Becoming an LVN in Texas
Texas strives to ensure that all nurses in the state are competent to practice safely, hoping to advance the profession through collaboration, innovation, and leadership. Individuals can apply for an LVN license by exam or endorsement and meet an ever-growing demand for nurses in the state. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 27% increase in licensed vocational nurse (LVN) jobs per year in Texas by 2024. The state also participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact, allowing nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without additional licensure.
2017 Best LVN Programs in Texas
Choosing the right school is important if you're looking to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) in the state of Texas. There are a little over 75 LVN schools across the state to choose from-made up of community colleges, vocational and technical centers, and private nursing schools. We've reviewed state test scores and pass-rates over the last few years, and ranked the top 30 schools for you.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1
Angelina College - Lufkin3500 South First Street, Lufkin, TX 75904 - (936) 639-1301 -
Angelina College (AC) is a Modified Education Employment Program (MEEP) located in Lufkin, Texas. AC offers a variety of one-year certification programs and degree programs made up of two-years of course study, as well as adult education and workforce development.2
Navarro College - Mexia901 N. MLK Jr. Hwy, Mexia, TX 76667 - (254) 562-3848 -
Navarro College-Mexia is a two-year institution located in Mexia, Texas, with additional campuses located in Waxahachie, Midlothian, and Fairfield. Navarro College believes in outstanding teaching and high-quality services will give student the opportunity to excel and accomplish both personal and professional goals.3
St. Philip's College - New Braunfels2189 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX 78130 - (210) 486-7402 -
St. Philip's College is located in New Braunfels, Texas, with additional locations in San Antonio and Floresville. St. Phillip's College seeks to stimulate leadership, personal growth, and lifelong learning through their educational experience, which is a combination of traditional learning and hands-on clinical training to ensure the success of students upon entering workforce.4
Brazosport College500 College Dr, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 - (979) 230-3000 -
Brazosport Community College is located in Lake Jackson, Texas. Brazosport College creates a dynamic learning environment with the help of a committed faculty, providing a variety of associate and bachelor degrees, as well as career certifications, workforce development, and cultural enrichment in an efficient and cost-effective manner.5
Sul Ross State UniversityEast Highway 90, Alpine, TX 79832 - (432) 837-8011 -
Sul Ross State University is located in Alpine, Texas, with additional locations is Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde. Sul Ross offers a variety of degree programs as well as career certification, utilizing innovative instruction and hands-on training, as well as offering courses for personal development and workplace advancement.6
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 - (361) 698-1200 -
Del Mar College is located in Corpus Christi. The high quality Vocational Nursing program at Del Mar fully prepares students to enter the profession of nursing and to impact the health and well being of patients and people in the community.7
Alvin Community College3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511 - (281) 756-3500 -
Alvin Community College (ACC) is located in Alvin, Texas, with an additional campus located in Pearland. ACC provides high-quality education through innovative instruction and hands-on experiences, awarding associate degrees and career certifications to successful students, as well as providing programs for personal and professional advancement and workforce development.8
Temple College516 N Main St, Taylor, TX 76574 - (512) 365-7242 -
Temple College is a comprehensive community college located in Temple, Texas, offering a variety of educational opportunities to its students and the community. Temple College awards both associate's and bachelor's degrees as well as career certifications for a wide-variety of vocational careers.9
Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman800 Ed Hall Dr, Kaufman, TX 75142 - (972) 932-4309 -
Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC)-Kaufman is located in Kaufman, Texas, with additional campuses located in Athens, Palestine, and Terrell. TVCC includes a wide range of programs with clinical experience, allowing students to become proficient health care providers with a willingness to excel.10
Lone Star College - Cyfair9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433 - (281) 290-3200 -
Lone Star College System (LSCS)-Cyfair, located in Cypress, Texas, with additional locations and campuses in Houston, Katy, Kingwood, New Caney, Conroe, Tomball, and The Woodlands, is the fastest growing community college in the nation. LSCS offers associate degrees, transfer programs, career certifications, and adult education, as well as workforce and personal development programs.11
Blinn College - Brenham902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833 - (979) 830-4000 -
Blinn College is a comprehensive two-year institution located at Brenham, Texas, with additional locations in Bryan, Schulenburg, and Sealy. Blinn College offers associate degrees, transfer programs, adult education, Career certifications, and workforce development options to ensure student success in the workplace.12
Howard College - Big Spring1001 Birdwell Ln, Big Spring, TX 79720 - (432) 264-5000 -
Howard College (HC), located in Big Spring, Texas, believes that education-the programs and services they provide should be available to all citizens. HC is committed to excellence, helping students reach their maximum potential via success-oriented curriculum and integrated critical thinking, ensuring student success in the workplace.13
Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460 - (903) 785-7661 -
Paris Junior College is home to an excellent nursing program. After the first year of study, students are prepared to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. The LVN program prepares students for entry into the health care industry. Once the first year is completed, graduates receive a Certificate for Vocational Nursing and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination to become a licensed vocational nurse (NCLEX-PN).14
College of the Mainland1200 N Amburn Rd, Texas City, TX 77591 - (409) 938-1211 -
College of the Mainland (COM) is a comprehensive community college located in Texas City, Texas, with additional locations in La Marque and League City. COM is dedicated to student success, preparing students to learn, work, and live in a global environment while also striving to enrich the community.15
Hill College112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, TX 76645 - (254) 659-7500 -
Hill College-Hillsboro is located in Hillsboro, Texas, with additional locations in Cleburne, Burleson, Glen Rose, and Meridian. Hill College provides high-quality educational programs and services, including associates degrees and career certification that enhance educational and economic development, assisting the student and the community.16
Blinn College - Bryan2423 Blinn Blvd, Bryan, TX 77805 - (979) 209-7200 -
Blinn College at Bryan is home to a high quality Vocational Nursing Program. Blinn's LVN program is designed to provide students with the education and training needed to become highly-skilled, licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) capable of working in a variety of medical settings.17
South Plains College - Levelland1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, TX 79336 - (806) 894-9611 -
South Plains College (SPC)-Levelland extension center is located in Levelland, Texas, with additional locations in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC offers more than 100 programs of study at affordable rates, including associates and degree transfer options as well as career certification and workforce development.18
Weatherford College225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX 76086 - (817) 594-5471 -
Weatherford College is located in Weatherford, Texas, with additional locations in Wise County, Granbury, and Mineral Wells. Weatherford College provides the first two years of a bachelor's degree and career certifications and workforce development, while also providing lifelong learning opportunities.19
Lone Star College - North Harris2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073 - (281) 618-5400 -
Lone Star College System (LSCS)-North Harris, located in Houston, Texas, with additional locations and campuses in Conroe, Katy, Kingwood, New Caney, Cypress, Tomball, and The Woodlands, is the fastest growing community college in the nation. LSCS provides a variety of educational programs, offering associate degrees, transfer programs, career certifications, and adult education, as well as workforce and personal development courses.20
Howard College - San Angelo3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX 76905 - (325) 481-8300 -
Howard College is home to a high rank Vocational Nursing program. The LVN program is a 12 month Certificate program that offers college credit. It is designed to prepare students to perform direct patient care under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or physician. Upon completion of the program, students are ready to conquer the NCLEX-PN licensing exam and are prepared for upward mobility in a nursing career.21
Texas State Technical College - Harlingen1902 North Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550 - (800) 852-8784 -
Learn more by visiting the Texas State Technical College - Harlingen nursing website.22
Austin Community College District2818 U.S. 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 - (830) 997-6363 -
Austin Community College (ACC)-Fredericksburg is a two-year college located in Fredericksburg, Texas, with additional campuses in Cedar Park, Austin, Elgin, Kyle, and Round Rock, as well as many other off-campus locations across the state. ACC provides affordable pricing and flexible schedules to help students achieve their goals as they learn new job skills or advance their careers.23
Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals3703 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201 - (210) 785-4924 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals website.24
Kilgore College300 S High St, Longview, TX 75601 - (903) 753-2642 -
Visit the Kilgore College nursing website to learn more.25
McLennan Community College1400 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708 - (254) 299-8000 -
McLennan Community College (MCC)-Modified Education Employment Program (MEEP) is located in Waco, Texas. MCC offers workforce and transfer programs as well as continuing education courses that promote student success through course completion, graduation, employment, and transfer to an advanced degree program at a university.26
Southwest Texas Junior College2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801-6297 - (830) 591-7256 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Southwest Texas Junior College website.27
Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine2970 Texas 19, Palestine, TX 75801 - (903) 723-6743 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine website.28
Texarkana College2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, TX 75599 - (903) 823-3456 -
Follow the link to learn more about the Texarkana College nursing program.29
Navarro College - Corsicana3200 W. 7th Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110 - (903) 874-6501 -
Navarro College-Corsicana is a two-year institution located in Corsicana, Texas, with additional campuses located in Waxahachie, Midlothian, and Fairfield. Navarro College believes in outstanding teaching and high-quality services will give student the opportunity to excel and accomplish both personal and professional goals.30
Northeast Texas Community College2886 FM 1735 Chapel Hill Road, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455 - (903) 434-8100 -
Northeast Texas Community College (NTCC) is located in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, with additional campuses in Pittsburg and Naples. NTCC offers an associates degrees, transfer programs, adult and continuing education courses, and workforce development options with flexible scheduling to ensure student success.
Continued List of All Programs in Texas
Ranked Program Score Details #31 Grayson College6101 Grayson Dr, Denison, TX 75020(903) 465-6030 94.13 grayson.edu #32 El Centro College801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202(214) 860-2000 93.83 elcentrocollege.edu #33 San Jacinto College - North5800 Uvalde, Houston, TX 77049(281) 998-6150 93.66 sanjac.edu #34 South Plains College - Plainview1920 W. 24th Street, Plainview, TX 79072(806) 296-9611 93.57 southplainscollege.edu #35 Tyler County Hospital1100 West Bluff, Woodville, TX 75979(409) 283-8141 93.15 tchospital.us #36 Lamar State College - Port Arthur1500 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640(409) 983-4921 93.06 lamarpa.edu #37 Navarro College - Waxahachie1900 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, TX 75165(972) 937-7612 92.80 navarrocollege.edu #38 South Plains College - Reese819 Gilbert Drive, Lubbock,, TX 79416(806) 885-3048 92.45 southplainscollege.edu #39 North Central Texas College1525 West California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240(940) 668-7731 92.01 nctc.edu #40 Valley Baptist Medical Center - School of Vocational Nursing2101 Pease St, Harlingen, TX 78550(956) 389-1721 91.96 valleybaptist.net #41 Midland College - Fort Stockton104 S Everts St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735(432) 336-3330 91.25 midland.edu #42 Central Texas College6200 West Central Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549(254) 526-7161 90.07 ctcd.edu #43 Wharton County Junior College911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488(979) 532-4560 89.84 wcjc.edu #44 Angelina College - Crockett1505 South 4th Street, Crockett, TX 75835(936) 544-0055 89.64 angelina.edu #45 Coastal Bend College3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102(361) 358-2838 89.60 coastalbend.edu #46 San Jacinto College - South13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089(281) 998-6150 89.47 sanjac.edu #47 Tyler Junior College1327 South Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701(903) 510-2200 89.25 tjc.edu #48 Lamar State College - Orange410 W Front Ave, Orange, TX 77630(409) 883-7750 89.16 lsco.edu #49 Laredo Community CollegeWest End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040(956) 722-0521 89.15 laredo.edu #50 Victoria College - Victoria2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901(877) 843-4369 89.03 victoriacollege.edu #51 El Paso Community College100 W. Rio Grande Rm. D202, El Paso, TX 79925(915) 831-4034 88.73 epcc.edu #52 Texas State Technical College - Sweetwater300 Homer K. Taylor Dr, Sweetwater, TX 79556(254) 559-7746 88.65 tstc.edu #53 Texas Southmost College80 Fort Brown St, Brownsville, TX 78520(956) 295-3600 87.99 tsc.edu #54 Schreiner University2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028(800) 343-4919 87.76 schreiner.edu #55 Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596(956) 973-1945 87.70 vgi.edu #56 Fortis College - Grand Prairie401 Palace Pkwy #100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050(972) 375-0006 87.26 fortis.edu #57 Lone Star College - Tomball30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375(281) 351-3300 87.03 lonestar.edu #58 RGV Careers1200 West Polk Avenue, Pharr, TX 78577(956) 781-6800 86.97 rgvcareers.edu #59 Galveston College4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550(409) 944-4242 86.61 gc.edu #60 Amarillo College1314 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101(806) 371-5000 86.52 actx.edu #61 Huntsville Memorial Hospital - Joe G. Davis School of Vocational Nursing110 Memorial Hospital Drive, Huntsville, TX 77340(936) 291-3411 86.48 huntsvillememorial.com #62 Cisco College101 College Heights, Cisco, TX 76437(254) 442-5000 85.06 cisco.edu #63 South Texas College3700 W. Military Hwy., McAllen, TX 78501(956) 872-6100 84.79 nah.southtexascollege.edu #64 St. Philip's College - San Antonio1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203(210) 486-2055 84.70 alamo.edu #65 Vernon College4400 College Drive, Vernon, TX 76384(940) 552-6291 83.75 vernoncollege.edu #66 Frank Phillips College1301 Roosevelt St, Borger, TX 79008(806) 457-4200 83.50 fpctx.edu #67 Ranger College1100 College Circle, Ranger, TX 76470(254) 647-3234 82.85 rangercollege.edu #68 Panola College1109 W Panola St, Carthage, TX 75633(903) 693-2000 82.45 panola.edu #69 Houston Community College555 Community College Dr, Houston, TX 77013(713) 718-8200 82.32 hccs.edu #70 Odessa College - Andrews201 NW Ave. D , Andrews, TX 79714(432) 524-4022 82.03 www2.odessa.edu #71 Clarendon College1122 College Dr, Clarendon, TX 79226(806) 874-3571 81.42 clarendoncollege.edu #72 Dallas Nursing Institute12170 Abrams Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75243(214) 351-0223 80.70 dni.edu #73 Galen College of Nursing7411 John Smith Dr #300, San Antonio, TX 78229(210) 733-3056 79.19 galencollege.edu #74 Odessa College - Monahans806 South Dwight, Monahans, TX 79756(432) 335-6390 70.48 www2.odessa.edu #75 Brightwood College - San Antonio6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213(866) 543-0208 70.31 brightwood.edu #76 The College of Health Care Professions240 Northwest Mall, Houston, TX 77092(800) 487-6728 59.30 chcp.edu #77 Bell Tech Career Institute14602 Presidio Square Boulevard, Houston, TX 77083(713) 636-2659 51.52 belltechcareerinstitute.com
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Texas LVN Licensing Requirements
TO become an LVN in Texas educational requirements must be met by attending a program approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. Students must carry a “C” or above on all nursing courses. Once coursework is complete, the applicant must pass either the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or the NCLEX. Only graduates of Board approved programs are eligible for testing.
Online Examination Application Information (http://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/examination.html)
Along with the application for licensure, applicants living in the state of Texas must submit Livescan Fingerprinting, while applicants from out-of-state must submit a criminal background check.
Physical strength may be another requirement to become an LVN in Texas, including the ability to lift or move patients, push and pull machinery, and stand for extended periods of time.
Texas is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact which means that nurses in compact states must register a primary state of residence, but can work in multiple compact states without additional licensure.
LVN's for states outside of the compact area can apply for a Texas license by endorsement as long as their original licensing requirements are equivalent to those in Texas. Other requirements include:
- Pass the State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE) or NCLEX-PN.
- Currently employed as a LPN/LVN.
- Submit a criminal background check.
Foreign transfers must verify their education through a Credential Evaluation Services (CES) Full Education course-by-course report (see - https://www.bon.texas.gov/end-eligibility.asp#LVN for more info), pass a English Proficiency Exam, and submit a criminal background check and verification of licensure, as well as sit through and pass the NCLEX exam.
Texas LVN licenses must be renewed every 2 years, and the license holder is responsible for 20 hours of continued education each renewal period.
Learn more about Texas LVN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
Additional TX Nursing Resources
Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401
1. Texas Nursing Association (http://www.texasnurses.org)