We've organized a comprehensive list of Texas nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LVN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major Texas city.

Texas is home to more than 600 hospitals, more than 350,000 licensed nurses, and over 200 approved nursing education programs. If you’re interested in joining Texas’s booming healthcare industry as a nurse, successful completion of a state-approved program is the first step. The Texas Board of Nursing also requires successful passing of the relevant licensure or certification exam, plus continuing education on a biennial basis for all licensed nurses.

With a growing population of more than 100,000 residents, Tyler is one of the largest cities in Northeast Texas and is considered the commercial and cultural capital of the region. The city is centrally located, just 98 miles to the east of Dallas and 98 miles to the west of Shreveport. Tyler has been named one of America’s most green cities and one of the nation’s least stressful places to live. For all of these reasons, the city is a phenomenal place to start a nursing career.

Longview is a city in northeast Texas that sits just 30 miles from the Louisiana border. The metro area is home to over 218,000 people, and it is listed as one of the country’s best small places for business and careers by Forbes. Even better, healthcare is the area’s top industry, employing more than 4,000 nursing professionals alone. Nurses here work in a variety of roles, including nurse practitioner (NP), registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA).

Healthcare is one of the largest employment sectors in Texas. There are 630 hospitals in the state, with 83,000 licensed beds. Grand Prairie, Texas, is part of Dallas County, which has the second-highest number of hospitals in the state. Although the healthcare sector here offers many opportunities for aspiring nurses, local hospitals and healthcare centers are very selective. This means that aspiring nurses need the right education to compete.

A successful nursing career in Garland, Texas, begins with a degree, diploma, or certificate from an accredited nursing school. The city of Garland, located almost entirely within Dallas County, offers access to a number of local schools with highly regarded nursing programs. For example, CE Global Health Education Network offers a certified nursing assistant (CNA) training program. Dallas Nursing Institute has licensed vocational nursing (LVN), associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs.

The Bryan-College Station area of Texas is home to more than 3,000 nurses. Many of these professionals earned their degree or certificate at a local college or university, such as Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center or Blinn College. Texas A&M offers three bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) pathways. It also leads a master of science in nursing (MSN) program with nursing education and family nurse practitioner (FNP) tracks. Blinn College has an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program.

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 nursing programs and career opportunities are plentiful in Plano, Texas, it still takes hard work and the right education to succeed. The three highest-demand nursing positions in Plano are registered nurse (RN), licensed vocational nurse (LVN), and certified nursing assistant (CNA). Nursing compensation throughout the Dallas metropolitan area is very attractive. For example, Dallas-area RNs earn a median annual salary of $70,000. Local LVNs earn just over $46,000 per year, and the area’s CNAs take home about $24,500 annually.