Nursing Education Department reaches important milestone
SAC Nursing Enrollment Exceeds 1,000+ Students;
Nursing Education Department reaches important milestone by nearly doubling enrollment since 2006
San Antonio College passed a major milestone last year when enrollment
in the Nursing Education Department surpassed the 1,000 mark. In spring 2012, it was reported that enrollment was at an all time high. As of September 30, 2012, official reports from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies show that 1,041 students were enrolled in the Nursing Education Department at SAC.
The two-year program that prepares students to become registered nurses began at SAC in 1967. Since then, it has become the largest program in San Antonio and the second largest in Texas, making it one of the few competitive academic departments at San Antonio College. It holds the status of “Exemplary Program” from the Texas Higher Education Board.
“San Antonio College has been educating registered nurses for many years,” said President of San Antonio College, Robert Zeigler, Ph.D.. “Our faculty members are highly trained and come directly from the industry. Their work ensures the community has highly skilled nurses.”
This dedication to provide quality nurses to San Antonio was evident when the newly created Nursing and Allied Health Complex opened at SAC in February 2008. The 14,000-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art facility. It includes two simulated hospital wings with sophisticated simulation mannequins and related computer equipment. Faculty teach theory classes in the newly-equipped classrooms on campus and utilize relationships with providers and hospitals to teach the necessary clinical rotations off campus.
“Students know that SAC is a great pathway to becoming a nurse. Our success is one of the reasons why enrollment has nearly doubled in the past seven years,” said Carol Lewis, Nursing Education Department Chairperson. “In 2006, enrollment reached a high of about 555 students. Now, we’re regularly around 1,000, depending on the time of the semester.”
Enrollment in the program varies per semester; the enrollment figures include Flex I and Flex II enrollees. According to preliminary spring 2013 figures, about 1,029 students are currently enrolled in several disciplines within the program, including an online learning section. For fall 2012, enrollment was at 1,041. “The fact is that whatever the enrollment, the output is the same,” said President Zeigler. “Since 1967, SAC has fulfilled our promise to the city of San Antonio by educating and providing quality nurses.”
In 2012, the SAC Department of Nursing joined a consortium of 14 schools to provide the opportunity to nursing students to transfer seamlessly to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). This will allow students in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree plan to get a B.S.N. without duplicating courses.
Thousands of students have graduated from SAC’s nursing department since the program’s first graduating class in 1969.