The 10 Best Nursing Schools in Texas

3. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (Lubbock, TX)

Texas Tech School of Nursing
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Students at Texas Tech receive a broad foundation education in nursing with opportunities to specialize in niche disciplines. Actually, it’s the only nursing school in West Texas with all levels of education (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) and classes offered in a variety of formats. The school has 22 different nursing programs meeting every nursing career goal and aspiration. For example, graduate students can study fields as diverse as nursing administration to midwifery, pediatric nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing, and more.

The School of Nursing is actively trying to address the country’s nursing shortage by educating professionals to deal with the complexities of tomorrow’s healthcare needs. As such, the school has been an NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education since 2014. U.S. News ranks Texas Tech as having the #34 best nursing school.

2. University of Texas Health Science Center Cizik School of Nursing (Houston, TX)

As a nationally recognized institute for nursing education, the University of Texas-Houston has one of the top nursing programs in the United States. U.S. News ranked the program as #32 for incoming students in 2022. Moreover, the Nurse Anesthesia Program is among the top 10 in the U.S. And what’s more, students at the Cizik School of Nursing don’t have to choose between quality and affordability, because the school offers very low tuition rates in comparison to other top nursing schools in the country. 

The programs are housed in the School of Nursing and Student Community Center. This 8-story building includes classrooms with the latest technology, an auditorium, dining and gathering spaces, research labs, and a bookstore. It was the first LEED-Gold certified building in the University of Texas system and promotes the intersection of health, access to natural features, and good indoor air quality. The building is near the Texas Medical Center, where students can participate in hands-on learning activities and clinical experiences.

1. University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing (Austin, TX)

University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
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The School of Nursing at UT-Austin is at the top of our list of the best nursing programs in Texas. U.S. News ranks the university as the #21 nursing program in the country. In addition, the TFE Times named the school as #10 among public schools of nursing. And beyond its academic standing, the college is also well-respected for its affordability. Value Colleges has frequently ranked the BSN and Ph.D. programs to be some of the best values in the country.

Plus, the college has aggressive research programs and is ranked #15 in funding from the National Institutes of Health among schools of nursing. UT-Austin’s School of Nursing has over a dozen centers and research initiatives into a diverse set of health problems across many demographics. For example, the African American Mental Health and Wellness Program teaches students to support Black Americans’ physical and psychological health. Similarly, the Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Long Term Care is working to improve the standards of geriatric care in the United States. 

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