Traditional Daytime Track

Vocational Nursing Application Process: Traditional Daytime Track

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Vocational Nursing FAQ. If you need additional help, please contact us.

  • 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.
  • The Vocational Nursing Certificate program is open to non-licensed students. A health science background is not required to apply.
  • All applicants must meet TSI (testing) requirements. Visit a campus advisor to determine status.
  • A minimum composite score of 58.7% is required on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) to submit an application to the Evening & Weekend program and traditional daytime program.
  • Applicants must meet all Technical Standards required by the program.

New students are accepted to the Vocational Nursing Program Traditional Track in the Spring and Fall.

  • Spring 2021 Admission: September 1, 2020 by end of business day. All applicants will be notified late September or early October.
  • Fall 2021 Admission: January 10, 2021 by end of business day. All applicants will be notified late April or early May.

If a deadline ends on a weekend, the date will be pushed to the end of the next business day. Deadlines are subject to change. Continue to check this page for additional information.

Click here to view the Vocational Nursing Program Degree Plan.

  1. Complete program-required immunizations and retain a copy of your immunization form.
  2. Complete the Vocational Nursing Program Information Session. Retain a copy of the post test confirmation email to submit to CastleBranch as part of the application process.
  3. Schedule the ATI TEAS for Nursing (Not applicable to Spring 2021 admissions. Please see this link). Students must take the TEAS prior to submission of application. TEAS test score expires two (2) years from date of examination. TEAS may only be taken two times. If a third time is needed, please contact the Vocational Nursing Department for permission. A minimum score of 58.7% is required to submit an application. Detailed instructions for how to download the correct score report for your application can be found here. Listed below are resources to aid in preparing for the ATI TEAS examination:
  4. Verify and sign for Eligibility – BON Licensure Requirements (page 3 of the Vocational Nursing Program Application)
  5. Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC.
  6. There are no required pre-requisite courses for the Vocational Nursing Program although students are highly encouraged to complete the following courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to entering the program. Students will have the opportunity to complete these courses during the program but must successfully complete the courses before progressing to the next level (see Degree Plan).
    • BIOL 2404: Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology (completed within 5 years of application) or
    • BIOL 2401: Anatomy & Physiology I and BIOL 2402: Anatomy & Physiology II (both completed at the same college or university within 5 years of application ) and
    • HPRS 2300: Pharmacology for Health Care Professions (completed within 5 years of application)
    • Will accept BIOL 2304 and BIOL 2101 from other regional or SACS accredited colleges if within time frame.
  7. Additional points will be awarded for completion of any of the following (not required for admission into the program):
    • Military Medical Training such as Air Force Medic, Army Combat Medic, Navy Corpsman, or Coast Guard Medic
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant (MA) training
    • College level computer course with a grade of “C” or better
    • Patient Care Tech (PCT)
  8. During the application period (see “Deadlines” above), Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  9. Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations. The cost to set up the account is $30.
  10. Next input code UL85im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following application documents:
    • Information Session post test confirmation email, signed
    • ATI TEAS score – Your full report detailing your score for each section must be uploaded to CastleBranch. Please follow these instructions to access your full report.
    • Eligibility – BON Licensure Requirements (page 3 of the Vocational Nursing Program Application)
  11. Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before your application will be accepted.
  1. After completing the CastleBranch requirements (green checks = clearance) download and complete the application for the Vocational Nursing Program:
  2. Applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Follow the instructions on this page to submit your application remotely.

Re-application Process

  • Students may only submit a re-application if one of the following applies:
    • The student received an e-mail stating they were not accepted into the current class or
    • The student was accepted into the current class but chose to defer their space
  • Only the most current Re-application Form will be accepted. Previous copies will not be accepted.
  • When submitting a re-application, the student must also submit a current Information Session Post Test confirmation email. Students will only receive points for the Information Session Post Test once.

Competitive ranking is based on ATI TEAS score, a passing grade on recommended prerequisite courses, prior medical experience, and attending an Information Session. A minimum composite score of 58.7% is required on the TEAS to submit an application.

Rank = (ATI TEAS Score) + (completing courses with a passing grade of A, B, or C) + (previous medical experience) + (attending Information Session)

ATI TEAS (Nursing) Admission Examination (must complete before submission of application) Not applicable to Spring 2021 admissions. Please see this link. Developmental (below 41.2): 0 points
Basic (41.3-58.6): 25 points
Proficient (58.7-77): 50 points
Advanced (78-90.6): 70 points
Exemplary (90.7-14): 75 points
Completion of BIOL 2404: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology with grade of A, B, or C 5 points
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology I & II (if taken prior to the application deadline) with grade of A, B, or C 8 points
Completion of HPRS 2300: Pharmacology for Health Professions (if taken prior to the application deadline) with grade of A, B, or C 5 points
Completion of a computer class (if taken prior to the application deadline) 2 points
Military Medical Training such as Air Force Medic, Army Combat Medic, Navy Corpsman, or Coast Guard Medic 2 points
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Medical Assistant (MA) training 2 points
Information Session (in-person or online) 1 point

*TEAS test score expires two (2) years from date of examination.

**Science courses expire five (5) years since last attempt. Course has a prerequisite as required by the college. Will accept BIOL 2304 and BIOL 2101 from other accredited colleges if within time frame. If taking Anatomy & Physiology I and II, the courses must be from the same College or University.


  • All applications and re-applications turned in during an admission cycle are reviewed and ranked to compile the current ranking list.
  • Applicants are selected for admission based on their placement on the current ranking list from highest rank to lowest rank.
  • The Vocational Nursing Program does not maintain a rank list that allows an applicant to automatically advance in rank from one application cycle to the next.
  • To be considered for admission, you must apply during each admission cycle. The new ranking list is compiled from only those who applied during that cycle. This may result in upward or downward movement on the rank from one cycle to the next as individual scores are compared to the scores of all the applicants in the current pool at that time.
  • Each applicant selected for admission will be notified via e-mail and given a deadline to accept or decline the invitation to join the upcoming class.
  • Acceptance letters are sent to each applicant in order of rank until all available seats in the class are filled.
  • Applicants who do not respond to letters of acceptance will be removed from the applicant pool and lose all review points.


Admission reviews are conducted twice each year. During the Spring review, applicants are selected for the upcoming Fall semester. During the Fall review, applicants are selected for the upcoming Spring semester.


A student can defer one (1) time without penalty. Deferring a second time would result in the loss of all accumulated ranking points. The applicant must notify the admissions committee of declination of the offer of admission within thirty (30) days of receiving the acceptance email. Non-responsiveness to an acceptance email will result in loss of placement in the program.

Provisional Admission Information

Admission to the Vocational Nursing program is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or

  • If an applicant is unable to begin the Vocational Nursing program at the scheduled time after having accepted the admission, the applicant must notify the Vocational Nursing Program Admissions Coordinator at least thirty (30) days prior to the first class day. Failure to do so will result in the loss of all review points and the student will be required to skip an application cycle.
  • It is critical that each applicant maintain current contact information on file with the college Admissions Office and the Nursing Office (name, address, and telephone number) since these are the official sources of information for contacting applicants.

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Vocational Nursing Updates

  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only

    Due to COVID-19, and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.

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  • TEAS Requirement Waived For Spring 2021 Vocational Nursing Applications Due to COVID-19

    Due to testing center closures, the TEAS test application requirement will be waived for the Spring 2021 Vocational Nursing application cycle. This is a temporary exception for Spring 2021 admission only and is due to the uncertainty of testing center normal operations due to COVID-19. The Vocational Nursing program will use the following for the Spring 2021 ranking process:

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  • NEW Application Submission Process During Coronavirus Pandemic

    Due to public safety concerns, applications will not be accepted in person until further notice. Effective immediately, applicants for all Health Sciences programs except Associate Degree Nursing, Mobility Nursing, RN-to-BSN, and Sonography should follow these instructions when submitting their application and supporting documents:

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