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The San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education has two nursing tracks:

  • The Generic Track serves the education needs of students who want to become nurses but who have no prior medical or healthcare education background. The generic track nursing course work is planned to be completed in a four-semester time frame after degree prerequisites are completed. A student entering this track has three years from initial enrollment date to complete degree requirements.    

    Degree curriculum plan: Nursing: Generic, A.A.S.

    Generic Degree Plan Fall 2015 | pdf

  • The Career Mobility Track serves the education needs of students with prior education and work experience in the medical field who wish to become registered nurses. The Mobility Track requires a one-year time frame, to include three (3) consecutive semesters. Theory course work is done on-line, however, all clinical labs are supervised by nursing faculty in local healthcare facilities. Students admitted to the Kerrville campus have both course work and clinical laboratory work provided in that area unless some optimum learning experiences can only be provided through the San Antonio campus or San Antonio clinical facilities.

    The Career Mobility Track offers a nursing study option for

    1. Licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with a current Texas nurse license and a practice record in good-standing with the Texas Board of Nursing; or
    2. Military service members and U.S. military veterans who completed training within the last ten years as Army Combats Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics.   

    Degree curriculum plan: Nursing: Career Mobility - LVN to RN, A.A.S. / Military to RN, A.A.S. 

    Career Mobility Plan Fall 2015 | pdf

Official Application Filing Periods

  • Generic Track (Fall & Spring semester only)
  • Career Mobility Track (LVN-RN, Military Medic – RN; 3 consecutive semesters). 

In order to coordinate admissions with the Texas Board of Nursing, application deadlines for either a fall, spring or summer admission are set to accommodate Board review.


June 1 – Aug. 31

to include Kerrville-LVN to RN site


Sept. 1 - Nov. 30

ONLY Career Mobility (LVN-RN, Military to RN) Starts mid-May


Nov. 15 – Feb. 15

Multicriteria Admission Policy

Admission to the nursing program is competitive, with applicants providing evidence of previous successful educational accomplishments awarded higher standing in admission consideration. The Admission and Progressions committee review applicants and determine conditional admission based upon multicriteria that includes: 

  1. Standardized entrance exam (TEAS) 
  2. Degree requirements GPA of 2.8 or higher

Application Process

Steps 1-3 for applying to the nursing program:

  • Apply & Enroll in San Antonio College

    All applicants for nursing studies MUST be fully enrolled in San Antonio College. Submit your application through the Apply Texas website and verify that you are applying for the semester that you will be entering.

    Step-by-step information on the enrollment process can be found in Admissions & Aid / How to Apply.

    PLEASE NOTE: Individuals need to be 18 years or older to apply for the Nursing Program.

  • Apply to the Nursing Program

    Applicants need to complete and submit an online application to the SAC Nursing Program.

     Nursing Program Application 

    Once submitted, an email confirmation will be sent to the email address you provide on the Nursing Application. Please read through the email for additional information.

    Please Note: All additional documentation including transcripts and TEAS scores can be scanned and submitted with the application under “Upload Transcript.” Name/identify the document by using the “College/University” area. Once the application is closed, you can not update your application.

    Application process takes 1 1/2 to 2 months after the closing of the application period. Initially, notification letters will be sent to the personal email address provided on the Nursing application. All subsequent emails will be sent to ACES email address ( It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain appropriate contact information at all times.

    Only applications that are complete will be reviewed for conditional acceptance. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submitting incomplete, misleading, or fabricated information on the student admission application or any admission document is reason for dismissal of the student from the nursing program at the time the breach is discovered. Students are strongly encouraged to retain original copies of all documents submitted as part of the application packet.

  • Mandatory Requirements

    Download and Review the Multicriteria Admission Worksheet | pdf, October  2019

    TEAS Exam:

    All applicants must take the ATI Testing of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) Nursing assessment exam. Testing must be within 1 year of application to the San Antonio College Department of Nursing application. Testing can be completed at San Antonio College or if taken at another location, applicant is responsible for submitting their scores to San Antonio College Nursing Program.

    Information on the TEAS (Nursing) assessment test, how to prepare, dates to take the test, and fees can be found at:

    Other Course Work:

    Successful completion of other degree requirements is also required for the nursing program admission:

    • ENGL 1301
    • PHIL 2306
    • PSYC 2301 & 2314

    Students requesting to enroll in BIOL 2420 Microbiology & Pathology/BIOL 2401 will be required to complete the Chemistry prerequisite prior to enrolling in Microbiology. Chemistry 1405 or Chemistry 1305 and Chemistry 1105 may be required by transfer Universities for completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

    Mandatory Courses & GPA:

    Once admitted to SAC, the three degree-requirement courses* essential for admission are:

    BIOL 2401
    BIOL 2402
    BIOL 2420 or 2421

    Science GPA must be a 2.8 to be considered.

    Please note that on the Multicriteria Admission Worksheet the Multicriteria score is the 1st score and the Science GPA is the 2nd score considered for conditional acceptance.

    *These courses must be completed prior to applying to the SAC Nursing program. If completed at other colleges or universities, courses must be transferred to San Antonio College and posted to the student's academic record by the Office of Admissions & Records. NOTE: If these courses are being transferred to SAC, they cannot be more than 5 yrs. old. Allow up to six weeks for the processing of transfer credit. Having all course work posted to the applicant record will allow nursing program admissions officials to access course grades for the consideration of the applicant.

    PLEASE NOTE: Lack of grades for required course work means the applicant will not be considered for admission. It is the applicant's responsibility to make certain all transcripts reflecting degree-requirement courses are evident in the admissions record.

    Applicants to the Career Mobility Track (LVN to RN, Military to RN)

    • You will also need to provide evidence of current Texas vocational nurse licensure or certification of medical military specialties.
    • Military mobility applicants must provide a DD 214 form, a Joint Service transcript and/or performance reports indicating completion of programs for Army Combat Medics, Navy Corpsmen, or Air Force Medics within the last ten (10) years. In addition, official documents which validate clinical experiences in military medical-technical roles advantage the applicant for consideration. 
    • Completion of NLN testing. All applicants applying to the Career Mobility track are required to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) exam; NACE I: Foundation of Nursing as part of the application process. During the Spring 2019 application period, applicants will be emailed details regarding the NLN exam. Applicants receive a link in the confirmation email. The link provides dates and times of testing.  Instructions on how to register for the test is also included.

All applicants offered admission to a program in the School of Nursing are required to undergo a background check and, in compliance with clinical agency requirements, show written evidence of a proof of:

  1. good health (current immunization status and proof of no active tuberculosis)
  2. current Health Care Provider cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card in Basic Life Support for adult, child and infant (American Heart Association or American Red Cross required)
  3. a negative drug screen
  4. current medical insurance coverage.

More information about these requirements can be found on the following pages:

Background Checks
Health Screening, Immunizations, and Functional Capabilities

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