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 ultimate authority is your local state board of nursing. Be sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Texas Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 11/29/2017

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Texas
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

Nursing Assistants: $25,410

Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses: $46,110

Registered Nurses: $70,390

Nurse Practitioners: $110,060

Salaries of nurses in Texas can vary widely based on specialization. These figures are based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Learn more about Texas nursing salaries.

For education financing options take a look at our nursing scholarships and financial aid page.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Texas. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more 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 licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments on or suggestions for our information about nursing in Texas, please let us know!

Compact State Status

Texas is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Texas

In Texas, Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives and Nurse Anesthetists may apply for prescriptive authority for controlled substances under schedule III to V in collaboration with physicians.

Texas Nursing Licensure Renewal

Nursing licenses in Texas expire biennially. Twenty contact hours of continuing competency are required for Registered Nurse and Licensed Vocational Nurse license renewal.

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Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

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Advanced Practice NursesNurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist – in Texas

Education
Post-basic advanced education program

Examination
Varies according to specialty area

Fees
$100 Application Fee

Certification Required
Varies according to specialty area, but must include Registered Nurse license

Renewal 
Advanced Practice Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially.

Additional Information
An Active Texas Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application

 

Registered Nurse (RN) in Texas

Education
Program of professional nursing education

Examination
National Council Licensure Examination and Jurisprudence Examination

Fees

Application: $75

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Renewal
Registered Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially. Twenty contact hours of continuing competency are required for renewal.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Endorsement is available to Registered Nurses in Texas.

 

Licensed Vocational Nurse in Texas

Education

Program of vocational nursing education

Examination

National Council Licensure Examination and Jurisprudence Examination

Fees

Application: $75

National Council Licensure Examination: $200

Renewal

Licensed Vocational Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially. Twenty contact hours of continuing education are required for renewal.

Additional Information

Endorsement

Endorsement is available to Licensed Vocational Nurses in Texas.

 

FEATURED ONLINE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS


Nursing@Georgetown

Nursing@Georgetown is an academically rigorous, evidence-based program that culminates in a Master of Science degree in Nursing, delivered online by Georgetown University’s nationally ranked School of Nursing & Health Studies.

Nursing@Simmons

Nursing@Simmons is an online Family Nurse Practitioner program designed for currently licensed RNs who are at various stages of their career.

Nursing@USC

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Department of Nursing offers an online Master of Science in Nursing program for aspiring family nurse practitioners through Nursing@USC.

MPH@Simmons

MPH@Simmons, the online Master of Public Health from Simmons College, is designed to give you the real-world skills you need to address health inequity on a local, national, and global level.

MPH@GW

An innovative online Master of Public Health program offered by the top-ranked Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.

MHA@GW

Offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, this online Executive Master of Health Administration program is designed for healthcare professionals who aspire to become leaders in their field.

HealthInformatics@GW

This online Master of Science in Management of Health Informatics and Analytics program from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University enables graduates to improve the efficiency of health care organizations through the use of data and technology.

Sponsored Programs