Application Process for RN-to-BSN Students

Application Process for RN-to-BSN Students

For additional questions about the RN-to-BSN application process, please contact Karen Cooper at or (512) 223-5937.

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  • Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4-point scale for all prerequisite coursework (see the section Before You Apply below for a list of prerequisites).
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4-point scale for all nursing coursework.
  • All prerequisite nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better prior to submitting an application.
  • Applicants must have an Associate Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education that is accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency or a diploma in nursing from an institution that is accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency.
  • All applicants must have a current, unencumbered Texas or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact RN license to begin the program.

Technology Requirements for Hybrid Courses

Minimum Technology Requirements:

  • Access to Internet
  • A reliable computer
  • Microsoft Office
  • For the minimum hardware and software requirements necessary to access an online class, see the Blackboard System Requirements page.

Minimum Technical Skills:

As part of your online experience, you can expect to utilize a variety of technology mediums as part of your curriculum:

  • Communicate via email including sending attachments
  • Navigate the World Wide Web using a Web browser such as Google Chrome
  • Use office applications such as Microsoft Office (or similar) to create documents
  • Be willing to learn how to communicate using a discussion board and upload assignments to a classroom Website
  • Be comfortable uploading and downloading saved files
  • Have easy access to the Internet
  • Navigate Blackboard, including using the communication component within Blackboard

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. 

The RN-to-BSN Program admits students in the Fall semester only.

The deadline for Fall 2019 applications is June 1, 2019.

Currently the program is offered in a full-time (3-semester) option. Beginning Fall 2019, a part-time (5-semester) option will also be offered.

To view the RN-to-BSN Degree Plan, click here. To view the 3-semester (full-time) and 5-semester (part-time) course sequences, click here.

  1. Complete the ACC admissions process.
  2. Attend the RN-to-BSN Information Session. Although not required, we strongly recommend that you attend the onsite or online session prior to applying.
  3. Obtain one Letter of Recommendation from current or former nursing faculty or from employer.
  4. Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better. Applicants must have completed 54 credits from the following list of general education/prerequisite courses:
    • Component Area Option (see Degree Plan)
    • BIOL 2420: Microbiology for the Health Sciences
    • BIOL 2401 and BIOL 2402: Anatomy & Physiology (May substitute with BIOL 2304/2101 & 2305/2102)
    • ENGL 1301: English Composition I
    • ENGL 1302: English Composition II or ENGL 2311: Technical and Business Writing
    • MATH 1342: Elementary Statistics
    • HPRS 2300: Pharmacology for Health Professions
    • PHIL 2306: Ethics
    • Creative Arts course from core curriculum list
    • HIST 1301: U.S. History I
    • HIST 1302: U.S. History II
    • GOVT 2305: U.S. Government
    • GOVT 2306: Texas State & Local Government
    • PSYC 2301: Introduction To Psychology
    • PSYC 2314: Human Growth & Development
    • SPCH 1318: Interpersonal Communication or SPCH 1311: Introduction to Speech Communications
  5. Obtain an official transcript from any institution other than ACC where prerequisite coursework was completed.
  1. Download and print the RN-to-BSN Program application.
  2. Create a single PDF of the completed RN-to-BSN application along with all supporting application documents:
    • Completed RN-to-BSN application
    • Letter of Recommendation from current or former faculty or from employment supervisor
    • Proof of unencumbered current Texas RN license or an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact RN License. Click here to verify your status.
    • Any unofficial transcripts from other institutions (sometimes we cannot see all transcripts in the system)
  3. After completing Step 2, upload your single PDF via the RN-to BSN Application Submission Form. If you need assistance uploading and/or applying, please visit one of the ACC Health Sciences Admissions Offices during the application period (see “Deadline” above):
    • Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd. Austin, TX 78702 (Building 8000, Room 8356)
    • Round Rock Campus: 4400 College Park Dr, Round Rock TX 78665 (Building 3000, room 3105)
  4. Inform both the Professional Nursing Department (Sheila @ 512.223.5781) and the ACC Admissions and Records Office (512.223.5150, Option 1) of any changes in mailing or e-mail address.
  5. If further assistance is needed, contact Karen Cooper at or (512) 223-5937.

First priority will be given to graduates of Austin Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program, and second priority will be given to those living or working in the ACC service area as defined on this page. Ranking is based on overall GPA within each priority category.

Financial aid is an option, however you are highly encouraged to view the Information Session to learn more about funding and timelines.

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