YOUR NURSING LICENSE IN TEXAS
Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Texas State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015
|Nursing Licenses in Texas||Master’s Required?|
|Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)||Y|
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)||Y|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)||Y|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Y|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||N|
|Licensed Vocational Nurse||N|
Texas Nursing Salary Average
*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Texas can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Texas nursing salary.
For nursing financial aid options take a look at our nursing scholarships and grants page.
There are many paths to become a nurse in Texas. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in Texas, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Texas nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Texas, please let us know!
Compact State Status
Texas is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
Prescriptive Authority in Texas
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician. Schedule II controlled substances may also be prescribed in the emergency department of a hospital, on patients who are staying in a hospital over 24 hours, and for terminally ill patients receiving Schedule II substances as part of a hospice care plan. Prescriptions must include the name of the collaborating Physician. A $50 initial fee is required as well as 5 contact hours in pharmacotherapeutics for each renewal cycle.
Texas Nursing Licensure Renewal
Advanced practice registered nurse (APRN), registered nurse (R.N.), and licensed practical nurse (LPN) licenses renew every two years. Licenses may take up to two weeks to process even if submitted online, so make sure to renew early. In order to avoid additional charges, applications must be postmarked no later than the last day of the month the license expires. Licenses may be renewed up to 60 days before the renewal deadline, and notices are mailed to the most recent address on file with the board. Nurses must complete 20 continuing education units (CEUs) per renewal period. Licenses renewed after the deadline are required to show proof of 20 additional CEUs before the license will be renewed.
Advanced Practice Recognition Registered Nurses- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist,Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Texas
Completion of an Approved Advanced Nursing Program; Please Note That While a Masters Degree Is Not Explicitly Required, Many Advanced Nursing Programs Yield a Masters Degree, and Many Approved National Certifications Require a Masters Degree
Varies for Different Certification
$100 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
National Certification in Nursing Specialty
Fee is $50, payable online or by mail before the renewal date. APRN license must also be renewed, and there is no additional fee to renew prescriptive authority. APRNs must complete 20 hours of continuing education per renewal cycle plus 400 practice hours in their specialty area and are responsible for maintaining proof. Five hours of pharmacology education is required per renewal cycle.
An Active Texas Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
NCLEX-RN; Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination
$125 Application Fee; $200 Examination Fee
Fee is $60, payable online or by mail before your renewal date.
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $186 Application Fee. Licensure Requirements in the State Where the Original License Was Issued Must Be At Least As Rigorous As the Requirements in Texas. Registered Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Texas, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Texas.
Completion of an Approved School of Vocational/Practical Nursing with a Minimum Grade of “C” in All Nursing Courses, As Well As a High School Diploma or G.E.D.
NCLEX-PN; Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination
$126 Application Fee, $200 Examination Fee
Fee is $45, payable online or by mail before your renewal date. Late renewal fees are $115
Individuals with Equivalent Licensure in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to a $186 Application Fee. Licensure Requirements in the State Where the Original License Was Issued Must Be At Least As Rigorous As the Requirements in Texas. Licensed Vocational Nurses Who Hold an Active License in Another Compact State Need Not Apply for Licensure in Texas, Unless They Plan to Change Their Permanent Residency to Texas.