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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 programs can offer students flexibility and convenience when pursuing a bachelor’s or a master’s in nursing degree.

Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 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.
  • 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).

Institutional Facts for Schools with Nursing Programs

  • 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

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 through traditional and mobility tracks. 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

University of Texas at Austin
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
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.

NCLEX Pass Rate and Accreditation Information for Nursing Schools in Texas

The following table allows you to easily compare not-for-profit 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).

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
Amarillo College Yes No No ACEN 96% 55 78% 192 $6,154
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
Baylor University No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 92% 189 $34,900
Blinn College-Brenham Yes No No ACEN 95% 20 N/A N/A $10,578
Blinn College-Bryan Yes No No ACEN 97% 30 87% 102 $10,578
Brazosport College Yes No No No 100% 11 86% 28 $5,178
Brookhaven College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 77% 75 $4,511
Central Texas College Yes No No ACEN 86% 44 82% 87 $5,143
Cisco College Yes No No No 71% 51 89% 18 $7,628
Clarendon College Yes No No No 81% 43 89% N/A $6,275
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
Collin College Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 90% 109 $5,858
Concordia University Texas No Yes Yes CCNE N/A N/A 96% 45 $21,567
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
Galveston College Yes No No ACEN 85% 26 86% 51 $3,743
Grayson College Yes Yes No ACEN 88% 68 79% 132 $7,073
Hallmark University Yes No No No N/A N/A 62% 63 $15,761
Hill College Yes No No No 97% 36 67% 27 $8,533
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
Kilgore College Yes No No ACEN 100% 51 68% 117 $5,557
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
Lamar University-Beaumont No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 85% 150 $13,789
Laredo Community College Yes No No ACEN 90% 30 76% 33 $4,730
Lee College Yes No No ACEN 86% 22 85% 62 $9,328
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
Midland College-Midland Yes No No No N/A N/A 83% 69 $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
Navarro College-Corsicana Yes No No ACEN 89% 27 84% 80 $9,283
Navarro College-Mexia Yes No No ACEN 100% 17 N/A N/A $9,283
Navarro College-Waxahachie Yes No No ACEN 95% 37 N/A N/A $9,283
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
Odessa College-Andrews Yes No No ACEN 86% 28 N/A N/A $5,993
Odessa College-Monahans Yes No No ACEN 52% 31 N/A N/A $5,993
Odessa College-Odessa Yes No No ACEN N/A N/A 54% 76 $5,993
Panola College Yes No No ACEN 75% 44 96% 48 $9,263
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
Ranger College Yes No No No 84% 55 68% 19 $6,381
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
Schreiner University No Yes No CCNE 93% 27 79% 24 $19,983
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
Temple College-Taylor Yes No No ACEN 100% 18 N/A N/A $5,178
Temple College-Temple Yes No No ACEN 94% 47 81% 81 $5,178
Texarkana College Yes No No ACEN 92% 36 63% 98 $9,383
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-Rio Grande Valley 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
Vernon College Yes No No No 80% 131 71% 89 $5,377
Victoria College Yes No No ACEN 94% 95 84% 96 $7,324
Vista College Yes No No No 89% 95 N/A N/A $17,231
Wayland Baptist University No Yes Yes ACEN N/A N/A 63% N/A $16,452
Weatherford College Yes No No ACEN 95% 42 91% 87 $6,428
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).

Reviews of Texas Nursing Programs

McMurry University
1400 Sayles Blvd
Abilene, TX 79605
(325) 793-3800
http://ww2.mcm.edu/

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
stars-5

Stephen F. Austin State University
1936 North St
Nagadoches, TX 75962
(936) 468-3401
http://www.sfasu.edu/

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
stars-3

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
stars-4

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=TX&major=nursing&sort=best
3. US News & World Report National Universities Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/search
4. US News & World Report Best Nursing Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.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