Austin, TX (population: 792,778) has three practical nursing schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Baylor University, the highest ranked school in this group with a practical nursing program, has a total student population of 14,614. It is the 879th highest ranked school in the USA and the 38th highest in the state of Texas (#1 is Rice University). To learn more about practical nursing programs in Austin, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of practical nursing professors at Baylor University such as Stephanie Allen, Karen Bufton, Barbara Devitt, Kathy Dunhan-Hakala, Vivian Gamblian, and Lind Garner.
Practical Nursing students from Austin schools who go on to become practical nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners, natural health practitioners, 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 Austin-Round Rock area alone, there are 2,690 employed licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earning an average salary of $42,040. Registered nurses in this area earn $62,560/yr and there are 9,150 employed.
Austin lies in Travis county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Austin-Round Rock area has 769,370 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.3% unemployment rate, $21.72/hr average worker wage, and a $45,180 average annual salary. Thus, about 11.887 out of every 1000 jobs in Austin are held by registered nurses, and 3.494/1000 are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses.
Of the 3 practical nursing schools with a 100-mile radius of Austin, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Baylor University comes out as the most expensive ($26,444/yr) for practical nursing students, with Baptist Health System School of Health Professions as the lowest, reported at only $13,191/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Austin|
|Cedar Park||TX||72,258||0||-||0||14.6 miles|
|San Antonio||TX||1,402,013||34||23.3851||958||74.4 miles|
|College Station||TX||90,406||1||0.218495||0||88.2 miles|