There are close to a dozen nursing programs in San Antonio, Texas that offer degrees ranging from education as a Licensed Vocational Nurse to earning a Doctoral degree. With more than 14,460 employed RNs in the city, it’s not difficult to find a mentor or even employment after graduation. And according to Salary Expert, the average salary of an RN in this city is $70,586, or about $33.94 per hour.
Along with options for education, potential nursing students in San Antonio have some good options for employment after graduation. These options include the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio, and Methodist Hospital, as well as a plethora of rehab and private clinics.
The city also offers nursing organizations like the Texas Nurses Association, which supplies the tools needed to advocate for patients’ well-being. Other organizations include the San Antonio Emergency Nurses Association, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses in San Antonio, and the San Antonio Nurses in Advance Practice.
Check out these top 10 nursing schools in San Antonio in no particular order.
#1 – University of Texas Health Science Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center offers undergraduate, graduate, DNP, and PhD programs, along with a Nurse Anesthesia program, which prepares students to manage the anesthesia of patients of all ages. The school’s BSN program takes four semesters and includes clinical, skills lab, and nursing theory courses. The university also offers a RN-BSN option that takes three semesters and is also full time. Students can enroll online or on-campus.
#2 – San Antonio College
San Antonio College, a division of Alamo Colleges, offers a two-year program that prepares students to become a registered nurse. The program awards an Associate Degree of Applied Science and graduates can sit for the national RN examinations. The nursing department at this school is one of the largest in San Antonio and in Texas.
#3 – Galen College of Nursing
Galen College of Nursing offers several options for potential students in San Antonio, from a licensed vocational nursing program to a LVN to ADN Bridge and an online RN to BSN program. The LVN program is offered to new students who want to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and is offered during the day for full-time students or in the evening for part-time students.
The LVN to ADN Bridge program takes between 15 and 18 months and is offered full-time on campus or as a hybrid program online and on campus. The online RN to BSN degree program takes 12 months depending on credit transfer.
#4 – Our Lady of the Lake University
Our Lady of the Lake University is a private Catholic university based in San Antonio. The university offers RN to BSN, RN to MSN, Nurse Administration Specialization for the MSN, and a MSN Faculty Program. These programs are offered online, though students in San Antonio have access to the school’s on-campus resources.
#5 – Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University’s School of Nursing is located completely on the school’s San Antonio campus. The school offers a traditional BSN program, a LVN to BSN program, and an online MSN program. The traditional BSN program is also offered in an online format. The BSN is designed for students who don’t already hold a nursing certificate. It takes 24 months to complete and there is a one term break after the fourth term. Classes start in August and February.
#6 – University of the Incarnate Word
University of the Incarnate Word offers a nursing program through the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing. UIW offers a traditional BSN, an RN-BSN, an RN-MSN, a MSN program, and a DNP program. The traditional BSN track is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and prepares students to become licensed RNs. Classes include clinical experiences in a variety of settings.
#7 – St. Philip’s College
St. Philip’s College offers a certificate in Vocational Nursing. The program includes courses in biological, social, and physical sciences as well as nursing education. Students must be pretested and pass The Essential Academic Skills V assessment (Nursing). The assessment measures entry-level skills and abilities of nursing program applicants.
#8 – Palo Alto College
Palo Alto College offers continuing education courses for Nurse Aide in Healthcare (CNA) certifications. The program is comprehensive and includes lecture and clinical components. Students learn the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to provide safe care as entry-level nursing assistants. Topics include patient comfort and safety, range of motion for long term care residents, residents’ rights, and more.
#9 – Northwest Vista College
Northwest Vista College offers an Associate of Science degree in Pre-Nursing. The program is designed for transfer as the first half of the Bachelor’s degree requirements. Students with the A.S. in Pre-Nursing can qualify for a BSN program at a four-year school. Pre-nursing studies include classes on theory and research-based knowledge from the arts, humanities, and sciences. The program is designed to develop a foundation for good nursing practice.
Concorde Career College’s San Antonio campus was founded in spring 2010. It offers a Medical Assistant program that prepares students to assist nurses and doctors in their community. The program is hands-on and includes classes in CPR, administering injections, assisting in minor surgery, performing diagnostic procedures, and basic lab procedures. The program can be a pre-requisite for a traditional nursing certificate or degree.