The state of Texas offers diverse graduate degree programs in nursing that are available completely and/or partially online. These programs are available at the master's and doctoral levels and typically allow students to further specialize in a particular area of nursing. Here we discuss some of the basic requirements for a small sampling of the available online nursing programs in the state.
Schools in Texas with Online Graduate Degree Programs in Nursing
Concordia University Texas
Concordia University Texas in Austin has an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) that totals 30 to 37 credits, depending on the concentration. Students may specialize in nursing education, nursing informatics or nursing leadership and the program provides a unique, Christian, faith-based perspective. Students may choose to participate in face-to-face options, but coursework can be completed fully online and are usually 8 to 16 weeks long. Students participate in practicum experiences, but these can be completed anywhere, including a student's place of employment, and may allow students to participate in missions work and/or create and try to implement a project that promotes positive change in their work environment.
Baylor University in Waco offers an online MSN in Leadership and Innovation and an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The MSN program is completely online, can be completed in 16 months and totals 36 credits. The online DNP program requires 75 credits and offers a track in neonatal nurse practitioner, nurse-midwifery or family nurse practitioner. Students in the DNP program complete coursework online, but must participate in multiple, on-campus immersions and complete a practicum experience.
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler provides online MSN programs in Nursing Education or Nursing Administration, an online/hybrid MSN in Nurse Practitioner and an online dual MSN/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The online MSN in Nursing Education and MSN in Nursing Administration each require a practicum experience that totals 112.5 hours for hands-on learning experience. The nurse practitioner program requires 675 hours of clinical experiences and students may focus their studies on family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse practitioner. The dual MSN/MBA program is designed for working nurse professionals and includes practicum experiences for hands-on learning in the nursing portion of the degree and core MBA courses.
Angelo State University
San Angelo's Angelo State University has an online MSN program that offers a specialty in Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. The family nurse practitioner program totals 49 credits and includes multiple practicum experiences for hands-on learning that can be completed in a student's local area. The nurse educator option totals 39 credits and includes a final capstone practicum experience for hands-on learning. Both programs require students to complete a comprehensive exam prior to graduation.
Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman's University in Denton offers an online Registered Nurse (RN) to Master of Science (MS) in Nursing program, online Post-Baccalaureate RN-MS program, online master's in nursing education and online nursing health systems management program. Students may also pursue an online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Science or hybrid DNP program, as well as a unique online DNP to PhD bridge program. Practicum experiences for these programs can be completed in various settings in the student's local area and the programs are flexible to allow students to continue working full-time and may offer additional concentrations. The PhD and DNP to PhD bridge program require a dissertation and online coursework.
Common Entrance Requirements
Education and experience requirements for online nursing programs in Texas vary by program and institution, but most commonly require at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), an RN license and a minimum GPA of a 2.5 to a 3.0. Some PhD programs may also require an MSN and/or a specific amount of work experience in the field. Some master's programs may wish to see prior coursework in statistics, while some doctoral programs may require prerequisites in statistics, nursing and/or research. These programs do not typically require students to submit GRE test scores. However, most applicants to these programs will need to include their official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a resume or CV.
Students in Texas can pursue a range of online master's and doctoral degree programs in various areas of nursing that usually still include hands-on learning experience. These programs are typically designed for working professionals and may include some on-campus requirements and/or options, depending on the program.