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How does one join the ranks of the registered nurses (RNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), or certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in the Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area? All three career paths require education, but the duration and focus varies substantially by role.

Registered nurses must handle a variety of challenging tasks such as diagnostic testing, administration of treatments and medications, operation of medical equipment, and establishment of patient care plans. Given this extensive responsibility, RNs require the advanced training of a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). Indeed, many employers prefer BSN- or MSN-educated nurses, particularly for senior and specialized roles. All Texas RNs must also successfully pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam before practicing in the state.

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Licensed vocational nurses care for the sick or injured under the supervision of RNs and physicians. LVNs must complete a one- to two-year program in vocational nursing that awards a certificate or associate’s degree upon completion. All Texas LVNs must also successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensure exam before practicing in the state.

Certified nursing assistants provide hands-on patient care and perform routine tasks under the supervision of more senior nursing and medical staff. CNAs must complete a relatively brief certificate program (no longer than a few months) to gain licensure in the state of Texas.

Graduates of nursing programs in the Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area will join a small but growing community of nurses that work at top healthcare centers such as Scott & White Memorial Hospital, Metroplex Health System, Seton Medical Center-Harker Heights, and McLane Children’s Hospital. Local nursing salaries are very competitive. The metropolitan area is home to 3,480 RNs with a median annual salary of $65,210. The area’s 1,480 LVNs earn an average of $42,120 per year, while its 960 CNAs take home about $23,260 annually.

As a starting point for aspiring nurses, we’ve listed below all the accredited nursing schools and programs in Killeen, Temple, Fort Hood, and the surrounding area.

Featured Schools

Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area nursing schools by NCLEX score

Temple College - Temple
2600 South First Street | Temple, Texas 76504
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway | Killeen, Texas 76549
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College Street | Belton, Texas 76513
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
1001 Leadership Place | Killeen, Texas 76549
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Temple College - Temple Certificate in Vocational Nursing 95.1% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2017
Central Texas College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.8% 2008 to 2017
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.3% 2008 to 2012
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84.9% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Texas A&M University - Central Texas RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
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