Texas: Amazing Education and Job Opportunities for RNs

Dozens of Nursing Schools to Choose From

Texas is one of the largest states in land mass and it also eats up its share of healthcare resources, including nurses. You've hit the mother lode if you're pursuing a nurse's education in Texas. It's easy: narrow down the list of nursing schools to those that offer what you need to get your nursing career kick-started, and then find a job. And guess what? Texas has the largest number of hospitals in the country-366 of them-that represent well over 55,600 patient beds.(1)

Houston Skyline.

In a nutshell the nursing shortage is growing, in Texas and across the nation. Nursing is the number one most in-demand occupation in the U.S., jobs are super secure and the salary will absolutely keep food on the table and bills paid despite otherwise scary economic yo-yoing.

Tips for searching Texas nursing schools

San Antonio River Walk.

Technical and vocational schools deliver practical nursing programs, you can have your LPN license in months.

Community colleges specialize in the 2-year Associates degrees. These are by far the most popular track to an RN license and solid, scalable nursing career.

Four-year colleges and universities offer BSN, MSN, graduate certificates, and nursing PhD degrees. They also offer a dizzying array of advanced specialties such as nursing anesthesia, nurse practitioner and nurse midwifery.

Crank Up the Salary Heat in Texas Nursing Jobs

Dallas Skyline.

The average salary range for a staff RN in Dallas is between $55,700 and $67,000.(2) Figure on a few thousand less in smaller cities across the state. How would you like to put a little heat into your earning abilities? Try these tips and squeeze a better nurse's salary out of healthcare's deep pockets:

  • Take a travel nursing assignment in Texas. It doesn't matter if you're a resident of the state. Sign on with a travel company that works with clients in Texas and find out where the "hot jobs" are located. Choose one with a completion bonus packaged into it and you can leave your assignment with a cool few thousand in the end.
  • Take a permanent job at a hospital that offers a sign-on bonus or other types of performance-based bonuses.
  • Sign up for extra shifts, holidays, overtime and short notice shifts. Work as a per diem RN.

Austin, Texas Skyline.

For information on state licensure requirements visit the Texas Board of Nursing.

Texas Nursing Schools Offering Some Online Degree Options

Texas Christian University — Fort Worth
Harris College of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Texas Tech University — Lubbock
Health Sciences Center
CCNE Accredited

Texas Woman's University
NLNAC Accredited

University of Phoenix
CCNE Accredited

Search our big list of online nursing schools for many more distance education opportunities.

Campus-based Nursing Schools in Texas

Abilene Christian University — Abilene
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Alvin Community College — Alvin
NLNAC Accredited

Amarillo College — Amarillo
Nursing Division
NLNAC Accredited

Angelo State University — San Angelo
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Austin Community College — Austin
Associated Degree Program
NLNAC Accredited

Baptist Health System — San Antonio
Department of Professional Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Baylor College of Medicine — Houston
Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia
COA Accredited

Baylor University — Dallas
Louise Herrington School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Blinn College — Bryan
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Brookhaven College — Farmers Branch
College of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Central Texas College — Killeen
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Cisco Junior College — Abilene
Vocational Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

College of Mainland -Texas City
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Collin County Community College — McKinney
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

Covenant Health System — Lubbock
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Del Mar College — Corpus Christi
Department of Nursing Education
NLNAC Accredited

East Texas Baptist University — Marshall
CCNE Accredited

El Centro College — Dallas
NLNAC Accredited

El Paso Community College — El Paso
Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Galveston College — Galveston
Health Sciences
NLNAC Accredited

Grayson County College — Denison
Associated Degree Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Hardin-Simmons University — Abilene
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Houston Baptist University — Houston
College of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Howard College — Big Spring
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

Kilgore College — Kilgore
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Lamar University — Beaumont
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Laredo Community College — Laredo
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Lee College — Baytown
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Lone Star College
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Lubbock Christian University — Lubbock
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

McLennan Community College — Waco
Nursing Education Department
NLNAC Accredited

McMurry University — Abilene
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Midland College — Midland
Health Sciences Division
NLNAC Accredited

Midwestern State University — Wichita Falls
Wilson School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Navarro College — Corsicana
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

North Central Texas College — Gainesville
NLNAC Accredited

Odessa College — Odessa
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

Panola College — Carthage
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Paris Junior College — Paris
Health Occupations
NLNAC Accredited

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Prairie View A&M University — Houston
CCNE, NLNAC Accredited

San Antonio College — San Antonio
Nursing Department
NLNAC Accredited

San Jacinto College — Pasadena
Department of Associate Degree Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

San Jacinto College — Houston
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

South Plains College — Levelland
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Southwestern Adventist University — Keene
Department of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

St. Philip's College — San Antonio

Stephen F. Austin State University — Nacogdoches
School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Tarleton University — Stephenville
CCNE Accredited

Tarrant County College — Fort Worth
Nursing/Health and Technology
NLNAC Accredited

Temple College — Temple
Nursing Division
NLNAC Accredited

Texarkana College — Texarkana
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Texas A&M International University — Laredo
Canseco School of Nursing
NLNAC Accredited

Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi
School of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Texas A&M University — Texarkana
CCNE Accredited

Texas Christian University — Fort Worth
Harris College of Nursing
CCNE Accredited

Texas Tech University — Lubbock
Health Sciences Center
CCNE Accredited

Texas Wesleyan University — Fort Worth
Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia
COA Accredited

Texas Woman's University — Denton
NLNAC Accredited

Trinity Valley Community College — Kaufman
Health Occupations Division
NLNAC Accredited

Tyler Junior College — Tyler

U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing — San Antonio
COA Accredited

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor — Belton
CCNE Accredited

University of Phoenix
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas Medical Branch — Galveston
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas — Tyler
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas — San Antonio
Health Science Center
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas — Arlington
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas — Austin
CCNE Accredited

University of Texas-Brownsville and Texas Southmost College — Brownsville
NLNAC Accredited

University of Texas-Pan American — Edinburg
CCNE Accredited

University of the Incarnate Word — San Antonio
CCNE Accredited

Victoria College — Victoria
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

Weatherford College — Weatherford
Associate Degree Nursing Program
NLNAC Accredited

West Texas A&M University — Canyon
CCNE Accredited

Wharton County Junior College — Wharton
Vocational Nursing

1 American Hospital Directory
2 Salary.com

 

 

 

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