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What is the Nursing program? 

The Department of Nursing Education at San Antonio College is accredited by the following agencies:

Texas Board of Nursing (BON)
333 Guadalupe #3-460, Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400 fax: (512) 305-7401
WEB Page:
Accreditations Commission for Education in Nursing 
3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia, 30326
Phone (404) 975-5000 fax: (404) 975-5020
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ACEN Invitation

 A two-year program that prepares the student to become a registered nurse. The program awards the Associate Degree of Applied Science (AAS). The nursing department at San Antonio College is one of the largest program in San Antonio and Texas. It is highly competitive.  

Click HERE to apply to the Nursing Program 


Please Note: The annual college catalogue has not been published for the academic year 2015-2016. All the information provided on this webpage is directly from the college catalogue that will be published in May 2015


Nursing Department Administration

            The Department of Nursing Education consists of three administrative positions.  The Dean of Professional and Technical Education manages multiple departments including nursing. The program coordinator assists the Director of Nursing with managing the program based on the standards and regulations of the accrediting body. The Director of Nursing manages the department and collaborates with the college to ensure that the department is functioning to meet the community needs.  The nursing administrators for the department are:

Vernell E. Walker, Dean of Professional and Technical Education 
Fletcher Administration, Room 301
1300 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212


Stella Cirlos M.S.N., R.N., Director
Main phone number: 210-486-1144

Gwendolyn Diggs Ed.D., R.N., Program Coordinator
Main phone number: 210-486-1144



The faculty members of the Department of Nursing Education upholdthe mission of San Antonio College in supporting the educational and lifelong learningneeds of culturally, ethically and socially diverse communities. The mission of theDepartment of Nursing Education is to prepare professional nurses who, as membersof an interdisciplinary healthcare team, use nursing judgment to providesafe, evidence–based, patient-centered care to promotequality patient outcomes.

The Department of Nursing Education offers two education tracks terminating in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing.  Upon successful completion of the nursing education program, 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.  Students attending the San Antonio College nursing program come primarily from the Bexar County Metropolitan area.   Nurse graduates from the programs fill nursing positions within many acute and longterm health care facilities in the area. 

The Department of Nursing Education offers a generic nursing program and a mobility nursing program with two tracks, including a licensed vocational nurse mobility track , and a military mobility track.  The associate degree generic nursing program at San Antonio College admitted its first class of students in 1967. The career mobility program for licensed vocational nurses was started in 1991 at the San Antonio campus.  Subsequently, distance sites for the vocational nurse career mobility program were established in Kerrville (1997) and then in Eagle Pass (1998).  The Kerrville program is still administered by the San Antonio campus nursing program.  The Eagle Pass program was eventually absorbed by its local community college system.    


Consortium ADN to RN-BSN PATHWAY 1+2+1 

San Antonio College Department of Nursing Education has joined a statewide consortium that provides a "1+2+1 degree plan" for transition from the AAS in Nursing to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) studies.  Upon successful completion of the AAS in Nursing degree and passing the NCLEX-RN examination, the nursing graduate may seek admission and transfer to a participating University nursing program with the intention of completing the BSN degree in a two-semester time frame.   To be eligible to enter this education pathway, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 in all general education courses completed during nursing studies while also working to complete the AAS in Nursing.  If interested in BSN, the student must contact the desired University of choice for college specific requirements.

What will I learn? 

The student has the opportunity to learn both the art and science of nursing; both are necessary for a registered nurse to practice nursing care. A variety of learning venues include the classroom,  a fully-equipped simulation hospital on campus and direct patient care in the hospital or other clinical settings provide the experiences to enable the graduate to enter the profession as a competent beginning nurse.  

What can I do with this course of study? 

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the exam, the graduate will be a registered nurse in the State of Texas and ready to begin a career in the nursing profession. San Antonio College maintains articulation agreements with several universities. If interested, the graduate may transfer to a university program to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.    

What's special about program? 

San Antonio College is an affordable Nursing Program. San Antonio College Nursing Program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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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