As one of the largest and most populous states in our nation, Texas naturally offers an incredible array of nursing education options. Three of the nation’s largest cities are in Texas: Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio, and some of the nation’s best schools as well.
Transition Programs to Consider
Although several cities in Texas have incredibly good employment rates for LPNs, it’s still understandable why you would want to pursue an ADN or BSN while working, and Texas gives you chances to do that in spades. Over 50 schools offer some kind of transition program for nurses, and many of them can be taken online. You’ll be able to choose from small schools in rural settings or big universities in the middle of the city — wherever you’re most comfortable.
Programs for RNs to get their BSN are also plentiful, including a few standouts at schools like University of Texas (at both the Arlington and Austin campuses). One fully online program can be taken through a series of five-week classes that allow maximum flexibility.
Graduate Programs for Texas Nurses
Nurse anesthetists are in high demand in Texas, and they make a minimum of a six-figure salary, guaranteed. To join the ranks of people in these high-earning and satisfying professions, an MSN is a requirement. You’ll also need an MSN for careers in executive positions, administration, education, and specialty nurse practitioner fields.
Fortunately, you’re in a state that has dozens of schools with unique programs to choose from — a rare thing for even the best of our states. So you’ll be able to find the right school for you.
Schools like University of Texas at Austin have over a dozen programs that award master’s degrees to nurses –and many others have programs as well. Whether you’re new to the field and need a direct-entry program, you’re an RN with a BSN, or you have some other kind of bachelor’s degree, you’ll find that schools like University of Texas offer world-class educations and have programs designed for you.
Job Outlook for Texas Nursing Students
With the overall job market looking pretty healthy in Texas, there’s a great chance that nursing students will be seeing the benefits as well. Unemployment is getting lower and lower — it’s at 6.4% right now, according to the BLS, and it has gone down 0.6 percentage points in the last twelve months.
For nurses, the job market is certainly sturdy, though some fields have a slightly lower concentration of jobs than in other states. But then, some professions like licensed practical nursing positions are much more concentrated in Texas than in other states. If you’re going to get a certification or ASN, you should definitely consider looking for an LPN position, as they’re widely available in the state of Texas.
Other fields that encourage a BSN, like registered nursing, are also doing well, but purely by the numbers, the MSN-prepared nurses are doing even better in Texas compared to the rest of the country. Nurse anesthetists are highly paid, and way ahead of the other states in terms of job availability. Nurse midwives also have a job rate that is comparable to the rest of the country.
Income Data for Nursing Professions in Texas
|Data from BLS 2012||10th Percentile||50th Percentile||90th Percentile|
|Nursing Instructors and Teachers
|LPN / LVNs
* Double dashes (–) indicate data not available.