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San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education Admissions

 Nursing Program Admission

Admission to the nursing program occurs twice each academic year:  students are admitted to begin studies in the fall or spring semesters.  In order to coordinate admissions with the Texas Board of Nursing, application deadlines for either a fall or spring admission are set to accommodate Board review.  There are no summer admissions. 

The Admission and Progressions committee review applicants and determine conditional admission based upon multicriteria that includes:  standardized entrance exam (TEAS), degree requirements GPA, previous education, and past work experience. Attached is the worksheet used to assist you in preparing your application.

Click HERE for Multicriteria Admission Worksheet.

Please Note: For all additional documentation including transcripts and work experience please scan all the documents together and submit with application. Only applications that are complete will be reviewed for conditional acceptance.


 The steps for admission to the nursing program include the following:

(1)  Applicants for nursing studies must apply first to San Antonio College (SAC).  Applications are submitted at 

(2)  Once admitted to SAC, the three degree-requirement courses essential for admission (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.  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)  Applicants will need to complete and submit an on-line application to the nursing program.  Click HERE to apply to the Nursing Program 

(4) 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) High school diploma and college transcripts

b) Satisfactory scores on the Testing of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) V entrance examination (effective for Spring 2016 admissions). Testing must be one year current of application to the San Antonio College Department of nursing application. Testing can be completed at San Antonio College. Information on the TEAS V (Nursing) assessment test, how to prepare, dates to take the test, and fees can be found at:

c) Successful completion of the BIOL 2401, 2402, and 2420 or 2421 college science courses

d) Documented previous work experience in health care occupations 

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



(5)  Applicants to the Career Mobility Track will need to provide evidence of current Texas vocational nurse licensure or certification of medical military specialties.  Military mobility applicants must provide official military training transcripts 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.    

(6)  Applicants meeting nursing program academic and other requirements will have their records forwarded to the Texas Board of Nursing for further consideration.  The Texas Board of Nursing requires applicants to all nursing programs in Texas to have a criminal background screen completed through a Board-designated vendor.  Only those applicants whose criminal background check is cleared through the Board will be offered admission to the nursing program.   If the applicant fails the criminal background screen, the applicant can file declaratory orders with the Board of Nursing, and after an investigation that results in successful resolution, the applicant can seek admission in a subsequent time frame. 

(7) After clearing the Board of Nursing criminal background screen, applicants will be asked to provide,

a. A proof of good health (current immunization status and proof of no active tuberculosis), (To view current immunization requirements click here  

b. Proof of current Health Care Provider cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card

c. Proof of a negative drug screen

d. Proof of current medical insurance coverage. 

Program Requirements: Functional Capabilities (Click Here for the Program Requirements: Functional Capabilities Document)

 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.

Credit by Examination, CLEP, and Advanced Placement Credit

  • Credit through CLEP, High School Advanced Placement Exams and Credit by Examination may be awarded towards your work at Alamo Colleges, however, testing policy states that a “CR” credit for exam cannot be counted towards your composite score for ranking since there is no letter grade present.

Application Filing Periods

Official application filing period for FALL semester

November 11  - January 17 

Official application filing period for SPRING semester admission:

June 1 – Aug 31

“Notification letters will be sent to your ACES email address ( ”.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to maintain appropriate contact information at all times. 


"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."  

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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