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Best 26 Nurse Practitioner Programs in Texas in 2021

April 12, 2021 | Staff Writers

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1. Texas Woman’s University

Texas Woman’s University offers one of the best nurse practitioner programs in Texas at an affordable price, which elevates it to the top spot in our rankings. TWU offers nurse practitioner programs at both the master’s and doctoral levels. A unique DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)-to-Ph.D. program is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $7,926 in-state; $18,055 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 64%

2. Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M International University may not be as well-known as the flagship Texas A&M institution, but its nurse practitioner program ranks higher. The MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program at the school offers an FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner) track. This program can only be completed on-campus.

  • Tuition per year: $7,348 in-state; $18,666 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 41%

3. University of Texas – Tyler

The University of Texas – Tyler offers one of the best nurse practitioner programs in the state. UTT offers an FNP track in its MSN program, as well as a DNP degree. A Ph.D. is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $8,742 in-state; $22,752 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 58%

4. West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University offers one of the leading nurse practitioner programs in the region. It actually offers two different nurse practitioner programs at the master’s level. The MSN offers an FNP track, while a post-master’s FNP certificate is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $8,135 in-state; $9,541 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 43%

5. University of Texas

The University of Texas offers a top-notch nurse practitioner program at its main campus in Austin. It offers an FNP track within the MSN program, as well as a DNP program. UT has had a very high NCLEX (nursing licensure exam) pass rate of 94% in recent years.

  • Tuition per year: $10,824 in-state; $38,326 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 81%

6. University of Houston

The University of Houston has one of the top nurse practitioner programs in the region. It offers an MSN with an FNP track. This program is available at both the Houston and Sugar Land campuses.

  • Tuition per year: $9,221 in-state; $21,749 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 59%

7. University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley is one of the lesser-known campuses in the UT system, but it offers a leading nurse practitioner program. The FNP track within the MSN program is offered at both the Brownsville and Edinburg campuses. UTRGV even offers a unique mental health nurse practitioner program.

  • Tuition per year: $8,132 in-state; $18,260 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 40%

8. University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston focuses only on nursing and other healthcare-related programs. The institution offers an MSN with an FNP track and a DNP program. Graduates have an impressive 96% pass rate on the NCLEX.

  • Tuition per year: $13,025 in-state; $26,125 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 93% 

9. University of Texas – El Paso

The University of Texas – El Paso, better known as UTEP, has a top-notch nurse practitioner program. Its MSN program offers several tracks, including an FNP track. The school also offers an MSN-to-DNP program.

  • Tuition per year: $9,161 in-state; $24,524 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 37%

10. Texas A& M University – Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi is known for its world-class nursing programs, including its nurse practitioner program. The institution is better known for its undergraduate programs, but it does offer a DNP program. This is a relatively new program that started in 2016.

  • Tuition per year: $9272 in-state; $20,101 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 34%

11. Texas State University

Texas State University has a unique and innovative nurse practitioner program. It offers an FNP track within its MSN program. Graduates boast an impressive NCLEX pass rate of 98%.

  • Tuition per year: $10,581 in-state; $22,397 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 54%

12. University of Texas – Arlington

The University of Texas – Arlington has the best nurse practitioner program in the city. Its MSN program has an impressive seven different nurse practitioner tracks. UTA also offers a DNP program.

  • Tuition per year: $11,040 in-state; $28,129 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 59%

13. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock is known for having one of the best nurse practitioner programs in the state. The institution offers an incredible nine nurse practitioner tracks within its MSN program. A DNP program is also available.

  • Tuition per year: $15,616 in-state; $28,716 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 93%

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14. Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University is a public historically black institution with an excellent nurse practitioner program. It has an MSN program with three specializations, including an FNP track. A DNP is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $10,786 in-state; $25,654 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 31%

15. University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio is one of the leading healthcare-focused institutions in the country. It offers an MSN with nurse practitioner tracks and a DNP. A Ph.D. program is also available.

  • Tuition per year: $18,289 in-state; $39,967 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 92%

16. Baylor College of Medicine

The Baylor College of Medicine, which is not affiliated with Baylor University, offers a top-notch nurse practitioner program. Its nurse practitioner is a DNP program with a specialization in CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). This one of the few programs of this type offered in the state.

  • Tuition per year: $19,425
  • Graduation rate: 95%

17. University of Texas Medical Branch

The University of Texas Medical Branch offers a strong nurse practitioner program in Galveston. Its MSN program offers tracks in FNP and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. UTMB is known for having some of the most advanced health simulation facilities of any institution.

  • Tuition per year: $21,990 in-state; $35,090 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 100%

18. West Coast University

West Coast University is a private institution with campuses in several states, including Texas. Its Dallas campus offers an MSN program with an FNP specialization. The coursework for this degree can be completed online.

  • Tuition per year: $26,645
  • Graduation rate: 75%

19. Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University is a private institution with a great nurse practitioner program. LCU’s MSN program offers a Family Nurse Practitioner program. Students can also get a post-master’s FNP certificate.

  • Tuition per year: $23,330
  • Graduation rate: 40%

20. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a small private institution that is known for its nursing programs. Its MSN offers an FNP track and a gerontology nurse practitioner track. A DNP program is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $29,700
  • Graduation rate: 48%

21. Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University is a private institution with a solid nurse practitioner program. It is a Christian institution, though students of all faiths can attend. The school recently began offering an FNP program within its MSN degree.

  • Tuition per year: $31,816
  • Graduation rate: 56%

22. University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word is a Catholic institution with a respectable nurse practitioner program. It offers an DNP program with two nurse practitioner tracks, including the usual FNP track. A unique Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner track is also offered.

  • Tuition per year: $32,576
  • Graduation rate: 56%

23. Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is a private institution with a powerhouse nurse practitioner program. It offers a DNP program with a specialization in Advanced Practice Nursing. The coursework for this program can be completed online.

  • Tuition per year: $36,300
  • Graduation rate: 62%

24. Baylor University

Baylor University is one of the most prestigious universities on this list, but its pricey tuition hurts its ranking. It offers a DNP program with several unique tracks. These tracks include Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing.

  • Tuition per year: $47,364
  • Graduation rate: 74%

25. Texas Christian University 

Texas Christian University features an accredited nurse practitioner program within its nursing department. Its program is a unique BSN-to-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner program. Several Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks are also available.

  • Tuition per year: $49,250
  • Graduation rate: 77%

Our Ranking Methodology

The rankings in this article were determined using our proprietary formula. This formula makes use of two statistics for each school: yearly tuition rate and graduation rate. We only looked at the resident tuition when evaluating public institutions with resident and non-resident tuition rates. Our formula takes the yearly tuition rate and adds a multiplier that is equivalent to the percentage of enrolled students who did not end up graduating. Here is an example: ABC State has a tuition rate of $15,000 and a graduation rate of 80%. Its rating would be 18,000 (15,000 x 120%). Lower ratings are a positive indicator of quality. 

Students who are looking for the best nurse practitioner programs in Texas can find the programs they want on our site.

Representatives of the schools on this list may contact us if they’d like to request corrections or ask questions. 

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