Entry Level ADN, BSN, & MSN Programs in Austin, TX

Entry-level nursing programs, meaning those that do not require a prior nursing degree or nursing license, are options for those in and around Austin. Direct-entry pathways can be found for Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN), Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN), and even some Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.

ADN Programs

The quickest and most basic RN program is the Associate's Degree in Nursing. These 2-year programs are usually offered through community colleges and technical schools. Students take courses in foundations of nursing, adult health, and more. Austin Community College, for example, offers an ADN with an estimated total cost of $6,868 for in-district students.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

With many employers requiring BSN degrees for nurses, many students are opting for this pathway. This traditional 4-year degree is offered at many universities in Austin. Texas State University offers a BSN degree with courses in research and ethics, community-based nursing, pediatric nursing, and more.

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Direct-Entry MSN Programs

Though not a traditional option, some schools in Austin have begun offering direct-entry MSN programs for those who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher in a non-nursing discipline. The University of Texas at Austin offers such a degree, which they call the Alternate-Entry Master of Science in Nursing. The program offers specialization tracks such as Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Leadership in Diverse Settings.

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Austin RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

NCLEX-RN Students Total87615,081
NCLEX-RN Students Passed78313,102
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate89.4%86.9%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Austin

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Austin based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Texas out of 120 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Texas State University - #4
SchoolContact Information

Aspen University

101 W. Louis Henna Boulevard
Austin, TX 78728
(800) 373-7814

Austin Community College

3401 Webberville Road
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 223-5700

Concordia University Texas

11400 Concordia University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
(512) 313-3000

Texas A&M Health Science Center

3950 N A.W. Grimes Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
(979) 436-0112

Texas State University

  • BSN Campus
  • Top Ranked Texas Program: #4 of 120
1555 University Blvd
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 716-2900

University of Texas - Austin

110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 471-4100

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Austin, TX

RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs often referred to as "bridge programs" are available in Austin for those who already hold a nursing diploma or ADN degree. These programs take into consideration the RN's previous education and knowledge, making them shorter than traditional pathways.


Sometimes called "ADN to BSN" programs, this pathway helps a nurse achieve the highly desired bachelor's degree in nursing. The program is comprised of a mix of didactic learning and clinical experiences. The University of Texas at Austin offers an ADN to BSN program that requires just 12 units of upper-division nursing courses (once prerequisites are satisfied). Full and part-time schedules are offered, and some courses are available online as well.

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SchoolContact Information

Central Texas College

6200 W Central Texas Expy
Killeen, TX
(254) 526-7161

El Paso Community College

100 West Rio Grande Ave.
El Paso, TX
(915) 831-3722

Hill College - Cleburne

2112 Mayfield Pkwy
Cleburne, TX
(817) 760-5500

Hill College - Hillsboro

112 Lamar Dr
Hillsboro, TX
(254) 659-7500

Lone Star College - Kingwood

20000 Kingwood Dr
Kingwood, TX
(281) 312-1600

Lone Star College - Montgomery

3200 College Park Dr
Conroe, TX
(936) 273-7000

Lone Star College - North Harris

2700 W W Thorne Dr
Houston, TX
(281) 618-5400

San Jacinto College

4620 Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, TX
(281) 991-2659

Tarrant County College

1500 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 515-8223

Trinity Valley Community College

100 Cardinal Dr
Athens, TX
(903) 675-6200

Tyler Junior College

1327 S Baxter Ave
Tyler, TX
(800) 687-5680

University of Texas at Austin

1710 Red River St
Austin, TX 78701

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Austin, TX

Advanced nursing programs in Austin include MSN degrees, post-master's certificate programs, and DNP degrees. These programs generally allow students to choose from a variety of nurse practitioner specialties, which makes it a great pathway for those who wish to practice in a niche area of nursing.

MSN Programs

Those looking for a traditional, 2-year MSN degree program, the Austin area has a number of contenders. A variety of specialized pathways may be available, from adult-gerontology to pediatric to psychiatric-mental health.

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Post-Master's Certificate Programs

These programs are designed especially for MSN-educated nurses who wish to pursue a new specialty (for example, an FNP who wants to specialize as a Pediatric NP). These programs are generally shorter and less costly than a traditional 4-year degree program, saving time and money for these advanced nurses. The University of Texas at Austin offers a plethora of post-graduate certificates in many different popular APRN specialties.

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DNP & Ph.D. Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Ph.D. in Nursing degrees are the highest degree types a nurse can achieve. In roughly 5 semesters (depending on degree and specialty type), the doctoral RN candidate will graduate with the ability to be hired into the most prestigious nursing positions. The University of Texas at Austin offers a DNP degree with a 45-hour curriculum consisting of essential nursing courses, specialization courses, and clinical practice hours.

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SchoolContact Information

Concordia University-Texas

11400 Concordia University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
(512) 313-3000

Texas State University

MSN Programs
1555 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665
(512) 716-2900

The University of Texas at Austin

110 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-3434
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