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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

With a growing population of more than 100,000 residents, Tyler is one of the largest cities in Northeast Texas and is considered the commercial and cultural capital of the region. The city is centrally located, just 98 miles to the east of Dallas and 98 miles to the west of Shreveport. Tyler has been named one of America’s most green cities and one of the nation’s least stressful places to live. For all of these reasons, the city is a phenomenal place to start a nursing career.

Indeed, the Tyler metropolitan area is already home to more than 3,500 registered nurses (RNs), 1,400 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and 1,200 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The city also has several hundred advanced practice nurses working across specialist roles. Although nurses are in high demand, the market is still competitive. Applicants will need the right mix of education, skills, and work experience.

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To qualify for an RN position, candidates must complete one of four education pathways: hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). Registered nurses must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) before commencing practice.

Vocational nurses can pursue a briefer course of study, typically a certificate or diploma program that requires 12-18 months of fulltime study. Prospective LVNs must also pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination before starting work.

Nursing assistants must earn a certificate from an approved program and pass a state certification test. To boost their skills and increase their employment opportunities, some CNAs earn additional credentials like certified medication aide (CMA), geriatric nursing assistant (GNA), or home health aide (HHA).

Several of Tyler’s accredited schools lead top-ranked nursing programs. The most prominent example is the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler). In partnership with Jarvis Christian College, UT Tyler School of Nursing offers more than a dozen nursing degree programs. Undergraduate options include ADN, traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN-to-BSN pathways. At the graduate level, UT Tyler offers an MSN program with family nurse practitioner and nurse educator tracks, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), and a doctor of philosophy (PhD) in nursing.

Graduates from top local nursing schools are prepared for positions at major area hospitals and medical centers. Tyler’s largest healthcare employers include UT Health Northeast, East Texas Medical Center, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, and the Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital. Salaries at these institutions are competitive. Depending on the position, nurses in Tyler can expect to earn anywhere from $23,000 annually for entry-level CNA roles to $100,000-plus for advanced roles such as nurse practitioner.

If a nursing career in Tyler, Texas, sounds like the way to go, you can start your education at a top local nursing program. We’ve profiled below each accredited nursing school in the metropolitan area to help you get started.

Tyler nursing schools by NCLEX score

The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Boulevard | Tyler, Texas 75799
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Programs offered: Master's in Registered Nursing; Master's in Nursing Administration; Master's in Family Practice Nursing; Graduate Certificate in Family Practice Nursing; Doctor's in Nursing Science; Master's in Nursing Education
Tyler Junior College
1400 East Fifth Street | Tyler, Texas 75701
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Certificate in Licensed Vocational Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)