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Austin is one of the Southwest’s best places to start a career in nursing. The broader metro area has a population of 12,000 registered nurses (RNs) earning over $63,000 per year on average, 3,200 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) with a median annual salary of $44,500, and 4,700 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) earning about $24,000 per year. While the opportunity for success in this city is promising, you must demonstrate the ability to juggle a variety of technical, physical, and emotional tasks to get your foot in the door. This can be accomplished with the right education and training.

RNs treat patients, administer medications, perform diagnostic tests, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick or injured. RNs typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor of science in nursing (BSN); many also pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN). Employers in Austin (and throughout the country) are demonstrating an increasing preference for BSN- or MSN-educated nurses.

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LVNs care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of more senior medical staff. CNAs assist patients with day-to-day tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating, and they often check the patient’s vital signs. Both roles must complete a specialized certificate program before launching their careers, and LVNs must also pass a national examination.

Graduates of Austin’s top nursing schools are prepared to seek positions at major local hospitals and healthcare centers. These include University Medical Center Brackenridge, Heart Hospital of Austin, Seton Northwest Hospital, and Austin State Hospital.

To aid Austin’s aspiring nurses, we’ve compiled below a complete list of local nursing schools that offer CNA, LVN, ADN, BSN, and MSN programs.

Featured Schools

Austin nursing schools by NCLEX score

Temple College - Taylor
516 North Main Street | Taylor, Texas 76574
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Texas State University
1555 University Boulevard | Round Rock, Texas 78665
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
Austin Community College
5930 Middle Fiskville Road | Austin, Texas 78752
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Texas at Austin
2400 Inner Campus Drive | Austin, Texas 78712
  • Direct Entry MSN: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Texas
11400 Concordia University Drive | Austin, Texas 78726
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University - Austin
221 West Sixth Street, Suite 1050 | Austin, Texas 78701
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.4% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2017)
South University - Austin
1220 West Louis Henna Boulevard | Round Rock, Texas 78681
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 81.8% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
National American University - Austin
13801 Burnet Road, Suite 300 | Austin, Texas 78727
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Temple College - Taylor Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.2% 2008 to 2012
Texas State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 98.0% 2012 to 2017
Austin Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.5% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.2% 2008 to 2012
University of Texas at Austin Direct Entry MSN 93.8% 2008 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.5% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Concordia University Texas Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2012 to 2017
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN 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
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