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Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) provide physical and emotional support to patients under the supervision of nursing and other medical staff. Duties include (but are not limited to) cleaning and bathing patients; assisting with dressing; positioning patients in beds, chairs, or wheelchairs; serving meals and assisting with eating; and checking vital signs. Depending on the state, some nursing assistants may administer medication. In the state of Texas, CNAs must complete a medication aide training program and pass an exam to legally administer medication in all healthcare settings.

Because they perform some of the most physical and emotionally demanding tasks in the healthcare industry, nursing assistants are a valuable asset in hospitals, nursing care facilities, and residential care settings. In fact, projected employment growth for nursing assistants is an impressive 21% for the 2012-2022 decade, and salaries are competitive. Texas-based nursing assistants can expect to earn an average salary of $22,980 per year. The highest earners average $27,930 per year, and the lowest average $20,050 per year.

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To ensure that nursing assistants have the skills needed to meet the demands of the job, the federal government requires education, training, and certification for all aspiring CNAs. The Texas Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Branch oversees registration of the state’s CNAs, and it currently lists hundreds of approved training programs across the state. These programs typically take one year or less to complete, often as little as eight to ten weeks.

Below is a list of nursing schools in Texas that offer some of the top nursing assistant programs, organized by the state’s major metropolitan areas.

Featured Schools

Brownsville

South Texas Training Center
1901 West US Highway 77 | San Benito, Texas 78586
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Brownsville
2144 Central Boulevard | Brownsville, Texas 78520
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
1902 North Loop 499 | Harlingen, Texas 78550
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
South Texas Training Center 1901 West US Highway 77
San Benito, Texas 78586
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Brownsville 2144 Central Boulevard
Brownsville, Texas 78520
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen 1902 North Loop 499
Harlingen, Texas 78550
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Corpus Christi

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Corpus Christi
2000 South Padre Island Drive | Corpus Christi, Texas 78416
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Corpus Christi 2000 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78416
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

ATI Career Training Center
6351 Boulevard 26, Suite 100 | North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cedar Valley College
3030 North Dallas Avenue | Lancaster, Texas 75134
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Dallas
12606 Greenville Avenue, Suite 130 | Dallas, Texas 75243
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
PCI Health Training Center
8101 John Carpenter Freeway | Dallas, Texas 75247
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
800 State Highway 243 West | Kaufman, Texas 75142
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
ATI Career Training Center 6351 Boulevard 26, Suite 100
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cedar Valley College 3030 North Dallas Avenue
Lancaster, Texas 75134
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Dallas 12606 Greenville Avenue, Suite 130
Dallas, Texas 75243
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
PCI Health Training Center 8101 John Carpenter Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75247
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman 800 State Highway 243 West
Kaufman, Texas 75142
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

El Paso

Excel Learning Center
1220 Lomaland Drive | El Paso, Texas 79907
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vista College
7731 North Loop Avenue | El Paso, Texas 79915
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Excel Learning Center 1220 Lomaland Drive
El Paso, Texas 79907
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vista College 7731 North Loop Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79915
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Greater Houston metro area

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
School Address Programs offered
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

Laredo

Laredo Community College
West End Washington Street | Laredo, Texas 78040
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Laredo Community College West End Washington Street
Laredo, Texas 78040
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

RGV Careers
1200 West Polk Avenue | Pharr, Texas 78577
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas College
3201 Pecan Boulevard | McAllen, Texas 78501
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen
2400 Daffodil Avenue | McAllen, Texas 78501
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Weslaco
2419 East Haggar Avenue | Weslaco, Texas 78596
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Grande Institute
345 South Texas Boulevard | Weslaco, Texas 78596
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
RGV Careers 1200 West Polk Avenue
Pharr, Texas 78577
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas College 3201 Pecan Boulevard
McAllen, Texas 78501
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen 2400 Daffodil Avenue
McAllen, Texas 78501
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Weslaco 2419 East Haggar Avenue
Weslaco, Texas 78596
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Grande Institute 345 South Texas Boulevard
Weslaco, Texas 78596
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Other Texas cities

Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine
State Highway 19 North & US Highway 287 | Palestine, Texas 75801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School Address Programs offered
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine State Highway 19 North & US Highway 287
Palestine, Texas 75801
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate