Nursing bachelor's degree program coming soon to ACC

AUSTIN - Austin Community College is in the process of adding more degrees to its curriculum, including its first-ever bachelor's degree program.

The school announced Thursday that the board of trustees has approved the RN-to-BSN Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Officials said it's meant for registered nurses who want to continue their studies further and acquire a bachelor's degree.

The program would involve a mixture of online, hybrid and onsite courses: the first of its kind in Central Texas, according to ACC.

More than 7,700 registered nurses in the ACC service will be able to qualify for the degree.

The next step: the program will need approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Texas Board of Nurses, and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing before it can be added to the curriculum.

Trustees also approved an Associate of Science in Emergency Management. It's a career path ACC officials said is expected to increase in demand by 22 percent through 2027.

If both programs are approved, students could sign up for classes for the fall of 2018.

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