Nurse Practitioner Schools in Texas with Certification Information

There are more than 25 universities within the state of Texas that have nurse practitioner degree and certificate programs. Read an overview of the ten largest schools' programs, requirements, and tuition info, and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

Nurse practitioner programs are designed for licensed registered nurses who have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing. Students in Texas can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and specialize as a nurse practitioner. Those who already possess an MSN can pursue nurse practitioner training through post-master's certificate programs. Through these programs, students can choose a nurse practitioner concentration, such as adult care and gerontology, mental health, women's health, family practice, pediatrics or acute care. Additionally, registered nurses, nurse anesthetists or nurse midwives with a master's degree may pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which is the terminal clinical degree for this field. Some courses may be available in an online format.

Career Requirements

In Texas, completing an accredited nurse practitioner program, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or post-master's certificate program, can lead to licensure as a nurse practitioner (NP). Graduates need to pass a national certification exam in order to be licensed. The ten schools profiled below offer nurse practitioner programs that lead to taking the certification exam.


Baylor University

Waco's Baylor University offers an MSN program with focuses in family and neonatal nurse practitioner. Additionally, family and neonatal NPs can pursue a Post-Master's DNP program. These programs are available full-time and part-time. Professional nurse midwifes with an MSN can also pursue the DNP program. Those who have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) can purse a DNP through the Baccalaureate in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with NP Concentrations in Family or Neonatal Care Nurse Practitioner,
    Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $13,541 (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city

Prairie View A&M University

This university in Prairie View provides an MSN program that focus on becoming a family nurse practitioner. The 53-credit-hour degree program can be completed in two years full-time and three years part-time. Some work in the summer is included. Students who already have an MSN can pursue a family nurse practitioner specialization through a post-master's certificate program.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration,
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $230 tuition cost per credit hour for residents,
    $586 tuition cost per credit hour for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant town

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University offers a family nurse practitioner master's degree program at the university's Corpus Christi campus. The program is offered online or as an on-campus program. Applicants must hold current Texas registered nurse (RN) licensure. Coursework in this program includes community nursing, nursing science, health promotion, the role of advanced practice, and other topics. The school also offers family nurse practitioner in a post-master's certificate program.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration,
    Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $3,886 for residents,
    $6,714 for non-residents (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

Texas Christian University

Located in Fort Worth, Texas Christian University provides an online DNP program for advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners. The two-year program includes coursework in topics such as biostatistics, healthcare innovation, and informatics; courses can be taken in any order. Two advanced practicums and projects are also part of the program. This program is also available to clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists. Additionally, the school has a 36-month DNP program for those who want to specialize in nurse anesthesiology.

  • Program Offered: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $1,270 per credit hour for tuition (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Texas Woman's University

Texas Woman's University (TWU) offers nurse practitioner programs at the school's main campus in Denton, as well as at campus locations in Dallas and Houston. TWU is one of the nation's largest universities serving women. The master's degree program in nursing includes nurse practitioner concentrations in acute care, adult, family, pediatric, and women's health. Those who already have MSN degrees can specialize in these same concentrations through certificate programs.

The DNP program is geared toward teaching advanced practice nurses to become clinicians. Coursework topics include nursing science, nursing ethics, epidemiology, and nursing informatics, as well as two practicums and a capstone project.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with Multiple NP Concentrations,
    Post-MS Certificates in Multiple NP Specialties,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $444 per credit hour for residents,
    $795 per credit hour for non-residents (Spring 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of Texas Arlington

At the university's Arlington campus, the University of Texas provides an MSN program with various nurse practitioner concentrations, as well as a DNP program. Additionally, individuals with an MSN may enroll in post-master's certificate programs. Nurse practitioner areas of concentration for the master's and certificate programs include acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, family, psychiatric/mental health, neonatal, pediatric, and acute care pediatric.

Nurse practitioners who advance to the DNP program work on research, clinical practice, vulnerable populations, and other areas. The program is 36 hours in length.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with Multiple NP Concentrations,
    Post-Master's Certificates in Multiple NP Specialties,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $1,396 per semester hour for residents,
    Non-resident info N/A (Fall 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of Texas at Austin

The university's flagship campus, located in Austin, was ranked 32nd among graduate nursing schools in 2011 by U.S. News and World Report. The school's MSN program offers nurse practitioner concentrations in family, pediatric, and family psych/mental health. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in nursing or a bachelor's degree in another major as well as an associate degree in nursing. Students looking to earn nursing licenses along with the MSN can do so through the Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE MSN) program. All of the nurse practitioner specializations are offered as post-master's certificate programs.

  • Programs Offered: MSN or AE MSN with Multiple NP concentrations,
    Post-Master's Certificate in Multiple NP Specializations
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $1,285 per semester hour for residents,
    $1,844 per semester hour for non-residents (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of Texas at El Paso

Students at the EL Paso campus of the University of Texas have several nurse practitioner options to choose from in the school's MSN program. Concentrations include acute care adult/gerontology, family, and pediatric. The same three areas of concentration are available as post-master's certificate programs as well for those already with an MSN. The school also offers a DNP program.

  • Programs Offered: MSN with NP Concentrations in Family, Pediatric, or Acute Care Adult/Gerontologic,
    Post-Master's Certificates in Pediatric, Family, or Acute Care Adult/Gerontologic NP,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $6,510 for residents,
    $13,942 for non-residents (May 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of Texas - Pan American

Located in Edinburg, this university offers an MSN program with a family nurse practitioner track. Applicants to the master's degree program must have a BSN in order to be considered for admission. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has accredited this program.

  • Program Offered: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $403 per semester credit hour for residents,
    $754 per semester credit hour for non-residents (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

West Texas A&M University

Canyon-based West Texas A&M University administers an MSN family nurse practitioner program. Students can take the basic courses online or in a hybrid format, while family NP courses are taken in the classroom. Clinical hours are also part of the program. Applicants must be RNs with BSN degrees.

  • Program Offered: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees: $2,898.per semester in-state,
    $3,168 per semester out-of-state (2013-2014)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; distant town

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nurse Practitioner Programs Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees
Baylor University 4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city MSN with NP Concentrations in Family or Neonatal Care Nurse Practitioner,
Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice
$13,541 (2013-2014)*
Prairie View A&M University 4-year, public; distant town MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration,
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
$230 tuition cost per credit hour for residents,
$586 tuition cost per credit hour for non-residents (Fall 2013)*
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 4-year, public; large city MSN with a Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration,
Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate
$3,886 for residents,
$6,714 for non-residents (2012-2013)*
Texas Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Doctor of Nursing Practice $1,270 per credit hour for tuition (2013-2014)*
Texas Woman's University 4-year, public; midsize city MSN with Multiple NP Concentrations,
Post-MS Certificates in Multiple NP Specialties,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$444 per credit hour for residents,
$795 per credit hour for non-residents (Spring 2013)*
University of Texas Arlington 4-year, public; large city MSN with Multiple NP Concentrations,
Post-Master's Certificates in Multiple NP Specialties,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$1,396 per semester hour for residents,
Non-resident info N/A (Fall 2013)*
University of Texas at Austin 4-year, public; large city MSN or AE MSN with Multiple NP concentrations,
Post-Master's Certificate in Multiple NP Specializations
$1,285 per semester hour for residents,
$1,844 per semester hour for non-residents (2012-2013)*
University of Texas at El Paso 4-year, public; large city MSN with NP Concentrations in Family, Pediatric, or Acute Care Adult/Gerontologic,
Post-Master's Certificates in Pediatric, Family, or Acute Care Adult/Gerontologic NP,
Doctor of Nursing Practice
$6,510 for residents,
$13,942 for non-residents (May 2013)*
University of Texas - Pan American 4-year, public; small city MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track $403 per semester credit hour for residents,
$754 per semester credit hour for non-residents (2012-2013)*
West Texas A&M University 4-year, public; distant town MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Track $2,898.per semester in-state,
$3,168 per semester out-of-state (2013-2014)*

Source: *Schools' websites.

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