Health Sciences

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Important Dates
Jan 3 – Tuition deadlines begin
Jan 16 – 16wk, & 1st 8wk classes start
Mar 18 – 2nd 8wk classes start

Start your career in healthcare.

Whether you’re looking for ACC’s nursing programs, dental hygiene, phlebotomy, or other degrees or certificates, Austin Community College provides the training you need to enter the health sciences field.

We offer state-of-the-art training facilities, experienced faculty who practice and teach, and a hiring pipeline to local employers.

  • Leading NCLEX (state nursing exam) pass rate
  • RN to BSN in 12 months
  • RN and LVN career re-entry options
  • Simulation-based learning
  • 100% license pass rate for many programs
  • 100% job placement for many programs
  • Hands-on clinical training

Get started with the General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences program.

Students start with the General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences Program track. This provides the prerequisite credits for any Health Sciences major at ACC or transfer to a four-year university. 

Your advisor will help you register for the right courses for your desired major and determine if any previous coursework meets these prerequisites. 

Note: Admission to ACC does not guarantee admission as a health science major, as these programs have additional requirements.

Choose your program.

Choose your plan and course of study from ACC’s Health Sciences Area of Study credit programs and continuing education options. 

Investigate degrees, certifications, and continuing education programs that will move you toward your career goals. 

You will find: program details, prerequisites, award plans, and program maps.

Preparing for the NCLEX starts in the classroom and in nursing training labs.

What Is the NCLEX?

Before graduate nurses can practice, they must pass the NCLEX licensure exam. What is the NCLEX? This exam tests nurses on their nursing practice acumen. It is thorough, intensive, and difficult. Whether students choose the RN or LVN career path, they first have to tackle the NCLEX.

Here’s what you need to know.

ACC’s Emergency Medical Service Professionals (EMSP) and Nursing programs run a scenario to provide multi-departmental real-world training to their students on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at the Highland Campus. Students from the EMSP program arrive on the scene and treat a patient before transporting them to a mock emergency department in the ACC Health Simulation Center, where nursing students treat the patient.

What Healthcare Career Is Right for Me?

Demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with an aging population, the growth of healthcare IT, and a healthcare provider shortage, have all made the healthcare sector one of the largest sources of new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Before deciding on a specific job, though, it’s important to ask: what healthcare career is right for me?

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Nursing students in lab at ACC

What Is an RN?

Registered nurses (RNs) are often called the backbone of the healthcare industry. They are responsible for almost all aspects of patient care, from giving medication and performing diagnostic tests to educating patients and their families on their illnesses and treatments.

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Apply to ACC.

Our application process is straightforward, but we have advisors to help. Once you’ve decided on a program, choose General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences as your major. An advisor will help you choose the program map that is best suited to your degree goal.

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Inside this Area of Study

Students enrolled in Health Sciences programs at ACC have access to advanced learning simulation centers at ACC Highland. The ACC Regional Simulation Center provides immersive learning experiences using state-of-the-art technology and the best practices in simulation-based education. It features a simulation operating room, labor and delivery suite, and emergency room.

ACC Area of Study: Health Sciences
Nursing student Francia C. RN-to-BSN 12 months to BSN. Earn your Bachelor's in Nursing from ACC.
RN to BSN Bachelors Degree