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.

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.

To view the RN-to-BSN Degree Plan, click here.

  1. Complete the ACC admissions process.
  2. Attend an optional Information Session about the RN-to-BSN Program at ACC.
  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. Return the application by mail or in person to one of the ACC Health Sciences Admissions Offices before the application deadline:
    • 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)
  3. Inform both the Professional Nursing Department and the ACC Admissions and Records Office of any changes in mailing or e-mail address.
  4. 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.

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

Professional Nursing Updates

  • New Hours for Health Sciences Admissions Offices

    Effective August 1, new hours for the Health Sciences Admissions Offices are as follows:

    Eastview Campus: Mon. - Thu. 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Round Rock Campus: Mon. - Thu. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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  • RN-to-BSN Information Sessions

    The RN-to-BSN Information Session is now available! To view the Information Session, click here.

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  • New Nursing Student Paperwork Deadline

    New student paperwork is due in CastleBranch by August 1 at 5 p.m. For details, see the Orientation for Fall 2018 Incoming Students.

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