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.

For our 2021 rankings of prelicensure BSN programs, the research team at Nursing Schools Almanac compiled an extensive database of student performance on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Aspiring registered nurses in the United States must pass this examination before they may commence practice. Thus, student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam provides an excellent benchmark for comparing the relative quality of bachelor’s degree programs.

One of the fastest paths to licensure as a registered nurse is an associate’s degree in nursing, or ADN, program. Associate’s degree options vary by school and may include an associate of science (AS) and/or an associate of applied science (AAS) track. These programs take approximately two years of fulltime study to complete, and they prepare graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Licensed vocational nurses provide frontline patient care under the supervision of surgeons, physicians, and registered nurses. They collect samples for testing, monitor medical equipment, measure vital signs, dress wounds, provide injections, and gather medical information from patients. Some LVNs even help to deliver, care for, and feed infants. Experienced LVNs may supervise certified nursing assistants and aides (CNAs).

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.