ACC Registered Nursing program selected as one of the best in Texas

Austin Community College’s (ACC) Nursing Program is recognized as one of the best Registered Nursing (RN) programs in Texas by — a leading online source for nursing education and career information.

The site analyzed 134 institutions and ranked ACC’s program seventh in the state. The college — acknowledged in part for its traditional and mobility track options — is the only institution in Central Texas recognized in the top ten. 

“The mobility track can be pursued by licensed LPNs and some specific health care professionals. The program is a combination of on-campus and online classes, lab exercises, and extensive clinical experiences,” sites the ranking. “The RN coursework mainly centers on core nursing courses such as foundation of nursing practice, concepts of adult health & mental health, nursing care of the childbearing woman & family, and leadership & management in nursing.”

The full ranking is available online. Scores were based on several factors, including:

  • Academic Quality

  • Graduation Rate

  • NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates

  • Affordability

“The hard reality is that Central Texas will be facing a nursing shortage in the near future. It is our responsibility to the community to not only keep up with the rising demand but make sure our Registered Nurses receive the high level of education patients need,” says Pat Recek, ACC dean of Health Sciences. “A strong, knowledgeable healthcare workforce benefits the entire community.”

Demand for RNs is projected to grow by 25 percent by 2026, ten percent higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It projects Texas will need more than 50,000 additional RNs to meet health care needs. 

ACC remains the No. 1 choice for nurses in Central Texas. Pass rates for students taking national licensure exams average over 92 percent and consistently exceed state and national averages. BLS finds Central Texas RNs earn an average salary of more than $70,000 per year.

“Nursing has so many different avenues I can pursue. I don't think I'll ever get bored,” says Gina Pomroy, ACC nursing student. “I'm an older student, so going back to college was scary for a lot of reasons. At some point, you just have to take the leap to pursue the life that you want. I've had some incredible professors through this process that have been very supportive, and pushed me when I needed to be pushed.”

ACC’s Nursing Program also provides a path for a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), which was recently named among the Top 5 in Texas by

Students with their registered nurse (RN) degree may now pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing through ACC’s RN-to-BSN Program. For more information, visit the Nursing Program webpage.