Nursing Schools in Texas

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An expansive list of the top nursing colleges in Texas is listed below by degree level to assist college-bound students locate programs of interest. Quickly locate university programs that fit your goals by gathering admissions information with a few clicks. Sorting schools by degree type, geographic location, school type, degree level, and career trajectory will help you narrow your list down to a handful of quality institutions. The levels of nursing degrees you may be interested in pursuing include a range of options from graduate degrees (PhD, MSN, DNSc) to undergraduate programs (ADN, BSN) plus a broad range of bridge programs to expand your skill set. Degree programs offered by Texas universities can include well-known programs like registered nursing and family practice nurse to niche degrees such as nurse anesthetist and psychiatric mental health nurse with a range of options in between. Admissions officers at Texas nursing colleges can answer your financial aid and enrollment questions after you narrow down your list of top schools using filters mentioned above. Students nearing the end of their degree program will need to prepare for the NCLEX examination prior to applying for a nursing license from the Texas board of nursing. Access the information you need to make a decision about your future in nursing by locating the best degree, school, and career pathways for you with MatchCollege.

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Top Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Programs in Texas By Number of Graduates

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) programs usually take 9 - 12 months to complete and you would have to pass a licensing exam prior to being licensed in the state. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of LVN program students enrolled.

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Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio San Antonio, TX LVN galencollege.edu
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Career Point College - San Antonio San Antonio, TX LVN
St Philips College San Antonio, TX LVN alamo.edu
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San Jacinto College Pasadena, TX LVN sjcd.edu
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Vernon College Vernon, TX LVN vernoncollege.edu
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Purdue University Global - Corpus Christi Campus Corpus Christi, TX LVN brightwood.edu
Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX LVN tjc.edu
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Lone Star College - Montgomery The Woodlands, TX LVN
North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX LVN
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South Texas College Mcallen, TX LVN southtexascollege.edu
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Angelina College Lufkin, TX LVN
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Victoria College Victoria, TX LVN victoriacollege.edu
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Coastal Bend College Beeville, TX LVN
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Houston Community College System Houston, TX LVN
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Kaplan College - San Antonio San Antonio, TX LVN brightwood.edu
Career Quest San Antonio, TX LVN questcollege.edu
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Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies Weslaco, TX LVN vgi.edu
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Grayson County College Denison, TX LVN
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Medvance Institute - Houston Houston, TX LVN fortis.edu
South Plains College Levelland, TX LVN
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Top Associate Level Registered Nurse (RN) Programs in Texas By Number of Graduates

The minimum degree requirement to become a Registered Nurse is to obtain an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, which usually takes about 2 years to complete. You would also have to pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to being state licensed. Schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in the program.

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Lone Star College - Montgomery The Woodlands, TX ADN-RN
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX ADN-RN alamo.edu
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El Centro College Dallas, TX ADN-RN elcentrocollege.edu
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Austin Community College District Austin, TX ADN-RN austincc.edu
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Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX ADN-RN tccd.edu
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Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio San Antonio, TX ADN-RN galencollege.edu
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South Texas College Mcallen, TX ADN-RN southtexascollege.edu
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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Port Arthur, TX ADN-RN
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San Jacinto College Pasadena, TX ADN-RN sjcd.edu
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Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX ADN-RN tjc.edu
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Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX ADN-RN bshp.edu
Kilgore College Kilgore, TX ADN-RN kilgore.edu
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El Paso Community College El Paso, TX ADN-RN epcc.edu
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Northwest Vista College San Antonio, TX ADN-RN alamo.edu
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Navarro College Corsicana, TX ADN-RN navarrocollege.edu
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Weatherford College Weatherford, TX ADN-RN www.wc.edu
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Covenant School of Nursing and Allied Health Lubbock, TX ADN-RN
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Amarillo College Amarillo, TX ADN-RN actx.edu
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Grayson County College Denison, TX ADN-RN
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McLennan Community College Waco, TX ADN-RN mclennan.edu
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Top Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Texas By Number of Graduates

See the top schools offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A BSN program usually takes 4 years to complete, and a licensing exam (NCLEX) is also required. Some of these schools may also offer a RN to BSN bridge programs. The top 10 schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their BSN program.

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The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX BSN uta.edu
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, TX BSN ttuhsc.edu
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX BSN utep.edu
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Texas Woman's University Denton, TX BSN twu.edu
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston, TX BSN uth.edu
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The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX BSN utmb.edu
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX BSN
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The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX BSN uttyler.edu
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Lamar University Beaumont, TX BSN lamar.edu
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Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX BSN
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Baylor University Waco, TX BSN baylor.edu
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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX BSN tamucc.edu
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University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton, TX BSN umhb.edu
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Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX BSN pvamu.edu
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Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX BSN
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The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX BSN utexas.edu
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, TX BSN mwsu.edu
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Angelo State University San Angelo, TX BSN angelo.edu
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Tarleton State University Stephenville, TX BSN tarleton.edu
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Texas A&M University College Station, TX BSN tamu.edu
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Top Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Texas By Number of Graduates

Getting your Master of Science in Nursing will take about 5-7 years from start to finish. You would still need to take a exam prior to being fully licensed to practice in the state. The schools listed below are sorted by the number of students enrolled in their Master's program.

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University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton, TX MSN umhb.edu
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West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX MSN wtamu.edu
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Our Lady of the Lake University - San Antonio San Antonio, TX MSN
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The University of Texas - Pan American Edinburg, TX MSN utrgv.edu
Wayland Baptist University Plainview, TX MSN wbu.edu
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Lamar University Beaumont, TX MSN lamar.edu
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Hardin - Simmons University Abilene, TX MSN hsutx.edu
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, TX MSN utep.edu
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The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX MSN uttyler.edu
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX MSN
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Registered Nurses in Texas can make a salary between $48,000 to $90,000 per year. The list below shows registered nurse salaries in areas throughout Texas.

  • Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land: $79,000
  • Dallas, Plano, Irving: $75,000
  • San Antonio, New Braunfels: $68,000
  • Fort Worth, Arlington: $76,000
  • Austin, Round Rock: $69,000

Nurse's in Texas Compared to Median Income Averages

+98% Above State Median Income

+90% Above National Median Income

Nurse's in Texas take home an average 33.84 per hour. Annual earnings for Nurse's working in the State of Texas average $70,390 which is 98% above the state median income and 90% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Nurse makes up just 0.08% of the working population in Texas and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Nurses coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Texas.

Average Income for a Nurse in Texas

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Texas Nurse 207,810 $33.84 $70,390
State Average 12,248,100 $17.06 $35,484.80
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $33.84
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

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Graduate data is from the 2013-2014 school year.
IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.