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Associate Degree in Nursing

What Will I Learn?

The associate degree in nursing program prepares individuals to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses provide health care to injured, sick and healthy people in a variety of medical, business, and community settings. Our philosophy and mission guides the faculty in providing quality educational opportunities, which promote self-care in the individuals, families, and communities served by the college.

This program is accredited by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing).

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Registered nurses assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. They administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients, and may advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing is required for employment as a registered nurse (RN).

The employment outlook for registered nurses is favorable.

NOTE: Career descriptions are based on information found in Illinois Career Services Information Systems (2006).

What Are My Options?

General responsibilities of RNs include assessing and caring for the needs of patients, teaching health care, and counseling, analyzing lab reports, and operating various types of equipment. RNs may also assume supervisory positions. Along with the nursing expertise necessary for their work, RNs must have excellent documentation and organizational skills as they monitor patients. Good communication skills are essential for working well with patients, patients’ families, and other medical personnel. The Illinois Center for Nursing can provide you with statewide information about nursing.

Other Considerations...

The nursing program at Heartland Community College is a selective admissions program. For admission criteria and advanced placement criteria and procedures, please obtain the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet (PDF, 566 KB) from the Student Services Center or download from the web page.

The student's health must enable him/her to fulfill the requirements and outcomes of the nursing program. The Heartland Community College Nursing Program follows the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. recommendations of functional abilities for nurses.

Students will be required to complete a criminal background history and drug screening at their own expense through a college selected provider prior to any field experience.  For a list of disqualifying criminal offenses, please click here.

The decision to allow an individual to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure or to be granted a license after passing the examination rests solely with the Illinois Department of Professional Nursing Board of Nursing.

If you have other questions please see the frequently asked questions page or contact us.

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