Best Nursing Schools and Programs in Texas

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Texas is home to not only one of the largest nursing industries in the country, but also one of the fastest growing. A report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that 27 percent of the state’s projected 438,000 health care job openings are expected to be in nursing roles. This number, which is set to be reached between 2010 and 2020, equates to nearly 119,000 new positions, making nursing a promising option for anyone looking to help others in the health care field. Learn more about nursing careers, nursing schools in Texas, and licensing requirements to practice in the state.

Top 10 Nursing Schools and Licensing Requirements in Texas

#1 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
#2 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
#3 Baylor University Waco, TX
#4 Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX
#5 University of Houston Houston, TX
#6 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX
#7 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
#8 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX
#9 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
#10 The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX

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Methodology To be considered for this ranking, schools were required to meet the following criteria: Accredited at the institutional level Private nonprofit or public school Minimum of 1 bachelor’s or master’s degree in subject area for 4-year schools Minimum of 1 associate degree or certificate program in subject area for 2-year schools Schools were then scored on factors such as: Cost & Financial Aid Number and variety of program offerings Student-teacher ratios Graduation rates (4-year schools only) Placement and support services offered Academic/Career counseling services Employment services Loan default rates These factors were assembled for each school and rated using a peer-based-value (PBV) calculation. PBV compares the cost of a program to the cost of other programs with the same (or similar) qualitative score and cost. PBV denotes the overall value or "bang for your buck" of a college or degree program.

Top Nursing Schools in Texas

4 - Year Colleges

Texas Christian University View School Profile $$$$$ Fort Worth, TX

TCU offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs through the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Undergraduate students can pursue a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) through a traditional track or an accelerated track. The two tracks require the same number of clinical hours. However, the course and clinical structure for the accelerated track follows a different pathway designed to maximize a student's progress through the program.

Harris College offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) in nursing administration and leadership, nurse educator, and clinical nurse leader. MSN degree-holders can enroll in the college's post-master's doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. MSN-to-DNP applicants need an advanced practice registered nurse certification.

The college also offers a BSN-to-DNP program with four specialization areas: family nurse practitioner, adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Like many of the best nursing schools in Texas, TCU's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas at Austin View School Profile $$ Austin, TX

UT Austin's School of Nursing offers several nursing programs for applicants with varying educational backgrounds. Students with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) can apply to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program through the external transfer admission process. ADN students enroll in the same major coursework as BSN enrollees.

Applicants with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) through the alternate entry (AE) MSN program. This program offers three specialization areas: psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, leadership in diverse settings, and adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist. BSN-trained nurses can apply directly to the MSN program, which offers specialization in three nurse practitioner arenas: family nurse, primary care pediatric, and psychiatric-mental health.

For doctoral candidates, UT Austin offers a research-focused doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in nursing and a practice-based doctor of nursing practice degree. The Ph.D. in nursing program also features an AE program for applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree in a non-nursing field.

UT Austin's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Baylor University View School Profile $$$$$ Waco, TX

Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students who wish to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) can pursue a traditional or accelerated track. Both tracks require applicants to have at least 60 transferable general education credits (or an associate degree) from an accredited school or program. Students in the traditional track earn the BSN in two years. Students in the accelerated track graduate in 12 months. All students complete 60 credits of upper-division nursing coursework.

On the graduate level, students can pursue a master of science in nursing leadership and innovation or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. The DNP offers nurse practitioner specializations in family, neonatal, pediatric, and nurse midwifery. Students can also pursue a DNP in executive nurse leadership. The school offers a nurse anesthetist program through the United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing.

Like many of the top nursing schools in Texas, Baylor's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Texas A & M University-College Station View School Profile $$$ College Station, TX

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs at Texas A&M University accept applications from students with varying educational backgrounds. The on-campus traditional BSN welcomes applicants who have completed two years of general education coursework. Licensed registered nurses (RNs) with an associate degree in nursing can apply to the RN-to-BSN program, which runs mostly online. Texas A&M offers an onsite second-degree BSN for students who hold a non-nursing bachelor's degree. Enrollees usually complete the second-degree BSN within 15 months.

The College of Nursing also offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) for bachelor's-trained RNs. The MSN program offers specializations in nursing education, family nurse practitioner (FNP), and forensic nursing. All MSN programs accept part-time and full-time enrollees. The college offers coursework for the nursing education and forensic nursing programs primarily online. The FNP program follows a hybrid delivery schedule. The university also offers an online graduate certificate in forensic healthcare.

Texas A&M's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

University of Houston View School Profile $$$ Houston, TX

UH students entering their junior year who wish to pursue licensure as a registered nurse (RN) can apply to the traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at the College of Nursing. Traditional BSN students attend on-campus classes. Associate-trained RNs can apply to the university's hybrid RN-to-BSN program. The college offers a third type of BSN for enrollees who already have a bachelor's or master's degree in a non-nursing field. Called a second-degree BSN, the program offers a full-time, accelerated (12 months) on-campus curriculum.

The master of science in nursing (MSN) prepares enrollees for advanced practice roles as family nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, or nurse educators. The MSN follows a hybrid delivery format. Laboratory and clinical components require onsite presence, while instructional courses run online. In most instances, an MSN fulfills the educational requirements for a post-master's certificate as nurse administrator or nurse educator.

Similar to many nursing programs in Texas, UH offers nursing programs that are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston View School Profile $ Houston, TX

UTHealth's Cizik School of Nursing offers several nursing programs to accommodate nursing applicants with varying educational backgrounds. The Pacesetter bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) consists of 60 credits of junior- and senior-level undergraduate nursing coursework that learners can complete in 15 months. Completion qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

Licensed registered nurses (RNs) with an associate degree in nursing can apply for the RN-to-BSN program. RNs with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can apply to the RN-to-MSN program. BSN degree-holders who apply to the master of science (MSN) program can choose from six clinical tracks, including nursing leadership, psychiatric-mental health, and adult/gerontology primary care.

On the doctoral level, MSN-trained students can pursue a doctor of philosophy in nursing or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. The Cizik School of Nursing also offers a BSN-to-DNP with tracks in nurse anesthesia and nurse practitioner.

UTHealth's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio View School Profile $ San Antonio, TX

Students accepted to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing can pursue a traditional or an accelerated BSN track. The traditional BSN track admits students who have completed four semesters of general education coursework and who will be applying for initial registered nurse (RN) licensure at the end of the program. The traditional BSN track requires 22 months of full-time enrollment. The accelerated track is a 15-month full-time program designed for non-RN enrollees with a bachelor's (or higher) degree in a non-nursing field.

BSN-trained nurses who apply to the master of science in nursing (MSN) can specialize in administrative management or in clinical nurse leadership. The school offers a doctor of philosophy in nursing and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Both programs accept BSN- and MSN-trained applicants. BSN-to-DNP enrollees can choose from several advanced practice tracks, including acute care and psychiatry-mental health nurse practitioner. Students admitted to the MSN-to-DNP program can choose an advanced practice leadership, executive administrative management, or public health nurse leader track.

UT Health San Antonio offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center View School Profile $ Lubbock, TX

Students accepted to TTUHSC's School of Nursing can enroll in one of three bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. The traditional BSN accepts students who have completed two years of prerequisite general education courses and are planning to apply for an initial registered nurse (RN) license after the program. Associate-trained RNs apply to the RN-to-BSN program, which comprises 30 credits and takes 2-3 semesters to complete. The second-degree BSN is designed for applicants with a non-nursing bachelor's or master's degree.

Many of the school's master of science in nursing (MSN) programs accept only BSN-trained applicants. MSN students can specialize in one of several advanced practice fields, including nursing informatics, adult-gerontology primary and acute care, nursing administration, and nurse midwifery. On the doctoral level, the school offers a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) for MSN-trained students. The DNP also accepts BSN-trained applicants who can specialize as family nurse practitioners or psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners.

TTUHSC's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

University of the Incarnate Word View School Profile $$$$ San Antonio, TX

The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions at UIW offers a traditional and an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) for students who plan to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

The 62-credit traditional BSN takes five semesters or 28 months to complete. The program welcomes applicants who have completed general education requirements and specific nursing prerequisites. Students who already hold a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a non-nursing field can apply to the accelerated BSN, which is a full-time 16-month program.

At the postgraduate level, UIW offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) in nursing leadership and an RN-to-MSN program that accepts associate-trained registered nurses (RNs). The school also offers a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) that accepts BSN- and MSN-trained applicants. The BSN-to-DNP program leads to nurse practitioner roles in family nursing and in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

UIW's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas Medical Branch View School Profile $ Galveston, TX

UTMB's School of Nursing offers a traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) for students with 60 general education transferable credits from an accredited institution. The traditional BSN prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN. Learners can complete the degree in four consecutive semesters, or 16 months. Associate-trained registered nurses (RNs) can apply for the RN-to-BSN program.

UTMB's master of science in nursing (MSN) offers four nurse practitioner tracks: family, neonatal, adult-gerontology acute care, and adult-gerontology primary care. The MSN program also offers education/leadership tracks in clinical nurse leader, executive nurse leader, and nurse educator.

At the doctoral level, the school offers a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP). Delivered primarily as an online program, the DNP only accepts applications from MSN-trained nurses. The Ph.D. program accepts applications from BSN- and MSN-trained nurses. Most of the required Ph.D. courses occur on campus.

UTMB offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Texas State University View School Profile $$ San Marcos, TX

St. David's School of Nursing at Texas State offers bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing for students coming from a variety of educational backgrounds. Applicants who are not registered nurses (RNs) must show completion of general education credits as well as prerequisite courses (if any) prior to applying to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program. Associate-trained RNs can apply to the 30-credit RN-to-BSN program, which takes two semesters of full-time enrollment.

The school's master of science in nursing (MSN) offers concentrations in two nurse practitioner (NP) roles: family NP and psychiatric and mental health NP. The programs follow a cohort model of education and blend online instruction with on-campus learning intensives. The family NP comprises 48 credits. The psychiatric-mental health NP consists of 40 credits.

The school also offers an MSN in leadership and administration nursing. The 36-credit program follows the same blended delivery as the two MSN programs above. MSN graduates qualify to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Certification Exam for Nurse Executive or Nurse Executive, Advanced.

Texas State's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Texas Lutheran University View School Profile $$$ Seguin, TX

TLU's Department of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) that prepares graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN. The BSN requires applicants to show completion of general education credits. Applicants must also demonstrate mastery of prerequisite coursework in basic human anatomy and physiology, principles of chemistry, and introductory classes in psychology and sociology.

TLU also offers an accelerated BSN track for applicants with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline. The program requires learners to complete 60 nursing core credits and at least 945 hours of clinical experience and hands-on training. Most students graduate after 16 months of continued enrollment. Prerequisite coursework for accelerated BSN applicants includes microbiology, general chemistry, nutrition, statistics, and developmental psychology among others.

Applicants must have earned their bachelor's degree within seven years of applying to the accelerated BSN program. Students can sit for the NCLEX-RN upon graduation.

TLU's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Hardin-Simmons University View School Profile $$$$ Abilene, TX

HSU's Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (PHSSN) provides nursing education programs to both HSU and McMurry University. Students complete general education coursework at either school and then apply to PHSSN to enroll in at least 60 credits of nursing classes to meet the requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). The degree qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

The school also accepts applications from registered nurses (RNs) who completed either a diploma or associate nursing program from an accredited institution. Most of the courses for the RN-to-BSN occur online.

At the graduate level, PHSSN offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) with two specialization areas: nurse educator and family nurse practitioner. MSN courses follow a hybrid delivery system, enabling working students to continue their jobs. PHSSN also offers an on-campus post-master's certificate in family nurse practitioner.

HSU offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas at Arlington View School Profile $$ Arlington, TX

UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers a pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a post-licensure RN-to-BSN. Both programs cover upper-division nursing subjects such as holistic health assessment, nursing research, population and community health nursing, and clinical nursing foundations. Students can pursue the degree online or on campus. The online RN-to-BSN follows an accelerated delivery schedule, allowing students to graduate after 9-10 months.

Master of science in nursing (MSN) programs include specializations in nursing administration, nurse educator, and nurse practitioner roles in pediatric primary and acute care and adult-gerontology. Similar to BSN programs, the MSN is available online or on campus.

On the doctoral level, students can pursue either a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) or a doctor of nursing practice (DNP). The Ph.D. accepts BSN- and MSN-trained applicants. The 36-credit DNP runs online and takes six semesters to complete.

UTA's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Lubbock Christian University View School Profile $$$$ Lubbock, TX

LCU offers nursing programs through the Ward Lane College of Professional Studies. The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) accepts applications from licensed registered nurses (RNs) who completed an accredited diploma or associate nursing program. The total number of credits for the RN-to-BSN depends on an enrollee's educational background coming into the program. Applicants without an undergraduate degree can also apply to the BSN program after completing general education and prerequisite coursework.

LCU's master of science in nursing (MSN) offers concentration areas in nurse education/leadership and family nurse practitioner (FNP). The non-thesis MSN in nursing education and leadership comprises 35 credits and follows a hybrid delivery format. Applicants must submit GRE scores obtained within five years at the time of application.

The non-GRE MSN-to-FNP consists of 46 credits and includes a minimum of 720 hours of hands-on clinical training. The program follows a cohort model of education and offers mostly on-campus courses with online components.

LCU's nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Texas Woman's University View School Profile $ Denton, TX

Students who wish to enroll in upper-division classes of the pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at TWU must show completion of at least 46 credits of nursing prerequisites. At least 25 of these credits should include core nursing subjects such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, development psychology, and elementary statistics. Licensed registered nurses (RNs) with a diploma or associate in nursing can apply to the RN-to-BSN program, which runs fully online. The total number of credits to complete the RN-to-BSN program depends on a student's educational background upon admission.

TWU offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) with specializations in nurse education, nursing health systems management, and nurse practitioner roles. At the doctoral level, MSN-trained nurses can apply to either the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) or the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program. TWU also offers a DNP-to-Ph.D. bridge program for nursing professionals who wish to conduct original research in the field or simply add to their knowledge of research methodology.

TWU offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley View School Profile Edinburg, TX

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at UTRGV comprises 60 upper-division nursing credits in addition to 60 in general education coursework. A pre-licensure program, the BSN prepares graduates for general nursing work and qualifies them to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

UTRGV also offers a 27-credit online RN-to-BSN program for diploma- or associate-trained registered nurses (RNs). Classes follow seven-week delivery schedules. Students can complete the program after 12 months. The university offers a third pathway to a BSN for applicants who already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. The second-degree BSN follows an accelerated, onsite 15-month curriculum and qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

BSN-trained students who wish to pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) at UTRGV can choose from three specialization areas: nursing administration, nurse educator, and family nurse practitioner. RNs with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline who wish to enroll in the MSN program must first complete a six-credit transition to a graduate nursing course, which is available online.

UTRGV's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Concordia University Texas View School Profile $$$ Austin, TX

Concordia's College of Health Sciences offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) with three distinct pathways. The traditional BSN program accepts incoming freshmen registering as pre-nursing majors, transfer applicants, and students seeking a second degree. Applicants to the traditional BSN track must show a 3.0 GPA or higher in their last academic undertaking. After meeting general education and prerequisite coursework (if any), pre-nursing majors must apply to the upper-division BSN program to complete the professional nursing sequence.

Applicants with GPAs of 3.75 or higher can apply to the BSN Direct Admission program, which guarantees them a spot in the upper-division BSN program even as they complete general education and prerequisite courses. They must meet the final requirements for the program's pre-nursing component to assume their reserved spot in the upper-division BSN program.

Students with previous college credits can apply to the accelerated BSN track, which features online courses, clinical practice, and laboratory work. Depending on their educational background, students can earn the BSN in 16 months.

Concordia's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tarleton State University View School Profile $$ Stephenville, TX

Tarleton's School of Nursing offers a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and a master of science in nursing (MSN). The BSN program welcomes pre-licensure and post-licensure applicants. Applicants to the pre-licensure or generic BSN must complete pre-nursing courses as part of the freshmen and sophomore general education coursework. Upon satisfactory completion of these courses, they can apply to the School of Nursing so they can begin upper-division nursing coursework.

The post-licensure BSN accepts applications from licensed vocational nurses and diploma- or associate-trained license registered nurses (RNs). LVN-to-BSN students attend classes at the Waco campus. Courses for the RN-to-BSN program occur online. Classes follow eight-week delivery schedules. Students can complete the program in 10-18 months, depending on their enrollment status.

Tarleton's MSN program features two specialization areas: nursing administration and nursing education. While MSN courses run online, enrollees must complete a practicum toward the end of the program. Degree-seekers can complete their practicum near their home.

Tarleton offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor View School Profile $$$$ Belton, TX

UMHB offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs through the Scott & White School of Nursing. The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program accepts pre-licensure applicants and associate-trained registered nurses (RNs). Pre-licensure applicants must show completion of general education credits and specific subjects such as developmental psychology, basic human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and sociology.

The RN-to-BSN program offers all required coursework online. A competency-based education degree, the RN-to-BSN allows students to progress through the program at their own pace. Students must show proof of RN employment throughout their enrollment period.

The master of science in nursing (MSN) offers a nurse practitioner track (family and adult-gerontology acute care) and a nurse educator track. The MSN program follows a cohort model of education and a hybrid delivery system. UMHB also offers a doctor of education with a leadership in nursing education track. The 54-credit program consists of a cohort of students meeting on campus five weekends per semester.

UMHB's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Wayland Baptist University View School Profile $$$$ Plainview, TX

WBU's School of Nursing offers a general bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) for pre-licensure students. Applicants must show satisfactory completion of general education credits and all required prerequisite coursework in biology, psychology, sociology, and nursing research. The general BSN prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN. Most students graduate from the program in seven semesters, or two years. The school also offers an LVN-to-BSN program that learners can complete in six semesters. Both BSN tracks offer onsite classes.

WBU's master of science in nursing (MSN) prepares students for careers as nurse educators. The 36-credit MSN features online courses that students can complete in five terms. The program focuses on teaching strategies, curriculum development, program evaluation, and adult learning. MSN candidates must complete a clinical-based practicum.

WBU offers nursing programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Texas A & M International University View School Profile Laredo, TX

TAMIU offers bachelor's and master's nursing programs through the Dr. F. M. Canseco School of Nursing. Entering freshmen accepted to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program complete 120 credits, which includes general education and nursing major subjects. The program prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN. Associate-trained registered nurses (RNs) can apply to the RN-to-BSN program, an accelerated 12-month degree that students can complete fully online. The 32-credit program requires learners to complete 126 practicum hours.

TAMIU also offers a master of science in nursing (MSN) with a specialization in nursing administration (NA) and in family nurse practitioner (FNP). The 31-credit MSN-to-NA program takes two full semesters and a summer term to complete. Applicants must have at least one year of full-time RN experience. The 48-credit MSN-to-FNP program requires a minimum of two years of RN experience and at least one year of experience in inpatient nursing. Both programs require enrollees to complete a practicum experience.

TAMIU's nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Midwestern State University View School Profile $$ Wichita Falls, TX

MSU offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs through the Wilson School of Nursing. Pre-licensure applicants who do not yet have a bachelor's degree typically enroll in the traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, which requires 120 credits of general education and nursing major coursework.

The school enrolls pre-licensure applicants who already hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline in the ACCEL-RN program, which enrollees can complete in 15 months. MSU offers a third BSN track for registered nurses (RNs) with a diploma or associate degree from an accredited institution.

Students accepted to the master of science in nursing (MSN) program can specialize as a family nurse practitioner or a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The MSN program requires applicants to have at least one year of professional experience in their field of study. MSN candidates must complete a practicum experience to earn the degree.

MSU offers nursing programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas at El Paso View School Profile $ El Paso, TX

UTEP's School of Nursing offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs for students of varying educational backgrounds. The traditional bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) accepts pre-licensure applicants, while the RN-to-BSN program accepts associate-trained registered nurses (RNs).

Students interested in pursuing a master of science in nursing (MSN) at UTEP can choose from three major areas: nursing administration and management, nursing education, and nurse practitioner. MSN courses follow seven-week delivery schedules and run primarily online. The nurse practitioner (NP) program includes concentrations in adult gerontology acute care, family primary care, pediatric acute care, pediatric primary care, and psychiatric mental health.

On the doctoral level, the school offers a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) open only to MSN-trained applicants. DNP courses focus on evidence-based practice, informatics and technology, organizational systems, and leadership. Alternately, students can pursue a doctor of philosophy in interdisciplinary health sciences focused on research design and methodology, statistics, and grant-writing.

UTEP's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The University of Texas at Tyler View School Profile $$ Tyler, TX

The bachelor's, master's, and doctoral nursing programs at UT Tyler's School of Nursing admit students who come from various educational and professional backgrounds. The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program accepts applications from pre-licensure students admitted to UT Tyler as freshmen, as well as transfer students coming from another accredited school. The program maintains a different track for post-licensure, associate-trained registered nurses (RNs).

The school's master of science in nursing (MSN) offers several specialization areas, including nursing education; informatics, quality, and safety; and nursing administration. MSN candidates can also pursue a nurse practitioner focus in family care and in psychiatric mental health. On the doctoral level, UT Tyler offers a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.).

The DNP program includes two tracks: clinical practice and leadership. The program runs mostly online, with an on-campus summer orientation for new enrollees and professional workshops for returning students. The Ph.D. program also follows an online delivery format and accepts applications from BSN- and MSN-trained practitioners.

UT Tyler's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

2 - Year Colleges

Lee College View School Profile Baytown, TX 24%
Kilgore College View School Profile Kilgore, TX 19%
Galveston College View School Profile Galveston, TX 23%
Alvin Community College View School Profile Alvin, TX 16%
Panola College View School Profile Carthage, TX 20%
College of the Mainland View School Profile Texas City, TX 18%
Paris Junior College View School Profile Paris, TX 23%
Grayson College View School Profile Denison, TX 19%
Howard College View School Profile Big Spring, TX 21%
Clarendon College View School Profile Clarendon, TX 30%
Texas State Technical College-West Texas View School Profile CLOSED, TX
Odessa College View School Profile Odessa, TX 30%
Lone Star College View School Profile The Woodlands, TX 10%
San Jacinto College View School Profile Pasadena, TX 15%
Vernon College View School Profile Vernon, TX 30%
Southwest Texas Junior College View School Profile Uvalde, TX 25%
Angelina College View School Profile Lufkin, TX 14%
Northwest Vista College View School Profile San Antonio, TX 21%
Hill College View School Profile Hillsboro, TX 20%
St Philip's College View School Profile San Antonio, TX 10%
McLennan Community College View School Profile Waco, TX 18%
Texarkana College View School Profile Texarkana, TX 18%
Trinity Valley Communit College View School Profile Athens, AL 20%
Palo Alto College View School Profile San Antonio, TX 16%
Northeast Texas Community College View School Profile Mount Pleasant, TX 20%
Collin College View School Profile McKinney, TX 11%
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf View School Profile Big Spring, TX 8%
Wharton County Junior College View School Profile Wharton, TX 18%
El Centro College View School Profile Dallas, TX 6%
Victoria College View School Profile Victoria, TX 12%
North Central Texas College View School Profile Gainesville, TX 14%
Amarillo College View School Profile Amarillo, TX 16%
San Antonio College View School Profile San Antonio, TX 11%
Houston Community College View School Profile Houston, TX 12%
Weatherford College View School Profile Weatherford, TX 15%
Tarrant County College District View School Profile Fort Worth, TX 10%
Lamar State College-Port Arthur View School Profile Port Arthur, TX 17%
Del Mar College View School Profile Corpus Christi, TX 8%
Central Texas College View School Profile Killeen, TX 8%
Temple College View School Profile Temple, TX 7%
Tyler Junior College View School Profile Tyler, TX 17%
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How to Obtain a Texas Nursing License

In Texas, registered nurses must hold a valid license in order to practice legally. The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for establishing and regulating licensure requirements, and manages the licensing and renewal processes for registered and advanced practice nurses. Learn more about the licensure requirements for first-time candidates below.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete an approved program of nursing at a two- or four-year institution
  • Complete an online examination application and pay a $100 fee
  • Pass a criminal background check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Public Safety
  • Register with Pearson VUE at least 30 days before graduation to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and pay a $200 testing fee
  • Take and pass the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination
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Registered nurses must renew their licenses biannually and show proof of completing at least 20 continuing education credits during the previous two years. Nurses renewing their license for the first time are exempt from the continuing education requirement, but must still pay the standard renewal fee of $60.

TX Licensure Information for APRNs

The Texas Board of Nursing licenses advanced practice registered nurses in a variety of roles, including positions as nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. Applications are completed online and the Board of Nursing recommends applicants submit all supporting documents at one time. Learn more about the educational requirements and licensing process below:

  • Nurses who graduated on or after January 1, 2003 must complete at least 500 clinical hours in a specialized area of advanced practice during their graduate program of study
  • Pay a fee of $100 for APRN licensure or $150 for a licensure with prescriptive authority
  • Show valid RN licensure in Texas or from a state with compact privilege
  • Graduate from an accredited advanced practice nursing program that is recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing
  • Hold national certification for the specialized area of nursing practice and submit verification of that certification
  • Complete at least 500 hours of clinical practice in an advanced practice role within the last two years (or during the educational program)
  • Complete at least 20 hours of continuing nursing education within the last 24 calendar months

For more detailed information, forms, and updates on advance practice nursing in Texas, go to the Texas Board of Nursing.

Career Numbers: Texas RNs and Beyond

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports Texas has nearly 280,000 RNs in the state, a number that includes approximately 17,600 nurse practitioners and other advanced positions. Although the number of nurses is continually growing, the state has one of the highest rates of underserved populations in the country, with the AACN highlighting 315 understaffed regions. These findings coincide with the state experiencing one of the highest rates of growth for nurses in the nation, with a projected increase of 26 percent expected between 2012 and 2022. Those looking to work as a nurse practitioner are expected to see the biggest growth. Learn more about the state’s occupational outlook and earning potential for RNs and APRNs.

Top-Paying Areas for RNs in Texas

AreaHourly Median WageAnnual Median Wage
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown$36.22$75,340
Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division$34.43$71,620
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington$34.28$71,300
Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division$33.96$70,630
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area$32.93$68,500
Brownsville-Harlingen$32.10$66,770
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood$31.72$65,970
San Antonio-New Braunfels$31.55$65,630
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos$31.31$65,130
Corpus Christi$31.06$64,610

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014

Texas vs. National Numbers

Salary

YearAnnual salary(25th percentile)Annual salary(median)Annual salary(75th percentile)Annual salary(25th percentile)Annual salary(median)Annual salary(75th percentile)
Registered Nurse$56,430$67,570$79,370$0$54,620$66,640$81,080
Certified Nurse Midwife$87,200$102,550$116,720$0$82,580$96,970$114,090
Nurse Anesthetist$133,410$155,590$0$0$132,380$153,780$181,860
Nurse Practitioner$85,500$100,270$117,020$0$82,720$95,350$113,470
  • Annual Salary (25th percentile)
  • Annual Salary (median)
  • Annual Salary (75th percentile)
TypeTexasNational
Registered Nurse190,1702,687,310
Certified Nurse Midwife1905,110
Nurse Anesthetist3,24036,590
Nurse Practitioner7,260122,050
TypeTexasNational
Registered Nurse242,8603,238,400
Certified Nurse Midwife2707,700
Nurse Anesthetist4,11043,900
Nurse Practitioner9,260147,300
TypeTexasNational
Registered Nurse9,040105,260
Certified Nurse Midwife10290
Nurse Anesthetist1601,560
Nurse Practitioner4005,850

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 and Projections Central

Nursing Resources: TX Edition

Texas Board of Nursing

The Texas Board of Nursing regulates the practice and licensure of nurses in the state by establishing licensing requirements, handling the licensing and renewal process, managing nursing complaints, and establishing nursing compacts with other states.

Texas Emergency Nurses Association

TENA is a nonprofit organization that has local chapters of emergency nurses throughout the state. The association offers continuing education programs, professional development opportunities and scholarships.

Texas Nurses Association

The Texas Nurses Association is the leading professional association for registered nurses from all specializations in the state of Texas. Through its legislative agenda, political action work, educational programs, networking events, and conferences, the TNA supports the training, professional development and career advancement of nurses in the state.

Texas Nurse Practitioners

Founded in 1988, the TNP works with and for nurse practitioners in the state. The membership-based organization offers a range of services including student memberships, continuing education programs, grassroots legislative efforts, and a career center.

Texas Organization of Nurse Executives

The Texas Organization of Nurse Executives is an organization for nursing administrators and executives that provides a united voice, access to networking opportunities, and insights into health care industry trends. Texas School Nurses Organization

TCNO is an affiliate of the National Association of School Nurses. The organization offers continuing education programs, and hosts events and conferences for its members working in school nursing roles throughout the state.

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