Associate Nursing Degrees ADN

There are several educational paths one may take to become a registered nurse in the Greater Houston Area.  There are also many types of nursing degrees that can be obtained. Below is a list of the types of Associate Nursing Degrees and links to the corresponding Nursing School’s website. 

Note that “ADN” is a degree for RN- Registered Nurse. 

BSN and LVN to RN

LVN nursing programs are usually around one year long and some don’t require prerequisite courses. Some LVN’s choose to complete a LVN to RN transition course in which they are usually able to skip a general nursing class or two depending on what nursing school they attend. There’s also a Paramedic to RN transition program offered at some nursing schools.  San Jacinto College Central offers this transition program.

associate nursing degrees adn

Associate Nursing Degrees

All RN programs require prerequisite course work. The pre-nursing course work for ADN programs can typically be completed in one year.

ADN is a two year program and BSN is a four year program.  Although, both degrees have approximately the same amount of time spent in “Nursing” classes.  The BSN does include an extra nursing class or two depending on which school you attend.  For the most part, the BSN programs require a lot more prerequisite classes (usually around two years worth) before attending the nursing portion of your degree.  Pay/Salary is usually the same for RN’s regardless 

of whether you have an Associate’s Nursing Degree or Bachelor’s Degree.  A BSN is usually desired by nurses that want to move into management or continue their education in a master’s nursing program.  Master’s prepared nurses have more career options available to them including upper level management and teaching/instructor positions.

Types Of Houston Area Nursing Degrees, Programs &  Schools and Where To Find Them

LVN- Licensed Vocational Nurse Programs

San Jacinto College-North or South Campus

Houston Community College

Lonestar College (CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery & Tomball Campuses)

ADN- Associate Degree of Nursing (RN) Programs

Alvin Community College
Lee College
Lamar University at Beaumont
Galveston College
Houston Baptist University
Houston Community College

Lonestar College (CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery & Tomball Campuses)
San Jacinto College- Central Campus
Lamar State College
College of the Mainland
Wharton County Junior College

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN) Programs

Lamar University at Beaumont
UT Medical Branch (UTMB)
Houston Baptist University
Prairie View A&M University
Texas Woman’s University 
UT Health Sciences Center

LVN to ADN – Licensed Vocational Nurse to ADN (RN) Transition Programs


Alvin Community College
Lee College
Lamar University at Beaumont
Blinn College
Galveston College

Lonestar College (CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery & Tomball Campuses)
Houston Baptist University
Houston Community College
San Jacinto College South
Lamar State College
College of the Mainland
North Harris Montgomery Community College District – Tomball (LoneStar)
Wharton County Junior College

LVN to BS/BSN (RN) Programs
Houston Texas Woman’s University – Houston Campus

RN to BSN (RN) Programs
UT Medical Branch (UTMB)
Houston Baptist University
Prairie View A&M University
Texas Woman’s University
UT Health Sciences Center
Prairie View A&M University – Huntsville Memorial Hospital 
Prairie View A&M University – The University Center Woodlands

RN to Master’s Degree Programs

UT Medical Branch (UTMB)
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing

MS/MSN Degree – Master of Science in Nursing Programs


Lamar University at Beaumont
UT Medical Branch (UTMB)
Prairie View A&M University
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing
UT Health Science Center
Baylor College of Medicine- Houston

PHD/DSN Degrees (Doctor of Science in Nursing)

UT Medical Branch (UTMB)
Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing 
UT Health Sciences Center

Please report any of the above links that don’t connect you to the proper page.  The colleges and universities change their websites from time to time and the links may lead you to an old page or non-existing page on the college website.  If this happens please leave us a comment and we will fix it in a timely manner. Thank you in advance.

J. Reeves, RN/Owner

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