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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.

Sources:

  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
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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Abilene
Doctorate
4,675
Alvin
Associate
4,169
Amarillo
Associate
10,387
Lufkin
Associate
4,677
San Angelo
Masters
6,239
Austin
Associate
33,508
Waco
Doctorate & First Professional
14,174
Brenham
Associate
14,589
Farmers Branch
Associate
11,059
Killeen
Associate
21,532
Cisco
Associate
3,365
Clarendon
Associate
1,126
Beeville
Associate
3,196
Plano
Associate
20,143
Texas City
Associate
3,521
Corpus Christi
Associate
11,167
Marshall
Bachelor
1,308
Dallas
Associate
6,680
El Paso
Associate
25,023
Galveston
Associate
2,044
Denison
Associate
3,811
Abilene
Doctorate
2,435
Hillsboro
Associate
3,556
Houston
Masters
2,339
Houston
Associate
43,518
Big Spring
Associate
3,329
Kilgore
Associate
5,150
Orange
Associate
2,005
Port Arthur
Associate
2,325
Laredo
Associate
7,831
Baytown
Associate
5,856
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Lubbock
Masters
1,960
Waco
Associate
8,079
Abilene
Bachelor
1,462
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
Wichita Falls
Masters
6,027
Corsicana
Associate
7,560
Gainesville
Associate
7,590
Mount Pleasant
Associate
1,010
San Antonio
Associate
10,329
Odessa
Associate
4,580
Carthage
Associate
1,891
Paris
Associate
4,343
Prairie View
Doctorate
8,382
San Antonio
Associate
19,819
Pasadena
Associate
23,805
Levelland
Associate
6,602
McAllen
Bachelor
19,827
Uvalde
Associate
4,716
Keene
Masters
890
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Nacogdoches
Doctorate
11,607
Stephenville
Doctorate
9,460
Fort Worth
Associate
37,948
Temple
Associate
4,787
Texarkana
Associate
4,439
Laredo
Doctorate
5,179
Corpus Christi
Doctorate
8,563
Texarkana
Masters
1,656
Fort Worth
Masters
8,668
Sweetwater
Associate
1,639
Lubbock
Doctorate & First Professional
2,616
Denton
Doctorate
12,168
Houston
Doctorate & First Professional
3,774
San Antonio
Doctorate & First Professional
2,868
Galveston
Doctorate
2,422
Arlington
Doctorate
24,889
Austin
Doctorate
50,170
Brownsville
Doctorate
17,215
El Paso
Doctorate
20,154
Tyler
Doctorate
6,137
Edinburg
Doctorate
17,435
Athens
Associate
5,046
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Victoria
Masters
2,784
Belton
Doctorate
2,651
San Antonio
Doctorate & First Professional
5,752
Vernon
Associate
2,808
Victoria
Associate
4,002
Plainview
Masters
5,899
Weatherford
Associate
4,544
Canyon
Doctorate
7,502
Snyder
Associate
1,844
Wharton
Associate
5,892

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