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.
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.
To see all the top ranked LVN programs in Texas click here.
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:
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 & Employment Outlook.
The table below lists career information obtained from the BLS for licensed vocational nurses in Texas. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land||13,060||$23.96||$49,830|
|Dallas, Plano, Irving||10,570||$22.70||$47,210|
|San Antonio, New Braunfels||6,800||$20.92||$43,520|
|Fort Worth, Arlington||4,730||$22.96||$47,760|
|Austin, Round Rock||3,580||$22.24||$46,260|
|McAllen, Edinburg, Mission||2,460||$21.67||$45,070|
|Beaumont, Port Arthur||1,360||$19.78||$41,140|
|College Station, Bryan||460||$19.08||$39,690|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Texas LVN to RN/BSN programs page.
Angelina College - Lufkin is home to a top-tank LVN Multi Entry Exit Program. Angelina College offers a variety of one-year certification programs and degree programs made up of two-years of course study. AC also offers programs for adult education and workforce development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more by visiting the Texas State Technical College - Harlingen nursing website.
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.
Get all the program details by visiting the Baptist Health System School of Health Professionals website.
Visit the Kilgore College nursing website to learn more.
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.
Get all the program details by visiting the Southwest Texas Junior College website.
Get all the program details by visiting the Trinity Valley Community College - Palestine website.
Follow the link to learn more about the Texarkana College nursing program.
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.
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
6101 Grayson Dr, Denison, TX 75020
801 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202
5800 Uvalde, Houston, TX 77049
2600 South 1st Street, Temple, TX 76504
1920 W. 24th Street, Plainview, TX 79072
1100 West Bluff, Woodville, TX 75979
1500 Procter St, Port Arthur, TX 77640
1900 John Arden Drive, Waxahachie, TX 75165
819 Gilbert Drive, Lubbock,, TX 79416
1525 West California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
2101 Pease St, Harlingen, TX 78550
104 S Everts St, Fort Stockton, TX 79735
6200 West Central Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549
911 Boling Highway, Wharton, TX 77488
1505 South 4th Street, Crockett, TX 75835
3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, TX 78102
13735 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089
1327 South Baxter Avenue, Tyler, TX 75701
410 W Front Ave, Orange, TX 77630
West End Washington St, Laredo, TX 78040
2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901
100 W. Rio Grande Rm. D202, El Paso, TX 79925
300 Homer K. Taylor Dr, Sweetwater, TX 79556
80 Fort Brown St, Brownsville, TX 78520
2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, TX 78028
345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, TX 78596
401 Palace Pkwy #100, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball, TX 77375
1200 West Polk Avenue, Pharr, TX 78577
4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550
1314 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX 79101
110 Memorial Hospital Drive, Huntsville, TX 77340
101 College Heights, Cisco, TX 76437
3700 W. Military Hwy., McAllen, TX 78501
1801 Martin Luther King Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203
4400 College Drive, Vernon, TX 76384
1301 Roosevelt St, Borger, TX 79008
1100 College Circle, Ranger, TX 76470
1109 W Panola St, Carthage, TX 75633
555 Community College Dr, Houston, TX 77013
201 NW Ave. D , Andrews, TX 79714
1122 College Dr, Clarendon, TX 79226
12170 Abrams Rd #200, Dallas, TX 75243
600 E Lamar Blvd #200, Arlington, TX 76011
7411 John Smith Dr #300, San Antonio, TX 78229
806 South Dwight, Monahans, TX 79756
6441 NW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78213
240 Northwest Mall, Houston, TX 77092
14602 Presidio Square Boulevard, Houston, TX 77083
Programs Not Included In Rankings
11201 Steeple Park Drive, Houston, TX 77065
Additional TX Nursing Resources
- Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
- Texas Nursing Association
8501 N. MoPac Expy. Suite 400
Austin TX 78759
Phone: (512) 452-0645
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