The shortage of registered nurses in Texas exceeds 20,000. To support this critical workforce need, Alamo Community Colleges (ACC) in San Antonio has expanded courses and degree plans to educate nurses and healthcare workers. The new Nursing and Allied Health Complex at ACC’s San Antonio College provides state-of-the-art clinical environments and teaching labs to COST PER SQ FT$195.83FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYHealthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals this growing program. The facility will enable the college to double its enrollment within three years from 500 to an estimated 1,000 students.
The 120,000-square-foot facility includes a public clinic, as well as classrooms and clinical labs that emulate real-world healthcare environments.
The facility supports programs for dental technician and assistant, medical assistant, EMT, medical transcription and RN nursing. Skill labs, exam rooms, nursing simulator labs, critical-care labs, LDR rooms, a pediatric lab, open nurse stations and an ambulance bay module include SimMan technology, beds and equipment used in today’s hospitals. The complex design and engineering provides full hospital simulation tied to video recording and monitoring for teacher supervision and instruction.
The facility features flexible, presentation-ready classrooms, open-area student lounges and administrative offices. Sustainable building strategies include solar shading devices; extensive natural light and daylighting controls; regional and recycled construction materials; and water-efficient landscaping.