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San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas, and it is home to more nurses than almost any other city in the state. The broader San Antonio metropolitan area has over 16,500 registered nurses (RNs), more than 6,700 licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and almost 6,200 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Salaries are high as well. San Antonio’s RNs earn an average of $66,170 per year. The city's LVNs earn $42,490 annually, and its CNAs take home $23,390 per year.

While the opportunity for success in San Antonio is promising, the industry here is competitive. To stand out, aspiring nurses must have a valid license and a relevant degree or certificate from an accredited school. They must also demonstrate the ability to juggle a variety of demanding tasks. This can only be accomplished with the right education and training.

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RNs treat patients, administer medications, operate medical equipment, and establish care plans for the sick or injured. In the state of Texas, RNs must hold a hospital diploma, associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or master of science in nursing (MSN). Most of San Antonio’s top nursing employers prefer a BSN or MSN degree.

LVNs record vital signs, clean and monitor equipment, and dress wounds. CNAs provide hands-on care and perform routine tasks such as feeding and bathing patients. LVNs must complete a state-approved certificate or associate’s degree program that requires 12-24 months of fulltime study. CNAs must complete a shorter training program, typically a few months in length.

Graduates of San Antonio’s top nursing schools are prepared to seek positions at major local hospitals and medical centers. These include University Health System, St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital, Southwest General Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

We’ve organized below a comprehensive list of nursing schools and programs throughout the San Antonio metropolitan area.

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San Antonio nursing schools by NCLEX score

St. Philip's College - New Braunfels
2189 Farm to Market 758 | New Braunfels, Texas 78130
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Texas Lutheran University
1000 West Court Street | Seguin, Texas 78155
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 95.8% NCLEX pass rate (2016 through 2017)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
United States Army Medical Center of Excellence
3490 Forage Avenue, Building 1394 | Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2018)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Anesthesia Nursing
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway | San Antonio, Texas 78209
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
8400 Datapoint Drive | San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Diploma in Vocational Nursing: 90.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
1801 Martin Luther King Drive | San Antonio, Texas 78203
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 89.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 62.5% NCLEX pass rate (2017 through 2017)
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive | San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 300 | San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 85.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.2% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2017)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Avenue | San Antonio, Texas 78212
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2017)
Wayland Baptist University
11550 North Interstate 35 | San Antonio, Texas 78233
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 73.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2017)
  • LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • MSN: Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Quest College
5368 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 400 | San Antonio, Texas 78229
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing: 45.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through 2012)
Hallmark University
10401 Interstate Highway 10 West | San Antonio, Texas 78230
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
St. Philip's College - New Braunfels Certificate in Vocational Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Texas Lutheran University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 95.8% 2016 to 2017
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
United States Army Medical Center of Excellence Certificate in Vocational Nursing 93.1% 2009 to 2018
Doctor of Nursing Practice: Anesthesia Nursing
University of the Incarnate Word Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.1% 2008 to 2017
Doctor of Nursing Practice
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate DNP
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions Diploma in Vocational Nursing 90.8% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2017
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
St. Philip's College - San Antonio Certificate in Vocational Nursing 89.0% 2008 to 2012
Associate's Degree in Nursing 62.5% 2017 to 2017
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Bachelor of Science in Nursing 86.2% 2008 to 2017
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
MSN: Clinical Nurse Specialist
MSN: Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN: Nursing Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificate: Emergency Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio Certificate in Vocational Nursing 85.2% 2008 to 2017
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.2% 2010 to 2017
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
San Antonio College Associate's Degree in Nursing 80.2% 2008 to 2017
Wayland Baptist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 73.0% 2009 to 2017
LVN-to-BSN Bridge Program
MSN: Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing
Quest College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 45.8% 2011 to 2012
Hallmark University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing Education
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion