Mission, TX (population: 72,240) has four BSN schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. The University of Texas-Pan American, the highest ranked school in this group with a BSN program, has a total student population of 18,337. It is the 487th highest ranked school in the USA and the 20th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University).
BSN students from Mission schools who go on to become nurses, forensic nurses, licensed vocational nurses, nurse administrators, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 2,583,770 people working as registered nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $66,530. Also, Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses make on average $40,900 per year and there are about 728,670 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area alone, there are 1,590 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $46,580. Registered nurses in this area earn $69,360/yr and there are 4,050 employed.
Mission lies in Hidalgo county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area has 220,110 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.1% unemployment rate, $14.93/hr average worker wage, and a $31,060 average annual salary. Thus, about 18.386 out of every 1000 jobs in Mission are held by registered nurses, and 7.236/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 4 BSN schools with a 100-mile radius of Mission, only 3 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Texas at Brownsville comes out as the most expensive ($6,819/yr) for BSN students, with South Texas College as the lowest, reported at only $1,317/yr.
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