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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

Texas A&M International University
5201 University Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
Texas Christian - Harris College
2800 West Bowie Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Texas Woman's University
304 Administration Dr.
Denton, Texas 76204
Trinity Valley Community College
800 Ed Hall Drive
Kaufman, Texas 75142
Tyler Junior College
1327 South Baxter Avenue
Tyler, Texas 75701
Tyler Junior College
501 S. Ragsdale
Jacksonville, Texas 75766
University of Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway
San Antonio, Texas 78209
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
900 College Street
Belton, Texas 76513
University of Texas
80 Fort Brown
Brownsville, Texas 78520
University of Texas
7000 Fannin St.
Houston, Texas 77030
University of Texas - Arlington
701 S Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76010
University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, Texas 78712
University of Texas at El Paso
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968
University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, Texas 75799
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555
University of Texas-Pan American
1201 W University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539
Vernon College
4400 College Drive
Vernon, Texas 76384
Victoria College
2200 E. Red River
Victoria, Texas 77901
Weatherford College
225 College Park Drive
Weatherford, Texas 76086
West Texas A&M University
2403 Russell Long Blvd.
Canyon, Texas 79015
Wharton County Junior College
911 Boling Highway
Wharton, Texas 77488