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Top Nursing Schools in Texas

January 11th, 2011


The healthcare is a booming industry that shows no signs of slowing down. As the matter of fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics labels the healthcare industry as one of the biggest and fastest growing industries, with 10 of the top 20 fastest growing occupations related to healthcare. Knowing this information, many students are prepared to enter schools that will allow them to pursue healthcare occupations, and nursing schools are no different. Texas alone, has some great nursing schools for students to look into.

The University of Texas at Austin, a 4 year public university in Austin, has nursing programs that are among the best in Texas, according to Education Portal. Being the largest school in Texas, UT offers all level degrees in nursing, which are all fully accredited. Nursing degree programs at UT include associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degree programs. In addition, UT's nursing school ranks among the top 20 master programs in the country, by U.S. News and World Report.

The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, also known as the CCNE, offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The schools also offers programs for nurses to work, while also allowing them to finish school to earn their degrees, catering to different types of nurses. Students in programs at this school had a pass rate of near 98 percent for the nurse licensing exam in 2009, according to the Texas Board of Nursing.

Texas Woman's University has campus locations in Denton and Houston, Texas, and offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The school also offers transition programs for students that already work in the nursing field to earn a degree in nursing, which may provide better job opportunities and higher salaries. Texas Woman's University is also accredited by the CCNE. Additionally, this Texas university graduates more new nurses and professionals in the health care field than any other university in Texas.

The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston located in Galveston, offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in nursing. The school was ranked no. 63 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools. In addition, the student pass rate in 2009 for the nurse licensing exam at this school was 96 percent.