Students looking for nursing education can find certificate and degree programs at both 2 and 4-year schools. These programs are offered from associate's degree to doctoral levels. In addition, many schools offer bridging programs that allow students with previous nursing or medical experience to earn the next level degree in an accelerated fashion. Some of these programs may be available online. Students earning an associate's degree in the field may be able to transfer into a bachelor's degree program.
Austin Community College District
Aspiring nurses have several options at this community college district in Austin, including a certificate program for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and an associate's degree program for aspiring registered nurses (RNs). Students in the RN program can choose from a traditional track or an accelerated track for students who already have a license, such as LVNs, paramedics or physical therapy assistants. Graduates from the program can take the licensure exam and seek entry-level employment or transfer to a 4-year institution to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
El Paso Community College
This El Paso-based community college has a certificate program for LVNs and several associate's degree options, including a traditional degree program, an LVN to RN program and a paramedic to RN program. The associate's degree program provides students with a strong foundation in nursing theory and skills for communicating with patients and their families. The certificate program prepares students for the NCLEX-PN exam. Its curriculum is designed to teach students to observe patients, manage their care and complete reports.
Houston Community College
This community college in Houston offers a 1-year certificate in vocational nursing for LVNs as well as a 2-year associate's degree program. The degree program prepares students to become licensed and work as RNs. After graduating from the associate's degree program, students have the option to transfer to the University of Houston - Victoria to complete an extra 30 hours of nursing curriculum to earn their BSN.
Lone Star College System
The associate's degree program at Lone Star College System, based out of The Woodlands, gives students 2 different curriculum options. The integrated curriculum, offered at the Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris and Tomball campuses, is designed around a progression of nursing concepts, while the block curriculum offered at the college's CyFair campus is organized by content areas. In addition to its associate's degree programs, Lonestar also has a nursing assistant certificate, a vocational nursing certificate and 2 non-credit programs for patient care technicians or nurse aides.
San Jacinto College
Pasadena-based San Jacinto College offers several nursing programs, including an associate's degree program that prepares students to work as registered nurses. The college has options for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) and paramedics who want to train to become RNs as well. A 1-year certificate program for aspiring LVNs is also available that prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam.
South Texas College
The associate's degree in nursing program at South Texas College in McAllen offers 3 separate tracks: Traditional, LVN to RN and Paramedic to RN. The traditional track and the paramedic to RN track consist of 4 semesters, plus 1 summer class. The LVN to RN track has 2 semesters plus several summer classes. Each of the degree tracks prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam and a career as an RN. Prospective students must submit to a criminal background check, in addition to completing prerequisite courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
Tarrant County College District
Tarrant County College District's nursing associate's program, located on the college's Trinity River Campus East in Fort Worth, prepares students to take the licensure exam and begin working as RNs or transfer to a 4-year school to earn a BSN. The college has a fast track option for LVNs and paramedics, as well as a credit-by-exam option that allows students to earn up to 9 credits, shortening the degree program from 2 years to 15 months.
Texas State University - San Marcos
St. David's School of Nursing, on the Round Rock campus of Texas State University - San Marcos, has state-of-the-art facilities that include high fidelity manikins and 5 simulation laboratories. Undergraduate nursing students typically spend their first 2 years completing prerequisite courses and begin nursing courses in their junior year. The school also has a 21-month master's degree program for RNs with a BSN that leads to nurse practitioner certification and licensure as an advanced practice RN.
The University of Texas at Arlington
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board listed The University of Texas at Arlington as a school with a high-performing undergraduate nursing program, a recognition given to only 9 programs in Texas. The school has a traditional 4-year BSN program as well as an RN to BSN program, both of which can be completed online or on-campus. Students seeking advanced nursing education have several master's degree programs to choose from, including programs for aspiring nurse administrators, nurse educators and nurse practitioners. Nurse practitioner programs can lead to either a master's degree or a post-graduate certificate, with specialties that include acute care, acute care pediatric, adult-gerontology, family, neonatal, pediatric and psychiatric. The school also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and a PhD program.
The University of Texas at Austin
In addition to a traditional 4-year BSN program, The University of Texas at Austin also has a program for RNs with an associate's degree to earn a BSN, which takes 1 to 1.5 years to complete. Nurses seeking advanced education have several options, including a master's degree program, a PhD program and 2 alternate entry programs. The alternate entry master's program is designed for aspiring RNs with a bachelor's degree or graduate degree in a different discipline. The alternate entry PhD program is open to students with a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing discipline who want to become researchers or obtain an advanced leadership role in nursing.
To work as a nurse in the United States, an individual must be licensed in his/her state. The state of Texas requires its nurses to complete an approved nursing education program and pass a national licensure exam, such as the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Below is a table comparing the programs, tuition and some basic school information. All of these schools offer undergraduate programs that prepare students to meet licensing requirements.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Nursing Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Austin Community College District||2-year; public; large city|| Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
| $2,550 (in-district),
|El Paso Community College||2-year; public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Nursing|| $3,010 (in-state),
|Houston Community College||2-year; public; large city|| Certificate in Vocational Nursing,
Associate in Applied Science in Nursing
| $1,632 (in-district),
|Lone Star College System||2-year; public; small city|| Vocational Nursing Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Nursing
| $1,600 (in-district),
|San Jacinto College||2-year; public; large suburb|| Vocational Nursing Certificate of Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Nursing
| $1,548 (in-district),
|South Texas College||4-year; public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Nursing|| $3,780 (in-district),
|Tarrant County College District||2-year; public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Nursing|| $1,661 (in-district),
|Texas State University - San Marcos||4-year; public; small suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
| $10,280 (in-state),
|The University of Texas at Arlington||4-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner,
Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration,
Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificates
| $10,496 (in-state),
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year; public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
| $10,610 (in-state),
Source: *NCES College Navigator