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.


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