Nursing
Registered Nurse

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Salary: $42,302 - $64,613
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Hourly: $23.24 - $35.01
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 2-4 years
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Length of Training
Prospective nurses may choose an Associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), diploma in Nursing degree or the Bachelor’s of nursing degree (BSN), or a Master’s degree in nursing (MSN). ADN programs are offered by community colleges and take two to three years to complete. Diploma is a hospital-based program taking two-three years to complete. BSN and MSN programs are offered by universities.

Licensure/Certification 
To be licensed, graduates of approved registered nursing programs must pass the NCLEX-RN comprehensive examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The test is administered by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (www.bne.state.tx.us). The term “registered nurse” may be used only by those graduates who have successfully passed this licensing examination.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association certifes registered nurses based on predetermined standards, including a written subject examination and the amount of practice time in a specified area. Although certification is voluntary, it provides tangible recognition of professional achievement in a defined area of nursing. Registered nurses with certification in a practice area are identifed as RNC.


Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Abilene Christian University Abilene B,M
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Alvin Community College Alvin A
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Amarillo College Amarillo A
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Angelina College Lufkin A
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Angelo State University San Angelo A,B,M
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Austin Community College Austin A
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Baylor University Waco B
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Blinn College Brenham A
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Brazosport College Lake Jackson A
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Brookhaven College (DCCCD) Farmers Branch A
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Central Texas College Killeen A
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Cisco College Cisco A
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Coastal Bend College Beeville A
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College of the Mainland Texas City A
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Collin College Plano A
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Concordia University Austin B
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Del Mar College Corpus Christi A
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East Texas Baptist University Marshall B
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El Centro College (DCCCD) Dallas A
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El Paso Community College District El Paso A
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Galveston College Galveston A
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Grayson County College Denison A
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Hill College Hillsboro A
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Houston Baptist University Houston A,B
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Houston Community College System (HCCS) Houston A
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Howard College Big Spring A
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Kilgore College Kilgore A
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Lamar University Beaumont A,B,M
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Laredo Community College Laredo A
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Lee College Baytown A
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Lone Star College System: Cy-Fair Campus Cypress A
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Lone Star College System: Kingwood Campus Kingwood A
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Lone Star College System: Montgomery Campus Conroe A
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Lone Star College System: North Harris Campus Houston A
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Lone Star College System: Tomball Campus Tomball A
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Lubbock Christian University Lubbock B,M
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McLennan Community College Waco A
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McMurry University Abilene B
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Midland College Midland A
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls B,M
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Navarro College Corsicana A
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North Central Texas College Gainesville A
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Northeast Texas Community College Mt. Pleasant A
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Odessa College Odessa A
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Panola College Carthage A
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Paris Junior College Paris A
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Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing Abilene B,M
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Prairie View A&M University Prairie View B,M
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Sam Houston State University Huntsville B
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San Antonio College (ACCD) San Antonio A
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San Jacinto College: Central Campus Pasadena A
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Schreiner University Kerrville B
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South Plains College Levelland A
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South Texas College McAllen A
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Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde A
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Southwestern Adventist University Keene B
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St. Philip's College (ACCD) San Antonio A
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Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches B
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Tarleton State University Stephenville B,M
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Tarrant County College: Trinity River East Campus Fort Worth A
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Temple College Temple A
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Texarkana College Texarkana A
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Texas A&M International University Laredo B
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Texas A&M University - Central Texas Killeen B
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Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College Station B
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi B
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Texas A&M University-Texarkana Texarkana B
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Texas Christian University Fort Worth B
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Texas Southmost College District Brownsville A
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Texas State Technical College-West Texas (TSTC) Sweetwater A
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos B
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Abilene Abilene B
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso El Paso B,M,D
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock Lubbock B,M,D
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Permian Basin Odessa B,M,D
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Texas Woman's University Denton B,M,D
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The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington B,M,D
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The University of Texas at Austin Austin B,M,D
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The University of Texas at Brownsville Brownsville B,M,D
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso B,M,D
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The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler B,M,D
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Houston B,M,D
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio B,M,D
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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston B,M,D
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg B,M
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Trinity Valley Community College Athens A
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Tyler Junior College Tyler A
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University of Houston-Victoria Victoria B,M
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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Belton B
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University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio B,M,D
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Vernon College Vernon A
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Victoria College Victoria A
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Wayland Baptist University Plainview B
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Weatherford College Weatherford A
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West Texas A&M University Canyon B,M
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Wharton County Junior College Wharton A
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate