Texas Nurse Practitioner Programs
Texas is not known for doing things in a small way. The state is huge and the population is growing at a fantastic rate. The only issue with that growth is that the health care professionals are falling behind and struggling to give each patient the time they deserve. There are plenty of reasons to become a nurse practitioner in Texas, and some very highly respected schools to learn the profession from.
There are a total of just under 6,000 nurse practitioners currently working in Texas, and their median wage is amongst the highest in the country. Earning just short of $100,000 a year, NPs in Texas are well compensated for their expertise. One reason for this is that, per 1,000 jobs, .54 are practitioners. That is significantly lower than the national average. Just over 1,000 students graduated from medical schools in 2011, which is fairly low for the size of the state. The U.S. sees an average of 58 nurse practitioners per 100,000 people, but Texas only has 38. That number is alarming, but it should also point to a desperate need for your experience (and explain the higher than average wages).
While some states let nurse practitioners prescribe medications and perform diagnoses and treatment without a physician overseeing them, Texas does not. Some graduates may not be a fan of this, but if you are looking for a place that will put a second pair of eyes on your work, and have you working side by side with a physician, this is a great place for you to settle into a career.
You will find the Sherman, Tyler and Victoria have the highest percentage of people working in the career and Midland, Austin and Laredo come in at the lowest. For the highest salary, look to Houston, Dallas or McAllen. Austin and Dallas are both huge centers of the state and may be where you end up attending college if you earn your degree in Texas, so consider looking at some of the top employers in those cities and start working there as soon as you earn your RN.
Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Medical City Hospital in Dallas, or Baylor Health Care Centers throughout the state will be some of your go to employers. Within the top 50 employers in Texas, UT Health in Houston, Wilford Hall Medical Center in Lackland Afb and Medical City Children Hospital in Dallas rank in the top 20. That isn’t just for the medical field, but for all professions.
The Texas Nurses Association will also help you as you have question, concerns or just want to network within the field. With free webinars, continuing education, practice, a career center and a store with discounted books that will be relevant in your education and profession, you’ll find all you need with the TNA.
As you look to cover the costs of your education you will want to look for grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers $10,000 to students in an entry-level nursing program. The Good Samaritan Foundation of Texas offers grants to students based on income earned through donations. Earning your MSN will qualify you for $1,000 per semester to be used towards typical educational expenses. Many schools throughout the state will also offer school specific grants, such as UT Austin, found here.
UT Austin is one of the most-well respected and national recognized schools in the country. With a huge campus, a well-respected science department and half a million Alumni, you can be sure UT Austin is well known for a reason. The school was founded in 1883 and awards nearly 12,000 degrees yearly. Over 300,000 students are enrolled in their continuing education and the school is home to seven museums and 17 libraries. There isn’t a better place to earn an education in the state. Austin is also one of the hotspots for college going students in the state as well.
Baylor is a Christian values based nursing college and combines a faith based education with advanced nursing theory and practice. Located on the Baylor University Medical Center campus near downtown Dallas, the four story complex includes cutting edge technology to enhance the learning experience. Students will enjoy video presentations, conferencing and state of the art human patient simulators as well as spacious classrooms and study lounges. The school is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and all graduates are qualified to write the NCLEX for registered nurses in any state.