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RN Programs in Texas

RN Programs in Texas

Texas RN Programs

Texas RN programs are a great opportunity to begin a challenging and rewarding career. All patients are different, so registered nurses encounter new situations every day, and never have to worry about becoming bored. In addition, nursing offers a stable career in the growing healthcare industry. There are many different RN programs to choose from in Texas, so it is possible to find a program to fit individual preferences.

Becoming Licensed by Examination in Texas

In Texas, the first step in becoming an RN is to successfully complete an approved nursing program. If the individual has not yet passed a licensing exam, he or she can become licensed by examination by submitting the correct application and passing the NCLEX. There is a $200 registration fee.

Along with the licensure application, individuals must submit either a Livescan Fingerprinting or an FBI fingerprint card along with a criminal background check. The former is required of Texas residents and the latter for those who reside outside of Texas.

Individuals from a foreign country can become licensed upon completion of a criminal background check, passing of an English Proficiency exam, a Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education course-by-course report, and proof of working as a nurse for at least 2 years or 24 months following graduation. If the individual has not worked as a nurse for 2 years out of the past 4, a refresher course is required. In addition, he or she must register for the NCLEX and pay the $200 fee.

Becoming Licensed by Endorsement in Texas

Individuals who are licensed in another jurisdiction can become licensed by endorsement in Texas so long as they have completed an approved education program. One must submit the application for licensure by endorsement, along with Verification of Licensure. Texas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact.

Renewing an RN License

Texas RNs must renew licenses every 2 years. 20 hours of continuing education are required for renewal.

Additional Resources

The Best RN Schools in Texas

By offering the most complete directory of nursing schools, helps Texas residents find the best local RN programs, as well as the best online RN schools whose accreditation is accepted by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Why Online RN Classes?

Being a registered nurse is a great career. But many working adults who want to become an registered nurse have an extremely busy schedule - balancing a full-time job, family commitments and other personal responsibilities. The traditional classroom setting offered by most local nursing schools doesn't offer the same flexibility as taking their RN classes online.

Online nursing programs allow each student to fit their education into his or her already busy schedule. Online students can participate in discussion forums and take exams when it's convenient for them. RN nursing students can access their virtual classroom 24 hours per day / seven days per week.

Also, taking RN courses online saves students even more time, as online students don't need to commute to school. Online schools enable busy people to get an RN degree, without interfering with their current professional and personal life.

Texas RN Resources

84 RN Schools in Texas

Cisco Junior College

  • 717 E. Industrial Blvd Abilene, TX 79602
    Programs: ADN, LVN, RN
    (325) 794-4400

Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

Alvin Community College

  • 3110 Mustang Rd. Alvin, TX 77511
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LVN, RN
    (281) 756-3500

Amarillo College

Concord Career Institute

  • 600 East Lamar Blvd. Arlington, TX 76011
    Programs: ADN, LVN, RN
    (817) 261-1594

University of Texas – Arlington

Austin Community College

University of Texas at Austin

Lee College

Lamar University

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Howard College

University of Texas

Blinn College

West Texas A&M University

Panola College

Hill College

Lone Star College

Del Mar College

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Navarro College

Lone Star College

Baylor University

El Centro College

Grayson County College

Texas Woman’s University

University of Texas-Pan American

El Paso Community College

University of Texas at El Paso

Brookhaven College

Tarrant County College

Texas Christian – Harris College

  • 2800 West Bowie Street Fort Worth, TX 76109
    Programs: BSN, RN
    (817) 257-7650

North Central Texas College

Galveston College

University of Texas Medical Branch

Houston Baptist University

Houston Community College

Lone Star College

Prairie View A&M University

San Jacinto College – South

  • 13735 Beamer Rd. Houston, TX 77089
    Programs: ADN, LVN, RN
    (281) 484-1900

Tyler Junior College

Trinity Valley Community College

Southwestern Adventist University

Kilgore College

Central Texas College

Lone Star College

Brazosport Community College

Laredo Community College

Texas A&M International University

South Plains College

Covenant Medical Center

Texas Tech University

Angelina College – Lufkin

East Texas Baptist University

  • One Tiger Drive Marshall, TX 75670
    Programs: BSN, RN
    (903) 935-7963

South Texas College

Collin County Community College

  • 2200 W. University Drive Mckinney, TX 75071
    Programs: ADN, CNA, RN
    (972) 548-6790

Midland College

  • 3600 N. Garfield Midland, TX 79705
    Programs: ADN, LVN, RN
    (432) 685-4500

Northeast Texas Community College

Stephen F. Austin State University

Odessa College

Lamar State College-Orange

  • 410 Front Street Orange, TX 77630
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LVN, RN
    (409) 883-7750

Paris Junior College

San Jacinto College

Lamar State College

Angelo State University

Baptist Health System – Institute of Health Education

San Antonio College

St. Philips College

University of Incarnate Word

Tarleton State University

Temple College

Texarkana College

College of the Mainland

Lone Star College

  • 30555 Tomball Parkway Tomball, TX 77375
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LVN, RN
    (281) 351-3300

Tyler Junior College

University of Texas at Tyler

Vernon College

  • 4400 College Drive Vernon, TX 76384
    Programs: ADN, CNA, LVN, RN
    (940) 552-6291

Victoria College

Mclennan Community College

Weatherford College

Wharton County Junior College

Midwestern State University