In 2022, Texas NCLEX-RN Pass Rate was 84.28% and the NCLEX-PN Pass Rate was 87.38%.
In this article, we break down Texas NCLEX Pass Rates to understand how the state performed against the national average, and how individual nursing programs did.
Now, let’s delve into the numbers, shall we?
Texas NCLEX Pass Rates: Statewide Statistics
|No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Pass Rate (2021)||Pass Rate (2020)|
- In 2022, Texas recorded an 84.28% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate statewide vs. a 79.90% National Average.
- In 2021, Texas recorded an 86.77% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate statewide vs. an 82.5% National Average.
- In 2020, Texas recorded a 91% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate statewide vs. an 86.6% National Average.
- Texas NCLEX-RN Pass Rate has been steadily declining from 2020 through 2022.
- Texas NCLEX-RN Pass Rate has been above the National Average from 2020 through 2022.
|No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Pass Rate (2021)||Pass Rate (2020)|
- In 2022, Texas recorded an 87.38% NCLEX-PN Pass Rate statewide vs. a 79.93% National Average.
- In 2021, Texas recorded an 86.49% NCLEX-PN Pass Rate statewide vs. a 79.6% National Average.
- In 2020, Texas recorded an 88.53% NCLEX-PN Pass Rate statewide vs. an 83.1% National Average.
- Texas NCLEX-PN Pass Rate declined from 2020 through 2021; then rose slightly from 2021 through 2022.
- Texas NCLEX-PN Pass Rate has been above the National Average from 2020 through 2022.
Texas NCLEX Pass Rates: Best Texas Direct Entry MSN Programs
Here is the best direct entry MSN program in Texas, ranked by Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate in the last 4 years.
|Rank||Direct Entry MSN Programs||No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Average Pass Rate (2019-2022)|
|1||University of Texas at Austin Alternate Entry MSN||52||90.38%||95.33%|
- University of Texas at Austin has the only approved direct-entry MSN program in Texas.
- University of Texas at Austin Alternate Entry MSN (AE-MSN) Program had a commendable 90.38% NCLEX-RN pass rate in 2022.
Texas NCLEX Pass Rates: Best Texas BSN Programs
Here are the best BSN programs in Texas, ranked by Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate in the last 4 years.
|Rank||BSN Programs||No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Average Pass Rate (2019-2022)|
|1||Texas State University||87||100.00%||100.00%|
|2||University of Houston College of Nursing||93||97.85%||98.35%|
|3||University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston||327||96.02%||97.97%|
|4||Texas A&M HSC College of Nursing||205||93.17%||97.47%|
|5||Stephen F. Austin State|
|7||Sam Houston State University||124||94.35%||96.13%|
|8||University of the Incarnate Word||133||93.23%||95.93%|
|9||University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio||304||88.82%||94.83%|
|10||University of Texas at El Paso||299||87.96%||94.78%|
|11||Texas Christian University||180||94.44%||94.77%|
|12||Arizona College of Nursing||29||96.55%||94.71%¹|
|13||Texas Woman’s University||440||92.05%||94.53%|
|14||University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston||343||91.55%||93.70%|
|15||West Texas A&M University||67||89.55%||93.09%|
|16||Texas Tech HSC SON||532||88.91%||92.97%|
|18||Angelo State University||80||95.00%||91.72%|
|19||University of Texas at Arlington||751||86.95%||91.60%|
|20||Texas A&M University|
|21||University of Texas at Austin||119||84.87%||91.43%|
|22||Texas Lutheran University||132||89.39%||90.89%|
|24||Texas A&M International|
|25||University of Texas Rio Grande|
|26||University of Mary Hardin|
|28||Chamberlain College of Nursing||149||81.88%||89.42%|
|29||Patty Hanks Shelton School of|
|30||West Coast University Texas||291||82.47%||88.38%|
|31||University of Texas at Tyler||411||83.94%||88.12%|
|32||Texas Tech HSC – Gayle Greave Hunt SON||123||87.80%||88.05%|
|33||Abilene Christian University||60||83.33%||87.51%|
|34||Western Governors University||155||78.71%||86.73%|
|35||Prairie View A&M University||105||80.00%||86.38%|
|36||East Texas Baptist University||37||72.97%||86.26%|
|37||Midwestern State University||114||80.70%||86.16%|
|38||University of St. Thomas SON||91||84.62%||86.06%|
|39||Galen College of Nursing||91||89.01%||85.91%²|
|40||University of St. Thomas|
|43||Wayland Baptist University||16||81.25%||83.66%|
|44||Western Technical College||34||82.35%||82.35%³|
|45||Texas A&M University||253||69.96%||80.76%|
|46||University of Texas Permian|
|47||Houston Christian University||92||80.43%||78.04%|
|48||Tarleton State University||192||54.17%||76.37%|
²2020-2022 Average Pass Rate
³2022 Pass Rate Only
- Texas State University has the highest average NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among BSN Programs from 2019 through 2022, at an impressive 100%!
- Texas State University has the highest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among BSN Programs, at 100%.
- Tarleton State University has the lowest average NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among BSN Programs from 2019 through 2022, at 76.37%.
- Tarleton State University has the lowest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among BSN Programs, at 54.17%.
Texas NCLEX Pass Rates: Best Texas ADN Programs
Here are the best ADN programs in Texas, ranked by Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate in the last 4 years.
|Rank||ADN Programs||No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Average Pass Rate (2019-2022)|
|2||Howard College – Big Spring||27||100.00%||98.49%|
|4||Lone Star College –|
|5||Mountain View College||44||88.64%||95.01%|
|6||Alvin Community College||92||91.30%||94.47%|
|8||San Jacinto College-Central||126||87.30%||93.11%|
|10||Lamar State College –|
|11||Lone Star College – Cyfair||40||87.50%||92.02%|
|13||Rio Grande Valley College||43||88.37%||91.83%¹|
|14||Tyler Junior College||174||86.21%||91.74%|
|18||Lone Star College – Kingwood||91||86.81%||91.31%|
|20||Southwest Texas Junior|
|21||Wharton County Junior College||50||84.00%||90.92%|
|22||McLennan Community College||37||97.30%||90.08%|
|24||Howard College – San Angelo||36||88.89%||89.42%|
|25||Trinity Valley Community|
|26||North Central Texas College||83||90.36%||89.02%|
|27||Lone Star College – Tomball||48||85.42%||88.78%|
|29||El Paso Community College||134||80.60%||88.36%|
|30||Central Texas College||73||73.97%||88.16%|
|33||Covenant School of Nursing (Diploma)||151||81.46%||87.49%|
|35||Baptist Health System||207||80.68%||86.88%|
|37||Lamar State College – Orange||34||79.41%||86.63%|
|38||Lone Star College –|
|40||Galen College of Nursing||528||80.68%||86.14%|
|41||El Centro College||135||73.33%||85.68%|
|42||San Jacinto College-South||51||88.24%||85.12%|
|44||Northeast Texas Community|
|45||Tarrant County College||333||80.18%||84.98%|
|46||College of the Mainland||72||84.72%||84.86%|
|49||San Antonio College||194||82.99%||84.27%|
|50||South Texas College||289||77.16%||83.99%|
|52||Texas Southmost College||21||76.19%||83.10%²|
|53||Paris Junior College||58||86.21%||83.02%|
|55||St. Philip’s College||10||70.00%||81.44%|
|59||Texas State Technical College-West Texas||25||80.00%||76.97%|
|62||South Plains College||77||50.65%||74.54%|
|63||Texas State Technical College-Harlingen||49||65.31%||74.50%|
|65||Coastal Bend College||105||72.38%||71.46%|
|66||The College of Health Care|
|67||Houston Community College||197||49.24%||68.11%|
|68||College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions||24||83.33%||63.01%¹|
²2021-2022 Average Pass Rate
- Laredo College has the highest average NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among ADN Programs from 2019 through 2022, at 99.48%.
- Laredo College and Howard College – Big Spring have the highest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among ADN Programs, at 100%.
- Houston Community College has the lowest average NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among ADN Programs from 2019 through 2022, at 68.11%.
- Houston Community College has the lowest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among ADN Programs, at 49.24%.
Texas NCLEX Pass Rates: Best Texas LVN Programs
Here are the best LVN programs in Texas, ranked by Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate in the last 3 years.
|Rank||LVN Programs||No. of Candidates (2022)||Pass Rate (2022)||Average Pass Rate (2019-2022)|
|1||Alvin Community College||21||100.00%||100.00%|
|2||Brazosport Community College||6||100.00%||100.00%|
|3||Edwin’s Healthcare Institute||7||100.00%||100.00%¹|
|5||Howard College- Big Spring||7||100.00%||100.00%|
|6||South Plains College- Plainview||5||100.00%||100.00%|
|7||St. Philip’s College- New Braunfels||2||100.00%||100.00%|
|9||Trinity Valley Community College- Terrell||18||94.44%||98.15%|
|10||Lone Star College – Kingwood||7||100.00%||98.04%|
|11||South Plains College at Reese Center||27||96.30%||97.79%|
|12||Odessa College- Monahans||21||100.00%||97.78%|
|13||Lone Star College – CyFair||10||90.00%||96.67%|
|14||Odessa College- Andrews||39||94.87%||96.27%|
|15||Blinn College- Brenham||45||93.33%||96.26%|
|16||Baptist Health System||21||95.24%||96.04%|
|17||San Jacinto College North||36||97.22%||95.97%|
|18||Lone Star College North Harris MEEP||11||90.91%||95.46%¹|
|19||McLennan Community College MEEP||6||100.00%||95.24%|
|22||Del Mar College – MEEP||6||83.33%||94.44%|
|23||Northeast Texas Community College||10||100.00%||94.44%|
|24||College of Nursing and Advanced Health Professions (formally DNI)||30||90.00%||93.41%|
|27||Trinity Valley Community College- Palestine||19||100.00%||92.98%|
|28||Howard College- San Angelo||33||100.00%||92.75%|
|29||The College of Health Care|
|30||Rio Grande Valley College||155||90.97%||92.52%|
|32||College of the Mainland||8||100.00%||92.31%|
|33||Navarro College- Waxahachie||51||86.27%||92.13%|
|35||Texas Health School||51||94.12%||91.50%|
|36||El Paso Community College MEEP||10||90.00%||90.89%|
|37||Frank Phillips College||29||79.31%||90.80%|
|38||Army Practical Nurse Course||435||91.26%||90.51%|
|40||Austin Community College||58||91.38%||90.29%|
|41||Lamar State College- Port Arthur||61||93.44%||89.86%|
|42||Houston Community College||59||83.05%||89.59%|
|45||Texas State Technical College West Texas||31||87.10%||89.30%|
|48||Galen College of Nursing||403||84.62%||88.65%|
|49||Tarrant County College||22||100.00%||88.54%|
|51||Texas Southmost College||11||90.91%||88.31%|
|52||Tyler Junior College||93||83.87%||88.29%|
|53||San Jacinto College South||43||88.37%||88.10%|
|54||McLennan Community College – Traditional||24||87.50%||88.06%|
|55||Paris Junior College||52||88.46%||87.98%|
|56||El Paso Community College at Mission Del Paso||29||82.76%||87.32%|
|57||South Texas College||143||90.91%||87.32%|
|58||Navarro College- Mexia||17||100.00%||87.04%|
|60||Bell Tech Career Institute||14||71.43%||86.31%|
|61||St. Philip’s College- San Antonio||54||87.04%||86.31%|
|62||Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies||46||80.43%||86.23%|
|63||Tyler County Hospital||47||85.11%||86.12%|
|64||North Central Texas College||63||92.06%||85.94%|
|65||Arlington Career Institute||21||85.71%||85.71%²|
|66||Coastal Bend College||35||91.43%||85.65%|
|67||Angelina College at Lufkin|
|68||Southwest Texas Junior College||51||80.39%||83.37%|
|69||Lone Star College – Tomball||15||86.67%||82.94%|
|70||Navarro College- Corsicana||36||88.89%||82.59%|
|71||Valley Baptist Medical Center||30||90.00%||82.40%|
|72||Lamar State College- Orange||86||83.72%||82.32%|
|73||Angelina College at Lufkin MEEP||34||82.35%||81.77%|
|74||Texas State Technical College||27||88.89%||80.83%|
|75||Wharton County Jr. College||26||96.15%||80.78%|
|76||Central Texas College||34||85.29%||79.50%|
|78||Vocational Nursing Institute||10||60.00%||75.24%¹|
|80||Dallas College at El Centro||15||53.33%||72.19%|
|82||Concorde Career College||156||61.54%||67.70%|
|85||South Plains College- Levelland||18||72.22%||65.58%|
²2022 Pass Rate Only
- Alvin Community College has the highest average NCLEX Pass Rate, with more passed candidates, in Texas among LVN Programs from 2020 through 2022, at 100%.
- Texarkana College has the highest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate, with more passed candidates, in Texas among LVN Programs, at 100%.
- South Plains College- Levelland has the lowest average NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among LVN Programs from 2020 through 2022, at 65.58%.
- Schreiner University has the lowest 2022 NCLEX Pass Rate in Texas among LVN Programs, at 50%.
No. While NCLEX Pass Rates are a powerful determinant of program quality & rigor, you should consider them alongside other factors such as the program’s accreditation status, clinical experience opportunities, cost of attendance, location, etc.
Based on the 2022 Texas NCLEX Pass Rates for BSN programs, the nursing school with the highest NCLEX pass rate is Texas State University, which recorded an outstanding 100%! For ADN Programs, the nursing school with the highest NCLEX pass rate is Laredo College and Howard College – Big Spring, both of which recorded 100%.
In Texas, you can take the NCLEX exam every 45 days within a four-year span of completing your nursing education. According to Rule §217.2 of the Texas Board of Nursing Rules & Regulations, If you don’t pass in four years, you must complete a board-approved nursing education program before you are permitted to retake the NCLEX.
As of 2022, the pass rate for the NCLEX-RN exam in Texas was 84.28%, while the pass rate for the NCLEX-PN was 87.38%.
In 2022, the Texas A&M BSN program recorded a 69.96% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for first-time takers. In the last 4 years, the Texas A&M BSN program has recorded an 80.76% NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for first-time takers.
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