LPN Programs in Texas

LPN Programs in Texas

If you live in Texas, want to be a nurse but can't afford to wait several years to earn your RN license, you should consider becoming a licensed vocational nurse first. Numerous successful RNs start out as LVNs, and LVNs in Texas have it good. In addition to enjoying almost competitive pay and benefits, they have access to thousands of jobs in regions across the state. Training usually takes only 12 to 18 months, so you can get your license quickly.

The first and most important step in becoming an LVN in TX is completing a training program. This program must be approved by the Texas Board of Nursing; if it isn't, even if you pass, you will not be eligible to sit for the licensing exam. Below, you will find recommendations for trusted LVN programs in Texas.

LPN LICENSING REQUIREMENTS IN TEXAS

Arm yourself with as much information about becoming an LVN in Texas as possible. This includes learning what you need to do to obtain an LVN license. The Texas Board of Nursing establishes and enforces requirements for LVN licensing in the state. These include:

  • Completing an LVN training program that is officially approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Note that in most cases, such programs take 12 to 18 months to complete.
  • Submitting an application for licensure by examination to the Texas Board of Nursing. With it, include the necessary licensing fees; transcripts from your LPN training program; and a Livescan fingerprint to perform a background check.
  • Registering for, taking and pass the licensing exam for LVNs, the NCLEX-PN. This exam is administered on dates throughout the year at testing locations around the state. Note that in lieu of the NCLEX, you may take the State Board Test Pool Examination, or SBTPE, to fulfill this requirement.

Texas belongs to the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, which means that if you possess a valid multistate LPN or LVN license from another participating state, you can just start practicing here as an LPN. If you possess a valid license from a non-NLC state, you may use the endorsement process to transfer it, but it is a bit more involved.

TX LPN licenses expire every two years. At the time of renewal, you must show proof of having completed at least 20 hours of continuing education.

Texas Board of Nursing

When you apply for your LVN license, you will submit your application to the Texas Board of Nursing. This agency handles all matters pertaining to nursing licensing in Texas, so be sure to keep its contact information on hand:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe St #3-460, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401

LPN SALARY & EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK IN TEXAS

Although training to become an LVN is easier and more affordable than training to become an RN, it still means having to invest decent amounts of time, effort and cash into the endeavor. It is wise to find out how much you can expect to earn as an LVN in Texas — and whether you really will be able to find employment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, LVNs in the state of Texas earn a mean wage of $48,380 per year, which is equal to $23.26 per hour. This is slightly lower than the national average pay for LPNs, which is $48,820, or $23.47 per hour. It is nice to know that by training to become an LVN in TX, you'll come away with credentials that allow you to earn a good living.

As for job outlook for LVNs in TX, it is exceptional as well. Per the BLs, the LVN field in Texas is projected to grow by a rate of 27 percent between 2014 and 2024. Incredibly, this means that around 3,810 new LPN jobs will become available in the Lone Star State every year during that 10-year period.

LPN Salaries in Texas by Area

As you probably already know, average pay for LVNs varies depending on many factors, including education level and experience level. Likewise, where you are located in the state dramatically impacts how much you can expect to be compensated and how many jobs you have access to:

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington16,040$25.11$52,230
Midland310$25.03$52,070
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission2,820$23.94$49,800
Austin-Round Rock4,080$23.83$49,570
Sherman-Denison390$23.76$49,430
El Paso1,870$23.69$49,270
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land13,150$23.54$48,960
College Station-Bryan360$23.37$48,600
Lubbock1,190$23.28$48,430
Tyler860$22.94$47,720
Corpus Christi1,020$22.90$47,640
Waco680$22.86$47,540
Laredo410$22.83$47,480
Killeen-Temple1,790$22.76$47,340
San Antonio-New Braunfels7,430$22.64$47,090
Odessa280$22.51$46,810
Longview750$22.30$46,380
Amarillo770$21.77$45,270
Brownsville-Harlingen1,210$21.69$45,120
San Angelo300$21.37$44,440
Abilene730$21.21$44,110
Beaumont-Port Arthur1,440$21.01$43,700
Texarkana670$19.27$40,090
Victoria350$18.86$39,230
Wichita Falls1,060$18.84$39,180

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

TOP LPN PROGRAMS IN TEXAS

Given the importance of selecting a high-quality LVN training program, it pays to give careful consideration to as many options as you can. Remember, only consider LVN training programs that you can confirm are approved by the Board of Nursing. Similarly, stick with programs with pass rates for the NCLEX-PN of at least 95 percent.

Zeroing in on the right LVN program in TX can be pretty daunting. Here are some recommendations for reputable options across the state:

  1. Alvin Community College

    3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511
  2. Amarillo College

    1314 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101
  3. Angelina College

    3500 S 1st St, Lufkin, TX 75901
  4. Angelina College

    1505 S 4th St, Crockett, TX 75835
  5. Austin Community College

    2818 US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
  6. Baptist Health System School of Health Professions

    3703 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
  7. Bell Tech Career Institute

    14602 Presidio Square Blvd, Houston, TX 77083
  8. Blinn College

    902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833
  9. Blinn College

    2423 Blinn Blvd, Bryan, TX 77802
  10. Brazosport College

    500 College Blvd, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
  11. Central Texas College

    6200 W Central Texas Expy, Killeen, TX 76549
  12. Cisco College

    101 College Heights, Cisco, TX 76437
  13. Clarendon College

    1122 College Dr, Clarendon, TX 79226
  14. Coastal Bend College

    3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102
  15. College of the Mainland

    1200 N Amburn Rd, Texas City, TX 77591
  16. Concorde Career Institute

    600 E Lamar Blvd #200, Arlington, TX 76011
  17. CyberTex Institute of Technology

    6300 La Calma Dr #350, Austin, TX 78752
  18. Dallas Nursing Institute

    12170 Abrams Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75243
  19. Del Mar College

    101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
  20. El Centro College

    801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
  21. El Paso Community College

    100 W Rio Grande Ave, El Paso, TX 79902
  22. Frank Phillips College

    1301 Roosevelt St, Borger, TX 79007
  23. Galen College of Nursing

    7411 John Smith Dr #300, San Antonio, TX 78229
  24. Galveston College

    4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550
  25. Grayson College

    6101 Grayson Dr, Denison, TX 75020
  26. Hill College

    112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, TX 76645
  27. Houston Community College

    555 Community College Dr, Houston, TX 77013
  28. Howard College

    3501 US-67, San Angelo, TX 76905
  29. Howard College

    1001 Birdwell Ln, Big Spring, TX 79720
  30. Kilgore College

    300 S High St, Longview, TX 75601
  31. Lamar State College

    1500 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640
  32. Lamar State College

    410 W Front Ave, Orange, TX 77630
  33. Laredo Community College

    West End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040
  34. Lone Star College

    30555 Tomball Pkwy, Tomball, TX 77375
  35. Lone Star College - CyFair

    9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
  36. McLennan Community College

    1400 College Dr, Waco, TX 76708
  37. Midland College

    104 S Everts St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735
  38. Navarro College

    1900 John Arden Dr, Waxahachie, TX 75165
  39. Navarro College

    901 N Dr M.L.K. Jr. Hwy, Mexia, TX 76667
  40. Navarro College

    3200 W 7th Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110
  41. North Central Texas College

    1525 W California St, Gainesville, TX 76240
  42. Northeast Texas Community College

    2886 FM1735, Mt Pleasant, TX 75455
  43. Odessa College

    201 NW Ave D, Andrews, TX 79714
  44. Odessa College

    806 S Dwight Ave, Monahans, TX 79756
  45. Panola College

    1109 W Panola St, Carthage, TX 75633
  46. Paris Junior College

    2400 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460
  47. Ranger College

    1100 College Cir, Ranger, TX 76470
  48. Rio Grande Valley College

    5419 N Cage Blvd, Pharr, TX 78577
  49. San Jacinto College - North Campus

    5800 Uvalde Rd, Houston, TX 77049
  50. San Jacinto College - South Campus

    13735 Beamer Rd, Houston, TX 77089
  51. Schreiner University

    2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028
  52. South Plains College

    1920 W 24th St, Plainview, TX 79072
  53. South Plains College

    1401 College Ave, Levelland, TX 79336
  54. South Plains College - Reese Center

    819 Gilbert Dr, Lubbock, TX 79416
  55. South Texas College

    3700 W Military Hwy, McAllen, TX 78503
  56. Southwest Texas Junior College

    2401 Garner Field Rd, Uvalde, TX 78801
  57. St. Philip's College

    2189 FM758, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  58. St. Philip's College

    1801 Martin Luther King Dr, San Antonio, TX 78203
  59. Temple College

    2600 S 1st St, Temple, TX 76504
  60. Temple College

    516 N Main St, Taylor, TX 76574
  61. Texarkana College

    2500 N Robison Rd, Texarkana, TX 75501
  62. Texas Health School

    11211 Katy Fwy # 170, Houston, TX 77079
  63. Texas Southmost College

    80 Fort Brown St, Brownsville, TX 78520
  64. Texas State Technical College

    1902 N Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550
  65. Texas State Technical College

    300 Homer K. Taylor Dr, Sweetwater, TX 79556
  66. The College of Health Care Professions

    240 NW Mall, Houston, TX 77092
  67. The Vocational Nursing Institute, Inc.

    11201 Steeplepark Dr, Houston, TX 77065
  68. Trinity Valley Community College

    800 Ed Hall Dr, Kaufman, TX 75142
  69. Trinity Valley Community College

    2970 TX-19, Palestine, TX 75803
  70. Tyler County Hospital

    1100 W Bluff St, Woodville, TX 75979
  71. Tyler Junior College

    1327 S Baxter Ave, Tyler, TX 75701
  72. Valley Baptist Medical Center - School of Vocational Nursing

    2101 Pease St, Harlingen, TX 78550
  73. Valley Grande Institute

    345 S Texas Blvd, Weslaco, TX 78596
  74. Vernon College

    4400 College Dr, Vernon, TX 76384
  75. Victoria College

    2200 E Red River St, Victoria, TX 77901
  76. Vista College

    6101 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925
  77. Weatherford College

    225 College Park Dr, Weatherford, TX 76086
  78. Wharton County Junior College

    911 E Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

What are you waiting for? If you aspire to be a nurse and live in Texas, enroll in LVN training today. Before you know it, you will have earned your license and will be eligible to look for jobs.

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