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Area of Study: Health Sciences
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Health Sciences
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Nursing

Get your start in a career that gives hope

The one-on-one interactions and varied work environments of nursing set it apart from most other healthcare professions. Austin Community College provides a path to your career as either a registered or vocational nurse. In our Associate Degree Nursing Program, students learn to provide complete patient care by addressing both physical symptoms and mental and emotional well-being. Upon completion, students are ready to take their RN licensing exam and enter the workforce directly, or continue toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Our vocational nursing program provides the classroom instruction and hands-on experience students need to take the vocational nurse licensure exam, performing duties such as assessing vital signs, administering medication, and implementing plans of care.

Career Information

Few job fields can match the strong projected growth and continued job security of nursing. An aging population and advances in healthcare technology make your future as a registered or vocational nurse especially promising. At ACC students gain more than just technical understanding — they also develop the communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that are necessary to succeed in this important field.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Registered Nurses
32.27 Hourly Wage 14966 Currently Employed
Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.
14966 Registered Nurses are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.68 % over the next four years.
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Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses
32.27 Hourly Wage 14966 Currently Employed
Provide advanced nursing care for patients with psychiatric disorders. May provide psychotherapy under the direction of a psychiatrist.
14966 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.68 % over the next four years.
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Critical Care Nurses
32.27 Hourly Wage 14966 Currently Employed
Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.
14966 Critical Care Nurses are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.68 % over the next four years.
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Clinical Nurse Specialists
32.27 Hourly Wage 14966 Currently Employed
Plan, direct, or coordinate the daily patient care activities in a clinical practice. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.
14966 Clinical Nurse Specialists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.68 % over the next four years.
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Nurse Anesthetists
68.83 Hourly Wage 128 Currently Employed
Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
128 Nurse Anesthetists are employed. This number is expected to increase by 17.19 % over the next four years.
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Nurse Practitioners
46.62 Hourly Wage 846 Currently Employed
Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
846 Nurse Practitioners are employed. This number is expected to increase by 16.43 % over the next four years.
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Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
22.01 Hourly Wage 3987 Currently Employed
Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
3987 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.1 % over the next four years.
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Nursing Assistants
12.46 Hourly Wage 5591 Currently Employed
Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.
5591 Nursing Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.38 % over the next four years.
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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

View the programs maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Program Accreditations

Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, http://www.acenursing.org) and the Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460, Austin, TX, 512-305-7400; www.bon.state.tx.us).

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each. 

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