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Texas RN Programs

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

On-Campus & Online RN Schools

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 on

Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401

Texas Nurses Association

Other TX Schools with RN Programs

Laredo Community College
West End Washington Street
Laredo, Texas 78040
Lee College
200 Lee Drive
Baytown, Texas 77520
Lone Star College
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, Texas 77375
Lone Star College
20000 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, Texas 77339
Lone Star College
9191 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, Texas 77433
Lone Star College
2700 W. W. Thorne Drive
Houston, Texas 77073
Lone Star College
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, Texas 77384
Mclennan Community College
1400 College Drive
Waco, Texas 76708
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, Texas 76308
Navarro College
3200 W. 7th Ave.
Corsicana, Texas 75110
North Central Texas College
1525 W. California Street
Gainesville, Texas 76240
Northeast Texas Community College
1735 Chapel Hill Road
Mt. Pleasant, Texas 75455
Odessa College
201 W. University
Odessa, Texas 79764
Panola College
1109 W. Panola
Carthage, Texas 75633
Paris Junior College
2400 Clarksville St.
Paris, Texas 75460
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
2149 Hickory Street
Abilene, Texas 79601
Prairie View A&M University
6436 Fannin St.
Houston, Texas 77030
San Antonio College
1300 San Pedro Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
San Jacinto College
8060 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, Texas 77505
San Jacinto College - South
13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, Texas 77089
South Plains College
1401 S. College Ave.
Levelland, Texas 79336
South Texas College
3201 W. Pecan
McAllen, Texas 78501
Southwestern Adventist University
100 W. Hillcrest
Keene, Texas 76059
St. Philips College
1801 Martin Luther King Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78203
Stephen F. Austin State University
1936 North St.
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Tarleton State University
1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, Texas 76402
Tarrant County College
1500 Houston Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Temple College
2600 South First Street
Temple, Texas 76504
Texarkana College
2500 N. Robison Road
Texarkana, Texas 75599