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.

One of the fastest education paths to becoming a registered nurse (RN) is an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN). Associate’s degree options vary by school and may include an associate of science (AS), an associate of art (AA), and/or an associate of applied science (AAS) track. These programs typically take 2-3 years to complete, and all prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Registered nurses (RNs) make up the nation’s largest healthcare occupation, with a growing population of 2.7 million nationwide and more than 190,000 employed in the state of Texas. There are 1.5 million certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in the U.S. with a population of 86,630 in Texas, and more than 700,000 licensed practical and vocational nurses (LPNs / LVNs) in the U.S. with 72,020 residing in the state of Texas. The population of nurses in Texas is so immense that the Texas Board of Nursing issues licenses to more than 27,000 nurses per year.

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.

The state of Texas is home to some of the nation’s most respected private colleges. Baylor University, Houston Baptist University, and Texas Christian University are just a few prestigious examples. The state’s private colleges are also home to some of America’s best nursing schools. Besides their excellent academic reputations and renowned programs in specialized fields, many of these private schools offer more personalized attention than public schools thanks to smaller class sizes.

Registered nurses (RNs) perform a variety of duties from administering treatment and medications to performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results. RNs operate medical equipment; start, maintain, and discontinue intravenous lines; establish patient care plans; and educate patients and the public about various medical conditions. Some RNs even manage health screening and immunization clinics, blood drives, or public seminars on conditions.

Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, or disabled under the supervision of registered nurses, surgeons, and physicians. They collect samples for testing, clean and monitor medical equipment, measure and record vital signs, dress wounds, prepare and give injections, monitor catheters, give alcohol rubs and massages, gather information from patients, and teach family members how to care for patients. Some LVNs even help deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LVNs may also supervise nursing assistants and aides.

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.

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.

Did you know that thousands of hospitals across the U.S. prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university? A four-year college may be a private independent institution or the undergraduate division of a university. These schools typically offer instruction in the sciences or humanities, or in a professional, vocational, or technical field leading to a bachelor’s degree.