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.

Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 71

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I *** 3
COMM 110 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY *** 3
PSY 110 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY *** 3
RNRS 150 PRINCIPLES OF SAFE MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION  1
BIOL 205 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I ** 4
BIOL 206 PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II ** 4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 210 MICROBIOLOGY ** 4
FCS 110
or
BASIC NUTRITION ***
or
2
FCS 120 PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION *** 3
HLTH 121 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY *** 2
RNRS 222 NURSING MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP  2
RNRS 221 NURSING IV  10
RNRS 220 NURSING III  10
RNRS 210 HEALTH ASSESSMENT OF THE ADULT PATIENT  2
RNRS 120 NURSING II  6
RNRS 111 PHARMACOLOGY FOR NURSES  2
RNRS 110 NURSING I  6
SOC 110 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY *** 3

* See specific requirements for Humanities required for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** These courses must be completed within five (5) years of admission to the program and/or indicated in course prerequisites.
*** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program.

Students enrolled in the Associate in Applied Science degree program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to plan a specific course schedule meeting Illinois Central College and personal requirements.

RNRS 150 and 111 may be proficiency by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may apply for advanced placement in the Nursing program.

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is a resource for the nursing information contained in this catalog.  The commission may be contacted as follows:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326. Phone:  (404) 975-5000, Fax:  (404) 975-5020.

Transfer of credit from other institutions:  transfer courses comparable to the courses listed under "General Courses" may be accepted toward meeting the requirements of the ICC Nursing Program.  No transfer credit is accepted for vocational - sequence program - requirement courses, nor is credit given for work experience.  Qualified Practical Nurse graduates may be given advanced standing through proficiency examinations and by applying for the bridge program.

To receive a "C" or better grade, the student must (1) maintain a grade average of 75% or better; (2) demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance and meet all clinical requirements in each course with a clinical practicum and (3) meet all course requirements within specified time limits. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 205; ENGL 110; RNRS 150; RNRS 110; RNRS 210; HLTH 121
Spring Semester 1BIOL 206; FCS 110 or 120; RNRS 111; RNRS 120; PSY 110
Fall Semester 2BIOL 210; RNRS 220; SOC 110
Spring Semester 2RNRS 221; RNRS 222; COMM 110; Humanities

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department

Thomas Building

(309)999-4600

Accreditation

The program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Rd NE; Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5020

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