Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: Nursing Education
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SAC

Nursing Admissions Announcements & Resources Simulation Lab Staff

Welcome to the Department of Nursing Education

San Antonio College (SAC) has been providing our community a steady stream of nurses for over 50 years. Each semester, some 300-400 students are enrolled in SAC’s Nursing program. Due to outstanding curriculum and dedicated faculty, the program has become highly competitive admitting fewer than 100 new students each semester. Students attending the San Antonio College nursing program come primarily from the Bexar County Metropolitan area. Graduates from the programs fill nursing positions within many acute and long‐term health care facilities in the area.

The faculty members of the Department of Nursing Education uphold the mission of San Antonio College in supporting the educational and lifelong learning needs of culturally, ethnically and socially diverse communities. The mission of the Department of Nursing Education is to prepare professional nurses who, as members of an interdisciplinary healthcare team, use nursing judgment to provide safe, evidence–based, patient-centered care to promote quality patient outcomes.

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Attention Students of San Antonio College Nursing Program - Generic and Career Mobility:

Students should refer all clinical course questions to the assigned faculty of record noted in ACES.

Thank you for all your patience and diligence in completing course requirements this semester.

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What is the Nursing program?

A two-year program that prepares the student to become a registered nurse. The Department of Nursing Education offers a generic nursing program and a career mobility nursing program with two tracks, including a licensed vocational nurse mobility track and a military mobility track. Both tracks terminate in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing. Upon successful completion of the nursing education program, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) authorized by and administered through the Texas Board of Nursing. See our Admissions page for more information about program tracks.


NCLEX-RN Pass Rate for 2018-2019 Academic Year

What will I learn?

The student has the opportunity to learn both the art and science of nursing; both are necessary for a registered nurse to practice nursing care. A variety of learning venues include the classroom,  a fully-equipped simulation hospital on campus and direct patient care in the hospital or other clinical settings provide the experiences to enable the graduate to enter the profession as a competent beginning nurse.

What's special about the program?

Our program began offering classes to aspiring nurses in 1967. Today, our affordable program is the largest educator for registered nurses in San Antonio, and is one of the premiere programs in the state due to its dual accreditations. 


Job Placement Rate for May 2017 Graduates

What can I do with this course of study?

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the exam, the graduate will be a registered nurse in the State of Texas and ready to begin a career in the nursing profession. San Antonio College maintains articulation agreements with several universities. If interested, the graduate may transfer to a university program to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

What educational opportunities are available after completing the program?

Consortium ADN to RN-BSN PATHWAY 1+2+1

San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education has joined a statewide consortium that provides a “1+2+1 degree plan” for transition from the AAS in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) studies.  Upon successful completion of the AAS in Nursing degree and passing the NCLEX-RN examination, the nursing graduate may seek admission and transfer to a participating University nursing program with the intention of completing the BSN degree in a two-semester time frame.

To be eligible to enter this education pathway, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 in all general education courses completed during nursing studies while also working to complete the AAS in Nursing. If interested in BSN, the student must contact the desired University of choice for college specific requirements.


The Department of Nursing Education at San Antonio College is accredited by the following agencies:

Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400 Fax: (512) 305-7401

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia, 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000 Fax: (404) 975-5020

What are our NCLEX Assessment Rates?

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate

2018 - 2019  82.78%
2017 - 2018 80.65%
2016 - 2017 82.39%
Academic Year: October 01 thru September 30

Job Placement Rate

May 2015 Graduates 89.68%
May 2016 Graduates 95%
May 2017 Graduates 98.22%
*Source: The THECB overall job placement in healthcare.


Completion Rate

  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Career Mobility: LVN to RN 82% 88% 79%
Career Mobility: Military to RN 50% 44% 44%
Career Mobility: LVN to RN (Kerrville site) 75% 75% 100%
Generic 75% 58% 58%

Contact Us

Stella Cirlos

Nursing & Allied Health Complex, Bldg #33 Suite 378

General Nursing Program Information

Anita Reyes


Orie Henry

Testing, DSS Accommodations, Ongoing student registration

Richard Diaz

Admissions for Nursing Program, Nursing Student Orientation

Elida Connell

Nursing Student Graduation, Affidavits, Reentry and new nursing student registration

Rocio Antillon