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Depending on the type of school (public vs. private), the type of program (certificate vs. associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree), and whether or not you are a local resident, the costs of nursing school tuition can vary dramatically. Housing costs are also an important consideration: students living on campus can expect to pay more than those commuting from home. While there is no set amount for the expenses of nursing school, we can provide a range that may be useful during your search.

Depending on the factors listed above, aspiring nursing professionals can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 for a brief public school certificate program to $20,000+ per semester for private school. This covers tuition only. Other expenses include $200 to $1,000 per semester for books and supplies; a minimum of several thousand dollars per semester for housing; $2,500 to $10,000 per year for required health insurance and other living expenses; and $186 for nursing exams and licenses in the state of Texas.

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The good news is that the nursing profession is one of the most lucrative career fields in the healthcare industry, with Texas nurses earning more than the national average. Texas-based registered nurses average $67,310 in annual compensation, while licensed vocational nurses earn an average salary of $42,930 per year. Texas-based CNAs average $22,980 per year. So whether you decide to attend the most expensive or least expensive nursing school in Texas, you can expect a strong return on your educational investment.

Below is a list of Texas nursing schools in the state’s major cities. For your convenience, we’ve ordered them from most to least expensive and included the relevant tuition and fees, according to data sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

Dallas Nursing Institute
Associate's Degree in Nursing (16-month program): tuition and fees $44,260, books and supplies $0
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $27,300, books and supplies $0, room and board $11,552
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (13-month program): tuition and fees $23,625, books and supplies $2,529, room and board $15,834
PCI Health Training Center
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $9,707, books and supplies $0
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Dallas Nursing Institute Associate's Degree in Nursing 16 months $44,260
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $27,300
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie Certificate in Vocational Nursing 13 months $23,625
PCI Health Training Center Nursing Assistant Certificate 6 months $9,707

Greater Houston metro area

Texas Health School
Nursing Assistant Certificate (1-month program): tuition and fees $960, books and supplies $100
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Texas Health School Nursing Assistant Certificate 1 months $960

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

Valley Grande Institute
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $24,870, books and supplies $2,685, room and board $7,815
Nursing Assistant Certificate (6-month program): tuition and fees $14,028, books and supplies $978
Rio Grande Valley College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $22,580, books and supplies $1,420, room and board $13,536
Nursing Assistant Certificate (1-month program): tuition and fees $599, books and supplies $295
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Valley Grande Institute Certificate in Vocational Nursing 15 months $24,870
Nursing Assistant Certificate 6 months $14,028
Rio Grande Valley College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $22,580
Nursing Assistant Certificate 1 months $599

San Antonio

Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio
Associate's Degree in Nursing (15-month program): tuition and fees $23,700, books and supplies $1,875
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $18,715, books and supplies $1,500, room and board $12,324
Quest College
Certificate in Vocational Nursing (12-month program): tuition and fees $22,845, books and supplies $1,309
School Program Length Tuition & fees
Galen College of Nursing - San Antonio Associate's Degree in Nursing 15 months $23,700
Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $18,715
Quest College Certificate in Vocational Nursing 12 months $22,845