Nursing. It’s almost synonymous with compassion. But there’s so much more to it than that.
Nurses are challenged daily to think critically in a science-based, technical environment, providing expert care to help healthy people stay healthy and restore health for those who have been injured or ill. Nurses advocate for patients' needs, be they physical, mental, or cultural and teach patients to care for themselves so that well-being will continue in the home. Nurses are continually learning so they may keep their skills sharp in an ever-evolving field and contribute as members of a broad health care service team. To say nurses care is true, but it is also an understatement.
Nursing is a field that reaps professional as well as personal rewards. It is exciting and fulfilling and in demand, and we believe there is a place for you.
Prepare to Transfer
Earn an AS degree to transfer to a four-year institution, or explore other articulation options.
Registered Nurse - AAS Degree
The Heartland Community College Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia 30326; phone 404-975-5000; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Graduate Success Rates
*Further information on HCC nursing pass rates (PDF)
Program Completion Rates
LPN to ADN
Job Placement Rates
Graduate survey data results reflect the following job placement rates:
Prepare to become an RN with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing
Important RN Deadlines
|Application process begins.||October 1|
|Application Deadline.||March 1|
|Supporting documentation due.||March 15|
|Applicants notified about admission.||April 15|
LPN to ADN Program
If you are a LPN that would like to advance your nursing career consider the LPN to ADN Program.
Nursing Assistant Certificate
The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Heartland Community College prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals and private homes. Instruction focuses on basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity. Students will learn a variety of skills, which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must be able to lift, push, and pull a minimum of 50 pounds.
RN BSN Pathway
We're partnering with Illinois State University to provide you a seamless transition to earn your BSN degree. With this option, you can complete all required general education classes for your BSN at HCC with Heartland tuition rates.
How it works
- Meet with an academic advisor to review HCC ADN program requirements.
- Apply and be accepted into HCC’s ADN program.
- Apply to the program while you're getting your ADN.
- Finish the ADN program.
- Complete the pathway's plan of study (PDF).
You'll earn your BSN with three years of coursework at HCC and one year of full time online courses at Illinois State.
Beginning in Fall 2018, we will embark on another exciting partnership with Illinois State University, offering a dual enrollment program where students complete our ADN Program while also enrolled in the on-line BSN Program at ISU. We recommend this option for highly-motivated students who are committed to a rigorous program of full-time study.
How it works
- Meet with an academic advisor to review HCC ADN Program requirements.
- Complete all general education first year requirements (see plan of study (PDF)).
- Apply and be accepted into HCC’s ADN Program.
- Complete first year of the ADN Program.
- Begin on-line BSN coursework while completing the second year of the ADN Program.
- Take and pass NCLEX-RN licensure examination after graduating from HCC.
- Complete BSN coursework.
Upon completion of your ADN, you will have partially finished much of your BSN coursework. This is a definite edge as you seek employment as a registered nurse.
Nursing Transfer Degrees
If you plan to complete the first two years of study leading to a bachelor's degree at Heartland and then transfer as a Nursing major to a four-year college or university in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Sciences (AS) transfer program is the path for you. Meet with an academic advisor for help with course selection.
Nursing Upcoming Events
We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL.
Day Time Room
October 16, 2019
Nursing - ICB 1809
PTA - ICB 1703
Radiography - ICB 1710
Medical Assistant - ICB 1704
EMT/Paramedic - ICB 1812
Students applying for the 2019 Nursing program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). To schedule the TEAS test, please log into your myHeartland account, click on Appointments, Allied Health, TEAS Testing. Check your myHeartland for email confirmation. Walk-ins are not permitted. A $70.00 fee must be paid by credit card at the time of testing. Study guides are available at www.atitesting.com or the Heartland Community College Library. Students may retake the TEAS one time within the application period. The highest grade within the application period will be used for evaluation. TEAS scores are valid for a period of two years.