ADN Programs in Texas


Texas is one of the best places to be a nurse. The state offers the third highest average salary for freshly graduated nurses. It also has the fourth highest annual nursing salary. Apart from the good pay, Texas is also a land of opportunity for nurses of all specialties. By 2029, the demand for nurses in this state is expected to exceed the supply.

Because of that, it’s not surprising to find a lot of nursing programs in Texas. There are around 75 ADN programs and 47 BSN programs to help you get started in your career.

Before you enroll in any of the ADN programs, make sure the program is approved by state board of nursing. The program you are considering to get into also needs to have instructors and courses that can prepare you for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). 

Nursing License In Texas

Around 30 days before you graduate, you need to register with Pearson Vue. It’s a third-party vendor that administers the exam. Registration typically costs $200.

Now, before you can actually take the NCLEX, you’ll be required to take and pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination. It’s a 2-hour exam which you need to take online. It will cost you no more than $25.

Along with passing the jurisprudence exam, the Board of Nursing will also need to receive your application and fees, the result of your criminal background check, and verify your registration with Pearson Vue.

After checking all those data, you’ll receive an email verification which includes your Authorization To Test (ATT). It’s valid for 75 days.

Once you pass the NCLEX, the BON will receive the result within five working days after your test. You, on the other hand, will receive a certification. You’ll need to complete an online verification which you can print that as proof of your licensure.

Now, if you are licensed in another state and would like to pursue a career in Texas, you need to have graduated from an approved nursing program, worked in the US or have passed the NCLEX within the last four years prior to application.

You can apply through paper or online. You’ll need to submit the same set of requirements mentioned above (application, criminal background check, passing the jurisprudence test, and verification from all states and provinces) to the Texas Board of Nursing.

The processing time usually takes about 15 business days.

Renewal will be biennium. For registered nurses, it will cost $65 while Licensed Vocational Nurse will require $42.

There are 74 nursing schools in Texas that provide ADN program. We gathered some key information about each school to help you learn more about the schools' characteristics and the programs they provide.

Where applicable we also list weighted average NCLEX pass rate of the students who attended the schools in the last 3 years.

Alvin Community College
Alvin, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.90%
  • PN: 100.00%

Amarillo College
Amarillo, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.80%
  • PN: 92.70%

Angelina College
Lufkin, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.50%
  • PN: 87.10%

Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.90%

Austin Community College District
Austin, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.80%
  • PN: 97.70%

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions
San Antonio, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.10%
  • PN: 97.70%

Blinn College
Brenham, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.70%
  • PN: 98.90%

Brazosport College
Lake Jackson, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.20%
  • PN: 96.00%

Brookhaven College
Farmers Branch, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 93.00%

Central Texas College
Killeen, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.50%
  • PN: 91.80%

Cisco College
Cisco, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.70%
  • PN: 88.30%

Clarendon College
Clarendon, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 80.20%
  • PN: 77.70%

Coastal Bend College
Beeville, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.70%
  • PN: 83.90%

College of the Mainland
Texas City, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.00%
  • PN: 85.60%

Collin College
McKinney, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.00%

Dallas Nursing Institute
Dallas, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.10%
  • PN: 92.20%

Del Mar College
Corpus Christi, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 90.30%
  • PN: 94.40%

El Centro College
Dallas, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 71.50%
  • PN: 98.20%

El Paso Community College
El Paso, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.50%

Galen College of Nursing-San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.40%
  • PN: 89.80%

Galveston College
Galveston, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.00%
  • PN: 84.20%

Grayson College
Denison, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 87.90%
  • PN: 88.50%

Hallmark University
San Antonio, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 77.40%

Hill College
Hillsboro, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.20%
  • PN: 97.50%

Houston Community College
Houston, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.90%
  • PN: 73.80%

Howard College
Big Spring, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 97.10%
  • PN: 100.00%

Kilgore College
Kilgore, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.00%
  • PN: 81.20%

Lamar State College-Orange
Orange, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.60%
  • PN: 84.60%

Lamar State College-Port Arthur
Port Arthur, TX


Laredo Community College
Laredo, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 98.80%
  • PN: 97.80%

Lee College
Baytown, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.60%
  • PN: 92.60%

Lone Star College - Kingwood
Kingwood Drive, TX


Lone Star College - Tomball
Tomball, TX


Lone Star College System
The Woodlands, TX


McLennan Community College
Waco, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 75.30%
  • PN: 85.30%

Midland College
Midland, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 89.40%
  • PN: 100.00%

Mountain View College
Dallas, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 94.30%

Navarro College
Corsicana, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.60%
  • PN: 95.20%

North Central Texas College
Gainesville, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.60%
  • PN: 88.40%

Northeast Texas Community College
Mount Pleasant, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.50%
  • PN: 92.20%

Odessa College
Odessa, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.20%

Palo Alto College
San Antonio, TX


Panola College
Carthage, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 95.60%
  • PN: 80.00%

Paris Junior College
Paris, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.40%
  • PN: 93.50%

Ranger College
Ranger, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.00%
  • PN: 84.60%

San Antonio College
San Antonio, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 80.10%

San Jacinto Community College
Pasadena, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 83.50%

South Plains College
Levelland, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 85.90%
  • PN: 95.00%

South Texas College
McAllen, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 84.70%
  • PN: 84.40%

Southwest Texas Junior College
Uvalde, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 81.20%
  • PN: 86.30%

St Philip's College
San Antonio, TX


Tarrant County College District
Fort Worth, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.60%

Temple College
Temple, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.20%
  • PN: 96.10%

Texarkana College
Texarkana, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.30%
  • PN: 97.00%

Texas Southmost College
Brownsville, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 68.60%
  • PN: 81.40%

Texas State Technical College - West Texas
Sweetwater, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.40%
  • PN: 85.70%

The College of Health Care Professions-Northwest
Houston, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 64.40%

Trinity Valley Community College
Athens, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 82.20%

Tyler Junior College
Tyler, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.80%
  • PN: 92.40%

Vernon College
Vernon, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 91.60%

Victoria College
Victoria, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.90%
  • PN: 93.30%

Weatherford College
Weatherford, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 88.00%
  • PN: 94.60%

Wharton County Junior College
Wharton, TX

Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.90%
  • PN: 88.30%


Closed Schools/Programs

Houston Baptist University
Houston, TX

ADN Program closed in 2013
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 86.30%

ITT Technical Institute-Arlington
Arlington, TX

School closed in 2016

ITT Technical Institute-Richardson
Richardson, TX

School closed in 2016

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

ADN Program closed in 2014
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • RN: 92.00%

Sanford-Brown College-Dallas
Dallas, TX

School closed in 2016