Texas is the country’s second largest state in area with a population of approximately 25 million. The state boasts of the second highest gross product by state, with petroleum production as the largest industry. With a sound state economy, more people are moving to Texas thus creating a health care scenario that shows a great demand for more workers, particularly in the field of nursing.
Approximately 185,000 Registered Nurses work in the health care system of Texas as of 2012. Nursing is the largest health care profession in the state but it accounts only a measly 7.1% of the Registered Nurses of the country. The national ratio of population to nurse is 8.3%, with Texas 1.2% lower. The 1.2% difference may seem insignificant but it translates to around 32,000 Registered Nurses less than what the state’s hospitals and medical institutions should employ.
The deficiency in the number of nurses employed in Texas hospitals is projected to rise in the next decade because of the anticipated retirements of the Baby Boomers in the nursing workforce in addition to the demand for more nurses created by the reforms in health care laws. Texas, therefore, expects a bigger shortage of nurses.
To prevent such shortage of nurses, the state encourages high school graduates and holders of non-nursing degrees to pursue careers in the nursing profession. There are plenty of colleges and universities in Texas that offer different nursing programs. Students can choose a nursing school based on proximity to their residence, cost of tuition, and the school’s standing in terms of academic excellence.
The top nursing schools in Texas are:
1. Texas Woman’s University
Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas is a public, co-educational university with health science centers in Houston and Dallas. The university is the largest state-supported women’s university in the country although male students are also accepted. The university’s doctoral program for nurses is the largest in the country. TWU, while a public university, is not affiliated with the state’s university systems.
TWU started as the Girls Industrial College in 1901 and accepted enrollees in 1903. The school’s name was changed in 1905 to become the College of Industrial Arts and Sciences after it started offering a number of programs in the liberal arts and sciences. It was again re-named in 1934 as the Texas College for Women, emphasizing its reputation as a premiere educational institution of higher learning for Texas women. The school once again changed its name to the current Texas Woman’s University in 1957. The first male students were accepted in 1972 to its health science schools and eventually opened to male students all academic programs that it offers.
TWU is composed of five colleges that enroll an estimated 15,000 students in its three campuses.
TWU College of Nursing
The College of Nursing, established in 1954, is the largest in the state and the 11th largest in the country. Its doctoral nursing program is the 5th oldest nursing doctoral program in the country is the largest in the world. The College of Nursing offers the following academic programs:
- Bachelor of Science for first and second degree students
- Weekend or evening program (Dallas Center)
- RN to BS – Online program for Registered Nurses offered at Collin Higher Education Center and concurrent admission at TWU and Collin College
- Master of Science
- Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Leader
- Nursing Education (Online program)
- Nursing Health Systems Management
- Post-MS Certificate
- RN to MS for Associate Degree Registered Nurses only
- Post-baccalaureate RN to MS for Associate Degree Registered Nurses with non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
- DNP to PhD Bridge Program – online for Denton and hybrid (online and classroom) for Houston
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
- Doctoral Program in Nursing Science (PhD) – online for Denton and hybrid (online and classroom) for Houston
- International Health Professions Nurse Mentor Program
Information about the different nursing programs of Texas Woman’s University may be obtained from:
College of Nursing
P.O. Box 425498
Denton, TX 76204-5498
(940) 898-2437 fax
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
(214) 689-6510 phone
(214) 689-6539 fax
6700 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030-2897
(713) 794-2100 phone
(713) 794-2103 fax
2. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, popularly known as UTHealth, is a comprehensive health center located in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical center. It was established by the UT System Board of Regents in 1972. UTHealth comprises six schools: UTHealth Medical School, the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTHealth School of Dentistry, UTHealth School of Nursing, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, and the UTHealth School of Public Health.
UTHealth was established to be the health university of Houston. It is the most comprehensive of the academic health centers under the UT System. It produces the largest number of health care professionals in the state. UTHealth operated in 2014 with a $1.19 billion budget, $223 million of which was spent in research expenditures. The university is housed in 85 buildings and facilities with floor area of 4.3 million square feet. UTHealth has produced 39,153 graduates.
School of Nursing
UTHealth School of Nursing was established in 1972. It belongs to the top five graduate nursing programs in the United States and is ranked the highest in the state of Texas. The School of Nursing offers a variety of environments that allow both faculty and students to study, take part in clinical practice, and conduct researches in the different areas of nursing. The school produces on the average 185 new nurses and 130 graduate degree nurses each year.
The UTHealth School of Nursing offers the following nursing programs:
- Undergraduate – Bachelor of Science in Nursing offered through the Pacesetter BSN program (4 semesters – 15 months) and the RN to BSN program (3 semesters -12 months).
- Graduate Education – Master of Science in Nursing with six clinical tracks: Adult Gerontology Acute Care, Adult/Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nursing Education, and Nursing Leadership and Administration.
Post-Master’s education is offered to students who want to pursue graduate education in another specialty and role. There is an individualized degree plan for each student based on educational needs, previous course work, and certification.
- DNP Program – The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a practice doctoral program for clinical scholars who are advanced practice nurses.
- PhD Program – The PhD in Nursing program aims to produce nurse leaders who will lead in the development and the dissemination of nursing knowledge through the conduct of inter-professional research.
- Nurse Anesthesia Program – It aims to prepare nurses who will manage the patients’ anesthesia needs. It prepares graduates in the administration of the different types of anesthesia – general, regional, local, and conscious sedation.
Information about the UTHealth nursing programs may be obtained from:
UTHealth School of Nursing
6901 Bertner Ave
Houston, Texas 77030
3. University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship university of the University of Texas System, is a public research institution founded in 1883 at Austin, Texas. The university has the fifth largest enrollment in a single-campus institution in the country. UT Austin has more than 50,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. It belongs to the few public universities whose quality of education is comparable to those schools belonging to the Ivy League, hence the label “Public Ivies”.
In 1929 UT Austin became the third university from the American South to be inducted into the American Association of Universities. The university is one of the country’s top academic research centers, with more than $550 million research budget for school year 2013-2014.
The University of Texas at Austin has eighteen colleges and schools that offer more than 100 undergraduate degrees and 170 graduate degrees.
School of Nursing
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is one of the best schools of nursing in the entire country. The school started offering nursing courses in 1960 with the transfer of faculty members from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The school was integrated in 1968 as part of the University of Texas System School of Nursing. It offered a four-year undergraduate nursing program in 1969 and offered a doctoral degree in nursing in 1974. The School of Nursing became part of The University of Texas at Austin in 1976.
The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools while its School of Nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing offers the following programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Alternate Entry Master of Science
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Alternate Entry Doctoral
- Doctor of Philosophy
Information about the nursing programs offered by the School of Nursing may be obtained from:
BSN Program (includes ADN-BSN), Assistant Director Undergraduate Academic Services: Mickey Gonzales; (512) 471-7928
Student Services Office: (512) 232-4780
AE-MSN, MSN, Post-MSN, AE-PhD, PhD Programs, Assistant Director Graduate Academic Services: Tracy Demchuk; (512) 471-7927
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Carole Taxis; (512) 232-4784
4. Baylor University
Baylor University is a private university in Waco, Texas. It was chartered in 1845 and is considered to be the oldest university in Texas. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Baylor University is composed of eleven academic units enrolling more than 16,000 students with campuses in Waco and Dallas.
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing of Baylor University, established in 1909, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing. The school aims to educate nurses, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels, within the Christian community in order to exemplify the motto: Learn. Lead. Serve.
The academic programs of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing are approved by the Texas Board of Nurses and are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers the following nursing programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Traditional program and FastBAcc, a one year accelerated course.
- Master of Science in Nursing – Online
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Information about the nursing programs may be obtained from:
Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
3700 Worth Street
Dallas, Texas 75246
P.O. Box 97333
Waco, TX 76798-7333
5. Texas A&M Health Science Center
The Texas A&M Health Science Center is a part of the Texas A&M University that offers programs in the health profession such as medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. It was created in 1999 as an independent unit of the Texas A&M University System. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its merger with Texas A&M University was affected on July 12, 2013.
The institution is composed of six academic units with different locations in the state of Texas.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing was created in 2008 to address the shortage of nurses in Texas. The school offers the following nursing programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Three tracks may lead to the BSN degree: traditional, second degree, and RN to BSN.
- Master of Science in Nursing – Online program.
Information about the nursing programs may be obtained from:
TAMHSC-College of Nursing
8447 State Highway 47
Bryan, TX 77807-3260