.0), maintain the minimum required CGPA of 2.0, and complete all program requirements within a period of time which does not exceed 1.5 times the program length. VN students must pass the final exam in SBER 4020 State Board of Exam Review to be eligible for graduation. If unsuccessful in passing the final exam, the student must repeat the entire course.
All Associate Degree of Nursing and Associate Degree of Nursing - LVN to RN Transition students must pass the final exam in RNSG 2443 Complex Concepts in Adult Health in order to be eligible for graduation. If unsuccessful in passing the final exam, students must repeat the entire course. All Associate Degree of Nursing and Associate Degree of Nursing - LVN to RN Transition students must complete 100% of all nursing courses at DNI in order for the associate degree to be granted.
The VN graduate who meets all the requirements and is in good financial standing with the Institute will be awarded a Certificate of Completion which bears the graduate’s name, the program of study, the signatures of the Dean of Nursing and the Executive Director, and the seal of the school.
The RN-BSN graduate who meets all the requirements and is in good financial standing with the Institute will be awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing which bears the graduate’s name, the degree granted, and signatures of the Dean of Nursing, the Executive Director, and the seal of the School. All RN-BSN students must complete 100% of the nursing core and elective courses (36 credit hours) at DNI in order for the bachelor’s degree to be granted.
The ADN graduate who meets all requirements and is in good financial standing with the Institute will be awarded an Associate Degree which bears the graduate’s name, the degree granted, and signatures of the Director of Nursing or Dean of Nursing, the Executive Director, and the seal of the school.
Students enrolled in their final term are solely responsible for all licensing and NCLEX testing fees.
An honors graduate is one who has completed their program of study in an exemplary manner. Successful candidates for the Honors Program must meet all of the following criteria:
- Summa Cum Laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.76 to 4.0
- Magna Cum Laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.5 to 3.75
- Cum Laude: Earn a final GPA of 3.25 to 3.49
In addition, the graduate must maintain a minimum cumulative attendance rate of 90% or higher throughout their program of study and
- Demonstrate professionalism and good school citizenship at all times;
- Obtain approval of the Dean of Nursing; and
- Fulfill all other graduation requirements.
Dallas Nursing Institute has developed a curriculum to prepare students who are job and career oriented. The men and women who make up the student body of Dallas Nursing Institute are interested in an education that will prepare them for nursing-related careers, seeking skills and training which will qualify them for employment opportunities with a reasonable investment in terms of time and money. The certificate, associate, and bachelor degree programs offered by Dallas Nursing Institute are composed of courses designed to meet the specific needs of the local healthcare community.