The Associate Degree of Nursing Program at Dallas Nursing Institute (DNI) is a five term program of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree. This program prepares the graduate for the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam for registered nurses.
The curriculum at DNI is designed following the block nursing format. Block format means that all of the content for the specialty courses is presented in one course. The content within each course is arranged from the simple to the complex.
The program is design focuses on the following three roles of the nurse as described by the Texas board of Nursing: Provider of Care, Coordinator of Care, and member of the Profession. Health promotion, disease prevention, and disease management are major concepts that are incorporated into each course. A systematic approach is the framework that the nurse utilizes for assessment, planning, and evaluating the nursing care.
The DNI nursing program facilitates learning in three domains: intellectual, psychomotor, and affective. Theory courses, skills labs, and the clinical settings provide a variety of environments in which the student can learn and critically analyze each learning experience.
The Dallas Nursing Institute, as well as nurses who work in the community, operates within an environment rich in diversity, and this is explored in every learning experience. Understanding of and respect for each individual is an essential characteristic for the nurse.