Apply: Applicants will need to complete and
submit an on-line application to the nursing program. Click HERE to apply to
the Nursing Program
Note: Application process takes 1-2
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.
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However, if results are not cleared, the offer of admission may be rescinded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
- 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
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 www.bon.texas.gov/nursingeducation/faq_students.html
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:
- A proof of good health (current immunization status and proof of no active tuberculosis)
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.
Proof of a negative drug screen
Proof of current medical insurance coverage.
- Health Screening
- Negative PPD, Negative Blood test-Quantiferon-TB Gold In-Tube test or chest X-ray with the last 12 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 May.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Utilize intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, complete task, and comprehend spatial relationships.
- Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.
- 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.