With its postcard-perfect beaches, the port city of Corpus Christi is probably best known as a tourist destination for Texas residents. Yet this sparkling city by the bay has diverse opportunities for those in healthcare. As Texas predicts a nursing shortage in the coming years, there's a tremendous demand for nurses across the state, including Corpus Christi. Nurses in the area (without advanced degrees) make approximately $20-$31 per hour according to Glassdoor.com. Though this appears to be slightly lower than the national average, Corpus Christi enjoys a relatively low cost of living and offers a pleasant community.

To get started in nursing or to advance your nursing career, check out our accredited program listings sections below:

Entry-Level ADN & BSN Programs in Corpus Christi, TX

When you embark on your journey to enter the nursing profession, you begin a career that serves others. Becoming a nurse also provides job security for you and your family. Corpus Christi, Texas and the surrounding region is home to educational programs that allow you to enter the field as an LVN to RN, ADN and BSN.

LVN to RN Programs

Licensed Vocational Nurses spend the bulk of their workday interacting with and caring for patients. The salary and job duties for LVNs, however, is limited. By becoming a Registered Nurse, you can take on additional patient care responsibilities while earning a higher wage. Coastal Bend College, which has a few locations outside of Corpus Christi, TX, enables LVNs to become RNs in as few as two semesters. The LVN to RN bridge program was designed for expediency and has face to face, hybrid, lab skills, online and clinical components. Program grads can test for the NCLEX-RN.

ADN Programs

Nurses today have a myriad of career options available to them, including where they’d like to work and what level of nursing they’d like to provide. Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas offers an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing program that readily allows students to move into a BSN program later on if they so choose. The Multiple Entry/Exit Program or (MEEP) format of the program allows students to take a deep dive in science, healthcare, and nursing-intensive courses. This way, courses are most likely to transfer for those who pursue the BSN. Graduates of the AASN plan are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam required for licensure.

Direct-Entry BSN Programs

Though it is not yet the standard, it is strongly believed by healthcare industry experts that bachelor’s degrees will be required for most nursing professionals in the future. Evidence has shown that bachelor-prepared RNs improve patient health outcomes. Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi offers a conventional BSN program that readies nurses to work in 21st century hospitals. The 5-semester program is clinical-intensive with top-notch experienced faculty who truly care about educating the next generation of nurses.

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Corpus Christi RN Program NCLEX-RN Pass Rates

 Corpus ChristiTexas
NCLEX-RN Students Total40912,815
NCLEX-RN Students Passed38011,822
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate93.0%92.2%

Top Ranked Accredited Nursing Programs in Corpus Christi

Listed below are the top nursing schools in Corpus Christi based on our RegisteredNursing.org RN program rankings for Texas out of 118 other accredited programs offered in the state:

  • Del Mar College - #43
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi - #44
SchoolContact Information
Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-1200
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2649

RN to BSN/MSN Programs in Corpus Christi, TX

Going back to school for your bachelor’s or master's degree is within reach thanks to RN to BSN and RN to MSN programs in Corpus Christi, TX. With many programs offered online or at non-traditional times that accommodate the chaotic schedule of working nurses, bridge programs allow for expedient career advancement.

RN to BSN Programs

Did you enter nursing with an associate’s degree thinking that you’d complete your four-year degree after a few years of working? This is a common circumstance because some people don’t want to commit to a bachelor’s degree until they are certain about their careers. If you see yourself working as a nurse for the long-term, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers an RN to BSN program with entry terms in Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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RN to MSN Programs

Those who know they want to enter into higher nursing roles, such as a nurse practitioner or other APRN role, may wish to enter into an RN to MSN program. This specialized pathway bypasses the BSN, directly preparing students for advanced nursing careers. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers an RN to MSN program designed for students who hold an ADN but no other bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, students will acquire the MSN degree (but not a BSN).

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SchoolContact Information
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2649

APRN & Nurse Practitioner Programs in Corpus Christi, TX

With the shortage of healthcare professionals in Corpus Christi and across the state of Texas, nurses are being asked to do more every day. You can take advantage of the demand by earning an advanced degree or certificate in nursing. With online and flexible-schedule programs, you can become an advanced practice nurse in less time than you thought possible.

MSN Programs

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) such as Nurse Practitioners are responding to the healthcare crisis by taking on high-level roles and serving as patients' primary care providers. In Texas, patients are as or more likely to see Nurse Practitioners as they are physicians for routine health and wellness checkups. If you are ready to transition from an RN to an APRN, Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi offers a part-time Master of Science in Nursing program for FNPs. Those who successfully complete the MSN degree that’s designed for working adults can sit for National Certification Exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Veteran advanced practice nurses may reach a point in their careers where they want to leverage their bedside experience to teach others. The University of Texas Medical Branch offers an online Nurse Educator post-grad certification so that nurses can gain the skills necessary to transition from the hospital room to the classroom.

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SchoolContact Information
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2753