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Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

2014 Fall Registration

Web Registration Begins Soon for Fall 2014

With registration for Maymester and summer classes in full swing, it is just about time to start thinking about next year and fall 2014 registration. Read More >

Child Care

Child Care for SAC students available

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College is gearing up for the fall semester and will start accepting applications for child care. Read More >

Speech Team Nationals

SAC Speech Team Win National Awards

SAC’s Speech Team members recently competed at the Phi Rho National Tournament in Denver and brought home some awards. Read More >

Deans Backyard

Dean's Backyard Holds Grand Opening

The Kinesiology Department recently held a grand opening for their Dean’s Backyard just south of the Candler Physical Education Center. Read More >

Pres Search

Presidential Search

The search for the next San Antonio College President is underway! Learn more. Read More >

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NSLS Inducts New Members

The recently formed San Antonio College chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) inducted 165 new members last week. Read More >

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Spring 2014 Finals Approaching

With graduation and end of the semester quickly approaching, the the Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule is online. Read More >

Enactus Team Competes

Enactus Competes at Nationals

San Antonio College’s Enactus team left last week to compete at the Enactus 2014 National Competition in Cincinnati, OH. Read More >

College For Kids

College For Kids Coming Soon...

SAC offers ‘College’ for elementary and middle school-aged kids during the summer. Read More >

Jennifer Becerra NASA

From Science Teacher to Flight Director

Jennifer Becerra has always loved science, but it wasn’t until college that she developed a deep love for space. After receiving a seemingly random suggestion, Becerra chose to enroll in astronomy. Read More >

2014-SURP-Program

Summer Research Opportunities

The SAC MESA Center has two undergraduate research programs students can participate in this summer. Read More >

Accepting EDGE Applications

SAC accepting applications for 2014 Summer EDGE Program

San Antonio College is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Summer EDGE Program. Applications will be accepted through April 28, 2014. Read More >

Nursing Education Department reaches important milestone

 SAC Nursing Enrollment Exceeds 1,000+ Students;
Nursing Education Department reaches important milestone by nearly doubling enrollment since 2006



San Antonio College passed a major milestone last year when enrollment in the Nursing Education Department surpassed the 1,000 mark. In spring 2012, it was reported that enrollment was at an all time high. As of September 30, 2012, official reports from the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies show that 1,041 students were enrolled in the Nursing Education Department at SAC.

The two-year program that prepares students to become registered nurses began at SAC in 1967. Since then, it has become the largest program in San Antonio and the second largest in Texas, making it one of the few competitive academic departments at San Antonio College. It holds the status of “Exemplary Program” from the Texas Higher Education Board.

“San Antonio College has been educating registered nurses for many years,” said President of San Antonio College, Robert Zeigler, Ph.D.. “Our faculty members are highly trained and come directly from the industry. Their work ensures the community has highly skilled nurses.”

This dedication to provide quality nurses to San Antonio was evident when the newly created Nursing and Allied Health Complex opened at SAC in February 2008. The 14,000-square-foot building is a state-of-the-art facility. It includes two simulated hospital wings with sophisticated simulation mannequins and related computer equipment. Faculty teach theory classes in the newly-equipped classrooms on campus and utilize relationships with providers and hospitals to teach the necessary clinical rotations off campus.

“Students know that SAC is a great pathway to becoming a nurse. Our success is one of the reasons why enrollment has nearly doubled in the past seven years,” said Carol Lewis, Nursing Education Department Chairperson. “In 2006, enrollment reached a high of about 555 students. Now, we’re regularly around 1,000, depending on the time of the semester.”


Enrollment in the program varies per semester; the enrollment figures include Flex I and Flex II enrollees. According to preliminary spring 2013 figures, about 1,029 students are currently enrolled in several disciplines within the program, including an online learning section. For fall 2012, enrollment was at 1,041. “The fact is that whatever the enrollment, the output is the same,” said President Zeigler. “Since 1967, SAC has fulfilled our promise to the city of San Antonio by educating and providing quality nurses.”

In 2012, the SAC Department of Nursing joined a consortium of 14 schools to provide the opportunity to nursing students to transfer seamlessly to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). This will allow students in the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree plan to get a B.S.N. without duplicating courses.

Thousands of students have graduated from SAC’s nursing department since the program’s first graduating class in 1969.

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