AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Community College is looking to help solve the Texas nursing shortage by adding a new program.

ACC says the demand for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing credentialed nursing degree is increasing, especially in Central Texas, with an aging workforce and increased population.

“It is very critical to get these positions filled,” said Laurie Dillon, Department Chair with ACC’s Professional Nursing Program. “We need a wide variety of nurses to fill all the holes that have come into play in the last few years as a result of retirement and COVID.”

ACC will launch a new online option this spring for its bachelor degree program. The program will offer registered nurses a way to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

“We are teaching them how to function at a higher level as a nurse,” said Dillon. “What else is required for community health, community service, leadership and management.”

ACC’s RN-to-BSN program offers a full-time option that can be completed in three semesters, as well as a part-time option with completion possible in five semesters.

“Nursing remains one of the most in-demand occupations. We want to make sure we provide all the resources and opportunities we can to meet these demands and train a qualified workforce,” Almsay added.

ACC will continue to offer on-campus and hybrid options for students as well.

“So you can work full time, you can be a full time mom or dad and you can still be a full time student,” said Dillon.