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Texas Nurse Practitioner Programs
(found programs from 32 schools)

State Nursing Board: Texas Board of Nursing

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How Can I Become a Nurse Practitioner in Texas?

As you develop confidence in your clinical skills and judgment, you may start to think about how you can do more for your patients and make full use of your expertise. Texas NP programs can help you take your career and education to the next level.

Texas programs allow you to pursue a Master’s degree or doctoral degree. Are you ready to be a leader and direct the care of your patients?

Reach out to FNP programs and other nurse practitioner programs below.

 

Average Masters Degree Requirements

  • Credit hours required: 40 credits
  • Average cost: $720 per credit hour
  • Clinical hours required: 500 to 1,000 hours
  • Timeframe: Three years

Average Doctoral Degree Requirements

  • Credit hours required: 85 credits
  • Clinical hours required: 1,000 or more hours
  • Timeframe: Five years

 

What Types of Nurse Practitioner Programs Are Available in Texas?

The main feature that differentiates each NP program is its area of focus. As a Master’s or doctoral degree student, you have to choose which population you would like to work with. This decision shapes your curriculum, clinical experiences, and future career opportunities.

Texas has many choices, including family healthcare, geriatric care, mental health and psychiatric care, pediatric health, acute care, and emergency care. The courses below are similar to those that you may take as your core nursing classes.

 

Commonly Offered Courses in Texas

  • Research and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • Pathophysiology in Advanced Nursing
  • Geriatric Diagnoses and Issues
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nurse Practitioner Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Public Healthcare Policy
  • Chronic and Complex Healthcare Problems

 

No matter how long you have been a registered nurse, you need extensive clinical work as an NP student to graduate. There are many key differences between RN and NP duties, and only through clinical work can you grow into your nurse practitioner role.

Although Master’s programs only require a minimum of 500 hours, many Texas schools require close to 1,000 hours for graduate students.

If you are considering online nurse practitioner programs, note that you still must fulfill all clinical obligations. With your school advisor, you may complete your hours at an approved local site.

Every clinical and theory course you take should help you make progress on your program’s learning outcomes and goals. These goals span the clinical, knowledge-based, and judgment-based expectations of your instructors.

 

How Can I Pay for Nurse Practitioner School in Texas?

 

Licensing and Practice Requirements for NPs in Texas

Nurse practitioner licensing goes through the Texas Board of Nursing, where you should already maintain a valid registered nursing license. They require proof of your license, a graduate nursing degree, and national NP certification before they allow you to become a licensed nurse practitioner.

Although Texas NPs currently have restricted practice rights, advocacy efforts may change that in the future (AANP, 2016).

 

Nurse Practitioner Careers in Texas

With so many areas of specialized study in advanced nursing, there are many settings in which you can use your education. If you specialize in acute care or emergency care, you may thrive in an urgent care center or an emergency room. If you go into pediatric care or geriatric care, you may provide primary care services in a clinic. Those who go into women’s health may work for OB/GYN offices.

Across the board, Texas is in desperate need of nurse practitioners. Between 2014 and 2024, job openings may increase 48% (O*Net, 2016). After getting licensed and completing their education at nurse practitioner programs, TX graduates report an average salary of $105,220 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).

Don’t wait any longer to find out how you can enrich your nursing career.

Request information from schools below and discover how you can earn a nurse practitioner degree.

We have provided a list of all of the NP programs available to Texas nurses, and we suggest that you request information from as many schools as you like, in order to make a well informed decision about your educational future. Nurses who want to advance their education and become nurse practitioners can attend an online school, such as Georgetown University, or one of these Texas institutions:

  • Angelo State University. Students can pursue a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program, or an Acute Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, or Pediatric Nurse Practitioner version through a collaborative program with Texas Tech. Most coursework is available online.
  • Texas A&M International University. Texas A&M International, located in Laredo, offers a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. UT Health offers a Master's-level Family Nurse Practitioner program, as well as Acute Care and Adult/Gerontology NP tracks. The school also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. By 2015, a DNP will be the minimal degree for entry into practice as a nurse practitioner.

Programs from Texas Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Practitioner programs with campus locations in Texas.

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Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner Track
Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
McMurry University (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), RN-MSN
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (Abilene, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Prairie View A&M University (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX)
Program Name: MSN-FNP
Texas A & M International University (Laredo, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (Lubbock, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Texas Woman's University (Dallas, TX / Denton, TX / Houston, TX)
Program Name: Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX)
Program Name: Adult NP (ANP), Emergency NP, Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psych/Mental Health NP, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care NP, Family NP, Geriatric NP, Pediatric NP, Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nursing (CNS or NP), Adult Health (CNS NP or Education), Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nursing (CNS NP or Education), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing NP, Women’s Health
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (San Antonio, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, TX)
Program Name: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Family, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Gerontological (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program - Pediatric (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
The University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
West Texas A & M University (Canyon, TX)
Program Name: Family Nurse Practitioner
Accreditation: CCNE accredited

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