Academics

Registered Nurse

The nursing program prepares the graduates for positions in health care facilities such as clinics, hospitals, physician offices, home health care agencies, or extended care facilities. Nurses assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for patients with acute or chronic health problems; administer medication, treatments prescribed by physicians; and coordinate varied activities of allied health care workers. As a nurse, you observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress; administer medications and treatments prescribed by physicians; assist in convalescence and rehabilitation; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals take steps to improve and maintain their health.

Nursing, an intellectually challenging profession, requires a commitment to a life-long learning to remain aware of ever-changing technological trends. The nurse treats a patient’s mental and emotional needs as well as physical needs.

To pursue a career in nursing, you need to be a caring, compassionate person interested in others able to handle catastrophe and crisis, willing to be legally and morally accountable for your actions, and respectful of the rights of people of all ages, races, social status, and religious beliefs. You must possess a sincere desire to serve humanity, be able to accept responsibility, supervise others’ activities, have initiative, and be able to use good judgment in emergencies.

Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

We have 3 options available to students looking to become a nurse.

Career Opportunities

Nursing, with specialties in surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric, geriatrics, intensive care, coronary care, and rehabilitation, offers numerous career options including:

  • ambulatory care clinic
  • hospital
  • community health agency
  • industrial
  • educational institution
  • military
  • extended care facility
  • physician office
  • home health care agency
  • private duty

Local Salaries

Entry level salaries begin at approximately $36,000 annually.

Admission to the Program

  • High School graduate with GPA 2.6 or higher, or equivalent (i.e. GED of 165 or higher) OR 9 hours of required courses from program sequence with a “C” or better.
  • One year high school chemistry with a “C” average or higher OR completion of an equivalent college chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better.
  • One year high school algebra with a “C” average or higher OR placement into MATH 098 or higher.
  • Completion of Reading Placement Test with minimum score equivalent to placement into ENGL 110 OR completion of an equivalent college English course ENGL 110 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Completion of Biology Placement Test with minimum score equivalent to placement into BIOL 205 OR completion of an equivalent college biology course BIOL 205 with a grade of “C” or better.
  • ICC grade point average (GPA) of a 2.5 or above (if you have attended ICC).
  • GPA of 2.5 or above at the last college attended (other than ICC) OR 9 hours of required courses from program sequence with a “C” or better.
  • Active Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant Certification prior to starting nursing program courses.

Requirements upon Program Acceptance

  • Drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam and immunizations.
  • Documentation of current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider (HLTH 041 at ICC or equivalent) or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer and Health Care Provider. CPR certification must remain current throughout the program.

Recommended High School Subjects: (1) four years of English (2) one year of anatomy and physiology and biology (3) two years of mathematics, including algebra (4) one year of chemistry.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 64

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I **3
COMM 110INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY **3
PSY 110INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY **3
BIOL 205PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I **4
BIOL 206PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II **4
BIOL 210MICROBIOLOGY **4
HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS *3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
RNRS 116INTRODUCTION TO CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE 2
RNRS 117NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS I 9
RNRS 118NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS II 9
RNRS 216NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS III 9
RNRS 217COMPLEX NURSING PRACTICE CONCEPTS IV 9
RNRS 218CONCEPTS FOR NURSING PRACTICE CAPSTONE 2

* See specific requirements for Humanities/Fine Arts required for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

Transfer of comparable credit from other institutions may be evaluated and accepted toward meeting requirements of ICC Nursing Program's general education courses. Transfer credit is not automatically accepted for occupational or vocational "program courses"; demonstration of proficiency or competency is required. Credit is not given for work experience. 

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 205; ENGL 110; RNRS 116; RNRS 117
Spring Semester 1BIOL 206; PSY 110; RNRS 118
Fall Semester 2BIOL 210; COMM 110; RNRS 216
Spring Semester 2Humanities/Fine Arts; RNRS 217; RNRS 218

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
(309) 690-7530

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Pathway: Therapeutic Services
ICC Pathway: Nursing

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Interdisciplinary Healthcare (HEOCC 114 ) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Apply to Health Careers | Paying for College | Career Information: Nursing Assistant | Career Information Licensed Practical Nurse | Career Information Registered Nurse | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant (6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

CNA

Employment Information

Nursing Assistant $9-12/hr

Certificate of Completion

Licensed Practical Nurse (41 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

LPN

Employment Information

Licensed Practical Nurse$16-21/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

LPN to RN Completion (60 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

RN

Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr

OR

Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant (6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

CNA

Employment Information

Nursing Assistant$9-12/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Registered Nurse (70 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

RN

Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

There are many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs locally, regionally, and state-wide.

 

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

Accreditation

The Illinois Central College Associate in Applied Science Degree – Registered Nurse (ADN Program) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN®).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN®)
3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
www.acenursing.org

The Illinois Central College Associate in Applied Science Degree – Registered Nurse (ADN Program) is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN).

Illinois State Board of Nursing
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St. Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-4500

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes
2017
2018
2019

Number of graduates
64
61
58

NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
59%
72%

Job Placement Rate
100%
100%

Completion Rate
72%
70%
67%

Essential Skills and Abilities

A  nurse must possess capabilities and abilities, including: communication, motor, sensory, problem solving, behavioral skills, and professionalism, which are necessary to provide competent, evidenced based nursing care. Reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities, in certain areas, but a nurse must be able to perform in all areas, in an independent mediated by someone else’s observation and action. The following capabilities and abilities are necessary to meet curriculum requirements and to perform the responsibilities of a professional nurse:

A. Communication

  • Adequate command of the English language and medical terminology, in order to read and retrieve information from lectures, textbooks and other teaching and learning resources
  • Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other Health Care providers, both verbally and in writing
  • Effectively adapt communication for intended diverse needs of the audience
  • Interact to establish rapport with diverse populations
  • Perform verbal individualized instruction
  • Demonstrate computer literacy skills

B. Motor

  • Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs. force or push/pull
  • Use hands repetitively, use manual dexterity,\ sufficient fine motor functions
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  • Perform instruction by manual demonstration, if applicable
  • Perform CPR
  • Travel to and from academic and clinical sites

C. Sensory

  • Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from patients and members of the health team; includes ability to respond to emergency signals
  • Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking blood pressure
  • Visual acuity to acquire information from electronic medical record or written document
  • Elicit information from patients by inspection, palpation, auscultation, percussion
  • Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient

D. Critical Thinking

  • Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate times
  • Adhere to policies and procedures; including but not limited to safety and infection control
  • Use sound judgment in decision making
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environment and inherent uncertainties
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills in patient care (Measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, analyze and synthesize data)
  • Organize and prioritize patient care needs and job responsibilities

E. Behavioral Skills and Professionalism

  • Adheres to policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings
  • Adheres to Illinois Central College Nursing Program Honesty Policy (per Nursing Program Handbook)
  • Adheres to Illinois Central College Nursing Program Code of Conduct Policies (per Nursing Program Handbook)
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and abides by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • Assume the role of a health care team member
  • Function effectively under supervision
  • Accepts criticism and reflects upon provided feedback to improve performance and practice
  • Displays caring and compassion for others
  • Commits to life long learning
  • Actions, behaviors and communication foster a positive relationship with others
  • Develops and maintains a reputation of professional integrity