ACC Takes on Brackenridge Hospital’s School of Nursing

Ann Steele
Ann Steele, department head for Surgical Technology

With the start of the 1980 fall semester, Austin Community College became the primary provider of nurses’ training in Austin. Following the recommendation of a blue-ribbon panel, Brackenridge Hospital discontinued its School of Nursing, which had been supplying the Austin area with most of its nurses since 1915. ACC absorbed the entire program. Following a national trend, ACC’s Allied Health Sciences were two-year rather than three-year programs. President Cecil Groves planned to ask the Legislature for special funding for a new ACC Health Sciences center.


nursing students
Career Days for prospective ACC Allied Health students at the Brackenridge Hospital campus
hospital tech student
Hospital technology student practices with a mannequin
vocational nursing student
Licensed Vocational Nursing student at Brackenridge
nusring classroom
Operating room technology classroom at Brackenridge
students with equipment
Radiation technology students learn to operate state-of-the-art equipment.