ACC plans launch of first bachelor’s degree in nursing next year

FILE - Austin Community College (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Austin Community College (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Community College is primed to offer its first bachelor’s degree program next year, after the program was approved by the Board of Trustees Thursday.

The RN-to-BSN Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) at ACC is designed for registered nurses who want to earn a BSN.

The development of the degree program was in response to “critical workforce needs” in Central Texas, ACC said. The college says there are more than 7,700 registered nurses in the ACC-area who would qualify for the program.

“It’s our mission to provide an affordable and accessible pathway,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “It’s going to build the nursing pipeline in Central Texas and help lift thousands of nurses to the next level in their careers.”

The only one of its kind in Central Texas, the program would comprise online, hybrid and on-site courses. The only other options currently available for RNs living in the area are online RN-to-BSN programs.

The next step before the program can come to fruition is for it to receive approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Board of Nurses and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Trustees also approved a proposed associate of science in emergency management degree.

The programs are expected to be offered beginning fall 2018. You can learn more about ACC’s Nursing program at austincc.edu.

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