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2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southwest Region

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

80 Colleges
$16,077 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$62,245 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 305,309 degrees and certificates were awarded to nursing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for nursing students. Along with traditional schools that require in-person attendence, you can attend one of many reputable online schools. Some programs even offer a hybrid experience. Alternatively, you may choose a trade school that prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge in a specific field.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. This report analyzed 80 schools in the Southwest Region to see which ones offered the best value bachelor's degree programs for nursing students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

This ranking is not just a list of inexpensive schools. We also consider each school's quality, since we believe a low-quality school may not be a 'bargain' at any price. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

For nationwide and regional rankings, we use out-of-state tuition and fees in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region

Check out the nursing bachelor's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 15% Best Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools

Our 2021 rankings named Oklahoma Panhandle State University the best value school in the Southwest Region for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the rural area of Goodwell, OPSU is a public college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at OPSU are $8,008 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from OPSU carry an average student debtload of $11,115. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $114.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a great value for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. UT Permian Basin is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Odessa.

UT Permian Basin undergraduate students pay an average of $7,566 in tuition and fees each year. Nursing majors at UT Permian Basin take out an average of $19,455 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree.

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Out of the 80 schools in the Southwest Region that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Tempe, UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UOPX - Arizona are $9,552 per year. After completing their Bachelor's Degree, nursing graduates from UOPX - Arizona carry an average student debtload of $24,299. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $243, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend West Texas A&M University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. West Texas A&M University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Canyon.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at West Texas A&M University are $9,541 a year. Nursing majors at West Texas A&M University take out an average of $19,695 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $210, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. ENMU - Main Campus is a moderately-sized public school located in the town of Portales.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at ENMU - Main Campus are $8,448 a year. Nursing majors at ENMU - Main Campus take out an average of $16,110 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $151.

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MSU Texas

Wichita Falls, TX

MSU Texas came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. MSU Texas is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Wichita Falls.

MSU Texas undergraduate students pay an average of $11,329 in tuition and fees each year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at MSU Texas take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $23,326. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $229, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

MSU Texas also claimed a spot on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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With a ranking of #7, New Mexico Highlands University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. New Mexico Highlands University is a small public school located in the remote town of Las Vegas.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at New Mexico Highlands University are $10,590 per year. On average, nursing graduates from New Mexico Highlands University take out $11,163 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $112.

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With a ranking of #8, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. TTUHSC is a moderately-sized public school located in the city of Lubbock.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at TTUHSC are $22,788 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at TTUHSC take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $12,581. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $130, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

TTUHSC did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list.

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With a ranking of #9, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions did quite well on this year’s best value schools for nursing students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the large city of San Antonio, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions are $15,132 a year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at Baptist Health System School of Health Professions take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $25,696. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Baptist Health System School of Health Professions also did well on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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West Coast University - Dallas came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. West Coast University - Dallas is a small private for-profit school located in the city of Dallas.

West Coast University - Dallas undergraduate students pay an average of $19,865 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from West Coast University - Dallas take out $32,550 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $362.

West Coast University - Dallas did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list.

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The University of Texas Medical Branch landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value bachelor’s degree nursing programs. UTMB Galveston is a small public school located in the fringe town of Galveston.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UTMB Galveston are $22,240 per year. The average amount in student loans that nursing majors at UTMB Galveston take out while working on their Bachelor's Degree is $13,919. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $135, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

UTMB Galveston did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region list.

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the Southwest Region ranking. Located in the town of Weatherford, SWOSU is a public college with a small student population.

SWOSU undergraduate students pay an average of $14,595 in tuition and fees each year. On average, nursing graduates from SWOSU take out $16,264 in student loans while working on their Bachelor's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $138.

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Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Nursing Bachelor's Degree Schools in the Southwest Region award.

Rank College Location
13 Northeastern State University Tahlequah, OK
14 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
15 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
16 University of Houston - Victoria Victoria, TX
16 Chamberlain University - Texas Houston, TX

Best Nursing Colleges by State

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State Degrees Awarded
Arizona 11,806
Texas 22,111
New Mexico 1,468
Oklahoma 2,895

Nursing Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Registered Nursing 251,279
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 15,536
Nursing Administration 9,071
Other Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 6,319
Nursing Practice 6,250
Nursing Science 4,704
Nurse Anesthetist 2,031
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 2,012
Nursing Education 1,991
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 1,266
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing 1,022
Critical Care Nursing 643
Clinical Nurse Leader 527
School Nursing 523
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 475
Geriatric Nurse/Nursing 464
Clinical Nurse Specialist 428
Perioperative/Operating Room and Surgical Nurse/Nursing 236
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 211
Emergency Room/Trauma Nursing 37
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 35
Palliative Care Nursing 23

Majors Similar to Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 93,192

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 26 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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