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9th Annual Texas RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Texas and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 55 ADN degree programs and 37 BSN degree programs in Texas. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Texas to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

Best ADN Programs in Texas

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Laredo College

Laredo College

100.00% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • West End Washington St, Laredo, TX - 78040-4395
  • (956) 721-5140
Nurse Admin: Michael Martinez, DNP, MSN, RN
Title: Assistant Professor of Associate Degree Nursing and Program Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 100.00%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 170
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,300
  • Book and Supplies: $5,748
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,606
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 3,325%
  • State Rank:
  • Global Rank:
  • Total # of School in State : 121
  • Grade:
  • Percent Score (ADN or BSN):

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

Blinn College

98.15% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 902 College Ave, Brenham, TX - 77833-4098
  • (979) 830-4000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.15%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 394
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,020
  • Book and Supplies: $10,530
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,333
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 9%

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

Mountain View College

96.91% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4849 West Illinois Ave., Dallas, TX - 75211-6599
  • 2148608680
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.91%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

El Paso Community College

95.43% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 9050 Viscount Blvd, El Paso, TX - 79925-6507
  • (915) 831-2000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.43%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 413
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,274
  • Book and Supplies: $1,134
  • Percent Received Aid: 87%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,323
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 23%

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Amarillo College

95.02% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX - 79109
  • (806) 371-5000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.02%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 187
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,136
  • Book and Supplies: $4,704
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,784
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 32%

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

Central Texas College

94.79% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6200 West Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, TX - 76549-4199
  • (254) 526-7161
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.79%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 185
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,850
  • Book and Supplies: $7,440
  • Percent Received Aid: 71%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,487
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 15%

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

Brookhaven College

94.59% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX - 75244-4997
  • 9728604700
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.59%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#8 Associate Degree in Nursing

Wharton County Junior College

94.47% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX - 77488
  • (979) 532-4560
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.47%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 185
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,400
  • Book and Supplies: $4,872
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,202
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 18%

Wharton County Junior College is located in Wharton, Texas.  They offer a vocational nursing program, an ADN program and an LVN to ADN program; the LVN to ADN program is designed to be finished in one year, with students doing back-to-back semesters.

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

Temple College

94.41% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2600 S 1st St, Temple, TX - 76504-7435
  • (254) 298-8282
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.41%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 131
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,736
  • Book and Supplies: $6,432
  • Percent Received Aid: 79%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,690
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 15%

#10 Associate Degree in Nursing

Alvin Community College

94.11% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX - 77511-4898
  • (281) 756-3500
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.11%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 113
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,706
  • Book and Supplies: $4,010
  • Percent Received Aid: 59%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,466
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 30%

Alvin Community College is located in Alvin, Texas.  They offer a vocational certificate, an ADN degree and 1 year LVN-RN transition program.  The LVN-RN program takes only 10-20 students each June, whereas the ADN program takes 40 students twice yearly.

#11 Associate Degree in Nursing

Lamar State College-Port Arthur

93.43% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1500 Proctor St, Port Arthur, TX - 77640
  • (409) 984-6342
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.43%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 60
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,400
  • Book and Supplies: $1,500
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,067
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 21%

#12 Associate Degree in Nursing

Tyler Junior College

93.37% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1400 East Fifth Street, Tyler, TX - 75701
  • (903) 510-2200
Nurse Admin: ,
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.37%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 319
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,962
  • Book and Supplies: $5,482
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,633
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#13 Associate Degree in Nursing

Midland College

93.24% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3600 N Garfield, Midland, TX - 79705
  • (432) 685-4500
Nurse Admin: ,
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.24%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 134
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,940
  • Book and Supplies: $5,880
  • Percent Received Aid: 74%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,887
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#14 Associate Degree in Nursing

Austin Community College District

Austin Community College

92.77% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX - 78752
  • (512) 223-7000
Nurse Admin: Laurie Dillon, DNP, MSN, RN
Title: Department Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.77%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 618
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,550
  • Book and Supplies: $10,590
  • Percent Received Aid: 61%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,731
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 12%

Austin Community College is located in Austin, Texas.  They offer a vocational nursing program, a traditional AD program and a career mobility program.  The career mobility program is an LVN to RN option - they also offer this program to students with other healthcare experience, such as students coming from the disciplines of: Paramedic, Dental Hygiene, Radiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, Sonography, Respiratory Therapy, and Surgical Technology

#15 Associate Degree in Nursing

Weatherford College

Weatherford College

91.95% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX - 76086-5699
  • (800) 287-5471
Nurse Admin: Tola Plusnick, DNR APRN, CPNP-PC
Title: Program Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.95%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 135
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,660
  • Book and Supplies: $7,800
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,780
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 1,725%

Weatherford College is located in Weatherford, Texas.  They offer both a vocational nursing program and an ADN program.  This college has been existence since 1869.  Since its inception, it has gone through a variety of name changes and organizational changes and will be continuing to expand - it will have expansions and renovations in the near future.

#16 Associate Degree in Nursing

Lamar State College-Orange

91.26% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 410 Front St, Orange, TX - 77630
  • (409) 883-7750
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.26%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 41
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,192
  • Book and Supplies: $800
  • Percent Received Aid: 62%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,856
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 24%

#17 Associate Degree in Nursing

Galen College of Nursing

Galen College of Nursing, San Antonio Campus - Associate Degree Nursing

91.22% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX - 78229
  • (210) 733-3056
Nurse Admin: Terry Douglas, DNP, APRN, AGNP-BC
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.22%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 82
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: $2,250
  • Percent Received Aid: 87%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,304
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

#18 Associate Degree in Nursing

Victoria College

91.16% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2200 E Red River, Victoria, TX - 77901
  • (361) 573-3291
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.16%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 91
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,568
  • Book and Supplies: $4,872
  • Percent Received Aid: 75%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,842
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 19%

#19 Associate Degree in Nursing

Hill College

91.02% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, TX - 76645
  • (254) 659-7500
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.02%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 90
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,382
  • Book and Supplies: $3,382
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,200
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 26%

#20 Associate Degree in Nursing

South Plains College

90.88% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, TX - 79336
  • (806) 894-9611
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.88%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 259
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,260
  • Book and Supplies: $4,276
  • Percent Received Aid: 84%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,126
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 21%

South Plains College is located in Levelland, Texas.  They offer a vocational nursing program, an ADN program and an LVN to RN transition program.  The LVN to RN transtion program allows the LVN advanced placement into the ADN program, if certain prerequisites are met.

#21 Associate Degree in Nursing

North Central Texas College

90.39% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1525 W California Street, Gainesville, TX - 76240-4699
  • (940) 668-7731
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.39%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 147
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,400
  • Book and Supplies: $7,080
  • Percent Received Aid: 76%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,383
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 20%

North Central Texas College is located in Gainesville, Texas.  They offer a vocational nursing certificate, an ADN program and an LVN-RN transition option.  NCTC is the oldest community college in Texas and has been in operation for 92 years!  Its original name was Gainesville Junior College.

#22 Associate Degree in Nursing

Odessa College

Nursing Department

90.36% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 201 W University Blvd, Odessa, TX - 79764
  • (432) 335-6400
Nurse Admin: Alissa Cornelius, MSN, RN
Title: Director Of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.36%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 129
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,280
  • Book and Supplies: $4,401
  • Percent Received Aid: 78%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,152
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 25%

#24 Associate Degree in Nursing

Del Mar College

90.19% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX - 78404-3897
  • (361) 698-1200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.19%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 331
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,320
  • Book and Supplies: $5,930
  • Percent Received Aid: 76%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,367
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 13%

#25 Associate Degree in Nursing

Southwest Texas Junior College

89.97% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX - 78801-6297
  • (830) 278-4401
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.97%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 123
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,502
  • Book and Supplies: $5,886
  • Percent Received Aid: 83%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,083
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 29%

#26 Associate Degree in Nursing

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

89.88% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 8400 Datapoint Dr, San Antonio, TX - 78229
  • (210) 297-9636
Nurse Admin: Patricia Fichter-Patrick, DNP, RN, CNE
Title: Program Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.88%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 29
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $1,965,425
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#27 Associate Degree in Nursing

Trinity Valley Community College

89.36% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 100 Cardinal Drive, Athens, TX - 75751
  • (903) 675-6200
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.36%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 160
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,640
  • Book and Supplies: $5,970
  • Percent Received Aid: 78%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,244
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 24%

#28 Associate Degree in Nursing

Panola College

89.34% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1109 W Panola Street, Carthage, TX - 75633-2397
  • (903) 693-2000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.34%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 71
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,112
  • Book and Supplies: $4,680
  • Percent Received Aid: 84%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,013
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

#29 Associate Degree in Nursing

Grayson College

Grayson College

89.30% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX - 75020-8299
  • (903) 415-2592
Nurse Admin: Jamie Coley, EdD, RN
Title: Director of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.30%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 122
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,782
  • Book and Supplies: $5,482
  • Percent Received Aid: 83%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,126
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#30 Associate Degree in Nursing

Paris Junior College

88.61% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2400 Clarksville St, Paris, TX - 75460
  • (903) 785-7661
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.61%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 81
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,460
  • Book and Supplies: $5,460
  • Percent Received Aid: 80%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,415
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

#31 Associate Degree in Nursing

Texarkana College

88.40% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2500 N Robison Rd, Texarkana, TX - 75599
  • (903) 823-3456
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.40%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 99
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,404
  • Book and Supplies: $5,236
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,900
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

#32 Associate Degree in Nursing

Lee College

88.26% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 511 S Whiting, Baytown, TX - 77520
  • (281) 427-5611
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.26%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 162
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,166
  • Book and Supplies: $4,302
  • Percent Received Aid: 71%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,987
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

#33 Associate Degree in Nursing

Collin College

Collin County Community College District

87.93% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, TX - 75069
  • (972) 881-5790
Nurse Admin: David Peruski, EdD, MSN, RN
Title: Dean of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.93%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 522
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,714
  • Book and Supplies: $5,104
  • Percent Received Aid: 49%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,963
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Collin College is located in McKinney, Texas, with a variety of other campuses.  They offer several interesting options for their nursing students.  They offer an ADN degree but they also offer the LVN bridge program and medic/paramedic fast track program, both of which allow the LVN or medic/paramedic advanced placement into the ADN program.

#34 Associate Degree in Nursing

Vernon College

87.82% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4400 College Dr., Vernon, TX - 76384-4092
  • (940) 552-6291
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.82%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 85
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $3,720
  • Book and Supplies: $6,120
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,340
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 20%

#35 Associate Degree in Nursing

Tarrant County College District

87.34% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth, TX - 76102
  • (817) 515-8223
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 87.34%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 758
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,728
  • Book and Supplies: $8,235
  • Percent Received Aid: 68%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,768
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 21%

#36 Associate Degree in Nursing

College of the Mainland

86.85% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, TX - 77591-2499
  • (409) 938-1211
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.85%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 114
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,773
  • Book and Supplies: $3,873
  • Percent Received Aid: 62%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,381
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

#37 Associate Degree in Nursing

Angelina College

86.46% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3500 South First, Lufkin, TX - 75902-1768
  • (936) 639-1301
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.46%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 99
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,970
  • Book and Supplies: $5,880
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,449
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 25%

#38 Associate Degree in Nursing

South Texas College

South Texas College

86.41% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3201 W. Pecan, McAllen, TX - 78501
  • (855) 468-6782
Nurse Admin: Jayson Valerio, DNR RN
Title: Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.41%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 574
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,230
  • Book and Supplies: $7,920
  • Percent Received Aid: 92%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,425
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 24%

#39 Associate Degree in Nursing

Houston Community College

86.25% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3100 Main Street, Houston, TX - 77002
  • (877) 422-6111
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.25%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 864
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $2,040
  • Book and Supplies: $5,460
  • Percent Received Aid: 69%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,867
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 17%

Best BSN Programs in Texas

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

Nurse Residency Program

97.63% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX - 77555-0129
  • (409) 772-1011
Nurse Admin: Christine M. wade, DNR MSN, RN, CEN
Title: Interim Vice President, Regional Hospitals & System Chief Nurse Executive
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.63%
  • Programs: Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 723
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $1,638,948
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas A & M University-Texarkana

Nursing Program

97.53% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7101 University Avenue, Texarkana, TX - 75503
  • (903) 223-3000
Nurse Admin: Heather McKnight, DNR MSN, RN, NE-BC
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.53%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 93
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,930
  • Book and Supplies: $1,400
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,196
  • Percent Admitted: 96%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 12%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Stephen F Austin State University

Stephen E Austin State University

96.99% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2008 Alumni Drive, Rusk 206, Nacogdoches, TX - 75961
  • (936) 468-2011
Nurse Admin: Tamara Harris, DNP, RN, FNP-BC
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.99%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 530
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $10,600
  • Book and Supplies: $1,202
  • Percent Received Aid: 86%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,717
  • Percent Admitted: 76%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 26%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Sam Houston State University

School of Nursing

95.87% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1806 Ave J, Huntsville, TX - 77340
  • (936) 294-1111
Nurse Admin: Devon M. Berry, PhD, RN
Title: Director for the School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.87%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 824
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,960
  • Book and Supplies: $1,380
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,285
  • Percent Admitted: 92%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 26%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of the Incarnate Word

School of Nursing & Health Professions

95.08% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX - 78209
  • (210) 829-6000
Nurse Admin: Danuta M. Wojnar, PhD, RN, MN, IBCLC, FAAN
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.08%
  • Programs: CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 340
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,400
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 99%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $17,779
  • Percent Admitted: 97%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 14%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas Christian University

Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences

94.26% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX - 76129
  • (817) 257-7000
Nurse Admin: Suzy Lockwood, PhD, RN, OCN FAAN
Title: Associate Dean for Nursing & Nurse Anesthesia
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.26%
  • Programs: CNL, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 744
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $900
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 82%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $27,036
  • Percent Admitted: 48%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 23%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas Woman's University

College of Nursing

93.81% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 304 Administration Dr, Denton, TX - 76204
  • (940) 898-2000
Nurse Admin: Paula Clutter, PhD, RN, CNL, CNE, CENP, CMSRN
Title: Interim Dean and Professor of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.81%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 452
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,394
  • Book and Supplies: $1,050
  • Percent Received Aid: 95%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,897
  • Percent Admitted: 94%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 21%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas at El Paso

College of Nursing

93.47% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 500 W. University Ave, El Paso, TX - 79968-0691
  • (915) 747-5000
Nurse Admin: Leslie K Robbins, PhD, APRN, PMHNP/CNS-BC, FAANP, ANEF
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.47%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 818
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $9,744
  • Book and Supplies: $1,632
  • Percent Received Aid: 88%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,362
  • Percent Admitted: 100%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 25%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

#9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

School of Nursing

93.42% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7703 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX - 78229-3900
  • (210) 567-2620
Nurse Admin: Sonya R. Hardin, PhD, MBA, MHA, NP-c, FAAN
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.42%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, CNL, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1339
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,759,791
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#10 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Cizik School of Nursing

92.39% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7000 Fannin, Houston, TX - 77030
  • (713) 500-4472
Nurse Admin: Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, PHNA-BC
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.39%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1816
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,392,148
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#11 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Texas A & M University

Department of Nursing

91.69% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2501 4th Ave, Canyon, TX - 79016-0001
  • (806) 651-0000
Nurse Admin: Holly Jeffreys, APRN, FNP-BC
Title: Department Head
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.69%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 347
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $9,202
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 84%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,419
  • Percent Admitted: 58%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 43%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

#12 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Schreiner University

Nursing Department

91.67% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX - 78028-5697
  • (800) 343-4919
Nurse Admin: Shanna Chapman, DNR FNP-C, FAANR APRN
Title: Director of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.67%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 61
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $100
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $16,621
  • Percent Admitted: 96%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 22%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%

#13 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

School of Nursing

91.46% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 3601 4th Street, Lubbock, TX - 79430
  • (806) 743-1000
Nurse Admin: Michael L. Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FACHE
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.46%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Nursing Informatics, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate, RN to MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 758
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,324,321
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#14 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Baylor University

Louise Herrington School of Nursing

91.41% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • Baylor University, Waco, TX - 76798
  • (254) 710-1011
Nurse Admin: Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.41%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1092
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,302
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 95%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $24,605
  • Percent Admitted: 68%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 16%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%

#15 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas at Arlington

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

90.95% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 701 S. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, TX - 76013
  • (817) 272-2011
Nurse Admin: Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.95%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 1241
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $11,727
  • Book and Supplies: $1,150
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,127
  • Percent Admitted: 88%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 30%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%

#16 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lamar University

Lamar University

90.69% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4400 MLK Blvd, Beaumont, TX - 77705
  • (409) 880-7011
Nurse Admin: Cynthia Stinson, PhD, APRN, CNS, RN-BC
Title: Chair
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.69%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 437
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,690
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 85%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,751
  • Percent Admitted: 83%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 24%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

#17 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Angelo State University

Nursing Program

90.68% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2601 W. Avenue N, San Angelo, TX - 76909
  • (325) 942-2555
Nurse Admin: Jennifer Braziel, DNP RN, ACNP-BC, APRN
Title: Interim Dept. Chair & Program Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 90.68%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, APRN Certificate, Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 309
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,186
  • Book and Supplies: $1,200
  • Percent Received Aid: 92%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,046
  • Percent Admitted: 78%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 44%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

#18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The University of Texas at Austin

School of Nursing

89.89% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX - 78705
  • (512) 471-3434
Nurse Admin: Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, RN, CNS, FAAN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.89%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated MSN, Bachelor, BSN to PhD, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 2801
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $11,752
  • Book and Supplies: $724
  • Percent Received Aid: 66%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $10,643
  • Percent Admitted: 32%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%

#19 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Scott and White School of Nursing

89.29% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 900 College St, Belton, TX - 76513-2599
  • (800) 727-8642
Nurse Admin: Christi Emerson, EdD, MSN, RN
Title: Interim Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.29%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 163
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $14,583
  • Percent Admitted: 90%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 7%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%

#20 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing - Houston

89.22% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 11025 Equity Drive, Houston, TX - 77041
  • (713) 277-9800
Nurse Admin: ,
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 89.22%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $600
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,463
  • Percent Admitted: 86%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 40%
  • Graduation Rate: 100%

#21 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Texas A & M International University

Texas A&M International University

88.12% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5201 University Blvd, Laredo, TX - 78041-1900
  • (956) 326-2001
Nurse Admin: Marivic Torregosa, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.12%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 236
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,845
  • Book and Supplies: $1,950
  • Percent Received Aid: 98%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,245
  • Percent Admitted: 59%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 30%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%

#22 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

West Coast University-Dallas

86.27% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 8435 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX - 75247-3900
  • (214) 453-4533
Nurse Admin: ,
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.27%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 24
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,287
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 100%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $8,255
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

Overview of Nursing Schools in Texas

  • There are 121 nursing schools in Texas. The CCNE accredits 47 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 61 schools in Texas.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Texas is between 67.06% and 100.00%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Texas is between 72.63% and 97.63%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Texas can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

Steps to Become a Nurse in Texas

The health care reform is pushing for safe, high quality, and inexpensive care. Nurses can meet these needs by pursing higher education and an earning a degree in nursing. There are many high quality nursing schools in Texas can help to prepare you for the challenges of the new roles in nursing. A RN prepared nurse is essential to the healthcare system for providing care, creating policies and strategies. Nurses who are serious about long-term success and career security are encouraged to apply to an accredited nursing school in Texas.

1. Understand Nursing Levels and Specializations

A nursing education are offered from the non-degree Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification through Doctorate Degree designation. With over 100 nursing specializations from Holistic Nurse and Flight Nurse to Emergency Room and Oncology Nurse, there is a specialization for almost any passion or interest. Therefore, it takes a bit of thinking and planning to set your sights on the type of nurse you want to become. You can get started as CNA with as little as 100 hours of training in Texas and work your way into an RN, earning experience on the way, or you can start fresh and earn a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in as few as 6 to 8 years.

2. Earn Your Registered Nursing Degree

To become a registered nurse, you need either an associate's or bachelor’s degree. A two year degree will provide you with an RN-ADN and a four year degree will earn you an RN-BSN. Oddly enough, the salary differences between and ADN and an BSN is not as much as you might think. The advantage of a BSN is to earn an advanced degree as an MSN, NP or DNP. Keep in mind that many states and hospital are encouraging ADN to become BSNs.

  • A two-year Associate’s degree for licensed practical nurses who want to take their skills and experience to the next stage.
  • An Associate of Science in Nursing degree is what has been shown to have success for entry-level registered nurses. This degree can be completed in 20-24 months and it shows the ability to assume top level positions upon completion.
  • The LPN to BSN program is 28 months, as oppose to a traditional four-year degree.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is typically earned in 3 years or less, but you may finish sooner thanks to transfer credits and your prior life experience. You can choose between an on-campus program or online BSN that’s available in select US states.
  • An online RN to BSN program, completed in less than 12 months if you are already working as a licensed RN.
  • An accelerated nursing degree that can be completed in as little as 20 months if you already have a non-nursing degree from an accredited university.

3. Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

Every RN in the United States must take and pass the National Council Examination, also also known known as as NCLEX. The test focuses on your knowledge of four specific areas of nursing, including:

  • Safe, effective care environments
  • Health promotion and maintenance
  • Psychosocial integrity and how to cope with the stresses of being a nurse
  • Physiological integrity and your ability to deliver proper nursing care

Become a Registered Nurse (RN)

To work as a registered nurse, you will need to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and meet the Texas State Board of Nursing requirements.  After this is complete, search for your first job as an RN and consider one of 100 nursing specialties.

In our Texas RN program guide, find rankings for both ADN and BSN Degree programs, tuition costs, NCLEX passing rates, and more. Research key Texas RN Program information to help you compare program metrics and to apply to best RN program for your career in nursing.

BSN degree holders have options to earn an Advance Practice Register Nursing (APRN) degree and become a Nurse Practitioner (NP), or earn an advanced degree for a career in any number of nursing leadership roles such Nurse Educator or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Texas RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 58 44
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 87.15% 88.45%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 67.06% to 100.00% 72.63% to 97.63%

Nursing Programs Offered by Texas Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 103
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 21
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 7
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 7
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 6
  • CNL: 6
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 4
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 3
  • Nurse Educator: 2
  • Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Nurse Midwife: 1
  • Nursing Informatics: 1
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 1

Texas Nursing Schools with the Most Degree Types

Become an APRN in Texas

RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Become a Nurse Practitioner Texas

Research the best Texas NP programs, and find comprehensive guides to the following NP careers:

Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

Texas RN Licensing Requirements

Comprehensive guide to Texas Nursing License Requirements & Renewals RN and APRN

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