5 Best LVN to BSN Programs in Texas

Being a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) is a very interesting career choice. However, if you want to advance your career, you should really try to become a registered nurse (RN). The majority of study programs that are out there to achieve this are LVN to RN programs, whereby the RN degree is an associate’s degree (ADN). However, most employers are now searching for nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) instead. Indeed, in Texas, there is a drive to only employ a highly educated workforce. This requirement has increased the demand for LVN to BSN programs, as very few would have the time and resources to take part in an LVN to RN program first, only to follow that with a second RN to BSN program. Luckily, schools in Texas are listening and there are now many such programs available.

In order to choose the school you want to go to, you need to make a few important considerations. The type of program is important, but also how and where it is delivered. The length of the overall program and the associated costs are also incredibly important. This is why it is recommended that you contact at least three different schools before making your choice. Spend some time researching the information they provide on their website and do also take the time to physically visit them, particularly if you will not be studying online. You also need to understand their fees and pricing structure, as there can be many variations in this, based on where you are from and whether or not you will be staying on campus.

Below are the 5 best LVN to BSN programs in Texas to help you get started in your search for your new school.

1. Wayland Baptist University

This program has been designed for those who already hold a current and valid LVN license and are committed to their further education. LVN license will count as 22 credit hours towards the BSN. Classes start twice during the year, either in August or February.

Campus: San Antonio, Texas
Type: Private, Coeducational
Accreditation: NLNAC
Tuition: $495 per semester hour
Minimum Time Commitment: 18 months
Online Availability: No
Programs: LVN to BSN (on campus only)
School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

2. Prairie View A&M University

The LVN to BSN Program at Prairie View has very stringent admission criteria. Hence, although a lower division, applicants must meet generic requirements. Additionally, admission is considered on an individual basis. This guarantees the quality of their graduates.

Campus: Prairie View, Texas
Type: Public
Accreditation: NLNAC
Tuition: Varies, please inquire
Minimum Time Commitment: 129 credit hours
Online Availability: No
Programs: LVN-BSN Program
School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

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3. Tarleton State University

Acceptance to the Alternate Entry BSN at Tarleton State University is based on a points system. The school has very strict requirements in terms of the students that they are able to allow. This does increase the quality of their graduates and Tarleton graduates are in high demand across the state and beyond.

Campus: Stephenville, Texas
Type: Public, Coeducational
Accreditation: CCNE
Tuition: Varies, please inquire
Minimum Time Commitment: 113 hours
• Online Availability: No
Programs: Alternate Entry BSN (LVN-BSN)
School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

4. Sam Houston State University

The Sam Houston State University LVN to BSN program is marginally shorter than many others in the state. However, this does not mean that the program is any less intense. It covers a core curriculum, a number of degree specific requirements and a few track specific requirements. All students must complete these in order to obtain their BSN.

Campus: Huntsville, Texas
Type: Public
Accreditation: ACEN
Tuition: Varies, please inquire
Minimum Time Commitment: 117 credit hours
Online Availability: No
Programs: LVN to BSN
School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid

5. Houston Baptist University (HBU)

The LVN to BSN program offered by the HBU is appropriately named the “challenge program.” This is because students will be challenged to the very limits of their capabilities and knowledge. As a result, they become some of the most highly educated nurses at BSN level in the state, and graduates are in incredibly high demand.

Campus: Houston, Texas
Type: Private, Christian
Accreditation: NLNAC
Tuition: Varies, please inquire
Minimum Time Commitment: 127 hours
Online Availability: No
Programs: LVN to BSN Challenge Program
School Site: Tuition and Financial Aid