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.

  • LVN Programs in Texas

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    Alvin Community College
    3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511
    (281) 756-3500 Visit Homepage
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    Amarillo College
    1314 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101
    (806) 371-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Angelina College - Crockett
    1505 South 4th Street, Crockett, TX 75835
    (936) 544-0055 Visit Homepage
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    Angelina College - Lufkin
    3500 South First Street, Lufkin, TX 75904
    (936) 639-1301 Visit Homepage
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    Austin Community College District
    2818 U.S. 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
    (830) 997-6363 Visit Homepage
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    Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals
    3703 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78201
    (210) 785-4924 Visit Homepage
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    Bell Tech Career Institute
    14602 Presidio Square Boulevard, Houston, TX 77083
    (713) 636-2659 Visit Homepage
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    Blinn College - Brenham
    902 College Ave, Brenham, TX 77833
    (979) 830-4000 Visit Homepage
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    Blinn College - Bryan
    2423 Blinn Blvd, Bryan, TX 77805
    (979) 209-7200 Visit Homepage
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    Brazosport College
    500 College Dr, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
    (979) 230-3000 Visit Homepage
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    Brightwood College - San Antonio
    6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213
    (866) 543-0208 Visit Homepage
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    Central Texas College
    6200 West Central Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549
    (254) 526-7161 Visit Homepage
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    Cisco College
    101 College Heights, Cisco, TX 76437
    (254) 442-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Clarendon College
    1122 College Dr, Clarendon, TX 79226
    (806) 874-3571 Visit Homepage
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    Coastal Bend College
    3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102
    (361) 358-2838 Visit Homepage
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    College of the Mainland
    1200 N Amburn Rd, Texas City, TX 77591
    (409) 938-1211 Visit Homepage
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    Concorde Career Institute
    600 E Lamar Blvd #200, Arlington, TX 76011
    (817) 261-1594 Visit Homepage
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    Dallas Nursing Institute
    12170 Abrams Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75243
    (214) 351-0223 Visit Homepage
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    Del Mar College
    101 Baldwin Blvd, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
    (361) 698-1200 Visit Homepage
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    El Centro College
    801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
    (214) 860-2000 Visit Homepage
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    El Paso Community College
    100 W. Rio Grande Rm. D202, El Paso, TX 79925
    (915) 831-4034 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Grand Prairie
    401 Palace Pkwy #100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    (972) 375-0006 Visit Homepage
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    Frank Phillips College
    1301 Roosevelt St, Borger, TX 79008
    (806) 457-4200 Visit Homepage
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    Galen College of Nursing
    7411 John Smith Dr #300, San Antonio, TX 78229
    (210) 733-3056 Visit Homepage
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    Galveston College
    4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550
    (409) 944-4242 Visit Homepage
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    Grayson College
    6101 Grayson Dr, Denison, TX 75020
    (903) 465-6030 Visit Homepage
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    Hill College
    112 Lamar Dr, Hillsboro, TX 76645
    (254) 659-7500 Visit Homepage
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    Houston Community College
    555 Community College Dr, Houston, TX 77013
    (713) 718-8200 Visit Homepage
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    Howard College - Big Spring
    1001 Birdwell Ln, Big Spring, TX 79720
    (432) 264-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Howard College - San Angelo
    3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo, TX 76905
    (325) 481-8300 Visit Homepage
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    Huntsville Memorial Hospital - Joe G. Davis School of Vocational Nursing
    110 Memorial Hospital Drive, Huntsville, TX 77340
    (936) 291-3411 Visit Homepage
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    Kilgore College
    300 S High St, Longview, TX 75601
    (903) 753-2642 Visit Homepage
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    Lamar State College - Orange
    410 W Front Ave, Orange, TX 77630
    (409) 883-7750 Visit Homepage
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    Lamar State College - Port Arthur
    1500 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640
    (409) 983-4921 Visit Homepage
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    Laredo Community College
    West End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040
    (956) 722-0521 Visit Homepage
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    Lone Star College - Cyfair
    9191 Barker Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
    (281) 290-3200 Visit Homepage
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    Lone Star College - North Harris
    2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073
    (281) 618-5400 Visit Homepage
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    Lone Star College - Tomball
    30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375
    (281) 351-3300 Visit Homepage
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    McLennan Community College
    1400 College Drive, Waco, TX 76708
    (254) 299-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Midland College - Fort Stockton
    104 S Everts St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735
    (432) 336-3330 Visit Homepage
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    Navarro College - Corsicana
    3200 W. 7th Ave, Corsicana, TX 75110
    (903) 874-6501 Visit Homepage
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    Navarro College - Mexia
    901 N. MLK Jr. Hwy, Mexia, TX 76667
    (254) 562-3848 Visit Homepage
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    Navarro College - Waxahachie
    1900 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, TX 75165
    (972) 937-7612 Visit Homepage
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    North Central Texas College
    1525 West California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
    (940) 668-7731 Visit Homepage
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    Northeast Texas Community College
    2886 FM 1735 Chapel Hill Road, Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455
    (903) 434-8100 Visit Homepage
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    Odessa College - Andrews
    201 NW Ave. D , Andrews, TX 79714
    (432) 524-4022 Visit Homepage
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    Odessa College - Monahans
    806 South Dwight, Monahans, TX 79756
    (432) 335-6390 Visit Homepage
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    Panola College
    1109 W Panola St, Carthage, TX 75633
    (903) 693-2000 Visit Homepage
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    Paris Junior College
    2400 Clarksville St, Paris, TX 75460
    (903) 785-7661 Visit Homepage
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    Ranger College
    1100 College Circle, Ranger, TX 76470
    (254) 647-3234 Visit Homepage
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    RGV Careers
    1200 West Polk Avenue, Pharr, TX 78577
    (956) 781-6800 Visit Homepage
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    San Jacinto College - North
    5800 Uvalde, Houston, TX 77049
    (281) 998-6150 Visit Homepage
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    San Jacinto College - South
    13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089
    (281) 998-6150 Visit Homepage
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    Schreiner University
    2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028
    (800) 343-4919 Visit Homepage
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    South Plains College - Levelland
    1401 S. College Ave, Levelland, TX 79336
    (806) 894-9611 Visit Homepage
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    South Plains College - Plainview
    1920 W. 24th Street, Plainview, TX 79072
    (806) 296-9611 Visit Homepage
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    South Plains College - Reese
    819 Gilbert Drive, Lubbock,, TX 79416
    (806) 885-3048 Visit Homepage
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    South Texas College
    3700 W. Military Hwy., McAllen, TX 78501
    (956) 872-6100 Visit Homepage
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    Southwest Texas Junior College
    2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801-6297
    (830) 591-7256 Visit Homepage
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    St. Philip's College - New Braunfels
    2189 FM 758, New Braunfels, TX 78130
    (210) 486-7402 Visit Homepage
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    St. Philip's College - San Antonio
    1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203
    (210) 486-2055 Visit Homepage
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    Sul Ross State University
    East Highway 90, Alpine, TX 79832
    (432) 837-8011 Visit Homepage
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    Temple College
    516 N Main St, Taylor, TX 76574
    (512) 365-7242 Visit Homepage
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    Temple College - Temple
    2600 South 1st Street, Temple, TX 76504
    (254) 298-8282 Visit Homepage
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    Texarkana College
    2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, TX 75599
    (903) 823-3456 Visit Homepage
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    Texas Southmost College
    80 Fort Brown St, Brownsville, TX 78520
    (956) 295-3600 Visit Homepage
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    Texas State Technical College - Harlingen
    1902 North Loop 499, Harlingen, TX 78550
    (800) 852-8784 Visit Homepage
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    Texas State Technical College - Sweetwater
    300 Homer K. Taylor Dr, Sweetwater, TX 79556
    (254) 559-7746 Visit Homepage
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    The College of Health Care Professions
    240 Northwest Mall, Houston, TX 77092
    (800) 487-6728 Visit Homepage
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    The Vocational Nursing Institute, Inc.
    11201 Steeple Park Drive, Houston, TX 77065
    (832) 237-2525 Visit Homepage
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    Trinity Valley Community College - Kaufman
    800 Ed Hall Dr, Kaufman, TX 75142
    (972) 932-4309 Visit Homepage
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    Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine
    2970 Texas 19, Palestine, TX 75801
    (903) 723-6743 Visit Homepage
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    Tyler County Hospital
    1100 West Bluff, Woodville, TX 75979
    (409) 283-8141 Visit Homepage
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    Tyler Junior College
    1327 South Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701
    (903) 510-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Valley Baptist Medical Center - School of Vocational Nursing
    2101 Pease St, Harlingen, TX 78550
    (956) 389-1721 Visit Homepage
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    Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies
    345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596
    (956) 973-1945 Visit Homepage
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    Vernon College
    4400 College Drive, Vernon, TX 76384
    (940) 552-6291 Visit Homepage
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    Victoria College - Victoria
    2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901
    (877) 843-4369 Visit Homepage
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    Weatherford College
    225 College Park Drive, Weatherford, TX 76086
    (817) 594-5471 Visit Homepage
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    Wharton County Junior College
    911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488
    (979) 532-4560 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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
    http://www.bne.state.tx.us/

    1. Texas Nursing Association (http://www.texasnurses.org)

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Texas LVN to RN programs page.