Austin Community College District (ACC)

Austin Community College District (ACC), a nationally recognized two-year public institution, offers nursing degree and certificate programs that educate students as Registered or Vocational Nurses. The new RN to BSN program launched Fall of 2018. Students Schools Scholarships

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In 1973, Austin Community College District (ACC), a public entity, was established. The college serves Central Texas by providing affordable, flexible pathways to assist students in reaching their educational and career goals.

Vocational Nursing Level II - Certificate

The Vocational Nursing program is a college-credit certificate program that uses the experiences of clinical, laboratory and the classroom. The focus of the program is to help the student make judgment calls that are based upon scientific principles.

Graduates will be eligible to take the national licensure NCLEX exam for LPNs.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Immunizations must be completed prior to submitting an application
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers course
  • Physical examination by private physician prior to enrollment
  • Annual tuberculosis status
  • In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, health insurance, criminal background checks and drug screenings

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS Traditional)

This degree is a college credit course that includes experiences that incorporate learning from the classroom, online, laboratory, and clinical rotations.

Graduates who successfully complete the degree are eligible to sit for the national licensure exam, NCLEX-RN. Applicants for licensure must provide necessary information regarding drug, alcohol, or conviction history for determination of licensure eligibility.

Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

  • Immunizations at time of application
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
  • Physical examination
  • Annual tuberculosis status
  • Criminal background checks and drug screenings

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Nursing Mobility Track (LPN to RN)

The Nursing Mobility Track Associate of Applied Science degree includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) who are licensed or certified and in good standing in the state of Texas.

Those who complete and graduate this program are eligible to apply for the national exam to become a registered nurse called the NCLEX-RN examination.

Admission requirements are the same as for the Traditional Track.

Campus Locations

  • Cypress Creek
  • Eastview
  • Elgin
  • Hays
  • Highland
  • Northridge
  • Pinnacle
  • Rio Grande
  • Riverside
  • Round Rock
  • South Austin


This program creates a new advancement pathway for local registered nurses (RN). The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) post-licensure program is designed for the RN with an associate's degree or diploma in nursing who desires to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Austin Community College (ACC) has entered into articulation and teach out agreements with Texas A&M Central Texas and Concordia University Texas to ensure that students enrolled in the RN to BSN program have an opportunity to complete the degree if ACC ceases to offer the degree program.

Upon completion of ACC's Associate Degree Nursing program prerequisites and admission requirements, graduates are then eligible for ACC's new RN to BSN program or other RN to BSN programs.

Articulation Agreement Universities

  • Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • Concordia University Texas
  • National American University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University – Central Texas
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Western Governors University

NCLEX 2018 Pass Rates

  • LPN - 92.31%
  • ADN RN - 92.83%


The Associate Degree Nursing (AAS) degree and the Vocational Nursing (Certificate) programs at Austin Community College are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The RN to BSN degree program at Austin Community College (ACC) is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (update 7/19/19).

Austin Community College (ACC) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Recognitions and Rankings

Austin Community College's (ACC) Nursing Program was named 2018 Best of the Best among area nursing programs by the Austin American-Statesman.

Austin Community College District education program ranked #1,704 Education School (out of 2410; top 75%) in the United States and #82 Education School in Texas by

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