The Best Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2021

by Maura Deering

Take the first step to becoming a nurse practitioner in Texas by exploring the top-ranked NP programs and schools in the state.

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The Best Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2021

Texas offers numerous advantages for advanced practice nurses, and many of the state's top universities feature online nurse practitioner (NPs) programs. The average annual salary of $115,440 for Texas NPs outpaces the $111,840 national average. In addition, Texas ranks 10th in the U.S. for NP job growth, with a 31.9% projected increase from 2018-28.

Nurse practitioner programs in Texas prepare nurses for state licensure as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and for national certification in their specialty areas. One of the most popular specializations trains family nurse practitioners (FNPs). Many nurse practitioner schools in Texas offer online FNP programs.

NPs earn their graduate degrees in 2-4 years, completing coursework, capstones, and clinical practicums. While core courses include advanced pathophysiology, health assessment, and population health, the bulk of the curriculum focuses on students' concentration areas. Distance learning combines online classes with on site clinical experience.

Applying to an Online Nurse Practitioner Program in Texas

Online nurse practitioner programs in Texas often share common admission criteria. NP programs leading to a master of science in nursing generally require a bachelor of science in nursing with a 3.0 GPA or higher, a registered nurse (RN) license, and at least one year of RN experience. Some programs ask for GRE scores, particularly if a candidate's GPA falls below 3.0. Applicants generally submit academic transcripts, personal statements or essays, 2-3 reference letters, and resumes.

APRN licensing requires nurses to maintain their RN licenses, pass a certification exam in their specialty area, and complete continuing education hours for renewal. In addition to FNP certification, NPs can also become certified in areas like adult-gerontology (acute or primary care), pediatrics, neonatal, psychiatric/mental health, surgical, and women's health.

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Explore Top Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs and Schools

Texas A&M University View School Profile $$$ College Station, TX 82% 32% 8% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established in 1876 and now the second-largest university by enrollment in the United States, Texas A&M serves nearly 70,000 online and campus-based students each year.

The university offers a mostly online master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner program. New students must attend a one-day on-campus conference. Students also visit the campus once or twice per semester during certain courses and must make two overnight visits during the clinical portion of their advanced health assessment course. Students may complete their clinical practice hours in their own local community.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: College Station, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $6,464 per semester
  • Admission Requirements: Texas residency, unencumbered RN license, official transcripts, essay, three references, one to two years' RN experience, interview
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 6 semesters
  • On-Campus Requirements: Several 1-2-day visits throughout the program
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: Not specified
  • 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

Formerly part of the Texas A&M system and now in the University of Texas system, UTA welcomes more than 43,000 students per year.

UTA offers an online master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner. Students may complete their 720 clinical hours in their home community, with no need to visit campus. All students take the same series of courses, including exploration of science and theories for nursing, advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, and role of the nurse in advanced practice.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Arlington, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $654 per credit
  • Admission Requirements: BSN, RN license, minimum 3.0 GPA 3.0 or GRE 149 verbal/141 quantitative/3.5 writing
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 31-36 months
  • On-Campus Requirements: None
  • 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

Established as the State School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1913, UTEP joined the University of Texas system in 1967. Today, more than 25,000 students attend each year.

UTEP offers a mostly online master of science in nursing - nurse practitioner with five separate concentrations: adult/gerontology with acute care focus, family with primary care focus, pediatrics with acute care focus, pediatrics with primary care focus, or psychiatric mental health. In the last three semesters of their program, students may need to visit campus up to three times per semester. Students must also complete 675-775 clinical hours at an approved site.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Arlington, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $552 per semester credit hour (in-state) / $782 per semester credit hour (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: BSN with minimum GPA 3.0, RN license, statement of purpose, resume showing professional experience relevant to the chosen concentration
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 7-8 semesters, depending on the program
  • On-Campus Requirements: Minimal
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 97.64%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Angelo State University View School Profile $$ San Angelo, TX 34% 34% 39% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established in 1928 as San Angelo College, ASU changed its name in 1969. Today, the university enrolls nearly 11,000 students annually.

ASU offers an online master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner. Although occasional campus attendance may be required, students complete their coursework online and their clinical hours in their local community. All students take the same sequence of courses, including evidence-based practice and theory for advanced nursing, population health and epidemiology for advanced nursing, and mental health concepts for advanced practice nurses. Students must also pass a comprehensive final exam.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: San Angelo, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $7,034 per year (in-state) / $14,396 per year (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: BSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA, Texas RN license, three references, resume showing one year professional RN experience, personal statement
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: Minimal
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 95.16%
  • 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

Founded in 1910 as the West Texas State Normal School and now the northernmost member of the Texas A&M system, WTAMU welcomes over 10,000 students per year.

The university offers a hybrid master of science in nursing - family nurse practitioner program. Students may take most courses online, but some require on-campus attendance three days per semester. Students must complete all clinical experience hours in the state of Texas.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: San Angelo, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $283 per credit (in-state) / $709 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: GPA 3.0 or above, unencumbered Texas RN license, resume, two references, goal statement, phone interview
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 7 semesters
  • On-Campus Requirements: 3 days per semester for some courses
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 97.01%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas at Tyler View School Profile $$ Tyler, TX 45% 37% 68% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established in 1971 as Tyler State College, UT Tyler became part of the University of Texas system in 1979. Today, the student body consists of nearly 10,000 campus-based and online students.

UT Tyler's master of science in nursing - psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program offers students mostly online coursework with minimal campus attendance. Students work in small cohorts and may choose to attend full-time or part-time. The 49-credit program prepares students for national certification.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Tyler, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $6,408 per year (in-state) / $15,642 per year (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: BSN with a GPA of 3.0 or above, RN license, essay or video statement, resume, three references
  • Minimum Time Commitment: 2 years
  • On-Campus Requirements: 3 days per semester for some courses
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 94.86%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi View School Profile $$ Corpus Christi, TX 37% 53% 54% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Established as the University of Corpus Christi in 1947, TAMU-CC became part of the Texas A&M system in 1989. Today, nearly 12,000 students attend either online and on-campus every year.

A&M-Corpus Cristi offers a fully online master of science - family nurse practitioner. Designed for working nurses, the part-time program prepares students for the national certification exam. All students take the same series of courses. The program includes core nursing classes such as introduction to advanced practice role development and research methods in advanced nursing practice. Specialization courses include advanced physiology with pathophysiological applications and management of acute and chronic illness I and II. All students must also complete seven credits of clinical practice placements.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $374 per credit (in-state) / $809 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: Official transcripts, Texas nursing license, resume, essay, three references
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Not specified
  • On-Campus Requirements: None
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 92.80%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston View School Profile Galveston, TX 49% 22% Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

The oldest medical school in Texas and now part of the University of Texas system, UTMB now serves more than 3,100 students each year.

The university's online master of science in nursing program offers four separate nurse practitioner tracks: adult/gerontology acute care, adult/gerontology primary care, family, and neonatal. All four tracks require prior RN experience. For some tracks, this must take place in the selected area of practice. All programs are presented online, with campus attendance required for orientation and 2-3 days per semester.

  • Program: Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner
  • Campus: Galveston, Texas
  • Type: Public
  • Accreditations: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Tuition: $333 per credit (in-state) / $756 per credit (out-of-state)
  • Admission Requirements: BSN with a minimum 3.0 GPA, active RN license, resume, personal statement, one reference
  • Minimum Time Commitment: Seven semesters
  • On-Campus Requirements: Minimal
  • School NCLEX-RN Pass Rate: 98.75%
  • School Site: Tuition | Financial aid

Frequently Asked Questions


Is Texas a good state to become a nurse practitioner?

The Lone Star State scores high for job opportunities and salaries. Texas ranks third among U.S. states with the highest NP employment levels, and the Dallas and Houston metropolitan areas stand among the top ten cities for employment levels. The coastal plains region places fifth among the top paying non-metro areas, with an average salary of $130,480.

How can I tell if a nurse practitioner program is accredited?

Most NP programs display their accreditation status on their websites. The two main accrediting organizations for nursing schools are the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and their websites list the programs they accredit. The NP school listings on this page also include accreditation information.

What can I do as a nurse practitioner in Texas?

Aside from performing surgery, NPs' duties mirror those of physicians, consisting of primary care tasks like assessing patients and diagnosing illnesses, conducting medical tests, formulating treatment plans, and prescribing medication. NPs can pursue careers in numerous specialty areas and healthcare settings and continue to be in-demand across the country, including in Texas.

How many nurse practitioners are employed in Texas?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a total of 13,620 Texas NPs as of 2019. More than half of NPs employed in the state work in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area and the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area, with 4,210 and 3,190 NPs, respectively.

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