Texans who want to go in to nursing should know that the schools that offer the programs in Texas must be approved by the state board of nursing in order for the nurses to be able to take the certification exam and practice nursing in the state.
Some of the top schools in the state for nursing degrees are described below to help you choose the one that is right for you.
Due to the location of Texas and the number of non-English speaking residents, many schools offer course in Spanish and some may even have foreign language requirements that you should find out about before you apply.
Texas Schools for Nursing Degrees
Texas offers many opportunities for students who wish to go into nursing, including those listed below:
- The University Of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: This nursing school is ranked among the top 5% of nursing schools in the U.S. for graduate programs and is 19th out of 395 masters programs. The UTHealth School of Nursing is part of a large, academic health center that is made up of six schools, a psychiatric hospital and two major health institutes. UTHealth was the first school in Texas to offer the DNP degree and an accelerated BSN program. The school is located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston TX. This location gives you the opportunity to be part of a cutting edge medical facility with excellent clinical opportunities and simulation labs. The school offers programs for undergraduate students as well as graduate students and doctoral students. Other University of Texas campus locations with nursing programs include: University of Texas – Arlington, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas San Antonio, University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
- Texas A&M Health Science Center: Currently this nursing program offers three programs for the BS degree; however, the school will offer graduate and post graduate programs in the future. Graduates from the Texas A&M program currently rank first in the state for scores on the NCLEX-RN exam. Students experience excellence in teaching innovations such as the emergency preparation and disaster planning and preparedness that have recently been added. The school is located in Bryan, Texas on the A&M campus. Texas A&M also has programs at Round Rock, Laredo, Corpus Christi and Bryan.
- Baylor University School of Nursing: The Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Baylor University offers BS, MS and Doctoral programs in nursing in Dallas, Texas. Students learn nursing and advanced nursing at a college that has a century old history of graduating some of the top nurses in the state. Baylor is a faith-based university that offers students an education that meets not only their educational needs but also their spiritual needs. Clinical studies are conducted at the Baylor University Medical Center and other medical facilities located throughout the Dallas Fort-Worth area. The nursing program is completed in four years, which includes the time needed for the pre-requisite classes. The school offers some classes through distance learning to allow some flexibility for students. Students are encourage to enter the program full time and if necessary switch to part time rather than vice versa due to the difficulty in transitioning from part time to full time.
These are two of the larger nursing programs in the state. Other universities and schools with nursing programs include:
- Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing in Abilene
- Lamar University College of University – Beaumont
- Tarleton State University – Stephenville
- Stephen F. Austin State University – Nacogdoches
- Southwestern Adventist University Program – Keene
- Texas Women’s University Nursing Program at Denton, Dallas and Houston
- Houston Baptist University – Houston
- Midwestern State University- Wichita Falls
As shown here, there are many different Universities in Texas with nursing programs that you can choose when looking for a school to get your education started. Some of the larger schools, like Texas A&M and the University of Texas offer many different campus options to choose from which gives you many more opportunities and a lot more flexibility should you decide to relocate in the state. You can find a quality education and become a vital part of the nursing force in Texas with a little research and investigation into your choices.