Accredited RN to BSN Programs in Texas

Texas BSN in Nursing School Highlights

Number of Accredited RN to BSN Programs in Texas Schools with RN-BSN Programs
There are 42 nursing schools in Texas with CCNE or ACEN accredited RN to BSN / BSN programs, which is the 4th-highest number of nursing schools in the U.S. The University of Texas college system is one of the largest in the country, and responsible for many nursing program enrollments, but there are many options for public and private universities of all sizes in the state and in dozens of cities in Texas.
Average Enrollment of All Colleges in Texas Average Enrollment
Texas universities average enrollment is 7,766 students (right at the national average of around 8,000). The University of Houston - Victoria reported the largest enrollment with over 35,000 students, according to the NCES. There are many options for universities in TX with nursing programs that are in the 6,000 to 9,000 range of students enrolled. This is an ideal size for learning, as faculty-to-student ratios stay in check with smaller class sizes.
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There are 18 different cities in Texas with nursing schools offering CCNE or ACEN-accredited Bachelor's in Nursing degrees. Most of the nursing schools are spread out throughout the state due to its expansive size and large population. Generally speaking, if you live within 2-3 hours of a decent sized city in Texas, you will be able to find a campus with a nursing program.
RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
42 nursing schools in Texas with CCNE or ACEN accredited BSN programs
With the 2nd-highest number of CCNE or ACEN accredited RN-BSN/BSN programs, Texas is at the top for different program offerings, behind only New York. There are numerous different options not only for nursing programs, but for employment. + Jump to List of RN to BSN Programs

Becoming an RN with a BSN in Texas

There are multiple statistics to consider when figuring out if you should get your BSN. The employment rate statistics are encouraging – a lower overall unemployment rate gives you a better chance to keep your job with a BSN, as well as potentially find a new place of employment where you could earn a better salary or have better benefits with your BSN degree.

The NCLEX pass rates for the state of Texas are in line with the national average. The pass rates are – for the most part – still pretty good. This means Texas nursing schools are giving an adequate learning experience for their RN to BSN programs.


NCLEX-RN® PASS RATES – AVERAGE FOR RN CANDIDATES

2014 2013 2012
TEXAS 81.02% 90.70% 87.04%
NATIONAL 81.74% 84.29% 90.22%

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The state of Texas uses computer adaptive testing (CAT) for the NCLEX to measure the competencies needed for newly licensed nurses. CAT testing methodologies generally involved providing questions based on your previous answers. So, if you get answer A correct, the CAT test gives you a different and maybe tougher question, as it assumes that you know some of the easier questions. It will continue to give you more difficult questions until you get a question wrong (nearly everyone gets questions wrong!).

On the other side, if you get answer A incorrect, it may give you a less difficult question. The more answers you get correct (or incorrect), the quicker you may finish the exam with less questions. For the most part, give or take, the NCLEX exam consists of a minimum of 75 and maximum of a little over 200 questions.

The CAT method of testing is adaptive to different answers from different people. More information can be found in the below video.

What is the NCLEX CAT Method of Testing?


Online RN to BSN Programs at Texas Universities

There are a number of online options for getting your RN-BSN from universities that are based in Texas. University of Texas at Arlington and Lamar University are well-known for their Online RN to BSN Programs, and each university has increased enrollments in recent years from their online programs.

Nursing Schools Spotlight

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Located in Lubbock, TX, Texas Tech University’s School of Nursing have a few differences that make their online RN to BSN program unique. The School of Nursing has multiple articulation agreements with over 20 community colleges, meaning they have already agreed that all or most credits taken in the ADN or RN program at the community college will transfer over to Texas Tech’s RN to BSN program. Second, the length of the program is 30 credit hours and can be completed in 2-3 semesters. Lastly, TTU’s RN to BSN program is one of the cheapest and most affordable, especially for Texas residents, ranging from $15,821 for residents to $22,061, for non-Texas residents.


West Texas A&M University

The WTAMU Nursing Department offers a Special Tuition Rebate with a Package Cost of $6,950 for the RN to BSN nursing courses to in-state residents who qualify. There are several restrictions for the rebate package, including graduating within three years of admission to the WTAMU RN-BSN program, limitation on credit hour attempts for the RN-BSN program, and up-to-date payments throughout your tenure. The RN to BSN program is also available online and accredited by the CCNE.

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Better Than Average Employment Opportunities in Texas

The unemployment rate in Texas is in the top 15 at a rate of 4.2% (better than the national average of 5.3%). For the sake of comparison, in Sept. 2014, Texas’ unemployment rate was at 4.8%. Generally the downward average has been drastic. In January 2011, the unemployment rate in Texas was high at 8.1% (source). The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national rate for 103 consecutive months.

In July 2015, Texas added 31,400 jobs, including 7,100 health services jobs, according to a Dallas News article.

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RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants

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See below for the list of all of the graduate teaching programs in . You can filter down by state, accrediting board, or program to find the best program for you.

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Abilene Christian University
CCNE Accredited
Abilene TX
CCNE & ACEN Accredited
San Angelo TX
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
ACEN Accredited
TX
CCNE Accredited
Waco TX
Concordia University Texas
CCNE Accredited
TX
East Texas Baptist University
CCNE Accredited
Marshall TX
Hardin-Simmons University(Affiliated with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing)
CCNE Accredited
TX
Houston Baptist University
ACEN Accredited
TX
ACEN Accredited
TX
ACEN Accredited
TX
McMurry University(Affiliated with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing)
CCNE Accredited
TX
Midwestern State University
CCNE Accredited
Wichita Falls TX
Prairie View A & M University
CCNE & ACEN Accredited
Prairie View TX
Sam Houston State University
CCNE & ACEN Accredited
Huntsville TX
CCNE Accredited
Kerrville TX
Southwestern Adventist University
CCNE Accredited
Keene TX
Stephen F. Austin State University
ACEN Accredited
TX
CCNE Accredited
TX
Texas A & M University Health Science Center
CCNE Accredited
TX
Texas A & M University-Commerce
CCNE Accredited
Commerce TX
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
CCNE Accredited
Corpus Christi TX
Texas A & M University-Texarkana
CCNE Accredited
Texarkana TX
Texas A&M International University
ACEN Accredited
TX
Texas Christian University
CCNE Accredited
Fort Worth TX
CCNE Accredited
TX
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
CCNE Accredited
Lubbock TX
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso
CCNE Accredited
TX
Texas Woman's University
CCNE Accredited
Denton TX
CCNE Accredited
El Paso TX
University of Houston - Victoria
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
CCNE Accredited
Belton TX
University of Texas at Arlington
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas at Austin
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas at El Paso
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas at Tyler
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
ACEN Accredited
TX
University of Texas-Pan American
CCNE Accredited
TX
University of the Incarnate Word
CCNE Accredited
San Antonio TX
ACEN Accredited
TX
West Texas A & M University
CCNE Accredited
Canyon TX