The previously approved transfer of Brackenridge Hospital’s nursing school to ACC becomes effective. By 1980, ACC is the primary provider of nurses’ training in Austin, a tradition that continues today: The college’s nursing program repeatedly ranks among the best in the region.

A Look Back…

In April 1974, William King Brown, administrator of the city-owned Brackenridge Hospital, recommended that the hospital transfer its highly regarded nursing school to ACC. Cost was the main reason. Brown estimated that operating expenses, including food and dormitory services, would exceed $500,000. Having ACC take over the first two years of the school’s three-year program would save the hospital as much as $350,000 and free up space needed for hospital beds.

Brackenridge’s governing board narrowly approved the arrangement, and on July 19, the Austin City Council approved the transfer that became effective September 1. Seventeen instructors and one clerical employee joined the ACC faculty and staff in what would become ACC’s distinguished Allied Health Sciences Division.

Acquiring Brackenridge was one of many signs of spirited growth during ACC’s initial year. As it prepared to enter its second year, the college launched a dental assistant program and joined with the city’s Zachary Scott Theater in starting a new drama program. Altogether, ACC added 19 new occupational/vocational and university parallel programs.


Expanded course offerings contributed to enrollment and budget increases as well. During fall registration, more than 7,000 students signed up for classes. For the first time, ACC joined the state’s other 46 public community and junior colleges in lobbying the Texas Legislature for biennial funding.

Nursing school building

ACC/Brackenridge Nursing School building, adjacent to the city-owned Brackenridge Hospital on 15th Street.