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The city of El Paso offers many opportunities for skilled registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and certified nursing assistants (CNAs). So what does it take to get your foot in the door?

Registered nurses perform a wide variety of duties that include treating patients, performing diagnostic tests, analyzing results, establishing care plans, and operating medical equipment. Employers in the state of Texas therefore require RNs to hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). Many employers prefer a BSN or MSN degree, particularly for senior nursing roles.

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Licensed vocational nurses measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, collect samples for testing, and clean and monitor medical equipment. Aspiring LVNs must complete a state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program before practicing.

Nursing assistants provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks such as bathing and feeding their patients. Aspiring CNAs must complete a brief accredited certificate program.

After completing their prescribed course of study, nursing graduates are prepared to seek positions at top El Paso hospitals and medical centers. These include El Paso Children’s Hospital, University Medical Center El Paso, Providence Memorial, and Las Palmas Medical Center. Local nursing salaries are very respectable. For example, El Paso’s 5,000 RNs earn $64,000 per year on average. The city’s 1,600 LVNs receive $42,000 in annual compensation, and its 2,300 CNAs earn almost $22,000 per year.

To further inform El Paso’s aspiring nurses, we’ve organized below a list of accredited nursing schools and programs throughout the metropolitan area.

Featured Schools

El Paso nursing schools by NCLEX score

El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
901 El Paso Street | El Paso, Texas 79901
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Avenue | El Paso, Texas 79968
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso
10700 Gateway Boulevard East | El Paso, Texas 79927
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Vista College
7731 North Loop Avenue | El Paso, Texas 79915
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 84.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
415 East Yandell Drive | El Paso, Texas 79902
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 77.9% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Excel Learning Center
1220 Lomaland Drive | El Paso, Texas 79907
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest University at El Paso
1414 Geronimo Drive | El Paso, Texas 79925
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
El Paso Community College - Rio Grande Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.3% 2008 to 2017
University of Texas at El Paso Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nurse-Midwifery
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso Certificate in Vocational Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2012
Vista College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 84.1% 2008 to 2017
Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Bachelor of Science in Nursing 77.9% 2013 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Excel Learning Center Nursing Assistant Certificate
Southwest University at El Paso Associate's Degree in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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