There are many schools of nursing across Texas with excellent programs, and for the complete list please visit the
Texas State Board of Nursing site. At this site the NCLEX (test to get the nursing license) pass rates of all schools and programs in the last 5 years is listed.
matrix shows the prerequisite and support classes which may be taken at Richland for the three DCCCD associate degree nursing programs as well as the closest schools of nursing nearest the metroplex that offer bachelor's degrees.
In addition to using this as a guide for beginning classes, it is important to go directly to each of the schools' websites and follow the admissions checklist/steps for complete information. Become very familiar with the complete nursing site, and attend any information sessions offered. Here are a few links to get you started:
Two-year associate's degree (ADN) DCCCD programs:
Area bachelor's degree (BSN) programs:
Be mindful that nursing, like most health careers programs, is extremely competitive. Getting good grades on the prerequisite and support classes as well as getting a high score on the entrance exam (HESI or TEAS test) is critical. Although most schools will list a C as the lowest grade that will be taken, there will be very few -if any- candidates that get into these programs with a C in anything.
Be wary of trying to accelerate getting into nursing school by speeding through your science and math classes. Take the time necessary to build a good foundation in math which leads to chemistry which leads to biology. If science and math are not strong subjects for you, then never attempt them in the summer, May, or Winter terms. Similarly, if you need help in reading and writing, take the appropriate developmental classes to strengthen these skills for the English, humanities, speech, and psychology classes that will be required. Following this advice will help you enter nursing school on the first try!