RN to BSN in Texas

If you’re interested in earning your BSN as a Texas RN, we have compiled all the information you could need on this page. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas has the second highest RN employment levels in the United States, coming in at 190,000. In addition, the Houston and Dallas areas employ the most RNs, and South and East Texas have some of the highest national levels of pay for nonmetropolitan areas.

The Texas Action Coalition is currently working with community colleges in an effort to increase the number of Texas RNs with BSNs to 80% by 2020. If you’re ready to get started, then check out the information below in order to find the RN to BSN program in Texas that’s right for you.

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
    • Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
    • Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
    • Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
    • Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
    • Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
    • Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
    • Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.

RN-to-BSN Programs in Texas

We have compiled a comprehensive listing of RN to BSN programs in Texas. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search.

Angelo State University

$ 520 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

March 1st, June 1st, and November 1st

  • The program consists of 120 hours and is entirely online.
  • You must apply to the university first, and then apply to the RN to BSN program.
  • For more information, call (325) 942-2630 or send an e-mail to chhs@angelo.edu
Online 2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909

Houston Baptist University

$ 425 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

  • The spring and fall courses are eight weeks long, summer courses are five weeks long.
  • Payment plans are available.
  • The entire program can be completed in one to two years.
  • Call HBU for more information at (281) 241-5412
Online 7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074-3298

Lamar University

$ 268 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 10th and January 5th

  • The entire program consists of 126 hours.
  • The program can be completed in six eight-week sessions, or 13 months.
  • There is no time limit for completion.
Online 4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77705

Lubbock Christian University

$ 520 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

None; Open Admissions

  • This program incorporates a religious based curriculum.
  • 120 hours are required to complete this program.
  • The program can be completed in two semesters.
Hybrid 5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407-2099

Midwestern State University

$ 328 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 15th, December 15th, and May 15th

  • This program consists of 120 hours.
  • There is a four-year time limit for completion of this program.
  • For more information send an email to wson@mwsu.edu or call (940) 397-6370.
Campus 3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099

Prairie View A&M University

$ 324 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st, November 1st, and April 1st

  • The program consists of a total of 127 hours.
  • The program is designed to be completed in 12 months.
Campus FM 1098 Road & University Drive
Prairie View, TX 77446

Schreiner University

$ 84 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 28th, September 22nd, December 29th, February 16th, and June 8th

  • Schreiner offers five start dates and six terms per year.
  • Total tuition cost is $10,000, and $2,000 scholarships are available.
  • The program is 120 hours total and can be completed in 12 months.
Online 2100 Memorial Blvd
Kerrville, TX 78028-5697

Southwestern Adventist University

Application Deadlines

August 15th

  • For more information about cost per credit hour, call 800-433-2240 or email enroll@swau.edu
  • The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • All courses must be completed within 7 years of admission to the program.
Campus 100 W Hillcrest
Keene, TX 76059

Stephen F. Austin State University

$ 350 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 1st and August 15th

  • Admission is competitive; an overall minimum GPA of 2.5 and a minimum science GPA of 2.75 is required.
  • SFASU recommends having all materials submitted 4 to 6 weeks ahead of the application deadline.
Online 2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

Tarleton State University

$ 154 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st and November 1st

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.
  • This program is offered at the main campus and the Fort Worth campus.
  • The program takes one year full-time two years part-time.
Campus 1333 W. Washington
Stephenville, TX 76401

Texas A&M International University

$ 10,000 program total

Application Deadlines

October 31st

  • The program can be completed in 18 months.
  • This is an online program designed for working RNs.
  • For more information, contact the admissions counselor at (956)326-3110 or email to nursing@tamiu.edu.
Online 5201 University Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041-1900

Texas A&M University - Central Texas

$ 167 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

January 5th, May 11th, and August 11th

  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required
  • Program offers spring, summer and fall semesters
  • Applicant must meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
Online 1001 Leadership Place
Killeen, TX 76549

Texas A&M University - Commerce

$ 538 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Texas A&M-Commerce accepts RN to BSN applications at any time.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required
  • Applicants are not permitted to hold a final grade of "D" in any previously completed nursing courses
  • Enrolled students who have not previously taken courses in Pharmacology or Health Alterations (or approved equivalents) are required to do so in order to graduate
Hybrid 2200 Campbell St
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75428

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

$ 504 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 1st, April 1st, and July 1st

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 required.
  • 112 total program hours.
  • Awarded Best Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report.
Campus 6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503

Texas A&M University - Texarkana

$ 183 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July

  • Program is online with clinical in home area.
  • This program only admits students for the fall semester; overall GPA of 2.8 required.
  • 120 hours are required to graduate.
  • Request more information here.
  • Interested students should email nursing@tamut.edu or call 903-334-6661.
Campus 7101 University Avenue
Texarkana, TX 75503

Texas A&M University Health Science Center

$ 3,365 per semester in state
$ 7,764 per semester out of state

Application Deadlines

Nursing Application: August 1st and January 15th
Transfer Application: October 15th and March 1st

See more tuition information here.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 strongly recommended
  • Optional in-person practicum is available at various locations across Texas. See more information here.
  • The online RN-BSN program can be completed in 3, 4, or 5 semesters.
Online 805 Rudder Tower
College Station, TX 77843-1244

Texas Lutheran University

$ 920 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 24th

  • 12-month program
  • Offers online and in-person course options make the program ideal for working nurses.
  • For more information contact Danna Salinas, RN to BSN Coordinator, at (830) 372-6914 or dasalinas@tlu.edu
Hybrid 1000 W. Court St
Seguin, TX 78155-5999

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

$ 200 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

August 1st, December 1st, and May 1st

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  • After completing prerequisites, students can graduate in 2-3 semesters.
Online 3601 4th Street
Lubbock, TX 79430

Texas Woman's University

$ 200 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

April 1st, August 1st, and February 1st

  • Full-time students can graduate in one year.
  • The program is completely online.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required.
Online 304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76201

The University of Texas - Pan American

$ 413 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 1st and November 1st

  • This program is under the BSN category and titled, "Alternative Pathway for RNs."
  • For more information call (956) 665-3491.
Campus 1201 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539

The University of Texas at Arlington

$ 4,439 per semester

Application Deadlines

May 1st and October 1st

  • The online program can be completed in 13 months.
  • For more information contact: nursing@uta.edu.
Campus and Online 701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76013

The University of Texas at Brownsville

$ 152 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

November 1st

  • The program totals 121 hours.
  • Check out the BSN brochure here.
Online One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520

University of Houston

$ 410 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Applications for a Fall, Spring or Summer admission. Apply through NursingCAS

Hybrid UH School of Nursing
14000 University Blvd
Sugar Land, TX 77479

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

$ 795 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

July 1st and October 1st

  • Their NCLEX-RN exam pass rate is higher than both the state and national average.
  • For more information email nursing@umhb.edu.
N/A 900 College St
Belton, TX 76513-2599

University of Texas - Tyler

$ 129 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 15th and September 15th

  • This program takes place in a completely online virtual classroom.
  • Full time students can complete this program in one year, but there are also flexible part-time options.
Online 3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799-6699

University of Texas at El Paso

$ 300 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

February 15th and September 15th

  • This program can be completed in as little as two semesters.
  • The 30 credit hour tuition comes to a total of $9,000.
Online 500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691

University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston

$ 179 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

April 15th and November 15th

  • This is a three-semester program that can be completed in 12 months.
  • There is an option for a campus/web hybrid curriculum, or a 100% online schedule.
Hybrid 7000 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

University of Texas Medical Branch

$ 233 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

January 15th

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.
  • Enrollment for fall 2016 opens October 15,, 2015 and closes January 15, 2016.
Online 301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-0129

University of the Incarnate Word

$ 400 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

May 1st and October 1st

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required overall.
  • Interested students should contact Dr. Sarah Williams at williajs@uiwtx.edu.
Hybrid 4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209

Wayland Baptist University

$ 365 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Call (210) 826-7595 for more information.

  • The entire program is online and does not require clinicals.
  • All new students must schedule an appointment with an academic counselor before enrolling. Call (210) 826-7595 to make an appointment.
Online 1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX 79072

West Texas A&M University

$ 250 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

June 1st and November 1st

  • The program consists of 120 hours total.
  • The entire program is online and can be completed in one academic year.
  • Qualifying residents are eligible for a special tuition package of $6,590.
Online 2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016

Please contact the RN to BSN program in Texas that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in Texas that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, Texas has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which Texas is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data
Education

What is being done to increase the number of Texas RN’s with a BSN?

In an effort to have 80% of Texas nurses holding a BSN by 2020, the AC is working with community colleges to encourage students to continue their education.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. State or Regional Competency Based Programs; and State or Regional Shared Curriculum.

Leadership

What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC is helping to develop mentoring programs, training webinars, and internship opportunities for nurses. The coalition is also identifying potential leaders for open board positions.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. The AC is working with the Texas Association of Business to discuss upcoming legislative goals for enabling greater RN care.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC helped achieve a statewide expansion of APRNs’ prescriptive authority through legislative action.

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

The AC is involved with various projects to facilitate nurse care and create new collaboration opportunities.

Diversity

How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

The coalition aims to increase the number of minority graduates, including men, through the establishment of a Diversity Advisory Committee.

Data

What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

No specific plans announced.

Contact Info

Alexia Green

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing

Cindy Johnson

Vice President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Bert Marshall

President
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the Texas Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

Texas Licensing

Texas is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). If you move to another state participating in the NLC (pictured in green), you can practice without getting a new license. For licensing information, visit the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information


Other State RNtoBSN Information