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While an associate’s degree can certainly prepare you for a career in nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) has become the preferred credential for employment at major hospitals and healthcare facilities. Because BSN curricula include more in-depth coursework and more clinical hours, they offer better preparation for the many challenges of real-life employment. A BSN (or higher) is also a frequent requirement for senior positions such as critical care nurse, occupational health nurse, psychiatric nurse, and nurse manager.

There are two common paths to obtaining a BSN. The first option is a prelicensure program that prepares students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). BSN prelicensure programs typically require four years of fulltime study to complete, and they may include up to seven clinical rotations (or 98 clock hours). The second option is an RN-to-BSN program that enables licensed professional nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree in a shorter amount of time. These programs typically require 30 credit hours to graduate and can take as few as three semesters to complete.

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Registered nurses can expect a promising employment outlook and competitive salaries. Texas RNs earn a median salary of $67,310 per year, which is higher than the national average of $65,470. Furthermore, BSN-educated nurses will frequently land in the top quartile of the state’s earners; these RNs bring home $78,970 or more in annual income.

Below is a list of accredited Texas schools that offer some of the state’s best bachelor of science in nursing programs. For convenience, we’ve ordered them by major metropolitan area.

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Amarillo

West Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
West Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.3% 2008 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Austin

Texas State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Texas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University - Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
South University - Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
National American University - Austin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.0% 2012 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Texas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2012 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University - Austin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.4% 2012 to 2017
South University - Austin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.8% 2017 to 2017
National American University - Austin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Beaumont / Port Arthur area

Lamar University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Lamar University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.6% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

Baylor University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Texas Woman's University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Arlington
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas Christian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Texas A&M University - Commerce
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Southwestern Adventist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Coast University - Dallas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Irving
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baylor University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Texas Woman's University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Arlington
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2015 to 2017
Southwestern Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.4% 2009 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Coast University - Dallas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.1% 2014 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Irving
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

El Paso

University of Texas at El Paso
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest University at El Paso
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.9% 2013 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Southwest University at El Paso
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Greater Houston metro area

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Pearland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Prairie View A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Houston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
University of Houston - Clear Lake
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Downtown
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.1% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Pearland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2017 to 2017
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston
Accelerated Second Degree BSN 91.6% 2009 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Prairie View A&M University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
University of St. Thomas
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2014 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Houston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.6% 2013 to 2017
University of Houston - Clear Lake
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Downtown
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Laredo

Texas A&M International University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas A&M International University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.8% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Lubbock

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lubbock Christian University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.5% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Lubbock Christian University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

San Antonio

Texas Lutheran University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Incarnate Word
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Wayland Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hallmark University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Texas Lutheran University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.8% 2016 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of the Incarnate Word
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Wayland Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2009 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Hallmark University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Texas cities

LeTourneau University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Tyler
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Texas Baptist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Sam Houston State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Angelo State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.4% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Tarleton State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Abilene Christian University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.8% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Midwestern State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Schreiner University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 72.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 68.6% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Texarkana
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Victoria
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
LeTourneau University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 100.0% 2016 to 2017
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.3% 2010 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas at Tyler
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.0% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Stephen F. Austin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
East Texas Baptist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.6% 2008 to 2017
Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.5% 2013 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Angelo State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.4% 2013 to 2017
Tarleton State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.1% 2008 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Abilene Christian University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.8% 2015 to 2017
Midwestern State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 81.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.7% 2008 to 2017
Schreiner University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 72.6% 2013 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 68.6% 2015 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Texarkana
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Victoria
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion