SAC Nursing Celebrates 50th Anniversary
According to SanAntonio.gov, one out of every six San Antonians is
employed in the medical industry. Additionally, all medical education
and training for the U.S. military occurs in San Antonio. So, what would
our city be without good, qualified and caring nurses?
San Antonio College (SAC) has been providing our community a steady
stream of nurses for 50 years. The SAC Nursing program began offering
classes to aspiring nurses in 1967. Today, the program is the largest
educator for registered nurses in San Antonio, and is one of the
premiere programs in the state due to its dual accreditations.
by the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) and Accreditations Commission for
Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Department of Nursing Education at San
Antonio College offers students several opportunities to earn necessary
credentials in order to become a registered nurse (RN):
• Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Nursing
• LVN/LPN to RN
• Military to RN
Each semester, some 300-400 students are enrolled in SAC’s Nursing program.
to outstanding curriculum and dedicated faculty, the program has become
highly competitive admitting fewer than 100 new students each semester
and typically requiring a wait list.
Upon successful completion
of the curriculum, graduates are eligible to take the National Council
Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) authorized by and
administered through the Texas Board of Nursing.
that SAC Nursing students come primarily from the Bexar County
Metropolitan area. Graduates from the program go on to fill nursing
positions within many acute and long‐term health care facilities
throughout the city.
According to GlassDoor.com, the starting salary for a Registered Nurse in San Antonio is $60,000. Not too shabby.
has been widely reported that there is a serious shortage of nurses in
Texas,” said Stella Cirlos, director of SAC’s Nursing program. “We have
to do everything we can to help our students be successful—that includes
recruiting the right faculty who can train the next generation in order
to replenish the pool of qualified nurses.”
To learn more about enrolling or teaching in SAC’s Nursing program, please visit alamo.edu/sac/nursing.
Check out the 50th Anniversary events at alamo.edu/sac/nursing50th.