The 10 Best Nursing Schools in Texas

6. University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing (El Paso, TX)

University of Texas El Paso
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The UTEP School of Nursing is ranked among the best nursing schools in the United States, according to several organizations. For example, the website NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com ranked the university as the #30 nursing school in the Southwest, which included Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranked UTEP as having the #131 master’s nursing program in the country.

Undergraduates at UTEP can choose from a traditional four-year BSN degree. Or, for students who are already RNs, the college has an RN-to-BSN option that can be completed in as little as 2 ½ semesters. What’s more, the RN-to-BSN program is entirely online, giving working nurses flexible opportunities to advance their careers. Likewise, the master’s programs are equally flexible. For example, many of the lecture-based courses are only seven weeks long and incorporate online learning activities.


5. Texas Women’s University College of Nursing (Denton, TX)

Texas Woman's University
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The nursing programs at Texas Women’s University strive to balance an education in nursing sciences with the art of providing quality patient care. Although the main campus is in Denton, TWU also has facilities in Dallas and Houston. Students can choose from undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in on-campus, online, or hybrid deliveries. 

U.S. News and World Report highly ranks TWU’s programs. For example, according to U.S. News’s list of Best Online Programs in nursing education, TWU master’s program was ranked #2 in the country. What’s more, the family nurse practitioner master’s program was ranked #1 in Texas and #9 in the United States overall. 

TWU’s faculty maintain strong research agendas. Because of the university’s founding as a women’s university, much of the research is likewise focused on advancing women’s health, especially cancer risks. However, faculty are also engaged in research about management health systems, achieving higher quality patient outcomes, and improved education for future nurses through clinical simulations. 


4. UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation (Arlington, TX)

University of Texas at Arlington
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The College of Nursing and Health Innovation at the University of Texas-Arlington is proud of the institution’s many accomplishments. For example, more baccalaureate-educated nurses in Texas attended UT-Arlington than any other school. And it’s the biggest non-profit school of nursing in the country, with about 17,000 students attending on-campus and online classes. The college even has two designations as a National League of Nursing Center of Excellence. U.S. News ranks the master’s nursing programs as #60.

The online programs, in particular, have received many accolades. NursingProcess.org has ranked it as the #1 accelerated online BSN degree in the U.S.; similarly, College Rank has also awarded the online SBN program the top spot. Nursing School Hub also declares that UTA has the nation’s #16 most affordable online master’s nursing degree among nursing educator programs. Plus, in 2020, Best Health Degrees’ list of best online MSN degrees put UTA at #7. And the awards don’t stop there, either. In 2020, the Nursing Schools Almanac ranked the college #6 among nursing programs in the American Southwest. 

The college credits these rankings to the school’s dedication to personalized instruction and one-on-one coaching. For example, all classes, whether they meet in-person or online, are small to encourage student-faculty interaction. In this way, even though the college has thousands of students, they all receive a high-quality education from faculty members who genuinely care about their success.

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