ACC awarded grant to expand nursing simulation training programs

Austin Community College’s nursing students will have increased access to patient care simulation activities, thanks to a $200,000 grant awarded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Nursing Innovation Grant will fund the purchase of sophisticated mannequins and medical equipment for advanced simulation and skills labs. It also will support intensive simulation-certification instruction for 16 nursing faculty who use the labs.

“A strong, knowledgeable healthcare workforce benefits the entire community,” says Pat Recek, ACC dean of health sciences. “It is important to do everything we can to ensure a workforce with the education and credentials that clinics and hospitals require.”

ACC’s Nursing Programs provide a path into nursing as either a registered nurse (RN) or licensed vocational nurse (LVN). The college is the No. 1 source of registered nurses in Central Texas. Pass rates for students taking national licensure exams average over 95 percent and consistently exceed state and national averages.

The Nursing Program is offered through the college’s Health Sciences area of study. For more information, visit the Nursing webpage.

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