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
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.
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.
Helpful Texas Nursing Resources
- TX Nursing School NCLEX Pass Rates (PDF)
- TX Board of Nursing
- California Nurses Association
- TX Dept of State Health Services – Center for Health Statistics