Nursing (Associate Degree)

Knowledge and skill for a caring profession

Compared with nursing, few professions offer such engaging work and varied job opportunities. ACC teaches future nurses to provide complete patient care by addressing physical symptoms in addition to mental and emotional wellbeing. There are two ways to earn a nationally accredited Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing from ACC's competitive and well-respected program. Each degree track is designed for students with varying backgrounds, such as students with prior nursing experience, individuals interested in transitioning from another field of healthcare, or students new to nursing entirely. ACC nursing tutors are available to all students. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the exam for RN licensure.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not already completed the ACC admissions process, please visit the Future Students page. At the financial aid page you can check your eligibility and submit an application.

This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program.

What skills can I gain?

Students can acquire all the knowledge and expertise that leads to the eligibility for Registered Nurse (RN). In addition to assessing patients' symptoms and progress, RNs do procedures, exams, and administer medications and treatments. Students can also learn how to develop and manage nursing care plans while supervising healthcare team members. Students receive a broad educational foundation in the classroom in addition to online training and plenty of hands-on, face-to-face experience in various clinical environments.

How long will it take to get a degree or certificate? And which one is right for me?

ACC offers the following options for earning an associate of applied science degree in nursing:

Traditional Track: This option provides basic nursing education to individuals just starting school, or students who are unlicensed in other areas of healthcare. This program typically requires four semesters of study, not including completion of prerequisite classes.

Mobility Track: Licensed vocational nurses or other healthcare professionals interested in transitioning into the RN role should select this program. It typically requires one year of study. Individuals who have certifications from accredited colleges or universities in the following areas may be accepted into this track: vocational nursing, emergency medical services (paramedic), occupational therapist assistant, physical therapist assistant, medical lab technology, surgical technology, radiology, sonography, dental hygiene, or respiratory therapist assistant.

Where can I work with this education?

Registered Nurses work around the world in hospitals, research laboratories, and doctor’s offices, as well as anywhere in the field where nursing care is being provided.

Accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, www.nlnac.org) and The Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460, Austin, TX, 512.305.7400; www.bon.state.tx.us)