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The Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex is home to a noteworthy 54,170 registered nurses (RNs), 21,990 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and 16,840 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). While opportunities for nursing professionals are thus plentiful in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, the area’s top employers are quite selective. This means you’ll need the right type of education, training, experience, and licensure in order to land a position.

Registered nurses perform a variety of demanding duties. They conduct diagnostic tests and analyze results, administer medication, monitor medical equipment, and educate patients about medical conditions – just to name a few responsibilities. To ensure that RNs have the requisite skills to meet these demands, the Texas Board of Nursing requires that all nurses hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or master’s degree in professional nursing.

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Licensed vocational nurses care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of more senior medical and nursing staff. LVNs must complete an accredited and state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program, a course of study that typically requires 12 to 24 months. Certified nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform routine patient care tasks. Aspiring CNAs must complete a much briefer certificate program, typically several weeks to a few months in length.

Graduates of these programs are prepared to seek employment at top hospitals and healthcare centers throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth metropolitan area. Some of the most selective employers include Texas Health Harris Hospital, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and JPS Health Network. Local salaries are competitive. For example, RNs in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex earn almost $70,000 per year on average. The area’s LVNs earn $45,000 annually, and its CNAs receive $24,000 in annual compensation.

Below you’ll find a list of accredited nursing schools in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex that offer highly regarded programs for aspiring RNs, LVNs, and CNAs.

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Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex nursing schools by NCLEX score

Teamwork Career Institute
307 East Pioneer Parkway | Grand Prairie, Texas 75051
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
Baylor University
333 North Washington Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75246
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Weatherford College
225 College Park Drive | Weatherford, Texas 76086
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
800 State Highway 243 West | Kaufman, Texas 75142
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 94.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Woman's University
304 Administration Drive | Denton, Texas 76201
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Navarro College - Waxahachie
1900 John Arden Drive | Waxahachie, Texas 75165
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Collin College
2200 West University Drive | McKinney, Texas 75071
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of Texas at Arlington
701 South Nedderman Drive | Arlington, Texas 76013
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
El Centro College
801 Main Street | Dallas, Texas 75202
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 90.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 81.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing
Texas Christian University
2800 South University Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76129
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Commerce
2600 South Neal Street | Commerce, Texas 75429
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 89.9% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
Brookhaven College
3939 Valley View Lane | Farmers Branch, Texas 75244
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Tarrant County College
1500 Houston Street | Fort Worth, Texas 76102
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Southwestern Adventist University
100 West Hillcrest Street | Keene, Texas 76059
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Coast University - Dallas
8435 North Stemmons Freeway | Dallas, Texas 75247
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
Dallas Nursing Institute
12170 North Abrams Road, Suite 200 | Dallas, Texas 75243
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2017)
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie
3015 West Interstate 20 | Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 80.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Mountain View College
4849 West Illinois Avenue | Dallas, Texas 75211
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Concorde Career College - Dallas
12606 Greenville Avenue, Suite 130 | Dallas, Texas 75243
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49.0% NCLEX pass rate (2015 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carrington College - Mesquite
3733 West Emporium Circle | Mesquite, Texas 75150
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41.7% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
ATI Career Training Center
6351 Boulevard 26, Suite 100 | North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cedar Valley College
3030 North Dallas Avenue | Lancaster, Texas 75134
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cephas Center for Health Sciences
4563 South Westmoreland Road | Dallas, Texas 75237
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Irving
4800 Regent Boulevard | Irving, Texas 75063
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
PCI Health Training Center
8101 John Carpenter Freeway | Dallas, Texas 75247
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Wesleyan University
1201 Wesleyan Street | Fort Worth, Texas 76105
  • Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
  • Master of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Teamwork Career Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Baylor University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Weatherford College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2017
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman Certificate in Vocational Nursing 94.8% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Woman's University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.0% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Leader
Post-Master's Certificate: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Navarro College - Waxahachie Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2012
Collin College Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2017
University of Texas at Arlington Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
El Centro College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 90.7% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 81.7% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Perioperative Nursing
Texas Christian University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.3% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Commerce Bachelor of Science in Nursing 89.9% 2015 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
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
Dallas Nursing Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 82.7% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 71.0% 2011 to 2017
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie Certificate in Vocational Nursing 80.5% 2008 to 2012
Mountain View College Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.9% 2013 to 2017
Concorde Career College - Dallas Associate's Degree in Nursing 49.0% 2015 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Carrington College - Mesquite Associate's Degree in Nursing 41.7% 2017 to 2017
ATI Career Training Center Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cedar Valley College Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cephas Center for Health Sciences Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Irving Bachelor of Science in Nursing
PCI Health Training Center Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Wesleyan University Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice
Master of Health Science in Nurse Anesthesia
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia