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Online ADN Programs in Texas

Associate degrees in nursing let you become an RN in only a few years. Learn about approved ADN programs in Texas with convenient online classes and begin your nursing journey.

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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the United States had a shortage of nurses. Decades of nursing shortages strained the U.S healthcare system and the coronavirus pandemic pushed medical providers to their breaking points. Now, the need for nursing professionals is more pressing than ever, especially in one of the largest states in the U.S. Texas is home to 10 percent of all community hospitals in the nation, which adds up to more than 500 facilities caring for patients throughout the state.

As the need for nurses continues to grow, access to affordable, fast, and effective education is critical to bring new nursing professionals into the fold. Community and junior colleges in Texas are helping to meet this need by training students to be RNs in only about two years through associate nursing degree (ADN) programs. From Houston to El Paso, Texas is home to dozens of ADN programs. In recognition of the changing times, many of these schools even offer online classwork in addition to in-person clinical training.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of online ADN programs in Texas, explore top-rated schools, and find a list of programs approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. After reading this guide, you should have a good idea of what to look for when choosing an ADN program in Texas that’s right for you.

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Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Baptist Health System School of Health ProfessionsSan Antonio, TX Private for-profit $$ 1

Baptist Health System School of Health Professions offers a high quality and flexible associate degree in nursing. The degree consists of foundational science courses like anatomy and nursing courses, such as common concepts of adult health and mental health nursing. All courses are a combination of online lectures and in-person labs and class sessions. For added flexibility, students can choose to take their courses in the day, evening, or on the weekends. Upon graduation, students are prepared to sit for the NCLEX exam and become licensed RNs.

Program Highlights:

Associate of Applied Science in Nursing

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: About 2.5 years
  • Cost: $440/credit
  • Mode: Hybrid
  • Accreditation: ACEN
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
7/1
Online
Student %
100%
or
About the ranking

X

Base Methodology for EduMed’s Best Online College Rankings for the ’23-’24 school year.

One: Create list of Eligible Schools and Programs

To be eligible, schools were required to meet the following criteria based on data pulled from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which was self-reported by the schools themselves.

  • Institutional accreditation from an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At least 1 online component in a program within the ranking-subject area.

Two: Assign Weighting

After creating the list of eligible schools, EduMed data scientists assigned weights and ranked schools based on a mix of metrics, which were all self-reported by the schools themselves to the U.S. Department of Education and IPEDS. 

The metrics are listed below in order of most- to least-heavily weighted. 

Online Programs – Number of online programs in the relevant subject area.

Online Student % – Number of total students who are enrolled in at least 1 distance-learning course in the relevant subject area.

Tuition – The average in-state tuition for undergraduate students studying full-time, as self-reported by the school.

Institutional Aid – Percent of full-time undergraduate students who are awarded institutional grant aid, as self-reported by the school.

Academic Counseling – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Career Placement Services – Existence of this service on campus or online.

Student/Faculty Ratio

About Our DataEduMed’s rankings use the latest official data available from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Most recent data pull: July 2023

# School Name Type Tuition Online Programs More Details School Information Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students w/Institutional Aid Median Earnings 10yrs After Entry Accreditation
1 Panola CollegeCarthage, TX Public $ 1

Panola College offers degree programs for healthcare workers in a variety of fields. Students can select from associate programs that prepare them for a range of roles including occupational therapy assistant, EMT, and registered nurse. Those looking to save some money on their BSN might consider completing their prerequisites at Panola before transferring to one of the school's partner BSN programs. Panola is committed to making its program flexible by offering many required courses online and arranging students' clinical experiences close to where they live.

Program Highlights:

Associate Degree Nursing, AAS

  • Credits: 60
  • Length: About 2 years
  • Cost: $60 (resident) and $200 (nonresident)
  • Mode: Hybrid
  • Accreditation: ACEN
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
14/1
Online
Student %
72%
2 Amarillo CollegeAmarillo, TX Public $ 1

Amarillo College offers both an LVN certificate and an associate degree in nursing that is accredited by both the ACEN and the Texas Board of Nursing. The associate degree will prepare students to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and provide quality holistic patient-centered care. To apply, students must be up-to-date on vaccinations (including a current influenza vaccine), be CPR certified, and send in all previous college transcripts. All students enrolled in a clinical/lab course will need to have professional liability insurance.

Program Highlights:

Associated Degree in Nursing

  • Credits: 61
  • Length: 5 semesters
  • Cost: $112.50-$155.50/credit
  • Mode: Partially online
  • Accreditation: ACEN
Academic
Counseling
Yes
Career
Placement
Yes
Student/
Faculty Ratio
18/1
Online
Student %
55%

Popular Online ADN Programs in Texas for 2024

Below, we’ve identified two of the most popular ADN programs in Texas that offer at least some of their coursework online. These popular programs will help give you a better idea of what to look for during your own program search.

Blinn College District

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Designed to prepare students to work as registered nurses, Blinn College District’s (BCD) two-year ADN program offers the academic rigor, hands-on training, and clinical experience needed to excel as a registered nurse. BCD’s program holds approval from the Texas Board of Nursing and is accredited by the ACEN. Blinn College prepares its graduates for future careers as RNs, as evidenced by its 98% pass rate for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

From general education courses in humanities and the arts to advanced nursing courses focused on leadership and management, Blinn’s ADN program consists of 60 credits and typically takes two years to complete. While the majority of coursework is completed in person, some general education and nursing theory classes are available as hybrid or online options. Starting in the program’s second semester, some of the in-person clinicals are available on weekends to help accommodate student schedules.

This is a competitive, sought-after program, and priority admission is given to students who have completed the necessary prerequisite courses by the time of application. Most admitted students have a GPA of at least 3.0 and pass the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment.

South Texas College

South-Texas-College

South Texas College’s ADN program is dedicated to preparing students with the essential skills needed to become safe and competent healthcare workers. After completing the program, students have an 88% NCLEX-RN pass rate, and the program boasts a 95% job placement rate. In addition to the traditional ADN track, South Texas College offers two other specialty options: an LVN-to-RN transition program and the EMT/paramedic-to-RN track.

After finishing 13 credits of required prerequisite work, you can expect to complete this program in two years as a full-time student. Like most other traditional ADN programs in Texas, the degree requires the completion of 60 credits, with coursework covering topics spanning from the foundations of nursing practice to advanced topics in adult health. Clinical work plays an important role in any nursing program, and STC is no exception. South Texas College students must also dedicate a semester to mental health and complex medical surgery skills development.

As a selective program, STC uses a points system to determine eligibility for pre-admission. GPA in prerequisite courses and Health Education Systems, Inc (HESI) test scores weigh heavily in program acceptance, and students must pass a math/dosage proficiency test with a 100% score prior to enrolling in the program.

ADN Programs Approved by the Texas Board of Nursing

In the following table, you’ll find a complete list of ADN programs, including partially online options that have been approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. We’ve also included NCLEX-RN pass rates for each school so you can get a better picture on how well they train their students. As a general rule, the higher the pass rate, the more you can be confident your ADN program will do a good job preparing you for licensure. Ideally, you want to enroll in a program with an NCLEX-RN passage rate that’s at least above the national average.

School Name City NCLEX-RN Pass Rate (2023)
Alvin Community College Alvin, TX 99%
Amarillo College Amarillo, TX 89%
Angelina College Lufkin, TX 98%
Austin Community College Austin, TX 92%
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions San Antonio, TX 90%
Blinn College Bryan, TX 96%
Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX 100%
Central Texas College Killeen, TX 83%
Cisco College Abilene, TX 98%
Clarendon College Pampa, TX 92%
Coastal Bend College Beeville, TX 77%
College of the Mainland Texas City, TX 93%
Collin College McKinney, TX 95%
Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX 91%
El Paso Community College El Paso, TX 95%
Galen College of Nursing San Antonio, TX 90%
Galveston College Galveston, TX 76%
Grayson College Denison, TX 86%
Hill College Hillsboro, TX 96%
Houston Community College Houston, TX 75%
Howard College – Big Springs Big Spring, TX 100%
Howard College – San Angelo San Angelo, TX 95%
Kilgore College Kilgore, TX 100%
Lamar State College-Orange Orange, TX 91%
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Port Arthur, TX 100%
Laredo College Laredo, TX 100%
Lee College Baytown, TX 100%
Lone Star College CyFair Cypress, TX 97%
Lone Star College Kingwood Kingwood, TX 96%
Lone Star College Montgomery Conroe, TX 98%
Lone Star College North Harris Houston, TX 94%
Lone Star College Tomball Tomball, TX 98%
McLennan Community College Waco, TX 93%
Midland College Midland, TX 92%
Navarro College Waxahachie, TX 93%
North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX 94%
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant, TX 96%
Odessa College Odessa, TX 94%
Panola College Carthage, TX 92%
Paris Junior College Paris, TX 78%
Ranger College Early, TX 100%
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX 89%
San Jacinto College Central Pasadena, TX 96%
San Jacinto College South Houston, TX 98%
South Plains College Levelland, TX 79%
South Texas College McAllen, TX 91%
Southwest Texas Jr College Del Rio, TX 97%
Southwest University El Paso El Paso, TX 90%
St. Philip’s College San Antonio, TX 89%
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, TX 84%
Temple College Temple, TX 96%
Texarkana College Texarkana, TX 95%
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen, TX 71%
Texas State Technical College West Texas Sweetwater, TX 85%
The College of Health Care Professions Houston, TX 83%
Trinity Valley Community College Kaufman, TX 93%
Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX 99%
Vernon College Vernon, TX 96%
Victoria College Victoria, TX 100%
Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX 99%
Weatherford College Weatherford, TX 89%
Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX 100%

Source: Texas Board of Nursing

Can I Really Earn My ADN Degree Online in Texas?

Earning an ADN degree can provide a quick and practical degree option for those interested in a nursing career. But it’s not the only way to become a nurse. Here are several compelling reasons why an ADN degree could be the right fit for you.

ADN coursework covers a wide range of topics, from the prerequisite general education courses to specialized nursing classes and clinical work. In many programs, at least some foundational classes can be completed online, but in-person labs and hands-on clinical hours are required and essential to your nursing education. Supervised clinical hours take place at medical sites approved by your school and are often located nearby campus. Learn more about the intricacies of online and hybrid nursing degrees on EduMed’s main page covering online ADN programs.

6 Reasons to Choose Online ADN Programs in Texas

Earning an ADN degree can provide a quick and practical degree option for those interested in a nursing career. There are several compelling reasons why an ADN degree could be a good fit for you.

1

Fast way to become a licensed RN in Texas

While earning a BSN degree can help pave the way for access to managerial positions and the eventual pursuit of a master’s degree, it takes twice as long to earn as the ADN. Earning a traditional BSN degree typically takes a student at least four years of full-time study to complete, while completing an ADN degree can take as little as two years. The vast majority of associate RN programs, such as the one from North Central Texas College’s ADN program, will consist of 60 credits as opposed to the minimum 120 credits typically required for a bachelor’s degree. The ADN is for those who want to earn an RN license and enter the workforce quickly. Yet, ADN graduates still retain the option to return to school later to obtain a Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Nursing degree.

2

Affordability

Tuition costs can play an important role when choosing your academic path toward professional nursing. An ADN degree costs considerably less than a bachelor’s degree because it’s a shorter program, and associate degree programs are often offered by two-year schools where the cost per credit is often cheaper than a four-year institution. For example, Amarillo College’s ADN tuition is roughly half that of Texas A&M’s four-year nursing program. After factoring in two additional years of study, additional fees, and other costs associated with being in college, the price difference can be staggering. An ADN program in Texas offers an effective way of keeping costs low while getting to work quickly.

3

Flexibility and convenience of online classes

The option to take some classes online enables flexibility when managing your schedule. This is especially important for working students. For certified nursing aides, licensed vocational nurses, and other healthcare professionals pursuing an ADN in Texas, online coursework can make a world of difference when attempting to balance work, school, and personal obligations. Being able to continue working while in school also makes it far easier to afford the cost of your ADN education. Asynchronous options are often available, which enable students to interact with course content at any time that fits into their schedule.

4

Higher earning potential and more professional responsibility for RNs vs. other entry-level nursing careers in Texas

Compared to other allied health programs, ADN programs offer graduates higher earning potential, an expanded level of professional responsibility, and more career opportunities. Wage differences between RNs, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), and certified nursing aides (CNAs) are notable. An associate degree and accompanying RN licensure can enhance your earning potential based on your increased academic training.

In addition to the economic benefits, RNs acquire the knowledge and skill set they need to work as hands-on and confident contributors in a variety of medical settings, making decisions and working alongside other healthcare professionals while delivering excellent patient care. LVNs and CNAs play a vital role in healthcare settings, but the added education and training completed by registered nurses lead to higher pay and more responsibility.

Nursing Career Median Hourly Wage in Texas Median Annual Wage in Texas
Registered Nurse (RN) $40.92 $90,210
Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) $16.88 $35,370
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) $27.41 $56,490

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2023

5

Opportunity to advance your nursing education in the future

Even if your main reason for completing an ADN is to start working as a registered nurse as soon as possible, the degree also opens up additional academic opportunities. Just as an LVN program can lead to an ADN degree with additional education, the RN associate degree offers a clear path to a bachelor’s degree down the road. Many colleges and universities offer ADN-to-BSN programs specifically tailored for the working RN. Additionally, some institutions also offer ADN-to-MSN programs, allowing for an accelerated path to a master’s degree in nursing and the opportunity to work as a nurse administrator, nurse educator, or advanced practice registered nurse.

6

Continued demand for registered nurses in Texas

The demand for nurses in Texas continues to rise as the supply of working professionals in nursing remains relatively static. Texas is far from alone in this shortage. The state has implemented initiatives to broaden access to nursing programs, incentivize Doctor of Nursing (DNP) programs, and encourage diversity to more closely reflect the state’s demographics but room for growth still exists. The Texas Department of State Health Services predicts a supply deficit in excess of 57,000 nurses by 2032. You can rest assured that Texas needs nurses and if you complete an ADN program, you are likely to have promising job prospects when you graduate.

Check out our main guide to online Texas nursing programs for even more RN salary and job outlook information.

3 Criteria for Choosing a Quality Online ADN Program in Texas

Selecting the right online Texas ADN program to fit your aspirations and goals is critical and can play a huge role in influencing your career as an RN. Considering program specifics like location, cost, partnerships with nearby medical facilities, and teacher-to-student ratio. These can play a significant part in your decision-making. While program-specific details can help you make your choice, the following three criteria help ensure you find a quality program.

1

Approved by the Texas Board of Nurses

The Texas Board of Nursing strongly suggests that prospective students pay close attention to the credentials of a program before enrolling. Make sure any school you’re looking at holds approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. The vast majority of ADN programs in Texas are board approved, but if a program you are interested isn’t, don’t apply there. You won’t be able to secure the necessary licensure to become a practicing RN in Texas after you complete that program. You can find a list of approved Texas ADN schools further down on this page.

2

Accredited by the ACEN or CCNE

Enroll in an ADN program that holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. These nationally recognized accrediting bodies validate the quality and integrity of nursing programs in Texas and other states. These organizations set standards and evaluate nursing programs, making sure your education stays current with the field’s ever-evolving standards. Graduating from a program without either type of programmatic accreditation doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t become an RN in Texas, but it can make it harder to find a job or continue your nursing education later on.

3

High NCLEX-RN Exam Pass Rates

Considering a potential ADN program’s NCLEX-RN exam pass rates provides a quick and easy way to assess the quality of education it provides. The NCLEX-RN exam is your last step to securing an RN license and getting to work. If a program has a high pass rate, there’s a good chance the program helps provide students with the tools needed to succeed. See the table at the bottom of the page for exam pass rates of Texas ADN programs.

ADN programs focused on preparing future RNs are not the only paths to a nursing career. Online certified nursing aide (CNA) and licensed vocational nurse (LVN) programs can provide an even quicker, less expensive way to start your nursing career.

  • Online CNA Classes in Texas Vital to almost any healthcare facility, CNAs tackle responsibilities that span from critical administrative tasks to the day-to-day work of caring for patients. As these programs exist online, students have the flexibility needed to successfully balance personal, professional, and academic responsibilities.
  • Online LVN Programs in Texas Effective patient care serves as the cornerstone of the medical field, and LVNs are vital to its success. Similar to ADN programs, the curriculum includes both traditional coursework and mandatory clinical hours. LVN programs typically take 18 months from start to finish, culminating with the NCLEX-PN national licensure exam.