Texas Nursing School Programs:
ASN, BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN

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Texas Nursing School Programs organized by degree type:

  • ASN
  • BSN
  • BSN Accelerated
  • RN to BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to MSN

Looking for a rewarding career high in demand and with high starting pay? Then becoming a registered nurse is for you!

According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nursing field is growing much faster than average with median pay above $32 per hour. These results are partly due to the fact that the nursing field is continually transforming into an increasingly advanced healthcare profession.

The following is a list of accredited nursing school programs organized by degree type: ASN, BSN, BSN Accelerated, RN to BSN, MSN, RN to MSN. Each school has basic information listed about their program, including:

  • Prerequisites (GPA, SAT/ACT, TEAS scores, etc.)
  • Concentrations (MSN degrees)
  • Accreditation
  • Location
  • Length of Program

Why only accredited nursing schools? Because accreditation guarantees you will receive the education and experience you need to pass your state's licensing test. Accreditation means you will be doing your clinicals in a hospital rather than a museum (We wish that was a joke!). Anyone can create an educational program and call it a nursing program, but the only way to guarantee the quality of that program is accreditation by ACEN or CCNE.

Texas ASN School Programs


An associate's degree in nursing is basically the only associate's degree that can land you a job making over $20 per hour, guaranteed. However, many hospitals are requiring their nurses to obtain their BSN within 5 years of becoming employed.

Eventually, the Associate's degree in nursing will be phased out completely, since hospitals are being encouraged to have BSN nurses employed by such forces as Magnet status awarded by ANCC. This push towards nurses having a Bachelor's degree comes from the fact that the Registered Nurse position is becoming a more advanced medical profession.

For the time being, while hospitals are still hiring nurse's with associate's degrees, one career pathway some students take is to get their Associate's Degree in Nursing, followed by doing an online RN to BSN program. This pathway is often more cost effective, although finding a job with an associate's degree may be more difficult than for someone having a Bachelor's in Nursing.

Austin Community College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Pharmacology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Austin, TX

Baptist School of Health Professions ASN (AAS)

El Centro College ADN (AAS)

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, Anatomy, Physiology, English Composition, Psychology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Dallas, TX

Lone Star College - (CyFair / Kingwood / Montgomery / North Harris / Tomball) ADN (AAN)

  • http://www.lonestar.edu/nursing-dept.htm
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: HESI A2 score, Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, Anatomy, Physiology, English Composition, Psychology, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Cypress, TX; Kingwood, TX; Conroe, TX; Houston, TX; Tomball, TX

McLennan Community College ADN (AAS)

  • http://www.mclennan.edu/allied-health/associate-degree-nursing/
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: ACT/SAT score or TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment; Minimum HESI A2 sub-scores of 75; Minimum 2.0 GPA; Minimum 2.8 Prerequisite GPA: Anatomy, Physiology, English Composition, Psychology; CPR certification; etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Waco, TX
  • Details: An RN to BSN program is offered by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (http://uc.mclennan.edu/degrees/p/42 ) at McLennan Community College.

Odessa College ADN

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum TEAS score of Proficient; Minimum 2.5 GPA; Anatomy; Physiology; English Composition; Humanities; Recommended: Microbiology; Speech, Lifespan Development; CPR certification; Medical/Accident Insurance; etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Odessa, TX

San Antonio College ADN (AAS)

  • http://www.alamo.edu/sac/nursing/
  • Length of Program: 2 years (5 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, English Composition, Ethics, Chemistry, Lifespan Development, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: San Antonio, TX

Tarrant County College ADN (AAS)

  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum HESI A2 sub-scores of 70, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Health Insurance, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: ACEN
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX

Texas BSN Traditional School Programs


Many schools offering BSN traditional programs accept students into the program as Freshman; however some schools consider the first two years to be "pre-nursing" and acceptance into the last two years of the "nursing" portion of the program can be competitive. Be sure to find out if acceptance into the program guarantees acceptance for the entire four years, since this will differ from school to school.

Students obtaining their BSN will be more competitive as job-seekers than their Associate degree peers. However, due to the high growth rate of the nursing field, rarely does a brand new Registered Nurse have problems finding a job within the first six months, no matter what kind of degree they have.

Baylor University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years (General Education + Nursing)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 18 English, 21 Reading, 22 Math, and 24 Science OR SAT Composite score of 1500; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Dallas, TX

Chamberlain College of Nursing BSN Traditional

Hardin-Simmons University BSN Traditional

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/bsn
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 20 or SAT of 1390 or Top 25% of class, Minimum HESI A2 score of 75%, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Abilene, TX
  • Details: Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate HSU and McM degree plans.

McMurry University BSN Traditional

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/bsn
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: Minimum ACT of 20 or SAT of 1390 or Top 25% of class, Minimum HESI A2 score of 75%, Minimum 3.0 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Abilene, TX
  • Details: McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate McM and HSU degree plans.

Midwestern State University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years (General Education + Nursing)
  • Prerequisites: Top 10% of class OR Top 40% of class and Minimum SAT of 990 or ACT of 21 (Students below Top 40% of class need higher SAT and ACT scores); Minimum HESI A2 score of 80% (for Math & English); Minimum 3.0 Cumulative Prerequisite GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, English Composition 1 & 2, Chemistry, Math; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Wichita Falls, TX

Prairie View A&M University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 2 years Nursing + 2 years General Education (4 years total)
  • Prerequisites: Minimum HESI A2 score of 75%, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, Nutrition, Human Lifespan Development, Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Prairi View, TX

Tarleton University BSN Traditional

  • http://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_undergrad.html
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: TEAS score or Minimum SAT of 1110 (Math & Verbal) or ACT of 24 (English & Math), Minimum 3.0 Prerequisite GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, English 1 & 2, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Stephenville, TX

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years (General Education + Nursing)
  • Prerequisites: ACT or SAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Lifespan, Statistics, Health Alterations, Pharmacologic Principles, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Texas Christian University BSN Traditional

  • Length of Program: 4 years (General Education + Nursing)
  • Prerequisites: HESI A2 score, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's BSN Traditional

  • http://www.ttuhsc.edu/son/bsn/
  • Length of Program: 2 years (after completion of general education & prerequisites; 4 years total)
  • Prerequisites: TEAS V Minimum Proficient Level of 70, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Minimum 40 credit hours General Education, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Abilene, TX; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Lubbock, TX; Odessa, TX (Permian Basin)

University of Texas - Arlington BSN Traditional

  • http://www.uta.edu/nursing/bsn/
  • Length of Program: 21 months Traditional; 15 months Accelerated + General Education (4 years total)
  • Prerequisites: HESI A2 score, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Arlington, TX

University of Texas - Austin BSN Traditional

  • http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/academics/ud_degree.html
  • Length of Program: 4 years
  • Prerequisites: SAT/ACT score, Minimum 2.75 GPA (Recommended 3.0 GPA), University of Texas-Specific Classes, Healthcare Work/Volunteer Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Austin, TX

University of Texas - El Paso BSN Traditional

Texas BSN Accelerated School Programs


BSN Accelerated degrees are for career-changers who already have a Bachelor's degree in a different field. Typically, acceptance into these programs only require that certain prerequisite classes have been taken and that the student has at least a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA.

Baylor University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 12 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, HESI A2 score, Minimum 3.0 Prerequisite GPA, Minimum 2.75 Science GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Dallas, TX

Midwestern State University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 15 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree; Minimum HESI A2 score of 80% (for Math & English); Minimum 2.5 Cumulative Prerequisite GPA; Minimum Grade of C: Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology, English Composition 1 & 2, Chemistry, Math, Pathophysiology; Health Insurance; Nursing Student Liability Insurance; CPR certification; etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Wichita Falls, TX

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 18 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, HESI A2 score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Psychology, Human Growth & Development, Statistics, Health Alterations, Pharmacologic Principles, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Texas Christian University BSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • Length of Program: 15 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, HESI A2 score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Lifespan Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Nutrition, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Fort Worth, TX

University of Texas - El Paso BSN Accelerated Second Degree

Texas BSN Online School Programs


BSN Online programs are essentially BSN Accelerated programs offered online for those who already have a non-nursing Bachelor's degree. Since classes are online, the school may require you to arrange your own clinicals, which can be a challenge if you do not have any hospital connections. Be sure to ask about clinicals when applying.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's BSN Online Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://www.ttuhsc.edu/son/secwbsn/
  • Length of Program: 12 months
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, TEAS V Minimum of Proficient Level, Basic Life Support (BLS) and AED training for Healthcare Providers from the American Heart Association (AHA), Minimum 3.0 GPA, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Abilene, TX; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Lubbock, TX; Odessa, TX (Permian Basin); El Paso, TX (http://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/son/secwbsn.aspx)

University of Texas - Arlington BSN Accelerated

  • http://www.uta.edu/nursing/bsn
  • Length of Program: 15 months Full-time
  • Prerequisites: HESI A2 score, Minimum 2.75 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Arlington, TX)

WGU's BSN Online Program

  • http://www.wgu.edu/online_health_professions_degrees/bachelor_science_nursing_licensure
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BLS Certified by AHA, Pass TEAS V Exam, Bachelor or Associate degree (or equivalent), Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology (with Labs), Two Professional Letters of Recommendation
  • Additional Entry Requirements: Health Insurance, CPR Certification, Student Malpractice Insurance (provided by WGU)
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online
  • Details: Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification is necessary by the American Heart Association (AHA). If you currently work at a hospital, you should already have this certification. Additional requirements can be found on WGU's website. WGU's Tuition is based on six-month increments.

Texas RN to BSN School Programs


Most RN to BSN school programs are offered online, or are a hybrid of online/on-campus courses. These schools assume you are currently working as an RN, and since you have already proven a certain level of knowledge with your licensure, they often offer great flexibility for obtaining your BSN.

The RN to BSN program option has gained in popularity due to the push towards requiring nurses to have a Bachelor's level education.

Baptist School of Health Professions RN to BSN

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to BSN

Hardin-Simmons University RN to BSN

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/rn-bsn
  • Length of Program: 4 terms
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Professional Liability Insurance, Health Insurance, Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR certification, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Algebra, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Life Span Development, English Composition 1 & 2, Speech, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Abilene, TX
  • Details: Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate HSU and McM degree plans.

McMurry University RN to BSN

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/rn-bsn
  • Length of Program: 4 terms
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Professional Liability Insurance, Health Insurance, Basic Life Support (BLS) or CPR certification, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Algebra, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, Life Span Development, English Composition 1 & 2, Speech, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Abilene, TX
  • Details: McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate McM and HSU degree plans.

Midwestern State University RN to BSN

  • http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/hs2/nursing/rn-bsn-home
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Health Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Wichita Falls, TX
  • Details: Occasional campus visits may be required, but currently clinicals can be done near where you live.

Prairie View A&M University RN to BSN

Tarleton University RN to BSN

  • http://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_undergrad.html
  • Length of Program: 2 semesters Full-time; 3-4 semesters Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, Texas RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Statistics, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Stephenville, TX

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi RN to BSN

  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Texas A&M University - Texarkana RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Texarkana, TX

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's RN to BSN

  • Length of Program: 2 semesters Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Abilene, TX; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Lubbock, TX; Odessa, TX (Permian Basin))

University of Texas - Arlington RN to BSN

  • http://www.uta.edu/nursing/rn-bsn
  • Length of Program: 1 year Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Algebra, Psychology (General & Developmental), Sociology or Anthropology, English Composition 1 & 2, US History, US Government, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Arlington, TX

University of Texas - Austin RN to BSN

  • http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/academics/ud_degree_adnbsn.html
  • Length of Program: 1 year Full-time (3 semesters)
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, Texas RN license, Minimum 2.5 GPA, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, English Composition & Literature, Psychology, Growth & Development, Statistics, Pharmacology, Government, US History, Three Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Austin, TX

University of Texas - El Paso RN to BSN

WGU's RN to BSN Program

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Saint Louis University School of Nursing RN to BSN

Texas MSN Traditional School Programs


The basic MSN options are Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and various Nurse Practitioners. Typically, nursing education and leadership are offered online and are easier to obtain. However, due to the ease of obtaining these MSN degrees and the lack of jobs in the field (in relation to supply), it is not uncommon for RN's with MSN's in education or leadership to have difficulty finding a job.

Conversely, Nurse Practitioners are in high demand, having much of the authority of Medical Doctors. If you visit an outpatient clinic, the person seeing you may actually be an NP instead of a doctor, which is a growing trend in the healthcare field. A Nurse Practitioner is a professional somewhere in-between a Medical Doctor (MD) and a Physician's Assistant (PA).

Also a growing trend is a desire for Nurse Practitioners with Doctorate degrees (DNP), as the NP profession becomes more and more like the MD end of the spectrum. This typically means more authority and more pay.

Chamberlain College of Nursing MSN Traditional

Hardin-Simmons University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/graduate
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, Minimum 3.0 Cumulative & Nursing GPA, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, Health Insurance, ACLS Provider Certification (Family Nurse Practitioner only), Three Professional References, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Abilene, TX
  • Details: The Nursing Education concentration is an online program. The first two semesters of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration are online, while the remaining classes are on-site or in a hybrid format. Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate HSU and McM degree plans.

McMurry University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.phssn.edu/future-students/graduate
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, Minimum 3.0 Cumulative & Nursing GPA, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, Health Insurance, ACLS Provider Certification (Family Nurse Practitioner only), Three Professional References, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Abilene, TX
  • Details: The Nursing Education concentration is an online program. The first two semesters of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration are online, while the remaining classes are on-site or in a hybrid format. McMurry University and Hardin-Simmons University are connected by the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, which is why you will see separate McM and HSU degree plans.

Midwestern State University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/hs2/nursing/msn
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, GRE score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Wichita Falls, TX
  • Details: Midwestern State University's MSN program is offered mostly online, with certain classes requiring campus visits, and clinicals occurring in approved local areas.

Prairie View A&M University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.pvamu.edu/nursing/academics/graduate-degree-programs/
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administration, Nurse Education
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time; 3 years Part-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, Minimum 2.75 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Health Assessment, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Prairi View, TX

Tarleton University MSN Traditional

  • http://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_grad.html
  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Stephenville, TX

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi MSN Traditional

  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Texas A&M University - Texarkana MSN Traditional

  • Concentration: Nursing Administration
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Two Professional Letters of Recommendation, Minimum 1 year Nursing Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Texarkana, TX

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's MSN Traditional

  • http://www.ttuhsc.edu/son/gradprograms/
  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Nurse Midwifery, Nursing Informatics, Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years (varies depending on concentration)
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree; RN license; Minimum 3.0 GPA; Three Letters of Recommendation; Basic Life Support (BLS) certification; Additional Requirements may vary depending on concentration, such as: 1-2 years of RN experience, PALS certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (Abilene, TX; Amarillo, TX; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Lubbock, TX; Odessa, TX (Permian Basin))

University of Texas - Arlington MSN Traditional

  • http://www.uta.edu/nursing/msn/
  • Concentrations: Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, GRE score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Statistics, Recommended 2 years Nursing Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / Arlington, TX
  • Details: Probationary status may be granted to students with a 2.8-2.99 GPA.

University of Texas - Austin MSN Traditional

  • http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/academics/gr_degree_msn.html
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Leadership
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, Texas RN license, GRE score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Minimum 1-2 years Nursing Experience in Related-field, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Austin, TX

University of Texas - El Paso MSN Traditional

  • http://nursing.utep.edu/prospective/graduate-programs/
  • Concentrations: Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Nursing Management
  • Length of Program: 2 years
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online / El Paso, TX

Out-of-State Nursing Schools

Saint Louis University School of Nursing MSN Traditional

  • http://www.slu.edu/nursing/majors-and-degrees/master-of-science-in-nursing-nurse-practitioner-%28msn-np%29
  • Concentrations: Adult Acute Nurse Practitioner, Adult Primary Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Length of Program: Full-time & Part-time options available
  • Prerequisites: BSN degree, RN license (in state where clinicals will be done), Minimum 3.25 GPA, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, CPR certification by the American Heart Association (AHA), etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Missouri State Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online (St. Louis, MO)
  • Details: Recently graduated BSN students, with no clinical work experience, may be able to gain admission on a part-time basis while gaining nursing work experience.

Texas MSN Accelerated School Programs


University of Texas - Austin MSN Accelerated Second Degree

  • http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/academics/gr_degree.html
  • Concentrations: Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Leadership
  • Length of Program: 1 year Accelerated Classes + 2-3 years MSN
  • Prerequisites: Bachelor's degree, GRE score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Recommended Healthcare Experience (Work/Volunteer), Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Statistics, Human Growth & Development, Nutrition, Pharmacology, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Austin, TX

Texas RN to MSN School Programs


For Registered Nurses who want to obtain their BSN and MSN at the same time, or for RN's who have a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field, many schools offer RN to MSN programs. The only drawback to these programs is that generally only Nursing Education and Nursing Leadership are possible degree concentrations. If you have any interest in becoming a Nurse Practitioner, then the more traditional route is more appropriate.

Note: Some schools do not award a BSN through their RN to MSN option, offering only a direct path from ASN to MSN. Your work experience will likely play a large role in finding a job with your MSN if you do not have a Bachelor's degree to go with it.

Chamberlain College of Nursing RN to MSN

  • http://www.chamberlain.edu/admissions/undergraduate/rn-bsn-to-msn
  • Length of Program: 2 Years
  • Prerequisites: RN License, Minimum GPA of 3.0 in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN coursework
  • Concentrations: Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Executive, Educator Tracks
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Online (Houston, TX; Pearland, TX)
  • Details: Students earn their BSN and MSN at the same time. This program is mainly for students earning their BSN through Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program.

Midwestern State University RN to BSN to MSN

  • http://www.mwsu.edu/academics/hs2/nursing/rn-msn
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, Texas RN license, GRE score (prior to graduate classes), Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Health Insurance, Professional Liability Insurance, CPR certification, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE, Texas Board of Nursing
  • Location: Online / Wichita Falls, TX
  • Details: Midwestern State University's RN to MSN program is offered mostly online, with certain classes requiring campus visits, and clinicals occurring in approved local areas. Students take three graduate level classes during the RN to BSN portion of the program, allowing them to get a head start on their MSN degree.

Tarleton University RN to MSN

  • http://www.tarleton.edu/nursing/degrees_grad.html
  • Concentrations: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education
  • Length of Program: 2-3 years
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, Texas RN license, GRE or MAT score, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Three Professional Letters of Recommendation, Minimum 2 years Nursing Experience, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Stephenville, TX

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi RN to MSN

  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Leadership, Nurse Educator
  • Length of Program: 1 year Preparatory Classes + 2-3 years MSN
  • Prerequisites: ADN degree, Texas RN license, Minimum 3.0 GPA (last 60 credit hours), Statistics, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, Psychology, Human Growth & Development, English Composition 1 & 2, US History, US Government, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Corpus Christi, TX

University of Texas - Austin RN to MSN

  • http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/academics/gr_degree_msn.html
  • Concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Leadership
  • Length of Program: 2 years Full-time
  • Prerequisites: ADN & Bachelor's degree, Texas RN license, GRE score, Minimum 3.0 GPA, Minimum 1-2 years Nursing Experience in Related-field, etc.
  • Accreditation: CCNE
  • Location: Austin, TX


State List of Nursing School Programs

Disclaimer: Nursing schools sometimes change their prerequisites and other information. Accreditation is also renewable, which means nursing schools can lose their accreditation. While we attempt to keep all information up-to-date, the most reliable source of information is the actual nursing school website (links are provided). This website is for information purposes only and currently has no affiliation with any particular nursing school.

Nursing Abbreviations: Quick Reference


Abbreviations for Degrees and Titles

  • ASN/ADN = Associate of Science in Nursing / Associate Degree in Nursing
  • BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • MSN = Master of Science in Nursing
  • CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant
  • LPN = Licensed Practical Nurse
  • RN = Registered Nurse
  • NP = Nurse Practitioner (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)
  • CNS = Clinical Nurse Specialist (Masters/Doctorate degree level education)

College Assessment Exams

  • ACT = American College Testing program (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • SAT = Scholastic Aptitude Test (Undergraduate college entrance exam)
  • TEAS = Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • HESI A2 = Health Education Systems Inc. Admission Assessment
  • GRE = Graduate Record Examination (Graduate college entrance exam)

Accreditation Agencies

  • ACEN = Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • CCNE = Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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