Texas Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide
The following guide contains important information on the many nursing programs offered at Texas’s colleges and universities. Nursing students have a plethora of options when pursuing an undergraduate or a graduate nursing degree and often have numerous concentrations from which to choose, including family nurse practitioner, child health nurse practitioner, nursing administration, and nurse educator. In addition to traditional nursing programs offered at brick and mortar universities, online universities like the University of Phoenix offer students flexibility and convenience when pursuing a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing degree.
Texas School Facts:
- 60 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
- 41 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
- 30 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
- Highest graduation rate: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 100%.1
- Highest transfer-out rate: Concordia University Texas and East Texas Baptist University 51%.1
- Highest net price: Texas Christian University $29,467.1
- Lowest net price: Texas A&M International University $1,925.1
- Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Texas with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $7,028 – $34,590.2
- 14 schools ranked in US News Best Nursing Graduate Schools in 2016 for Master’s in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs: Baylor University (#58, MSN; #45, DNP), Texas Christian University (#109, MSN; #58, DNP), Texas State University (#157, MSN), Texas Tech University (#75, MSN; #67, DNP), Texas Woman’s University (#58, MSN; #62, DNP), University of Texas-Arlington (#75, MSN; #76, DNP), University of Texas-Austin (#17, MSN), University of Texas-El Paso (#157, MSN), University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (#23, MSN; #24, DNP), University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio (#88, MSN; #68, DNP), University of Texas-Galveston (#70, MSN; #62, DNP), University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (#180, MSN), University of Texas-Tyler (#192, MSN), University of the Incarnate Word (#149, MSN; #103, DNP).
Below you can read profiles of several colleges and universities in Texas that offer undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
Schools in Texas with Nursing Degrees
Associate’s in Nursing Programs
Austin Community College
Austin Community College (ACC) offers two ways to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, traditional and mobility track. The mobility track program is geared towards students who are already licensed healthcare professionals wishing to become Registered Nurses. This program typically requires one year of study. Students who are new to nursing or who are unlicensed in other healthcare areas may prefer the traditional track. Not including completion of prerequisite courses, this program typically requires four semesters of study. The goal of ACC’s nursing program is to empower future nurses to administer complete patient care by addressing both physical symptoms as well as mental and emotional health. Graduates of these programs are qualified to apply to take the NCLEX exam for RN licensure. Throughout the program, students receive an extensive educational foundation in the classroom through online and hands-on learning. The nursing program at ACC is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
North Central Texas College
North Central Texas College offers an Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program that teaches future nurses the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on careers as beginning practitioners of nursing. Students are prepared to provide direct patient care across a spectrum of healthcare settings through classroom instruction as well as directly supervised clinical experiences in area hospitals and clinics. Nursing courses are grouped in progressive levels of complexity and students must successfully complete all course work in one level before progressing to the next. Essential competencies identified by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) are evident throughout the curriculum and include Member of the Profession, Provider of Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety Advocate, and Member of the Health Care Team. Courses include Health Assessment Across the Life Span, Intro to Professional Nursing, Care of the Patient with Common and Complex Health Care Needs, and Integrated Patient Care Management. Students who are interested in a four-year degree may wish to pursue North Central Texas College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pathway, which allows students to transition from the ADN coursework to BSN programs at several partner 4-year colleges and universities. Graduates of the ADN program are prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for licensing through the Texas BON.
Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs
Graduates of the University of Texas at Austin’s highly competitive Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students will begin focusing predominately on nursing courses in the final two years of the four-year program. The nursing curriculum covers adult health nursing, genetics in health care, nursing care of families and children, and conceptual bases of aging. Students will also complete mandatory clinical practicums. Nursing majors may also want to join one of the many on-campus nursing clubs: the African American Student Nursing Association, Green Team, the Hispanic Nursing Student Association, the Longhorn Association for Men in Nursing, the Texas Nursing Student Association, and the University of Texas Nursing Students Association.
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University awards the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to students who successfully complete the four-year, 121 credit undergraduate program. Students will complete 59 credits in general college coursework and 62 credits in nursing courses. The nursing curriculum covers such topics as adult health, women’s health and maternal newborn nursing, nursing fundamentals, and health assessment. Mandatory practicums provide real-world, hands-on experience in a clinical setting. Nursing majors may want to join the Student Nurse Association. Graduates of the program have the necessary qualifications to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Master’s in Nursing Programs
Texas Woman’s University
Texas Woman’s University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program features concentrations in adult health nurse practitioner, family health nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, women’s health nurse practitioner, adult health clinical nurse leader, child health clinical nurse leader, nursing health systems management, and nursing education. The MSN program is offered at the Denton, Dallas, and Houston campuses. Students are permitted to enroll on a full-time or on a part-time basis. The MSN program is run in a hybrid format with some concentrations allowing for predominately online study. Still, all concentrations require students to be on campus to some extent.
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi affords graduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online or on campus in such concentrations as family nurse practitioner, leadership in nursing systems, and nurse educator. Students are permitted to enroll in the program on a full-time or on a part-time basis. The program requires 37 credits and up to 270 clinical practicum hours depending on the concentration. Nursing scholarships are awarded each fall, spring, and summer, and assistantships may be available for eligible students. Successful applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nursing license and must provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts.
Online Nursing Programs
Lamar University’s online division features several nursing programs, including the RN to BSN, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and the Accelerated Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Students, who hold an associate’s degree and are licensed registered nurses, may want to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The 120-credit program, which combines general college coursework with core and elective nursing courses generally takes four years to complete. The 36-credit Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program allows for full-time or part-time study and students can complete their degree entirely online. Graduate students choose between one of three tracks: the nursing administration track, the nursing education track, or the nursing and business dual track. Students pursuing the nursing administration degree will complete coursework in planning and organizing healthcare as well as directing and controlling healthcare delivery in addition to clinical work and an evidence-based project. The nursing education track, which prepares graduates to teach, requires students to complete a practicum in which they work in a school or other educational setting. The accelerated MSN program offers the same nursing administration and nursing education track as the traditional MSN with start dates offered three times throughout the year. The program can also be completed on a full-time or on a part-time basis.
McMurry University: “I have been attending McMurry for the last 2 years for my prerequisite course for my BSN in nursing. I am very pleased with the curriculum McMurry has offered. The class schedules are very well organized and I have never had any issues with my classes overlapping one another. The professors at McMurry are very professional and good at instructing. They are very approachable and always have an open door. The classes here are average size. I never felt like I was just another student. All my professors knew my name within the first week of class. I am very happy with my experience at McMurry and I feel like this school has prepared me for my future career goals.” -Student at McMurry University
NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Texas
The following table allows you to easily compare Texas nursing schools on a variety of factors. Click on the arrows in the top row to sort the table. In addition to seeking a program that leads to licensure in your desired area of nursing, it’s advisable to consider accreditation as a factor in your decision. If you are considering education beyond the associate’s level, know that a degree from a school that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is a common requirement for admission to master’s degree, ADN/LVN and RN to BSN, and specialized certificate programs. You should also check to ensure that the school you are considering is approved or accepted by the Texas Board of Nursing (https://www.bon.texas.gov/).
|School||ADN or LVN Program||BSN Program||Graduate Nursing Program||ACEN/CCNE Accredited*||NCLEX-PN First Time Pass Rate**||Number Taking||NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rate***||Number Taking||Net Price****|
|Abilene Christian University||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$23,949|
|Alvin Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||22||92%||78||$6,283|
|Angelina College at Lufkin Traditional Track ADN||Yes||No||No||No||91%||58||N/A||N/A||$7,231|
|Angelina College at Lufkin Multiple Entry-Multiple Exit ADN||Yes||No||No||No||100%||21||87%||69||$7,231|
|Angelo State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||91%||34||$12,257|
|Austin Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||98%||58||94%||213||$7,783|
|Baptist Health System||Yes||Yes||No||ACEN||94%||22||85%||188||N/A|
|Central Texas College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||86%||44||82%||87||$5,143|
|Coastal Bend College||Yes||No||No||No||89%||92||81%||21||$7,629|
|College of the Mainland||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||N/A||86%||63||$7,587|
|Del Mar College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||2||93%||82||$4,969|
|East Texas Baptist University||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||75%||12||$18,970|
|El Centro College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||10||83%||308||$5,795|
|El Paso Community College at Mission Del Paso||Yes||No||No||ACEN||87%||38||80%||146||$3,479|
|El Paso Community College Multiple Entry-Multiple Exit MEEP ADN||Yes||No||No||ACEN||93%||15||N/A||N/A||$3,479|
|Frank Phillips College||Yes||No||No||No||84%||19||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Galen College of Nursing||Yes||Yes||No||No||82%||359||73%||299||N/A|
|Houston Baptist University||No||Yes||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||88%||78||$19,487|
|Houston Community College||Yes||No||No||No||68%||119||71%||175||$9,421|
|Howard College-Big Spring||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||10||96%||23||$5,204|
|Howard College-San Angelo||Yes||No||No||ACEN||96%||23||N/A||N/A||$5,204|
|Lamar State College-Orange||Yes||No||No||ACEN||91%||159||92%||53||$2,394|
|Lamar State College-Port Arthur||Yes||No||No||ACEN||93%||55||51%||477||$8,931|
|Laredo Community College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||90%||30||76%||33||$4,730|
|Lone Star College-Cy Fair||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||22||70%||77||$5,670|
|Lone Star College-Kingwood||Yes||No||No||ACEN||90%||21||70%||157||$5,670|
|Lone Star College-Montgomery||Yes||No||No||ACEN||94%||17||89%||64||$5,670|
|Lone Star College-North Harris||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||13||71%||86||$5,670|
|Lone Star College-Tomball||Yes||No||No||ACEN||87%||15||70%||54||$5,670|
|Lubbock Christian University||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$20,266|
|McLennan Community College Multiple Entry-Multiple Exit MEEP ADN||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$7,390|
|McLennan Community College Traditional ADN||Yes||No||No||ACEN||94%||16||88%||90||$7,390|
|Midland College-Fort Stockton||Yes||No||No||No||100%||18||N/A||N/A||$8,015|
|Midwestern State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||77%||126||$10,172|
|Mountain View College||Yes||No||No||No||N/A||N/A||51%||35||$4,255|
|North Central Texas College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||89%||130||84%||77||$4,940|
|Northeast Texas Community College||Yes||No||No||No||92%||13||69%||32||$7,099|
|Paris Junior College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||54||84%||50||$6,780|
|Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||69%||84||N/A|
|Prairie View A&M University||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN/CCNE||N/A||N/A||80%||165||$8,628|
|Sam Houston State University||No||Yes||No||ACEN/CCNE||N/A||N/A||74%||23||$11,260|
|San Antonio College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||70%||353||$6,977|
|San Jacinto College-Central||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||81%||143||$7,483|
|San Jacinto College-North||Yes||No||No||No||96%||57||81%||N/A||$7,483|
|San Jacinto College-South||Yes||No||No||ACEN||86%||83||100%||27||$7,483|
|South Plains College-Levelland||Yes||No||No||ACEN||94%||17||96%||55||$4,266|
|South Plains College-Plainview||Yes||No||No||ACEN||86%||14||N/A||N/A||$4,266|
|South Plains College-Lubbock||Yes||No||No||ACEN||91%||47||N/A||N/A||$4,266|
|South Texas College||Yes||No||No||No||84%||103||80%||187||$1,320|
|Southwestern Adventist University||Yes||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85%||34||$18,116|
|Southwest Texas Junior College||Yes||No||No||No||95%||37||93%||14||N/A|
|St. Philip’s College-New Braunfels||Yes||No||No||No||100%||5||N/A||N/A||$6,383|
|St. Philip’s College-San Antonio||Yes||No||No||No||84%||115||N/A||N/A||$6,383|
|Stephen F. Austin State University||No||Yes||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||88%||118||$13,758|
|Sul Ross University||Yes||Yes||No||No||100%||8||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tarleton State University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||84%||109||$11,926|
|Tarrant County College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||N/A||N/A||82%||244||$5,808|
|Texas A&M University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||78%||214||$11,725|
|Texas A&M-Health Science Center||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||98%||89||N/A|
|Texas A&M International University||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN||N/A||N/A||95%||40||$4,639|
|Texas Christian University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||86%||205||$31,087|
|Texas Southmost College||Yes||No||No||ACEN||88%||34||46%||110||N/A|
|Texas State Technical College-West Texas||Yes||No||No||No||88%||32||89%||38||N/A|
|Texas State Technical College-Harlingen||Yes||No||No||No||100%||22||63%||19||N/A|
|Texas State University-San Marcos||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||99%||98||$11,871|
|Texas Tech University-El Paso||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||60%||65||N/A|
|Texas Tech University-Lubbock||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85%||299||N/A|
|Texas Woman’s University||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||91%||380||$8,596|
|Trinity Valley Community College-Kaufman||Yes||No||No||ACEN||100%||22||81%||145||$7,462|
|Trinity Valley Community College-Palestine||Yes||No||No||ACEN||92%||25||N/A||N/A||$7,462|
|Tyler Junior College||Yes||No||No||No||90%||110||82%||160||$7,435|
|University of Houston-Victoria||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||95%||44||$10,131|
|University of the Incarnate Word||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||86%||66||$20,337|
|University of Mary Hardin Baylor||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||86%||164||$23,307|
|University of St. Thomas||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||68%||19||$20,865|
|University of Texas at Arlington||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||87%||438||$11,622|
|University of Texas at Austin BSN||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||94%||125||$16,832|
|University of Texas at Austin MSN||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||94%||50||N/A|
|University of Texas at El Paso||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||85%||227||$5,607|
|University of Texas Pan American||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||83%||95||N/A|
|University of Texas at Tyler||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||90%||215||N/A|
|University of Texas-Houston||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||95%||327||N/A|
|University of Texas-San Antonio||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||78%||344||N/A|
|University of Texas-Galveston||No||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||93%||267||N/A|
|University of Texas of the Permian Basin||No||Yes||No||CCNE||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||$8,245|
|Wayland Baptist University||No||Yes||Yes||ACEN||N/A||N/A||63%||N/A||$16,452|
|West Texas A&M University||Yes||Yes||Yes||CCNE||N/A||N/A||98%||49||$11,754|
|Western Governors University||No||Yes||Yes||No||N/A||N/A||71%||7||N/A|
|Wharton County Junior College||Yes||No||No||No||84%||25||87%||46||$3,969|
*The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits ADN/ASN/BSN programs. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredits BSN/MSN/DNP programs.5,6
**NCLEX-PN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between January 1 2014-December 31 2014.7 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
***NCLEX-RN pass rates reported are for first-time undergraduates testing between October 1 2014-September 30 2015.8 You can compare these pass rates to the national average through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
****The National Center for Education Statistics calculates net price from the total estimated cost of attendance, including includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses, for in-state students minus the average financial aid award (such as grants and scholarships).
I have been a college student here at SFA for 2 years and I can honestly say that the nursing program has its pros and cons. I have attended a lot of meetings strictly for the incoming nursing students. At these meetings, you talk with people who have already completed the nursing program and they tell you about all of the good things you have to give up on like sleep and friends. Nursing anywhere is really competitive, yet in this school a majority are nursing majors and so the competition is really high. I have had to spend countless nights staying up for class, studying, etc just to compete with the GPA’s of other nursing majors. Overall, I have enjoyed the meetings and fun nights they set up for us students; however, the competitiveness is extremely difficult.” – Student at Stephen F. Austin State University
As a nursing student at SFASU, I had an average experience I the program. I was disappointed in the lack of support by my fellow students. If you do not already have friends at the school, it may prove difficult to find a study group to fit into. The curriculum of the nursing program is good quality, but the classes are far too long sitting in one classroom in the same seat. As a student I found my mind wondering quite frequently due to long hours. The only way I found success was by recording the lectures, and listening to them a little at a time on my own time. The clinical instructors that I rotated through were very helpful, and they have small groups that allow for one on one time that I also found extremely beneficial. If this program offered a fast track program I believe I would be more satisfied with the program overall; however, I find the program to be sufficient.” – Student at Stephen F. Austin State University
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche: https://colleges.niche.com/search/t-traditional/sm1-nursing/d-bachelor/st-tx/
3. US News & World Report National Universities Rankings: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/search
4. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/search?program=top-nursing-schools
5. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm
6 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs
7. Texas Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians: https://www.bon.state.tx.us/pdfs/board_meetings_pdfs/2015/April/3-2-7.pdf
8. Texas Board of Registered Nursing: https://www.bon.state.tx.us/pdfs/board_meetings_pdfs/2015/january/3-2-5.pdf