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While some employers today prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) can more quickly prepare you for the national licensing exam and help you obtain an entry-level position. An ADN program also prepares students for entry into an RN-to-BSN program at a later date.

Many aspiring nursing professionals choose an associate’s degree in nursing because it takes less time to complete than a BSN. A BSN may require up to four years, while an ADN can often be completed in just two to three years. Accelerated programs may take mere months to finish.

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If you are looking for the best ADN programs, stick to schools that have been accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These nursing programs are also approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Some of Texas’s most recognized vocational, career, and community colleges for nursing include Galveston College, South Texas Vocational Technical Institute, Texas State Technical College, and Wharton County Junior College.

After earning a nursing degree and passing the NCLEX, newly licensed nurses will have the requirements needed to seek employment at a number of Texas hospitals and healthcare providers. Some of the top Texas employers for aspiring nurses include Houston Methodist Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, University of Texas: MD Anderson Cancer Center, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.

Below is a list of Texas vocational, career, and community colleges that offer some of the state’s best nursing programs, ordered by major metropolitan area.

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Amarillo

Amarillo College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Amarillo College Amarillo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Austin

Austin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Temple College - Taylor
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Austin Community College Austin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Temple College - Taylor Taylor
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Beaumont / Port Arthur area

Lamar State College - Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lamar State College - Port Arthur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Lamar State College - Orange Orange
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lamar State College - Port Arthur Port Arthur
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Brownsville

South Texas Training Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Brownsville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Southmost College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Baptist Medical Center School of Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
South Texas Training Center San Benito
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Brownsville Brownsville
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Texas Southmost College Brownsville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen Harlingen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Baptist Medical Center School of Vocational Nursing Harlingen
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Corpus Christi

Del Mar College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Corpus Christi
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Del Mar College Corpus Christi
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex

ATI Career Training Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brookhaven College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Mesquite
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cedar Valley College
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cephas Center for Health Sciences
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Collin College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Concorde Career College - Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Dallas Nursing Institute
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
El Centro College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Mountain View College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Navarro College - Waxahachie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
PCI Health Training Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tarrant County College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Teamwork Career Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Weatherford College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
ATI Career Training Center North Richland Hills
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Carrington College - Mesquite Mesquite
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Cedar Valley College Lancaster
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cephas Center for Health Sciences Dallas
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Collin College McKinney
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Concorde Career College - Dallas Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Concorde Career College - Grand Prairie Grand Prairie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Dallas Nursing Institute Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
El Centro College Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Perioperative Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Mountain View College Dallas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Navarro College - Waxahachie Waxahachie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
PCI Health Training Center Dallas
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tarrant County College Fort Worth
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Teamwork Career Institute Grand Prairie
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman Kaufman
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Weatherford College Weatherford
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

El Paso

El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
El Paso Community College - Rio Grande
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Excel Learning Center
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vista College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso El Paso
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
El Paso Community College - Rio Grande El Paso
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Excel Learning Center El Paso
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vista College El Paso
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Greater Houston metro area

Alvin Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Bell Tech Career Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
College of Health Care Professions
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
College of the Mainland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Galveston College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Houston Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lee College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - CyFair
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Kingwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Montgomery
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - North Harris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Tomball
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Houston
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Careers Institute
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Jacinto College - Central
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
San Jacinto College - North
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
San Jacinto College - South
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas Health School
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vocational Nursing Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Alvin Community College Alvin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Bell Tech Career Institute Houston
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
College of Health Care Professions Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
College of the Mainland Texas City
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Galveston College Galveston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Houston Community College Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lee College Baytown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - CyFair Cypress
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Kingwood Kingwood
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Montgomery Conroe
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - North Harris Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Lone Star College - Tomball Tomball
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Pima Medical Institute - Houston Houston
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Professional Careers Institute Houston
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
San Jacinto College - Central Pasadena
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
San Jacinto College - North Houston
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
San Jacinto College - South Houston
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas Health School Houston
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Vocational Nursing Institute Houston
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Killeen / Temple / Fort Hood area

Central Texas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Temple College - Temple
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Central Texas College Killeen
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Temple College - Temple Temple
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Laredo

Laredo Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
Laredo Community College Laredo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

Lubbock

Covenant School of Nursing
  • Diploma in Nursing
South Plains College - Reese Center
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Covenant School of Nursing Lubbock
  • Diploma in Nursing
South Plains College - Reese Center Lubbock
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

McAllen / Edinburg / Mission area

RGV Careers
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Weslaco
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Grande Institute
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
School City Programs offered
RGV Careers Pharr
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - McAllen McAllen
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute - Weslaco Weslaco
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Valley Grande Institute Weslaco
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate

San Antonio

Army Practical Nurse Program
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Quest College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
San Antonio College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Philip's College - New Braunfels
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
St. Philip's College - San Antonio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Army Practical Nurse Program Fort Sam Houston
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Quest College San Antonio
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
San Antonio College San Antonio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
St. Philip's College - New Braunfels New Braunfels
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
St. Philip's College - San Antonio San Antonio
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing

Waco

McLennan Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP)
School City Programs offered
McLennan Community College Waco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP)

Other Texas cities

Angelina College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP)
Blinn College - Brenham
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Blinn College - Bryan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Cisco College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Clarendon College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Coastal Bend College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Frank Phillips College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Grayson College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Hill College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Howard College - Big Spring
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Howard College - San Angelo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Huntsville Memorial Hospital
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Kilgore College - Kilgore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Kilgore College - Longview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Navarro College - Corsicana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Navarro College - Mexia
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
North Central Texas College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Northeast Texas Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Andrews
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Monahans
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Odessa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Panola College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Paris Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Ranger College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Plains College - Levelland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Plains College - Plainview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Southwest Texas Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texarkana College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas State Technical College - West Texas
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tyler County Hospital School of Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Tyler Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Vernon College - Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Vernon College - Wichita Falls
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Victoria College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Western Texas College
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Wharton County Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
School City Programs offered
Angelina College Lufkin
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing (MEEP)
Blinn College - Brenham Brenham
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Blinn College - Bryan Bryan
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Cisco College Cisco
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Clarendon College Pampa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Coastal Bend College Beeville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Frank Phillips College Borger
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Grayson College Denison
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Hill College Hillsboro
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Howard College - Big Spring Big Spring
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Howard College - San Angelo San Angelo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Huntsville Memorial Hospital Huntsville
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Kilgore College - Kilgore Kilgore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Kilgore College - Longview Longview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Navarro College - Corsicana Corsicana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Navarro College - Mexia Mexia
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
North Central Texas College Gainesville
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Andrews Andrews
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Monahans Monahans
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Odessa College - Odessa Odessa
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Panola College Carthage
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Paris Junior College Paris
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Ranger College Ranger
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Plains College - Levelland Levelland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
South Plains College - Plainview Plainview
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texarkana College Texarkana
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Texas State Technical College - West Texas Sweetwater
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine Palestine
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Tyler County Hospital School of Vocational Nursing Woodville
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Tyler Junior College Tyler
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Vernon College - Vernon Vernon
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Vernon College - Wichita Falls Wichita Falls
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Victoria College Victoria
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Western Texas College Snyder
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing
Wharton County Junior College Wharton
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Vocational Nursing