RN-to-BSN Program

Registered Nurses, Complete a BSN

Registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Austin Community College's RN-to-BSN Program.

You will gain knowledge and skills in research, management, leadership, community health, and health policy to advance your nursing career. Upon completion, you will be eligible to pursue leadership positions such as nurse manager and patient unit coordinator. You also may continue your education toward a master’s degree or doctorate, opening doors to become an advanced practice nurse, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, nurse executive, and health policy consultant.

Application Process for RN to BSN Students

Admission Priority

  • First priority: Graduates of ACC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program.
  • Second priority: Nurses living and/or working in the ACC service area who are not ACC graduates.
  • Within the priorities, GPA will determine rank.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the ACC admissions process.
  2. Complete the RN-to-BSN application by July 31, 2018. For information contact Karen Cooper at  512-223-5937.
  3. Have a minimum of a C in all previous nursing coursework and a GPA of 2.5 for nursing courses from an accredited nursing program.
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses with minimum GPA of 2.5 and a C or higher in each course prior to applying to the program.
  5. Have an unencumbered current Texas or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact RN license.
  6. Submit one letter of recommendation from current or former nursing faculty or from employer.
  7. Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.

Program Format

  • The program starts each fall semester.
  • Traditional and hybrid (50 percent online with a mandatory on-campus component) class options are available at Eastview Campus.
  • The full-time, 12-month program begins fall 2018. A part-time, 18 -month option begins fall 2019.
  • Nursing courses are 8-week courses. Students will take two courses in the first 8 weeks and two in the second eight weeks in fall and spring.  Three courses will be taken in summer.

BSN Nursing Courses - 30 Credits

First Semester - Level 1  Credits
 NURS 3350Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing 3
 NURS 3351
Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 3
 NURS 3352Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
 NURS 3353
Informatics and Technology in Healthcare 3
   Total hours this semester
 12
Second Semester - Level 2  Credits
 
NURS 4355
Community and Public Health 3
 NURS 4160
Community and Public Health Clinical 1
 NURS 4356
Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 3
 NURS 3354
Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3
  Total hours this semester
 12
Third Semester - Level 3
  Credits
 NURS 4457
Leadership and Management4
 NURS 4161
Leadership and Management Clinical1
 NURS 4358 Public and Global Health Policy3
  Total Hours this semester 8

Prerequisites – 54 Credits

You must have completed 54 credits of the following general education credits and prerequisite courses in order to apply for the RN-to-BSN Program.

  • Effective learning: Strategies for College Success - EDUC 1300 (Required for first-time ACC students with fewer than 12 credits. All others may choose a course from the Component Area Option section of the Core Curriculum Course List.)
  • Microbiology for the Health Sciences - BIOL 2420
  • Anatomy & Physiology - BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402 (May substitute with BIOL 2304/2101 and 2305/2102)
  • English Composition I - ENGL 1301
  • English Composition II - ENGL 1302 OR Technical and Business Writing - ENGL 2311
  • Elementary Statistics - MATH 1342
  • Pharmacology for Health Professions - HPRS 2300
  • Ethics - PHIL 2306
  • Creative arts course from core curriculum list
  • U.S. History I - HIST 1301
  • U.S. History II - HIST 1302
  • U.S. Government - GOVT 2305
  • Texas State and Local Government - GOVT 2306
  • Introduction To Psychology - PSYC 2301
  • Human Growth & Development - PSYC 2314
  • Interpersonal Communication - SPCH 1318 OR Introduction to Speech Communications - SPCH 1311 (Communication for Health Care Professionals Preferred)

International students who are neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Permanent Resident and are on  F-1 status or are seeking a F-1 visa, including those students who are currently enrolled at institutions of higher education in other programs of study, are not eligible for acceptance (or to apply) to the Austin Community College RN to BSN program at this time.