Philosophy & Mission
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is a vital part of Heartland Community College and we derive our philosophy, mission and goals (PDF) from those of the college. Our philosophy guides the faculty in providing quality educational opportunities, which promote self-care in the individuals, families, and communities served by the college. The curriculum is based on Orem's self-care model, which influences all aspects of the program.
Nursing is an art and science dedicated to promoting self-care of individuals and their families. Nursing activities include the utilization of critical thinking and problem-solving, as well as caring in the application of the nursing process. This includes giving direct physical and emotional support, as well as the provision of anticipatory guidance and teaching.
There are several pathways to nursing education, and Heartland Community College supports these pathways by implementing the State of Illinois articulation policies, which incorporate Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to ADN. We emphasize life long learning in our program and give students guidance and encouragement to pursue further academic degrees in nursing.
A graduate of the Heartland Community College Associate Degree Nursing program is prepared to practice in an entry level professional nursing position.