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One of the fastest education paths to becoming a registered nurse (RN) is an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). Associate’s degree options vary by school and may include an associate of science (AS), an associate of art (AA), and/or an associate of applied science (AAS) track. These programs typically take 2-3 years to complete, and all prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

ADN programs require 70-80 credit hours of study to graduate, and many offer evening and weekend schedules to accommodate working professionals. Nursing students typically use the AA and AS programs to prepare for subsequent entry into a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program. AAS students often seek employment immediately after completing the program and obtaining a registered nursing license.

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Another education path for aspiring nurses is the licensed vocational nursing (LVN) program. While most LVN tracks are 12- to 18-month certificate programs, a handful of Texas colleges also offer a two-year associate’s degree in vocational nursing. Aspiring LVNs on all tracks are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) upon completion of their studies.

Newly licensed Texas RNs and LVNs can expect an excellent job outlook and competitive salaries. Employment growth nationwide for the 2012-2022 decade is projected at 19% for RNs and 25% for LVNs. Texas-based registered nurses earn a median salary of $67,310 per year, and licensed vocational nurses average $42,930 in annual compensation.

To aid your search for the best associate’s degree programs in Texas, we’ve compiled below a comprehensive list of accredited ADN offerings and organized them by major metropolitan area.

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Amarillo

Amarillo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Amarillo College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.1% 2008 to 2017

Austin

Austin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Austin Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2017

Beaumont / Port Arthur area

Lamar State College - Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 58.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lamar State College - Orange
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2017
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
Associate's Degree in Nursing 58.1% 2008 to 2017

Brownsville

Texas Southmost College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 76.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 67.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2016)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas Southmost College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 76.2% 2008 to 2017
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
Associate's Degree in Nursing 67.6% 2013 to 2016

Corpus Christi

Del Mar College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Del Mar College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2017

Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

Collin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Weatherford College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Brookhaven College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Tarrant County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
El Centro College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Mountain View College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Dallas Nursing Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Concorde Career College - Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Carrington College - Mesquite
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Collin College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2017
Weatherford College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2017
Brookhaven College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.5% 2008 to 2017
Tarrant County College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.1% 2008 to 2017
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2008 to 2017
El Centro College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.7% 2008 to 2017
Mountain View College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.9% 2013 to 2017
Dallas Nursing Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.0% 2011 to 2017
Concorde Career College - Dallas
Associate's Degree in Nursing 49.0% 2015 to 2017
Carrington College - Mesquite
Associate's Degree in Nursing 41.7% 2017 to 2017

El Paso

El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Southwest University at El Paso
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2008 to 2017
Southwest University at El Paso
Associate's Degree in Nursing

Greater Houston metro area

Alvin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Tomball
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of the Mainland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - CyFair
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
San Jacinto College - Central
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Kingwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - North Harris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Brazosport College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Galveston College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Houston Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
San Jacinto College - South
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of Health Care Professions
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Alvin Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - Montgomery
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - Tomball
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2017
College of the Mainland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - CyFair
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
San Jacinto College - Central
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - Kingwood
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - North Harris
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2017
Lee College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2017
Brazosport College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.9% 2010 to 2017
Galveston College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2017
Houston Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2008 to 2017
San Jacinto College - South
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2017
College of Health Care Professions
Associate's Degree in Nursing 65.9% 2016 to 2017

Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area

Central Texas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Temple College - Temple
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Central Texas College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2017
Temple College - Temple
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2017

Laredo

Laredo Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Laredo Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2008 to 2017

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

South Texas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
South Texas College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2017

San Antonio

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
San Antonio College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2017
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.2% 2010 to 2017
San Antonio College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.5% 2017 to 2017

Waco

McLennan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
McLennan Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.4% 2008 to 2017

Other Texas cities

Wharton County Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Howard College - Big Spring
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Blinn College - Bryan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
South Plains College - Levelland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
North Central Texas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Grayson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Angelina College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Victoria College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Navarro College - Corsicana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Panola College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Tyler Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Paris Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Texarkana College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Vernon College - Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Texas State Technical College - West Texas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Howard College - San Angelo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.3% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Kilgore College - Kilgore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Midland College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Hill College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Coastal Bend College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
Northeast Texas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Clarendon College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Odessa College - Odessa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Cisco College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Ranger College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.3% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wharton County Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2017
Howard College - Big Spring
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.5% 2008 to 2017
Blinn College - Bryan
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2017
South Plains College - Levelland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2017
North Central Texas College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.9% 2008 to 2017
Grayson College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.7% 2008 to 2017
Angelina College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2017
Victoria College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2017
Navarro College - Corsicana
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2017
Panola College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.8% 2008 to 2017
Tyler Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2017
Paris Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2017
Texarkana College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.6% 2008 to 2017
Vernon College - Vernon
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.5% 2008 to 2017
Texas State Technical College - West Texas
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.6% 2009 to 2017
Howard College - San Angelo
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.3% 2017 to 2017
Kilgore College - Kilgore
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.9% 2008 to 2017
Midland College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.2% 2008 to 2017
Southwest Texas Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.0% 2009 to 2017
Hill College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.7% 2008 to 2017
Coastal Bend College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.5% 2009 to 2017
Northeast Texas Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.9% 2008 to 2017
Clarendon College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.0% 2015 to 2017
Odessa College - Odessa
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.6% 2008 to 2017
Cisco College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.7% 2008 to 2017
Ranger College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.3% 2013 to 2017