The Best Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2021

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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.

Top Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs for 2021

Rank School Location
1 University of Texas Galveston, TX
2 Texas A&M at College Station College Station, TX
3 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
4 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX
5 Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX
6 University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX
7 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
8 University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX
9 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
10 Texas A&M at Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
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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.

Top Texas Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

  1. University of Texas
    Location

    Galveston, TX

    The School of Nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch offers a part-time master of science in nursing with a family nurse practitioner track. Students can complete the majority of the program online with some on-campus requirements. Distance learners must visit campus for a total of 12 days over the course of seven semesters for an orientation, simulation experiences, and an advanced health assessment course.

    The program also includes clinical practicum courses, during which students participate in supervised work experience onsite at healthcare facilities. The university organizes these experiences for students from the Galveston and Houston areas; learners who live farther away must find clinical locations within their own local area.

    Campus: Galveston, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition:  $848/credit hour for Texas residents
     $1271/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of experience working as a nurse
    Minimum Time Commitment: Seven semesters, or about 28 months if students attend summer sessions
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  2. Texas A&M at College Station
    Location

    College Station, TX

    Texas A&M at College Station offers a master's degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration for in-state distance learners.

    While the majority of the program's coursework is available online, students must fulfill some requirements at Texas A&M's Bryan-College Station campus. These include a one-day orientation and 45 hours of clinical work for the advanced health assessment course. Master's candidates must also fulfill about 646 supervised clinical hours onsite.

    Most full-time students complete the 48-credit program in around two years, including summer terms. Part-time students may graduate within three years.

    Campus: College Station, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition: $10,480/year
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA for last 60 credits of the degree
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of experience working as a nurse
     Personal statement
    Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  3. University of Texas at Arlington
    Location

    Arlington, TX

    Distance learners can complete UTA's 46-credit online master's degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration in 31-36 months. Courses last 5-13 weeks. According to UTA's nursing school, students can expect to spend about five hours each week for every one credit of coursework. Incoming students can also transfer in up to 10 credits.

    In addition to required coursework, distance learners must complete 720 clinical experience hours at healthcare facilities. These include two 11-week clinical rotations and one 13-week clinical practicum.

    Campus: Arlington, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition: $654/credit
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA
     Registered nursing license
     Candidates with a GPA below 3.0 must submit GRE scores
    Minimum Time Commitment: 31 months
    On-Campus Requirements: No
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition Financial Aid

  4. Midwestern State University
    Location

    Wichita Falls, TX

    The 48-credit nursing master's program at Midwestern State University features a family nurse practitioner track that emphasizes care strategies across the human lifespan. The curriculum includes courses like diagnostic services/ambulatory procedures and population health in graduate nursing.

    While distance learners can complete most of their coursework online, MSU expects master's candidates to attend on-campus immersion experiences during their clinical courses. Students fulfill most of their supervised clinical work at family practice facilities and complete some clinical hours at specialty clinics and urgent care or emergency room sites.

    Campus: Wichita Falls, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition: $609/credit
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA for last 60 credits of the degree
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of experience working as a nurse in general nursing
     Admissions essay
    Minimum Time Commitment: Varies
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  5. Stephen F. Austin State University
    Location

    Nacogdoches, TX

    Nacogdoches-based SFA offers a majority-online family nurse practitioner master's program that focuses on caring for communities in medically underserved areas. Before students begin their clinical practicum courses, they must attend an orientation and a weeklong intensive seminar on campus.

    Learners must complete 46 credits to graduate, although they can transfer in 6-12 credits. Students take 5-6 credits each semester, enrolling in courses like the politics of healthcare and contemporary healthcare ethics. The program also requires 720 clinical hours. SFA encourages students to fulfill the supervised work component in clinics and hospitals in underserved areas within their communities.

    Campus: Nacogdoches, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    Tuition:  $424.50/credit for Texas residents
     $544.50/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credits of the degree
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of nursing experience
     Three references
     Personal essay
    Minimum Time Commitment: 33 months
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  6. University of Texas at Tyler
    Location

    Tyler, TX

    UT Tyler offers a master's degree in nursing with a nurse practitioner specialization that includes both on-campus and online components. Students complete the bulk of their coursework online and attend on-campus classes 5-6 times each semester. Due to this requirement, the program works best for nursing students who live in or near Tyler.

    All students must fulfill a 675-hour precepted clinical work requirement. These supervised clinical experiences largely occur in primary care settings. Full-time master's candidates who enroll in summer semesters generally graduate in two years. Part-time students may graduate in three years.

    Campus: Tyler, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition:  $445.40/credit for Texas residents
     $916.50/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA for last 60 credits of the degree
     Registered nursing license
     Three references
     Personal essay
    Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  7. Angelo State University
    Location

    San Angelo, TX

    ASU's online master's in nursing features a family nurse practitioner track with minimal on-campus requirements. However, all MSN candidates at ASU must reside in Texas, as students are required to complete their practicums in state.

    The curriculum comprises 49 credits of coursework and clinical hours. Students must pass a comprehensive exam to graduate. Incoming students may be eligible to receive scholarships based on their undergraduate GPAs.

    Campus: San Angelo, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition: $501/credit
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of nursing experience
     Three references
     Personal essay
    Minimum Time Commitment: Varies
    On-Campus Requirements: "Kept to a minimum"
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  8. University of Texas at El Paso
    Location

    El Paso, TX

    UTEP developed its master's degree in nursing with a nurse practitioner concentration with working professionals in mind. During the program, master's candidates complete 46-49 credits over the course of two years. Courses last for seven weeks.

    Distance learners take specialty classes during their final three semesters. These courses may require students to attend up to three on-campus lab experiences or simulations each semester.

    Students must also complete 675-775 hours of clinical supervised work at a healthcare facility. UTEP notes that students may need to drive 200 miles to specific locations to fulfill this obligation.

    Campus: El Paso, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition:  $552/credit for Texas residents
     $782/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing
     Registered nursing license
     Letter of intent
    Minimum Time Commitment: 24 months
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  9. Texas State University
    Location

    San Marcos, TX

    The master of science in nursing program with a family nurse practitioner concentration at Texas State University is a hybrid program. While students complete the majority of their coursework online, they must attend two on-campus weekend experiences each semester at St. David's School of Nursing in Round Rock.

    Full-time students can graduate in five semesters, while part-time learners generally need eight semesters to finish their degree. The full program comprises 48 credits, about 10 of which are dedicated to practicum courses. Overall, students complete 660 supervised clinical hours at hospitals, clinics, and other locations.

    Campus: San Marcos, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition:  $757/credit for Texas residents
     $1179/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing with minimum 3.0 GPA
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of experience working as a nurse
     Three recommendations
     Personal statement
    Minimum Time Commitment: 21 months
    On-Campus Requirements: Yes
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    School Site: Tuition | Financial Aid

  10. Texas A&M at Corpus Christi
    Location

    Corpus Christi, TX

    Prospective family nurse practitioners can finish Texas A&M University's Corpus Christi's part-time master's degree in nursing in only three years. The university developed the program to allow students to work full time while studying. Candidates pursuing this online nurse practitioner program in Texas complete 49 credits in total. Students may transfer in up to 12 credits.

    Distance learners take courses like advanced pharmacology, wellness and health promotion, and health assessment and differential diagnosis. The program also includes 630 clinical hours. Students must organize these supervised work experiences at a healthcare facility within their own area.

    Campus: Corpus Christi, Texas
    Type: Public
    Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    Tuition:  $818/credit for Texas residents
     $1,300/credit for nonresidents
    Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree in nursing
     Registered nursing license
     At least one year of experience working as a nurse
     Three recommendations
     Personal statement
    Minimum Time Commitment: 36 months
    On-Campus Requirements: No
    Program: MSN - Family nurse practitioner
    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.