Health care is one of the fastest-growing, most reliable fields in Texas. Embarking on a career as an RN, or registered nurse, provides excellent opportunities for growth and job satisfaction.
There are numerous "levels" of nurses. Registered nurses help treat patients complaining of a variety of issues, administer medication, monitor patient health and progress, collaborate with other health care professionals, and advise patients and caregivers on a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.
Look carefully at any nursing school to ensure it fulfills your needs and has the approval of the Texas Board of Nursing.
RN students learn a wide variety of skills to earn their degree, and then licensure, as a registered nurse. The four main competencies learned are:
Students' coursework takes them deeply into these core competencies. For example, they learn to develop and implement patient care plans, as well as how to coordinate care with other health care providers and the patient's network of caregivers.
Before applying for RN licensure, nurses in Texas must complete an approved nursing program of at least two years. Four months (120 days) prior to graduation from said program, submit your RN application to the Texas Board of Nursing.
Additional requirements include payment of the application fee and a passing score on either the State Board Test Pool Examination or the NCLEX-RN. You must request and complete a criminal background check through IdentoGO.
You must also pass the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam, with a score of 75 percent or higher.
Conviction of a criminal offense, even those awaiting appeal (excluding Class C misdemeanor traffic violations) are not eligible for RN licensure in Texas.
There are numerous online resources available to help answer any questions you have about obtaining licensing as an RN, continuing education, and more.
Schools for Registered Nurses in Texas are listed below.
These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Texas.
A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.
You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.
Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary
Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.
Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.
Wilkes University’s School of Nursing offers CCNE-accredited online degrees and certificate programs ideal for working health care professionals, instructed by experienced, respected faculty dedicated to mentoring and personalized support for every student.
Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.
Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
About Brightwood College
Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.
|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Abilene Christian University||Abilene||Doctorate||4,675|
|Alvin Community College||Alvin||Associate||4,169|
|Angelo State University||San Angelo||Masters||6,239|
|Austin Community College District||Austin||Associate||33,508|
|Baylor University||Waco||Doctorate & First Professional||14,174|
|Brookhaven College||Farmers Branch||Associate||11,059|
|Central Texas College||Killeen||Associate||21,532|
|Coastal Bend College||Beeville||Associate||3,196|
|College of the Mainland||Texas City||Associate||3,521|
|Del Mar College||Corpus Christi||Associate||11,167|
|East Texas Baptist University||Marshall||Bachelor||1,308|
|El Centro College||Dallas||Associate||6,680|
|El Paso Community College||El Paso||Associate||25,023|
|Grayson County College||Denison||Associate||3,811|
|Houston Baptist University||Houston||Masters||2,339|
|Houston Community College||Houston||Associate||43,518|
|Howard College||Big Spring||Associate||3,329|
|Lamar State College-Orange||Orange||Associate||2,005|
|Lamar State College-Port Arthur||Port Arthur||Associate||2,325|
|Laredo Community College||Laredo||Associate||7,831|
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands||Associate||39,756|
|Lubbock Christian University||Lubbock||Masters||1,960|
|McLennan Community College||Waco||Associate||8,079|
|Midwestern State University||Wichita Falls||Masters||6,027|
|North Central Texas College||Gainesville||Associate||7,590|
|Northeast Texas Community College||Mount Pleasant||Associate||1,010|
|Northwest Vista College||San Antonio||Associate||10,329|
|Paris Junior College||Paris||Associate||4,343|
|Prairie View A & M University||Prairie View||Doctorate||8,382|
|San Antonio College||San Antonio||Associate||19,819|
|San Jacinto Community College||Pasadena||Associate||23,805|
|South Plains College||Levelland||Associate||6,602|
|South Texas College||McAllen||Bachelor||19,827|
|Southwest Texas Junior College||Uvalde||Associate||4,716|
|Southwestern Adventist University||Keene||Masters||890|
|St Philips College||San Antonio||Associate||9,256|
|Stephen F Austin State University||Nacogdoches||Doctorate||11,607|
|Tarleton State University||Stephenville||Doctorate||9,460|
|Tarrant County College||Fort Worth||Associate||37,948|
|Texas A & M International University||Laredo||Doctorate||5,179|
|Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi||Corpus Christi||Doctorate||8,563|
|Texas A & M University-Texarkana||Texarkana||Masters||1,656|
|Texas Christian University||Fort Worth||Masters||8,668|
|Texas State Technical College-West Texas||Sweetwater||Associate||1,639|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center||Lubbock||Doctorate & First Professional||2,616|
|Texas Woman's University||Denton||Doctorate||12,168|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||Houston||Doctorate & First Professional||3,774|
|The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||San Antonio||Doctorate & First Professional||2,868|
|The University of Texas Medical Branch||Galveston||Doctorate||2,422|
|The University of Texas at Arlington||Arlington||Doctorate||24,889|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Austin||Doctorate||50,170|
|The University of Texas at Brownsville||Brownsville||Doctorate||17,215|
|The University of Texas at El Paso||El Paso||Doctorate||20,154|
|The University of Texas at Tyler||Tyler||Doctorate||6,137|
|The University of Texas-Pan American||Edinburg||Doctorate||17,435|
|Trinity Valley Community College||Athens||Associate||5,046|
|Tyler Junior College||Tyler||Associate||8,217|
|University of Houston-Victoria||Victoria||Masters||2,784|
|University of Mary Hardin-Baylor||Belton||Doctorate||2,651|
|University of the Incarnate Word||San Antonio||Doctorate & First Professional||5,752|
|Wayland Baptist University||Plainview||Masters||5,899|
|West Texas A & M University||Canyon||Doctorate||7,502|
|Western Texas College||Snyder||Associate||1,844|
|Wharton County Junior College||Wharton||Associate||5,892|
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