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. For the Fall 2020 class, complete the RN-to-BSN application by May 18, 2020.  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 or more online with a mandatory on-campus component) class options are available at Eastview Campus.
  • The full-time, 12-month program begins each fall. A part-time, 18 -month option begins fall 2019.
  • Most 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 3350 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing  3
  NURS 3351
Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice  3
  NURS 3352 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan  3
  NURS 3353
Informatics and Technology in Healthcare  3
     Total hours this semester
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
Third Semester - Level 3
  NURS 4457
Leadership and Management 4
  NURS 4161
Leadership and Management Clinical 1
  NURS 4358  Public and Global Health Policy 3
    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.

  • Component Area Option1 ( All first time Austin Community College (ACC) students with fewer than 12 SCH of successful college credit must take EDUC 1300 in their first semester at ACC. All other students can choose a course from the Component Area Option section of the Core Curriculum Course List other than the required speech course. A course may only be used once to meet program requirements.)
  • 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.

Program Accreditation

The RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, http://www.acenursing.org)  and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing (333 Guadalupe St., Suite 3-460, Austin, TX 78701, 512-305-7400; www.bon.state.tx.us).

Awards & Program Maps


Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

Explore awards in this program and follow program maps to stay on track:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing