Best Nursing Schools in Texas (be realistic)

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    Hey, it's going to be my first time applying for nursing school and I don't want to apply to all of them, I have a list that I've gone through, I'm in the process of applying to UTMB and have teas at the end of the month, could you guys please tell me what you feel about the other nursing school and how good their programs are and can you please be realistic. also please, no one mention UT Austin, cause I attend this school and I'm seek a different environment and any other school but UT Austin.

    So please you guys already in nursing schools, working nurses, graduated, applying or applied folks, help a girl out. And what is this thing I'm hearing about interviews, what's with that??? Didn't know nursing schools had interviews.
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    I'm not in nursing school, but am hoping to be soon. I began looking at schools about 10 months ago (starting with about 40ish schools nationwide) and finally narrowed it down to just a few. US News has 2007 nursing school rankings that are in interesting (and that's about all) to look at, but the best thing you can do is make a list and just start going through them while collecting info from places like here and and any RN friends you have. They are all different, plus it can depend a lot on what you are looking for (BSN, ADN, 2nd Degree, online, price, what type of RN job you hope to get after, career goals, etc.).

    Just my opinion, but here are the schools (in Texas) that I looked at and thought were all good options. A lot of these got scratched from my list for various reasons (price, prereqs, start date, etc.), but all good schools I thought:

    (in no particular order)
    1) UTMB
    2) UTHSC Houston
    2) UTHSC San Antonio
    3) UT Tyler
    4) TWU (programs in both Dallas & Houston - the dallas campus has a new facility)
    5) UT Arlington
    6) UT Austin (you said not to mention this one, BUT it belongs on the list)
    7) Baylor

    There are of course other programs like A&M, TX Tech, etc.... but these are the ones I thought were the top picks. Here is a list of questions (definitely not exhaustive) I asked/thought about when researching schools:

    1) NCLEX pass rate (1st time)
    2) cost vs. value (namely - does the extra $ for a place like Baylor get you a better job than a place like UTA?)
    3) How many clinical hours (there's a minimum, but past that sometimes it can vary between schools)? In what format (group vs. precep)?
    4) What hospital(s) do I rotate in?
    5) Class format? (online, in-person, mixed)
    6) program length? (18 months vs. 24 months, etc.)
    7) Faculty availability and support? Student-Instructor ratio?
    8) What percentage of students have jobs when they graduate from here? (account for the economy of course)

    I could keep going, but you get the idea. Looking at the length of this post, it's probably more info than you wanted. Last thing - interviews. Yes. Some places have them, others don't. But it sounds like you're finding out what I did - admittance to nursing school is competitive.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks I am trying to apply to schools in texas and your list really narrowed it down.
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    Quote from whitfield
    I'm not in nursing school, but am hoping to be soon. I began looking at schools about 10 months ago (starting with about 40ish schools nationwide) and finally narrowed it down to just a few. US News has 2007 nursing school rankings that are in interesting (and that's about all) to look at, but the best thing you can do is make a list and just start going through them while collecting info from places like here and and any RN friends you have. They are all different, plus it can depend a lot on what you are looking for (BSN, ADN, 2nd Degree, online, price, what type of RN job you hope to get after, career goals, etc.).

    Just my opinion, but here are the schools (in Texas) that I looked at and thought were all good options. A lot of these got scratched from my list for various reasons (price, prereqs, start date, etc.), but all good schools I thought:

    (in no particular order)
    1) UTMB
    2) UTHSC Houston
    2) UTHSC San Antonio
    3) UT Tyler
    4) TWU (programs in both Dallas & Houston - the dallas campus has a new facility)
    5) UT Arlington
    6) UT Austin (you said not to mention this one, BUT it belongs on the list)
    7) Baylor

    There are of course other programs like A&M, TX Tech, etc.... but these are the ones I thought were the top picks. Here is a list of questions (definitely not exhaustive) I asked/thought about when researching schools:

    1) NCLEX pass rate (1st time)
    2) cost vs. value (namely - does the extra $ for a place like Baylor get you a better job than a place like UTA?)
    3) How many clinical hours (there's a minimum, but past that sometimes it can vary between schools)? In what format (group vs. precep)?
    4) What hospital(s) do I rotate in?
    5) Class format? (online, in-person, mixed)
    6) program length? (18 months vs. 24 months, etc.)
    7) Faculty availability and support? Student-Instructor ratio?
    8) What percentage of students have jobs when they graduate from here? (account for the economy of course)

    I could keep going, but you get the idea. Looking at the length of this post, it's probably more info than you wanted. Last thing - interviews. Yes. Some places have them, others don't. But it sounds like you're finding out what I did - admittance to nursing school is competitive.

    Good luck!


    I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering - you said one of the factors that went into the list was cost vs. value (i.e. does the high tuition at a place like Baylor get you a better job than a school like UTA?) Is this why Baylor is on the list but not TCU, another very expensive school? I am planning on applying to Baylor's 2nd degree program but I'm also tempted by UTA considering the difference in tuition. I am just curious; the thing I'm really worried about is getting into one of them! Thanks for your advice
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    Collin College, if you live in collin county, is incredibly low cost and has a fanstastic program. They bridge with an RN to BSN with TWU and TWU is an excellent program. If you do the Collin bridge then you get your BSN through TWU at Collin's prices. I just found this out. This is amazing. While many of these are good programs, I think there are some schools not included in this that are great that are way less than some of these.

    Then again, I am a bit biased.
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    I have an ADN and applied to the RN-BSN on line program to both UTMB and Texas Tech. I was accepted to both. The question now is: which one should I choose? Please give me your input? Which school is best? Anyone has a good/bad experience on either of these two programs? Thanks for all your help!


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