Texas Registered Nursing Schools and Training Programs (RN Schools)

Career Information for Registered Nurses in Texas

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.

Texas Registered Nursing Schools

Look carefully at any nursing school to ensure it fulfills your needs and has the approval of the Texas Board of Nursing.

  • West Texas A&M: This school offers a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (RN) through its College of Nursing and Health Sciences program.
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: This school offers a comprehensive nursing program. Training includes simulated real-world health care environments.
  • North Central Texas College: This school offers an Associate degree in Nursing. Graduates leave prepared to apply for, and pass, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  • University of Texas Medical Branch: This school offers Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees in Nursing.
  • Victoria College: This school's Associate of Nursing degree is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Graduates leave prepared for the NCLEX-RN.

What to Expect from Texas RN Programs

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:

  • Core values of the nursing profession
  • Providing patient-centric care
  • Advocating for the patient
  • Collaborating with a health care team

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.

Texas Registered Nursing License

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.

Resources for Registered Nurses 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.


  1. What Does an RN Do?, the nest, http://woman.thenest.com/rn-do-7847.html, accessed September 17, 2016
  2. Licensing Services, Texas Board of Nursing, http://www.bon.state.tx.us/board_services_licensing.asp, accessed September 17, 2016
  3. Online Endorsement Application - Eligibility Information, Texas Board of Nursing, https://www.bon.texas.gov/end-eligibility.asp#RN, accessed September 17, 2016
  4. Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam, Texas Board of Nursing, https://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_nursing_jurisprudence.asp, accessed September 17, 2016

Schools for Registered Nurses in Texas are listed below.

Selected Registered Nursing Schools in Texas

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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Texas.

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More Texas Registered Nursing Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Abilene Christian University Abilene Doctorate 4,675
Alvin Community College Alvin Associate 4,169
Amarillo College Amarillo Associate 10,387
Angelina College Lufkin Associate 4,677
Angelo State University San Angelo Masters 6,239
Austin Community College District Austin Associate 33,508
Baylor University Waco Doctorate & First Professional 14,174
Blinn College Brenham Associate 14,589
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Associate 11,059
Central Texas College Killeen Associate 21,532
Cisco College Cisco Associate 3,365
Clarendon College Clarendon Associate 1,126
Coastal Bend College Beeville Associate 3,196
Colin College Plano Associate 20,143
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
Galveston College Galveston Associate 2,044
Grayson County College Denison Associate 3,811
Hardin-Simmons University Abilene Doctorate 2,435
Hill College Hillsboro Associate 3,556
Houston Baptist University Houston Masters 2,339
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Howard College Big Spring Associate 3,329
Kilgore College Kilgore Associate 5,150
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
Lee College Baytown Associate 5,856
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Associate 39,756
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock Masters 1,960
McLennan Community College Waco Associate 8,079
McMurry University Abilene Bachelor 1,462
Midland College Midland Bachelor 5,739
Midwestern State University Wichita Falls Masters 6,027
Navarro College Corsicana Associate 7,560
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
Odessa College Odessa Associate 4,580
Panola College Carthage Associate 1,891
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
Temple College Temple Associate 4,787
Texarkana College Texarkana Associate 4,439
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
Vernon College Vernon Associate 2,808
Victoria College Victoria Associate 4,002
Wayland Baptist University Plainview Masters 5,899
Weatherford College Weatherford Associate 4,544
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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