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1819 N. Main St.
San Antonio TX, 78212

    San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education Admissions

    2016 – 2017 NCLEX-RN Pass Rate = 82.39%


 Nursing Program Admission

The San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education has two nursing tracks: the Generic (Fall & Spring semester only) and the Career Mobility (LVN-RN, Military Medic – RN; 3 consecutive semesters).  Admission to the nursing program occurs three times in each academic year:  Generic track is admitted Fall or Spring semesters and the Career Mobility track is admitted Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.  In order to coordinate admissions with the Texas Board of Nursing, application deadlines for admission are set to accommodate Board review. 

Application Filing Periods

     SPRING (to include Kerrville-LVN to RN site) semester admission official application filing period:

          June 1 – Aug 31

     SUMMER: ONLY Career Mobility (LVN-RN, Military to RN) (Starts mid-May) semester admission official application filing period:

            September 1 - November 30

      FALL semester admission official application filing period:

          November 15 – February 15

Admission Requirements

The Admission and Progressions committee review applicants and determine conditional admission based upon multicriteria that includes: 
1. S
tandardized entrance exam (TEAS)  (Click HERE for testing dates at SAC)
2. Degree requirements GPA
3. Previous education

  ** If you previously attended a RN or LVN to RN program you must

      -- Submit a letter of “Good Standing” from the previous nursing program attended.

      --You may also be required to exhibit Math proficiency to be administered by the SAC Nursing Program.

 4. Past work experience


***To view or download the NEWLY updated Multicriteria Admission Worksheet , Click  HERE  **

**Please Note: All additional documentation including transcripts, work experience, and other documentation can be scanned and submitted with the application under “Upload Transcript.” Each file can be named/identified by using the “College/University” area.

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.


Application Process

Steps for applying to the nursing program

(1)  Apply Texas:  ALL Applicants for nursing studies must apply first to San Antonio College (SAC).  Applications are submitted through the Apply Texas website Verify that you are applying for the semester that you will be entering. Individuals need to be 18 years or older to apply for the Nursing Program.

(2)  Mandatory Courses: Once admitted to SAC, the three degree-requirement courses mandatory for admission are BIOL 2401, 2402 & 2420 or 2421. If completed at other colleges or universities, must be transferred to San Antonio College and posted to the student's academic record by the Office of Admissions & Records.  Allow up to six weeks for the processing of transfer credit.  **Note that if these courses are being transferred to SAC, they cannot be more than 5 yrs. old.  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.  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.

(3) Requirements: Admission to the nursing program is competitive, with applicants providing evidence of previous successful educational accomplishments awarded higher standing in admission consideration. Applicants need to provide evidence of:

   a) Education: High school diploma and college transcripts

    **Previous Enrollment in a Registered Nursing program: Any candidate who previously attended a Registered Nursing or LVN to RN bridge program must demonstrate that they will be successful in our program. Candidate must:
    1)  Submit a letter of “Good Standing” from the nursing program previously attended.
    2)  You may also be required to exhibit Math proficiency administered by the SAC Nursing Program.

    b) TEAS Exam: All applicants must take the ATI Testing of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) Nursing assessment exam (effective as of Spring 2016). 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:                              

    c) Mandatory courses: Successful completion (prior to applying) of the BIOL 2401, 2402, and 2420 or 2421 college science courses. Science GPA must be a 2.7 to be considered.  Please note that on the Multicriteria Admission Sheet the Multicriteria score is the 1st score and the Science GPA is the 2nd  score considered for conditional acceptance.
    d) Work experience: If applicable, documented previous work experience in health care occupations. See Multicriteria Admission Worksheet for list of occupations. Documentation is to be uploaded to the Nursing application.

     e) Other Course work: Successful completion of other degree requirements (ENGL 1301, PHIL 2306, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314) is also considered an advantage for nursing program admission. 

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

(4)  Apply: Applicants will need to complete and submit an on-line application to the nursing program.  Click HERE to apply to the Nursing Program 
      **Please Note:  Application process takes 1 1/2 to 2 months after the closing of the application period.  Attach supporting documents using the application under “Upload Transcript.” Each file can be named/identified by using the “College/University” area. All applicants will be notified regarding declination or conditional acceptance.

     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.


Background Checks 

All applicants offered admission to a program in the School of Nursing are required to undergo a background check. At the time when the School of Nursing offers admission to the candidate, the School of Nursing submits a roster of those candidates being offered admission to Texas BON. If you are offered admission, instructions regarding how to complete your background check will be included in your conditional acceptance letter.  

If results of the background check are clear, the offer of admission will be considered final if all other admission requirements have been fulfilled. However, if results are not cleared, the offer of admission may be rescinded based on the timeline in resolving any issues. 

The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has legally granted power to deny permission for a candidate to take the NCLEX-RN examination if it is deemed the individual has not demonstrated "good professional character." The Board may refuse to:  

  • approve persons to take the licensure examination  
  • issue or renew a license or certificate of registration to any individual who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or engaged in conduct resulting in revocation of probation imposed pursuant to such conviction  

Texas BON will issue a "Service Code" number to be provided to each candidate to IdentoGO informing them that Texas BON is requesting the CBC report be sent to Texas BON. Each candidate is responsible for making an appointment with IdentoGO using the service code provided to have the fingerprint check completed. Candidates are also required to pay the cost of the background check and finger print scanning. 

Once IdentoGO has completed the background check, they will submit the results to Texas BON. If the fingerprint scan is rejected for some reason, Texas BON will notify the candidate to request a repeat scan be completed. Otherwise, reports will be submitted to Texas BON in approximately 7 to 10 days. Texas BON will then notify the candidate of the results. Candidates with a clear check will receive a blue card indicating the finding. It is very important for applicants to keep their original blue card for their records and turn in a copy (front & back) to the Nursing Admissions personnel as soon as it is received.   You will be eligible to enter the program as long as all other required materials have also been received by the Nursing Department Admissions Specialist. 

Candidates who have not been cleared will be notified by Texas BON and asked to submit a petition for a "Declaratory Order." The petition will be reviewed by Texas BON.  In order to comply with the Texas Board of Nursing and affiliated clinical agencies, the candidate will not be admitted into the San Antonio College Nursing Program until the Declaratory Order has been cleared. The candidate may reapply at the next application period if the background check has been cleared by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Frequently asked questions in regards to the Background Checks done through the Board of Nursing can be found at .

Health Screening/Immunizations

After clearing the Board of Nursing criminal background screen and in compliance with clinical agency requirements, all students registering for clinical nursing courses are required to show written evidence of the following:

  1. A proof of good health (current immunization status and proof of no active tuberculosis)
    • Health Screening
      • Negative PPD (Tuberculosis), Negative Blood test-Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube test within the last 12 months or chest X-ray within the last 24 months.
      • Negative PPD yearly thereafter while enrolled in the program
        • Students with a positive PPD must submit current documentation from their Medical Providers (on Health Providers Letterhead) stating that the student is negative for infective process.
        • Students whose responses indicate possibility of TB infection must submit documentation of medical evaluation and treatment, if applicable.
        • Students with a negative PPD on admission who convert to positive while enrolled in the program must submit documentation of medical evaluation and treatment.
      • Yearly Flu Shot Required August thru July.
    • Immunizations: Texas Administrative Rule 97.64 and CDC 2005 recommendations
      • Provisional admission with at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine
        • If born on or after January 1, 1957:
          • Two (2) doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.
            • One (1) dose of mumps vaccine.
      • One dose of Tdap and a diphtheria-tetanus toxoid (Td) vaccination within the past ten years.
      • Complete Hepatitis B series or serologic confirmation of immunity to Hepatitis B.(It takes 6 months to complete the series of 3 injections.)
      • One dose of rubella vaccine.
      • Two doses of varicella vaccine are needed.
        • Persons born 1966-1997 who have self or parental reports of disease are considered immune.
      • Polio vaccine is not required, but students enrolled in health related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis
    • Serologic confirmation of immunity to measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B or varicella is acceptable. Evidence of measles, rubella, mumps and varicella consist of a laboratory report that indicates either confirmation of immunity or infection.
    • A copy of the immunization record is submitted to Admissions secretary as a process for admission.
    • During the nursing program, each student will be asked to show evidence of current immunization requirements required in every clinical course to each clinical instructor.  If there are further questions regarding this requirement, consult your clinical instructor.  Please read this page on the Admissions and Records site regarding Bacterial Meningitis.
  2. Proof of 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. Proof of a negative drug screen
  4. Proof of current medical insurance coverage.

Program Requirements: Functional Capabilities

The student must be able to adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admission and education process. It is assumed that an applicant or a student enrolled in the Department of Nursing Education will be able to independently:

  1. Physical Senses
    • Functionally use the senses of vision, hearing, smell, and touch with or without technical (mechanical) compensation.
    • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
    • Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
  2. Psychomotor skills
    • Execute functional psychomotor movements to provide general nursing care and emergency treatments.
    • Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  3. Communication abilities
    • Hear, observe, and speak to patients to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; and perceive nonverbal communication.
    • An applicant must be able to communicate with patients effectively and with sensitivity.
    • Communication includes not only speech but reading and writing.
    • The applicant must be able to communicate effectively in oral and written form with all members of the health care team.
  4. Intellectual capabilities
    • Utilize intellectual abilities by independently reading, writing, and reasoning, understanding logic, and asking questions for clarification.
    • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  5. Emotional stability
    • Demonstrate the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities and exercise good judgment.
    • The applicant must be able to complete promptly all responsibilities attendant to the care of patients and develop mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with them.
    • An applicant must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.


Contact Information

Stella Cirlos MSN, RN

Department of Nursing Education
San Antonio College
Bldg. #33 Suite 378
1819 N. Main Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78212

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