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Nursing (Associate in Applied Science Degree)

68 credit hours.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program prepares individuals to write the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse (RN). Registered nurses provide care to people of all ages and in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices, home care agencies and community settings. The program is designed for individuals aspiring to a career in nursing, and for nursing assistants and LPNs seeking career advancement in nursing.

The associate degree nursing program is a selective admission program, please review the nursing admission criteria or download the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet (PDF, 566 KB) for more information. Other questions might be answered on our frequently asked questions page.

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The decision to allow an individual to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure or be granted a license after passing the examination rests with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Committee on Nursing. Please see the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures packet for further information about licensure.

General Education Core Requirements:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 181 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 182 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIOL 191 Introductory Microbiology 4
COMM 101 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 101 Sociology 3

Required Core:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
NURS 112 Introduction to Nursing 1
NURS 113 Medication Principles for Nurses 1
NURS 117 Fundamentals of Nursing 8
NURS 122 Community-Based Nursing 1
NURS 134 Nursing Individuals with Chronic Health Problems 5
NURS 135 Nursing Childbearing/Rearing Families 5
NURS 232 Nursing Leadership & Management in Nursing 1
NURS 240 Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 241 Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems I 4
NURS 242 Contemporary Nursing 1
NURS 245 Nursing Care of Individuals with Acute Health Problems II 5
NURS 246 Nursing Care of the Individual with Complex Health Problems 5

This curriculum guide is not intended to be a contract, but rather to provide important information to students, see curriculum sequence for course rotation. Changes/revisions may occur from time to time to ensure curricula reflect technological advances in the field.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.