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Top Nursing Schools and Colleges in Texas

Find out which top schools and colleges in Texas offer programs in nursing. Read about the degree options at three universities, and find a table with at-a-glance information about other Texas schools that provide training for nurses.

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Each of the three universities profiled below offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, with awards ranging from bachelor's to doctoral degrees. Two of the schools, Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin, also offer alternative nursing programs for students who hold a 4-year degree in another major.

Top Texas Schools with Nursing Programs

1. Baylor University in Waco, TX

Baylor University is a private Baptist school that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs at its Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Undergraduates can choose between a traditional 4-year program and an accelerated 12-month program, known as FastBacc, designed especially for students who already have a bachelor's degree in another field. Graduate students can pursue a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Advanced Neonatal Nursing (NNP) or Nurse Midwifery (CNM) program, the last of which culminates in a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Baylor University also offers a post-master's nursing certificate.

2. University of Texas at Arlington

The College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) offers a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing and a DNP. Registered nurses who want to get a college degree in their field can also pursue an RN-to-BSN program. Students train in the university Smart Hospital, where they work with a variety of simulation technologies, such as patient simulators and computer program simulations. They also receive one-on-one mentorship from trainers.

3. University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) ranked as one of the top public universities in the nation, placing 13th on a U.S. News & World Report survey for 2011. The university's School of Nursing, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), has received $21 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003. The school offers BSN, MSN and Ph.D. in Nursing programs. Each program has an 'alternate entry' option for students holding degrees in other fields.

List of the Ten Best Nursing Schools in Texas

School Name Distinction Location
Baylor University The world's first Baptist university Waco, TX
East Texas Baptist University 100% pass rate for nursing students in 2010 Marshall, TX
Lamar University High Fidelity Simulation Lab is available to nursing students Beaumont, TX
Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Heads up the Texas Team Project in nursing College Station, TX
University of Houston - Victoria Information sessions are available to nursing students Victoria, TX
University of Texas at Arlington Home to the Genomics Translational Research Laboratory for nursing fellows Arlington, TX
University of Texas at Austin Labeled the best nursing school for men in 2005 by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing Austin, TX
University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Offered the first DNP program in Texas Houston, TX
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio International Memorandum of Understanding, a collaborative nursing program with Chiang Mai University in Thailand San Antonio, TX
West Texas A&M University Health Partners Clinic, part of the 'Healthy Neighborhoods' federal initiative of 2003, is partially operated by nursing faculty and students Canyon, TX
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