Nursing

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.

Registered Nurse - AAS Degree

The Heartland Community College Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia 30326; phone 404-975-5000; email: info@acenursing.org).

Graduate Success Rate:  Heartland Community College ADN nursing pass rates for 2016 are 97%.

2016 Program Completion Rate:  80%

Job Placement:  The 2016 graduate survey data results showed 100% job placement rate.

Prepare to become an RN with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing

Important RN Deadlines

Event
Deadline
Application process begins. October 1
Application Deadline. March 1
Supporting documentation due. March 15
Applicants notified about admission. April 10

Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge to Registered Nurse

If you are a LPN that would like to advance your nursing career consider the LPN Bridge to RN 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 at least 50 pounds.

Learn more about the CNA Program

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.

Dual Enrollment

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

Nursing Information Meetings

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
March 7, 2018
Wednesday
5 pm

Nursing - ICB 1809
PTA - ICB 1802
Radiography - ICB 1710

May 22, 2018
Tuesday
5 pm

Nursing - ICB 1809
PTA - ICB 1802
Radiography - ICB 1710

July 17, 2018
Tuesday

5 pm

Nursing - ICB 1809
PTA - ICB 1802
Radiography - ICB 1710

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Schedule

Students applying for the 2018 Nursing program must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at one of the following times. 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 $58.00 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.

Day Time
April 27, 2018 9:00 a.m.
May 17, 2018 9:00 a.m.
June 7, 2018 9:00 a.m.
August 10, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Contact Nursing

ICB 2800
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8750
Fax: 309-268-7958
 Email Nursing

Monica Fuller

Division Secretary - Nursing
Office: ICB 2800
Phone: 309-268-8750
Fax: 309-268-7958
Email: monica.fuller@heartland.edu

Amanda Rambo

Coordinator of Admissions
Office:  CCB 1014
Phone: 309-268-8058
Email: Amanda.Rambo@heartland.edu