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Texas is home to 190,000 registered nurses (RNs), 72,000 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and 86,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). While these professionals work in every city across the state, the Greater Houston metro area contains the largest population of nurses, including 44,450 RNs, 12,920 LVNs, and 16,610 CNAs. Houston offers some of the best nursing career opportunities and salaries in all of Texas. The city’s RNs earn a median annual salary of $75,830, while its LVNs earn $45,360 annually and its CNAs earn $24,510 per year.

Although career opportunities in the Greater Houston metro area are plentiful, positions are very competitive. This is especially true at top hospitals and healthcare centers such as Houston Methodist Hospital, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, and Menninger Clinic. Fortunately, with the right education and training, you can stand out from the crowd.

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To become a registered nurse in Texas, you must obtain a license and hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). Most employers prefer a BSN or MSN, especially for higher-level positions. RNs administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick and injured.

LVN positions require a certificate or associate’s degree as well as a valid license. LVN duties include recording vital signs, cleaning and monitoring equipment, and dressing wounds. CNAs must complete an accredited training program and obtain state certification. Nursing assistants serve meals, assist patients with eating, clean and bathe patients, and check vital signs.

Below we’ve compiled a list of nursing schools in the Greater Houston metropolitan area that offer some of the best RN, LVN, and CNA programs in Texas.

Featured Schools

Greater Houston metro area nursing schools by NCLEX score

College of Health Care Professions
240 Northwest Mall | Houston, Texas 77092
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 65.9% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
Lone Star College - CyFair
9191 Barker Cypress Road | Cypress, Texas 77433
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Montgomery
3200 College Park Drive | Conroe, Texas 77384
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Brazosport College
500 College Drive | Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
Lone Star College - North Harris
17200 Red Oak Drive, Suite 200X | Houston, Texas 77090
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 97.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lee College
200 Lee Drive | Baytown, Texas 77520
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Kingwood
20000 Kingwood Drive, Health Science Building 118B | Kingwood, Texas 77339
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 85.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
College of the Mainland
1200 Amburn Road | Texas City, Texas 77591
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
7000 Fannin Street | Houston, Texas 77030
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road | Alvin, Texas 77511
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Pearland
12000 Shadow Creek Parkway | Pearland, Texas 77584
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
Lone Star College - Tomball
700 Graham Drive, Suite 211L | Tomball, Texas 77357
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
San Jacinto College - North
5800 Uvalde Road | Houston, Texas 77049
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
301 University Boulevard | Galveston, Texas 77555
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 92.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • 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 Administration
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Jacinto College - South
13735 Beamer Road | Houston, Texas 77089
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
University of Houston
14004 University Boulevard | Sugar Land, Texas 77479
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • MSN: Administration
  • MSN: Education
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Baptist University
7502 Fondren Road | Houston, Texas 77074
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Community College
3100 Main Street | Houston, Texas 77002
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Prairie View A&M University
State Loop 1098 & University Drive | Prairie View, Texas 77446
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
San Jacinto College - Central
8060 Spencer Highway | Pasadena, Texas 77501
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q | Galveston, Texas 77550
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 81.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Boulevard | Houston, Texas 77006
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2014 through 2017)
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Houston
11125 Equity Drive | Houston, Texas 77041
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.6% NCLEX pass rate (2013 through 2017)
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza | Houston, Texas 77030
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Bell Tech Career Institute
12000 Richmond Avenue, Suite 130 | Houston, Texas 77082
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Houston
10201 Katy Freeway | Houston, Texas 77024
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Careers Institute
6666 Harwin Drive, Suite 160 | Houston, Texas 77036
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Health School
11211 Katy Freeway, Suite 170 | Houston, Texas 77079
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Houston - Clear Lake
1200 Pearland Parkway | Pearland, Texas 77581
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Downtown
One Main Street | Houston, Texas 77002
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vocational Nursing Institute
11201 Steeple Park Drive | Houston, Texas 77065
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
College of Health Care Professions Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2012 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 65.9% 2016 to 2017
Lone Star College - CyFair Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - Montgomery Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.1% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.9% 2008 to 2017
Brazosport College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 98.0% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.9% 2010 to 2017
Lone Star College - North Harris Certificate in Vocational Nursing 97.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2017
Lee College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.6% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.7% 2008 to 2017
Lone Star College - Kingwood Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.5% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 85.8% 2008 to 2017
College of the Mainland Certificate in Vocational Nursing 96.3% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2008 to 2017
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Bachelor of Science in Nursing 96.1% 2008 to 2017
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Alvin Community College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.8% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2017
Chamberlain College of Nursing - Pearland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2017 to 2017
Lone Star College - Tomball Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.6% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2017
San Jacinto College - North Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.7% 2008 to 2012
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Bachelor of Science in Nursing 92.3% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
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 Administration
Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
San Jacinto College - South Certificate in Vocational Nursing 92.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.3% 2008 to 2017
University of Houston Accelerated Second Degree BSN 91.6% 2009 to 2017
MSN: Administration
MSN: Education
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Baptist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2017
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Houston Community College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.5% 2008 to 2017
Prairie View A&M University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
San Jacinto College - Central Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.5% 2008 to 2017
Galveston College Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 81.3% 2008 to 2012
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
Baylor College of Medicine DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
Bell Tech Career Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Houston Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Careers Institute Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Health School Nursing Assistant Certificate
University of Houston - Clear Lake RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Houston - Downtown RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Vocational Nursing Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing