Texas Nursing Schools and Programs

by NurseJournal Staff

Learn about the best nursing schools in Texas, salary and job outlook for graduates of Texas nursing programs, and admission requirements for nursing colleges in Texas.

Texas Nursing Schools and Programs
RN employment
RN Job Growth
Annual Salary for Texas Nurses
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact State?

Texas is the second-largest state for total nursing jobs, with 219,330 nurses currently working in the Lone Star state. Registered nurse (RN) jobs are expected to grow by 16.8% between 2018 and 2028.

Why Attend a Nursing Program in Texas?

The mean annual salary for an RN in Texas is $76,800. By 2030, Texas is projected to have a shortage of 15,900 nurses, 5.6% below its anticipated need for nurses. This will create high demand for graduates of the best nursing schools in Texas.

Texas also participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing licensed nurses from the 33 participating states to practice nursing in Texas, in person or through telehealth programs.

Additionally, Texas is a right-to-work state, meaning while nurses can unionize in Texas, nurses at workspaces can also refuse to join the union or pay union dues. While this can reduce the union's bargaining strength, some prefer having the option.

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Nursing Program Requirements in Texas

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 90.8%
State Nursing Board: Texas Board of Nursing


The Texas Board of Nursing oversees licensing in Texas. Requirements for an RN license include graduating from an accredited nursing program, passing the National Council Licensure Exam for RNs (NCLEX-RN), and completing the background check. Check below for more details.

Certified Nurse Assistant

Certified nurse assistants (CNAs) perform basic nursing tasks under the supervision of licensed nurses, in healthcare facilities and in homes. These include assisting patients to eat, bathe, and move; ensuring that supplies are available; and other support tasks. CNAs must complete a state-approved program and pass a national exam.

CNA Program Requirements:

Texas Licensure Requirements:

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Licensed vocational nurses work under the supervision of RNs or other healthcare professionals with similar or higher scopes of practice. They assist with patient health assessments, conduct tests, administer medication, monitor patients' conditions, and report any significant changes to supervisors. They work in hospitals, physicians' practices, residential care, and other healthcare settings.

Please note that Texas refers to practical nurses as licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) rather than using the licensed practical nurse (LPN) title. However, this is only a terminology distinction; the job, its scope, and its requirements remain the same.

LVN Program Requirements:

  • Application Requirements: High school diploma or GED; GPA requirements vary by program
  • How Long to Complete: One year
  • Accrediting Bodies: Texas Board of Nursing

Texas Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: Certificate program
  • Exams: NCLEX-PN
  • Renewal Frequency: Two years
  • Continued Education: 20 hours
Registered Nurse

RNs have either an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and have passed the NCLEX-RN. They work in a variety of healthcare settings, under the supervision of physicians or nurse practitioners (NPs), performing tests, monitoring patients, providing patient education, and triaging patients. Some start as LVNs and then continue their education with a BSN.

RN Program Requirements:

  • Application Requirements: High school diploma or GED; 3.0 GPA required or preferred; application essay; recommendations
  • How Long to Complete: Two years for an ADN; four years for a BSN
  • Accrediting Bodies: CCNE

Texas Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: ADN or BSN
  • Exams: NCLEX-RN
  • Renewal Frequency: Two years
  • Continued Education: 20 hours
Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with at least a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree who have passed the credentialing examination. Other APRNs include certified nurse midwife, clinical nurse specialist, or certified registered nurse anesthetist. Unlike other levels of nurses, NPs are authorized to diagnose conditions and order treatments, including medication. NPs work in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, private practices, clinics, and residential care.

NP Program Requirements:

  • Application Requirements: BSN (or completion of a RN-to-MSN bridge program); RN license; 3.0 GPA required or strongly preferred; 1-3 years clinical experience as an RN
  • How Long to Complete: Two years for an MSN; 3-4 years for a doctor of nursing practice (DNP)
  • Accrediting Bodies: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board

Texas Licensure Requirements:

  • Education: MSN or DNP
  • Exams: Varies by specialty; Family Nurse Practitioner Exam is the most common
  • Renewal Frequency: Two years.
  • Continued Education: 20 hours, plus five hours in pharmacotherapeutics for NPs with prescribing authority

Salary and Job Outlook for Nurses in Texas

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual salary for an RN in Texas is $76,800. Between 2018 and 2028, job growth for nurses is projected to be 16.8%, more than twice the national growth of 7%. By 2030, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that Texas is expected to have a shortage of 15,900 nurses, 5.6% below its anticipated nurse needs. Consequently, graduates of the best nursing schools in Texas will be in high demand.

Texas' overall cost of living index is 92, compared to 100 for the United States as a whole. Data from Salary.com indicates the cost of living in major cities in Texas, except for Austin, is lower than the national average. Texas does not have a state income tax.

Nursing Level Salary (Mean Annual) Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)
Certified Nurse Assistant $29,050 11.6%
Licensed Vocational Nurse $48,380 10.7%
Registered Nurse $76,800 16.8%
Nurse Practitioner $116,700 31.9%
Sources: BLS and Projections Central

Highest Paying Cities for Nurses in Texas

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Registered Nurses

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas Average Salary for RNs
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land $84,960
Killeen-Temple $77,000
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington $77,990
Victoria $75,730
San Antonio-New Braunfels $75,110
Source: BLS

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas for Nurse Practitioners

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas Average Salary for NPs
Laredo $126,370
Brownsville-Harlingen $121,050
Midland $123,470
Waco $119,710
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land $125,810
Source: BLS

Explore the Best BSN Programs in Texas and School Info

Texas A&M International University View School Profile Laredo, TX 46% 34% 47% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

TAMIU's College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a multitude of in-person undergraduate programs and two graduate programs. The sole program offered online remains the master of science in nursing administration degree, which requires 35 semester credit hours for completion. Students can choose to take the accelerated option and finish their degree in as little as 10 months.

Degree curriculum includes six credits of summer study, 12 credits of fall semester study, and a minimum of 13 credits of spring semester study. Prospective students must hold a valid RN license, a year of experience as an RN, a BSN degree with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in upper-level courses, and complete prerequisite work in statistics.

  • Program(s): BS in Communication Disorders, BSN, RN-to-BSN, BS in Public Health, BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Exercise Science, BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Health & Fitness, MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner, MSN-Nursing Administration
  • Campus: Laredo, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Tuition: $9,450 per semester for undergraduate, $4,580 per semester for graduate, $3,600 per semester for graduate online
  • Admission Requirements: BSN from nationally accredited institution, completion of undergraduate statistics, minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA and 3.0 in upper level courses, valid RN license, minimum one year work experience as an RN, verified credentials
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 10 months
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for all undergraduate and graduate in-person, no for graduate online
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 95.83%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas at Austin View School Profile $$ Austin, TX 83% 36% 24% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established in 1968, UT Austin's School of Nursing currently hosts over 750 students at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

Most current nursing offerings require in-person coursework, with the lone exception being a hybrid doctor of nursing practice degree. Students must start the DNP program in the fall and can expect to complete required coursework in five semesters.

The University of Texas at Austin is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and School Commission on Colleges and the bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and Ph.D. in Nursing degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Program(s): BSN, ADN-BSN, AE-MSN, MSN, AE-Ph.D., Ph.D., DNP, various graduate certificate programs
  • Campus: Austin, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Graduated tuition schedule based on number of credits taken
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts and test scores, essay, GRE/GMAT and letters of recommendation for graduate studies
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months undergraduate and Ph.D., 18 months MSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes (DNP hybrid)
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94.83%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley View School Profile Edinburg, TX 46% 37% 50% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Founded in 2013 as the first major public university addition to the state's schooling system in the 21st century, UTRGV offers more than 20 programs completely online.

UTRGV's School of Nursing provides undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing and RN-to-BSN degrees in addition to a multitude of graduate-level degrees. Students can complete the RN-to-BSN and all graduate degrees except the MSN-FNP degree completely online.

Prospective students must first be admitted to UTRGV before applying to specific programs. Requirements include a minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite coursework with at least a grade of "C" in individual courses and meet additional admission requirements for graduate programs.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-Nursing Administration, MSN-Nursing Education, MSN-FNP, Post-Graduate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Campus: Brownsville, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Graduated tuition schedule based on number of credits taken
  • Admission Requirements: Meet UTRGV's admission requirements, BSN and RN license (graduate programs), minimum 3.0 GPA, official transcripts, personal statement
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, 12 months RN-to-BSN and graduate
  • On-Campus Requirements: No for RN-to-BSN, MSN-Nursing Administration, and MSN-Nursing Education; Yes for BSN and MSN-FNP
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92.5%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Texas State University View School Profile $$ San Marcos, TX 55% 53% 28% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

St. David's School of Nursing opened in 2010 under the College of Health Professions at Texas State.

Prospective bachelor of science in nursing students must complete 42 credits of Texas core component requirements in addition to 18 credits of BSN prerequisite requirements prior to application. Additional admission requirements for MSN programs include a completed BSN degree, cumulative 3.0 GPA in undergraduate coursework, current RN license, resume, three letters of recommendation, and a personal essay.

The institution offers three masters of science in nursing programs: MSN-FNP, MSN-LAN, and MSN-PMHNP. Students can complete all master of science in nursing programs through the primarily online hybrid curriculum with required on-campus learning intensives.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-FNP, MSN-LAN, MSN-PMHNP
  • Campus: San Marcos, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition:
    • Undergraduate: $300 per credit (in-state), $710 per credit (out-of-state)
    • Graduate: $350 per credit (in-state, $760 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: Meet minimum prerequisite completion, TEAS pre-nursing assessment, official transcripts
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 2 semesters for RN-to-BSN, 4 semesters for MSN, 8 semesters for BSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 100%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Texas A&M University View School Profile $$$ College Station, TX 82% 32% 8% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Texas A&M's College of Nursing provides a traditional bachelor of science in nursing with a 2+2 option for those that have completed required prerequisite coursework. Students can complete the 30-credit RN-to-BSN program completely online. The institution also offers three graduate-level programs, MSN-nursing education, MSN-FNP, MSN-forensic nursing, and a graduate certificate in forensic health care.

Undergraduate admission requires prospective students to submit proof of prerequisite education with a minimum 3.0 GPA, a personal statement, community service and leadership involvement records, and a history of withdrawals. Graduate admission requires submission of undergraduate GPA, essays, and references in addition to undergraduate requirements.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-Nursing Education, MSN-FNP, MSN-Forensic Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health Care
  • Campus: College Station, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: $12,000 per year undergraduate, $6,350 per year graduate
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA, personal statement, community service, leadership involvement, history of withdrawals, references (graduate), essays (graduate)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 5 semesters for BSN, 15 months for RN-to-BSN, MSN not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for BSN, No for RN-to-BSN, Hybrid for MSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 99.28%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
University of Houston View School Profile $$$ Houston, TX 59% 39% 40% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established in 1927, UH currently hosts more than 47,000 students annually.

The UH College of Nursing provides BSN and RN-to-BSN undergraduate programs in addition to graduate MSN in three concentrations, and DNP programs. Students can complete both MSN programs completely online, while the undergraduate, FNP, and DNP require in-person attendance.

Undergraduate admission takes a holistic view of applicants. Students should provide an ATI TEAS score and official transcripts, complete an interview, and show evidence of engagement in a health care setting. Graduate admission requirements include an active RN license, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and an interview.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-Administration, MSN-Education, MSN-FNP, DNP
  • Campus: Houston, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Varies based on a number of factors
  • Admission Requirements: ATI TEAS score, interview, official transcripts, and evidence of engagement in a health care setting for undergraduate; active RN license, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, interview, and orientation for graduate
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for undergraduate, FNP, and DNP; No for MSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 98.68%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Sam Houston State University View School Profile $$ Huntsville, TX 52% 48% 53% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

SHSU currently serves over 21,500 students across its eight schools and online.

SHSU's School of Nursing provides a pre-nursing BSN program, an LVN-to-BSN program, and an RN-to-BSN program. All three programs require 121 credits for completion, including nursing prerequisites. Students can complete the RN-to-BSN program completely online.

Admission requirements across all three programs include 30 credit hours in prerequisites and Texas Core requirements, a minimum 3.0 GPA in nursing prerequisites, and minimum 70 ATI TEAS score.

  • Program(s): BSN, LVN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN
  • Campus: Huntsville, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: $5,378 per 15 credits BSN and LVN-to-BSN, $4,369 per 12 credits for RN-to-BSN
  • Admission Requirements: Completed more than 30 credit hours in prerequisites and Texas Core requirements, minimum 3.0 GPA in nursing prerequisites, minimum 70 ATI TEAS score, LVN license (LVN-to-BSN), RN license (RN-to-BSN)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, others not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes BSN/LVN-to-BSN, No RN-to-BSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 96.36%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas at Arlington View School Profile $$ Arlington, TX 49% 41% 51% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Founded in 1895, UTA currently boasts Carnegie Research Level 1 status as a top research institution in the nation.

UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers undergraduate BSN and RN-to-BSN programs in addition to graduate MSN and doctoral DNP and Ph.D. programs. Students can complete all undergraduate and graduate programs completely online through accelerated formats, while the Ph.D. program consists of a hybrid format.

Prospective undergraduate students must submit TEAS scores, transcripts showing a minimum 2.75 GPA, and a criminal background check. Graduate and doctoral students will submit additional documentation including higher GPA minimums and a current RN license.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, DNP, Ph.D.
  • Campus: Arlington, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Varies by program
  • Admission Requirements: TEAS scores, minimum 2.75 GPA, background check, minimum 3.0 GPA (graduate), minimum 3.5 GPA (doctoral), current RN license (MSN/RN-to-BSN/DNP)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: As little as 15 months for accelerated online programs, Ph.D. not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for Ph.D., No for all others
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92.71%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas at El Paso View School Profile $ El Paso, TX 39% 41% 39% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

UTEP currently serves almost 25,000 students across 166 offered degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.

The UTEP School of Nursing offers traditional BSN and online RN-to-BSN undergraduate programs, an online MSN program with three majors, and two doctoral programs. Students in the traditional BSN program will need to reapply to each of the three phases as they progress through the syllabus. Phase one consists of five semesters of core curriculum and pre-professional courses, phase two consists of one semester of nursing courses, and phase three consists of four semesters of nursing professional courses. Specific admission requirements depend on the program of study selected.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, NAM, NE, NP, DNP, Ph.D.
  • Campus: El Paso, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Varies based on program
  • Admission Requirements: TEAS scores, official transcripts, prerequisite course completion for undergraduate; statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation for graduate and doctoral
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, 2.5 semesters RN-to-BSN, 5 semesters for doctoral
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for BSN and doctoral programs, No for MSN and BN-to-BSN programs
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 97.64%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
West Texas A&M University View School Profile $$ Canyon, TX 44% 47% 58% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The Department of Nursing at West Texas A&M University incorporates state-of-the-art technology at the Bivins Learning Center for use throughout the nursing curriculum.

Students can choose one of three offered nursing programs through WTAMU: a traditional in-person bachelor of science in nursing degree, an online RN-to-BSN degree, and an online master of science in nursing degree with a hybrid FNP option. Those in the RN-to-BSN program will complete practicum case studies and experiences where students demonstrate new knowledge throughout the program, but there is no campus attendance requirement.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN, FNP
  • Campus: Canyon, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Program dependent
  • Admission Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA, official transcripts, HESI A2 exam scores, prerequisite completion for undergraduate; RN license, resume, two references, goal statement for graduate level
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 12 months RN-to-BSN, 48 months BSN, MSN not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes BSN, No RN-to-BSN and MSN
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 97.01%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Texas Christian University View School Profile Fort Worth, TX 83% 29% 3% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established as an academic unit of TCU in 1946, the college of nursing offers a unique blend of competitive degrees and study-abroad opportunities.

TCU's Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences provides an undergraduate bachelor of science in nursing program, a graduate master of science in nursing program, and a doctor of nursing practice program. Students can enroll in the traditional BSN program or an accelerated, 16-month version. DNP degrees come in five specializations: FNP, AGACNP, PMHNP, CNS, and post-master's DNP.

Admission requirements include official transcripts, a minimum 3.0 GPA, a resume, a personal statement, three professional references, and an active RN license for MSN and DNP programs.

  • Program(s): BSN, MSN, DNP
  • Campus: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: $1,790 per credit hour for graduate, undergraduate per institutional tuition schedule
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, minimum 3.0 GPA, resume, personal statement, three professional references, RN license (MSN/DNP)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 16 months accelerated BSN, 24 months MSN/DNP
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes BSN, No MSN/DNP
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 96.22%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Tarleton State University View School Profile $$ Stephenville, TX 46% 56% 15% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Tarleton joined the Texas A&M school system in 1917 and currently hosts over 14,000 students annually across seven schools and colleges.

Tarleton's College of Health Sciences and Human Service offers traditional BSN, RN-to-BSN, and LVN-to-BSN programs, in addition to a graduate MSN program. All programs require at least some in-person attendance, with the MSN degree incorporating online coursework with an in-person practicum. MSN coursework culminates with either a capstone or thesis option.

Admission requirements include official transcripts and additional documentation based on the program.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, LVN-to-BSN, MSN
  • Campus: Stephenville, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Dependent on fixed plan or variable plan
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, BSN degree (MSN), RN license (RN-to-BSN and MSN), statistics course with grade of "C" or better (MSN), resume (MSN), LVN license (LVN-to-BSN)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, 10 months RN-to-BSN, 24 months LVN-to-BSN, 12 months MSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes, MSN hybrid
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 83.7%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Texas A&M University-Commerce View School Profile $$ Commerce, TX 40% 51% 63% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Founded in 1889, TAMUC currently serves approximately 6,000 undergraduate students and 4,000 graduate students annually.

TAMUC's Department of Nursing offers in-person BSN and RN-to-BSN undergraduate programs and an MSN-NP graduate program. BSN curriculum meets educational requirements set forth by the Texas Board of Nursing to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam in addition to providing a foundation for graduate studies. MSN-NP curriculum consists of primarily online offerings with web-enhanced on-campus courses.

Prospective undergraduate students will utilize the Nursing Centralized Application System to submit official transcripts and TEAS exam scores. Graduate applicants will submit official transcripts and GRE scores using TAMUC's online system.

  • Program(s): BSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Commerce, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: Graduated scale based on hours taken
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, TEAS exam scores, minimum 3.0 GPA or GRE exam scores (graduate)
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 36 months RN, 12 months RN-to-BSN, 21 months MSN-NP
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes, MSN-NP hybrid
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 96.3%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
Baylor University View School Profile Waco, TX 79% 42% 5% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing provides a multitude of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs including BSN, accelerated online BSN, and DNP programs with concentrations in executive nurse leadership, anesthesia nursing, pediatric nurse practitioner, FNP, nurse-midwifery, and NNP. Students can complete all DNP concentrations completely online with practicum requirements completed in facilities near students' residences.

Prospective undergraduate students will utilize the Nursing Centralized Application System (NCAS) to submit official transcripts and TEAS exam scores. Graduate students will also utilize the NCAS system. Please navigate to the NCAS system and create an account to view admission requirements.

  • Program(s): BSN, accelerated online BSN, FNP, Nurse-Midwifery, NNP, DNP-Executive Nurse Leadership, DNP-Anesthesia Nursing, DNP-Pediatric Nurse practitioner
  • Campus: Waco, Texas
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: $1,860 per credit undergraduate, $2,100 per semester graduate
  • Admission Requirements: Navigate to NCAS system and create an account to view admission requirements
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, 36 months FNP/Nurse-Midwifery/NNP
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes, online accelerated BSN hybrid; No for DNP programs
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 93.44%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid
University of St. Thomas View School Profile Houston, TX 57% 38% 22% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing at the University of St. Thomas offers traditional BSN and accelerated BSN undergraduate programs and MSN, RN-to-MSN, and DNP graduate programs. The hybrid accelerated BSN, RN-to-MSN, and MSN programs require in-person simulation labs on campus.

The institution takes a holistic approach to admissions, factoring in a cumulative 3.0 GPA, minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses, extracurricular activities, and strength of academic workload. Domestic graduate applicants will utilize the online application system to submit official transcripts.

  • Program(s): BSN, Accelerated BSN, MSN, RN-to-MSN, DNP
  • Campus: Houston, Texas
  • Type: Private
  • Accreditation(s): Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Tuition: $31,560 per year flat rate undergraduate tuition for 12-18 credits, graduate varies by program
  • Admission Requirements: Holistic approach including cumulative 3.0 GPA, minimum 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses, extracurricular activities, strength of academic workload, official transcripts
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 48 months BSN, 12 months accelerated BSN, 36 months DNP, 24 months MSN
  • On-Campus Requirements: Yes for accelerated BSN, RN-to-MSN, and MSN (hybrid)
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 90.63%
  • School site: Tuition | Financial aid

Frequently Asked Questions


How long does it take to become an RN in Texas?

In Texas, it takes at least two years to become an RN with an ADN, four years to become an RN with a bachelor's. Both degree programs are available at nursing colleges in Texas. Additionally, Texas participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact so nurses with licenses from participating states can practice nursing in Texas even if they did not attend a nursing program in Texas.

How do I become an RN in Texas?

To become an RN in Texas, you must meet RN licensure requirements, including graduating from an accredited program, passing the NCLEX-RN, and meeting the legal/criminal requirements. There are many nursing colleges in Texas, and while Texas participates in the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, attending a nursing program in Texas gives applicants a local network.

What is the best nursing college in Texas?

The best nursing college in Texas depends on many factors such as degree type and whether the program is online or in-person. For instance, the best online NP program can be found at the University of Texas, while Concordia University in Austin is ranked as having the best BSN program. Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio has the best LVN-to-BSN program in Texas. View some of the other top-ranked nursing programs in Texas here.

How much is nursing school in Texas?

Tuition for nursing programs in Texas varies based on the type of program. A CNA certificate program at a community college can cost less than $1,000. Tuition for an LVN program (12-15 months) typically costs $20,000 to $30,000. BSN tuition is roughly in the same range and MSN or DNP tuition costs approximately $35,000 per year. Nursing programs in Texas do offer financial aid which can greatly reduce costs.

Resources for Nurses in Texas

  • The Texas Nurses Association has a wide variety of resources for its members, including professional development opportunities, networking, a career center, and a peer assistance program. Membership comes bundled with American Nurses Association membership. It also conducts state-level advocacy and has a political action committee.
  • The Texas School Nurses Organization provides professional development opportunities and scholarships (both for formal education and its annual conference), publishes news and resources for school nurses, issues position statements, and hosts an annual conference. The website hosts links to state and federal resources for school nurses.
  • Texas Nurse Practitioners conducts advocacy at the state level for NPs and the profession, offers professional development opportunities, including webinars and conferences, provides updates on legislative and regulatory issues, and hosts a career center. It also offers scholarships through its foundation.
  • National Nurses United is the largest combined union and professional association for direct care nurses, with 170,000 members. It conducts advocacy on issues related to nursing and healthcare, such as patient-nurse ratios and access to healthcare. The Texas affiliate conducts similar advocacy at the state level and supports nurses who are starting or expanding union organizing efforts in Texas.

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