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Best 9 RN to MSN Programs in Texas in 2021

March 23, 2021 | Staff Writers

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1. Texas Women’s University

Texas Women’s University takes the top spot on our list due to offering one of the best RN to MSN programs in Texas at an affordable tuition rate. TWU offers numerous RN to MSN tracks, several of which are available over the Internet. The online tracks include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Health Systems Management. The Health Systems Management track includes a minor in Business. TWU’s Family Nurse Practitioner program has three start dates per year.

  • Tuition: $7,925 in-state; $18,055 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 64% 

2. West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M University is known as a leader in nursing education, so it should come as little surprise that it ranks so highly on our list. WTAMU offers two RN to MSN tracks. The Comprehensive MSN program is offered at an accelerated pace. Students can complete this program entirely online. The Comprehensive MSN offers specializations in Nursing Administration/Management and Nursing Education. WTAMU also offers a Family Nurse Practitioner MSN that can be completed through a blend of online and in-person education. 

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

3. University of Texas

The University of Texas is well-known for offering leading nursing programs at its flagship campus in Austin. As one might expect from such a large university. UT offers quite a few RN to MSN tracks, many of which can be completed online. The RN to MSN tracks available at UT include Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership in Diverse Settings, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Applicants must have an RN license, but they do not need to have a BSN degree. Students in the various nurse practitioner programs can complete their coursework online, but they must complete clinical hours at healthcare facilities in their areas.

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

4. University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley offers one of the best RN to MSN programs in the region. Its RN to MSN programs can be completed entirely over the Internet. There are two concentrations available: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. The RN to MSN program is aimed at students who have an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a bachelor’s degree in another field. It can be completed in as little as one year.

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

5. University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston

The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston focuses solely on health science programs, including nursing. It offers an RN to MSN program with two concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Leadership. Both of these tracks are offered through a blended instructional delivery method. This delivery method combines online coursework and in-person practical experience in the campus’s simulation labs (for FNP students). Students can complete their degrees in two to four years.

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

If you’re looking for the best RN to MSN programs in Texas, you can find the information you need on our site.

6. Lamar University

Lamar University may be one of the lesser-known public universities in Texas, but it does offer a top-notch graduate nursing program. Among the graduate nursing degrees available is an RN to MSN program. Lamar offers two tracks in this program: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Both of these tracks can be completed online. This program gives students with an ADN the opportunity to earn a BSN and an MSN. This program takes three years to complete.

  • Tuition per year: $8,494 in-state; $18,622 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 32%

7. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi has one of the leading RN to MSN programs in the region. It offers three different tracks within this degree: Family Nurse Practitioner, Leadership in Nursing Systems, and Nurse Educator. The coursework for all three of these tracks is offered online, but students must complete clinical experiences at their local healthcare facilities. Most of the students in this program will already be employed as nurses, so this shouldn’t be a problem for many students.

  • Tuition per year: $9,272 in-state; $20,101 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 34% 

8. University of Texas – Arlington

The University of Texas – Arlington is one of several UT campuses with top-notch nursing programs. One of the many degrees offered by the nursing department is an RN to MSN program. This program offers three tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Administrator, and Nurse Educator. The coursework in all three of these programs can be completed online, though students in the FNP track must complete clinical hours at their local healthcare facilities.

  • Tuition per year: $11,040 in-state; $28,129 non-resident
  • Graduation rate: 57%

9. University of the Incarnate Word

The University of the Incarnate Word is the only private institution on our list. It’s a Catholic institution, though students of all faiths can attend. Incarnate Word offers an RN to MSN program with a blended instructional delivery method. This program offers a specialization in Nurse Leadership.

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

Our Ranking Methodology

We determined the rankings in this list by using a proprietary formula. Our formula takes two vital statistics from each school (yearly tuition rate and graduation rate) and comes up with a rating for each school. Most of the institutions on this list are public and have varying tuition rates for Texas residents and non-resident students. We only looked at the Texas resident rate for these schools. Our formula takes the applicable tuition rate and adds a multiplier equivalent to the percentage of students who enrolled but did not end up graduating. This results in the rating that we use for our ranking. Here is an example of how it works: ABC State University has an in-state tuition rate of $10,000 and a graduation rate of 50%. Its rating would be 15,000 (10,000 x 150%). Low ratings are desirable when using our formula.

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