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Best 25 BSN Programs in Texas in 2021

August 20, 2021 | Staff Writers

BSN Programs in Texas
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1

Texas Woman’s University

  • Denton, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 64%

Texas Woman’s University takes the top spot on our list because it offers one of the best BSN programs in Texas at an affordable rate. Despite its name, TWU does admit men. Its admission requirements specify that students must have 46 credits of nursing prerequisites for the standard BSN program. TWU also offers an online RN to BSN program.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,926 in-state; $18,055 non-resident
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2

Texas A&M International University

  • Laredo, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Texas A&M International University in Laredo offers a top BSN program. The school offers a four-year BSN program that admits students as freshmen. There is also an online RN to BSN program that can be completed in only 12 months.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,348 in-state; $18,666 non-resident
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3

Tarleton State University

  • Stephenville, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 43%

Tarleton State University is one of the lesser-known public universities in the state, but it offers an elite BSN program. Its BSN program is open to RNs and students without a nursing license. TSU also offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for nurses who want advanced education in the field.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $7,851 in-state; $17,621 non-resident
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4

University of Texas

  • Tyler, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 58%

The University of Texas – Tyler has a leading BSN program. Its BSN program offers two different tracks, one for RNs and one for freshmen. In addition to the BSN program, the institution also offers nursing programs at the master’s and doctoral levels.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $8,742 in-state; $22,752 non-resident
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5

University of Texas

  • Austin, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 81%

The University of Texas is one of the most prestigious public universities in the country, so it’s hardly surprising that it makes the top five in our list. Its BSN program is open to transfer applicants with associate’s degrees and first-time freshmen. UT also offers leading nursing programs at the master’s and doctoral levels.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $10,824 in-state; $38,324 non-resident
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6

University of Houston

  • Houston, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 59%

The University of Houston is the flagship campus of one of the state’s multiple public university systems. Students must successfully complete two years of general education before applying to the BSN program as juniors. UH also offers an RN to BSN program, which blends traditional and online learning.

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Tuition per year: $9,221 in-state; $21,749 non-resident
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7

University of Texas

  • Edinburg, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley is one of several campuses in the UT system on our list. Its BSN program admits incoming freshmen. Students must complete two years of general education work before moving onto nursing classes.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $8,132 in-state; $18,260 non-resident
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8

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 93%

Texas Tech University – Health Sciences Center is best known for its nursing programs, including its BSN program. Students must first complete two years of general education work before applying to the program. The institution also offers an RN to BSN program that can be completed in only two semesters.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $15,616 in-state; $28,716 non-resident
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9

University of Texas

  • Houston, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 93%

The University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston is one of two of UT’s health science centers to make our list. It offers several BSN options. Students who have completed two years of general education coursework can apply for the traditional BSN program, which allows students to complete their degree in only 15 months. The school also offers an RN to BSN program, as do most of the schools on this list.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $13,025 in-state; $26,125 non-resident
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10

Texas A&M University

  • College Station, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 80%

Texas A&M University has a leading BSN program at its flagship campus in College Station. It has fairly standard BSN programs. These programs include a traditional BSN that students enter as juniors and an RN to BSN track. The RN to BSN program is mostly online.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $12,153 in-state; $38,602 non-resident
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11

University of Texas

  • El Paso, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 37%

The University of Texas – El Paso, also known as UTEP, offers one of the best BSN programs in the region. UTEP offers a four-year BSN program and an RN to BSN program. The school also offers master’s and doctoral programs.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $9,161 in-state; $21,524 non-resident
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12

Midwestern State University

  • Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 41%

Midwestern State University has one of the best BSN programs in small-town Texas. It offers a unique accelerated program for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. These students can complete their BSN in only 15 months.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $9,601 in-state; $11,551 non-resident
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13

Texas State University

  • San Marcos, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 92%

Texas State University is a large public university in San Marcos with an excellent BSN program. Students must complete their first two years of coursework before applying to the traditional BSN program. TSU also offers an RN to BSN program.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $10,581 in-state; $22,397 non-resident
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14

University of Texas

  • Arlington, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 57%

The University of Texas – Arlington is another campus in the UT system with an elite BSN program. It offers the standard BSN and RN to BSN programs. The RN to BSN program can be completed in only 9 months.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $11,040 in-state; $28,129 non-resident
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15

University of Texas

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 92%

The University of Texas – Health Science Center at San Antonio has several highly ranked programs, including its BSN program. The BSN program offers a traditional track for students who have completed two years of general education and an accelerated track for students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The institution also offers master’s and doctoral programs.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $18,289 in-state; $39,967 non-resident
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16

University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Galveston, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 100%

The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston is best-known for its MD program, but it also offers an excellent BSN program. This program offers the standard traditional and RN to BSN tracks. The institution offers various MSN programs and two different doctoral programs.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $21,990 in-state; $35,090
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17

Wayland Baptist University

  • Plainview, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

Wayland Baptist University is the first private institution on our list. It is a Christian university, but students of all faiths are accepted. It offers both a traditional BSN and an LVN to BSN program.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $22,658
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18

Lubbock Christian University

  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

Lubbock Christian University is another private university with a leading BSN program. LCU offers both traditional and RN to BSN options. A master’s-level program is also available for nurses who want to advance their understanding of the field.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $23,330
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19

Hardin-Simmons University

  • Abilene, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 52%

Hardin-Simmons University is a small private institution in Abilene. Its nursing program educates students from both HSU and McMurry University. The program offers the standard traditional BSN and RN to BSN tracks.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $30,140
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20

Mary Hardin-Baylor University

  • Belton, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 48%

Mary Hardin-Baylor University is a private institution that is known for its nursing programs. It offers an RN to BSN and a traditional BSN. The coursework for the the RN to BSN track can be completed online.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $29,700
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21

Texas Lutheran University

  • Seguin, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 53%

Texas Lutheran University is a private Christian University that accepts students of all faiths. Its BSN program offers two tracks: a four-year track that admits freshmen and an accelerated option for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The accelerated program takes only 16 months to complete.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $30,860
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22

University of Incarnate Word

  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 56%

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic university with a top BSN program. This program offers both traditional and accelerated tracks. The traditional track takes 28 months to complete, and the accelerated track (which is for students who have a bachelor’s in another field) takes 16 months.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $32,576
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23

Concordia University

  • Austin, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 36%

Concordia University has several locations throughout the country, including Concordia University – Texas in Austin. It offers the usual traditional and accelerated tracks for the BSN degree. It also offers a unique direct admission program for freshmen and sophomores with a minimum 3.75 GPA. This track allows these students to take nursing classes even as they complete their general education requirements.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $32,860
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24

Baylor University

  • Waco, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 74%

Baylor University is a top private university with a leading BSN program. Baylor offers traditional and accelerated tracks for students who have completed two years of college. The traditional track can be completed in two years, while the accelerated tracks can be finished in just one year.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $47,364
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25

Texas Christian University

  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Graduation Rate: 77%

Texas Christian University has a top BSN program, though its expensive tuition does hurt its ranking on our list. As with many other institutions on this list, TCU’s BSN program offers both traditional and accelerated tracks. TCU also offers well-respected graduate nursing programs.

School Overview

Tuition per year: $49,250
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Our Ranking Methodology

Our rankings are determined by the rating each nursing school has received from our formula. Our formula uses two vital statistics: yearly tuition rate and graduation rate. There are many public institutions on this list that charge different tuition rates for resident and non-resident students. We only looked at the resident tuition rate for these schools. Our formula works by taking the school’s yearly tuition rate and adding a multiplier that is equivalent to the percentage of students who enrolled at the school but did not graduate. Here’s an example of how it works: University #1 has a yearly tuition rate of $12,000 and a graduation rate of 80%. Its rating would be 14,400 (12,000 x 120%). This list is ranked from lowest rating to highest rating, as low ratings are desirable.  

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