Become a Nurse in Texas – APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Texas Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 3/26/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Texas
Nursing Licenses in Texas Master’s Required?
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Vocational Nurse No

Texas Nursing Salaries

Texas Nursing Salaries
TX Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Annual Mean Wage San Antonio-New Braunfels Annual Mean Wage Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $46,990 $48,720 $45,210 $50,770
Registered Nurse $72,890 $80,160 $72,270 $74,140
Nurse Practitioner $111,060 $121,670 $100,860 $106,610
Nurse Anesthetist $158,510 $182,070 Not Available $164,210
Nurse Midwife $85,900 $93,370 Not Available $82,240

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Texas in March 2020.

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 or suggestions for our information on nursing in Texas, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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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, according to the Texas Board of Nursing Examining Board.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Texas

Education: Accredited advanced practice registered nursing education program

Examination: Varies according to specialty area

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

Fees:

  • $100 Application Fee
  • $150 Application plus Prescriptive Authority

Additional Information: An active Texas registered nurse license is required for application.

Renewal: Advanced Practice Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially. APRNs must provide proof of 400 hours of practice within the last two years for each of the renewing specialties.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Texas

Education: Approved registered nurse program

Examination: NCLEX-RN and Jurisprudence Examination

Fees:

  • $100 Licensure by Exam
  • $200 Examination
  • $186 Licensure by Endorsement

Endorsement: RNs can apply for licensure by endorsement in Texas after submitting all required materials related to current licensure, examination, approved nursing education and passing a jurisprudence exam.

Renewal: Registered Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially. Twenty contact hours of continuing competency are required for renewal. There is no continued education requirement for first time renewers.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in Texas

Education: Approved licensed vocational nurse program

Examination: NCLEX-PN and Jurisprudence Examination

Fees:

  • $100 Licensure by Exam
  • $200 Examination
  • $186 Licensure by Endorsement

Endorsement: LVNs can apply for licensure by endorsement in Texas after submitting all required materials related to current licensure, examination, approved nursing education and passing a jurisprudence exam.

Renewal: Licensed Vocational Nurse licenses in Texas expire biennially. Twenty contact hours of continuing competency are required for renewal. There is no continued education requirement for first time renewers.

Information on the above nursing careers in Texas was retrieved from the Texas Board of Nursing as of March 2020.

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  • Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months
  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice

Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

Earn your MSN online from USC’s Top-Ranked School of Social Work.

  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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