Associate Degree - RN
The Associate Degree Nursing program offers a two year Associate in Applied Science degree designed to prepare students to become an entry level Registered Professional Nurse. Registered Professional Nurses function within the roles of manager of care, provider of care, and member of the discipline of nursing in variety of healthcare settings.
Registered professional nurses work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients recover from and cope with illness. Registered professional nurses are taught to assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care to patients; assist physicians with treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. Registered professional nurses also provide patient education to clients and families to help improve or maintain the optimum level of health. Other settings that employ nurses include: ambulatory care offices and clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, public health facilities, schools, churches, informatics, correctional facilities and acute care hospital settings.
Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Care of patients is required around the clock, often in 8- or 12-hour shifts, weekends and holidays, and may involve on-call work. Schools, offices, and clinics may offer more traditional work hours.
The demand for nurses is very high and is expected to increase.
The Associate Degree Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 and approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).
Upon successful completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination – NCLEX-RN. With successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam, the graduate is eligible to apply for Registered Professional Nurse licensure in any state. Please be advised that nursing licenses can be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing. A live fingerprint scan criminal background check is completed and submitted to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation prior to licensure being granted or denied.
Program at a Glance
- Average starting salary: $65,470 *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Level of patient contact: High
- Length of program: Two-year AAS degree
- Program location: Galesburg campus
- Program start time: Fall
- Employment opportunities in a variety of health care settings
- Prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination
Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics
Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program prior to enrolling in any nursing courses. Enrollment is limited and competitive and selection is based on a ranking point system.
- If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
- Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
- Complete the placement exam.
- Students planning to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing program need to attend a scheduled informational session prior to applying.
- Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor.
- Schedule and take the TEAS V pre-admission exam. The applicant must have a cumulative TEAS V score of 62% or greater to meet the nursing program admission requirements.
- Online applications can be submitted from October 1 – March 1. The applicant is notified within approximately two weeks of deadline date if accepted or not accepted into the program.
- Additional admission information about the Associate Degree Nursing program is available at http://sandburg.edu/academics/adn-selective-admission-process.
- The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:
- Applicants accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Associate Degree Nursing Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, influenza vaccination, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
- Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
- Estimated Cost – Associate Degree Nursing (see program website)
Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.
College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
For Additional Information Contact:
The Welcome Center
For Graduation Requirements:
See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.
|Summer Session||Semester Hours|
|ENG.101||Freshman Composition 1||3|
|PSY.101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|NAD.106||Medication Principles for Nurses||2|
|NAD.108||Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning||2|
|BIO.211||Anatomy & Physiology 1||4|
|NAD.130||Pharmacology for Nurses||2|
|BIO.212||Anatomy & Physiology 2||4|
|SOC.101||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|NAD.205||Community & Mental Health Nursing||3|
|Total Semester Hours||72|
LPN to RN Articulation into Nursing A.A.S.
Prerequisite: Licensed Practical Nurse in Illinois with active license in good standing. Completion of all required courses prior to admission listed below** with a grade of "C" or better. Submission of nursing program application, meets all admission criteria, and admitted into the second year Associate Degree Nursing Program.
|Summer Session||Semester Hours|
|NAD.180||LPN to RN Transition *||4|
|NAD.205||Community & Mental Health Nursing||3|
|Total Semester Hours||31|
NAD 180 must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to progress into the second year Associate Degree Nursing program. All nursing courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better to progress each Semester.
Required prior to admission selection 1 year High School Biology or 1 semester College Biology. All of the following courses must have been completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to entering the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program:
Application and dates to apply to our nursing program can be found on the College of Nursing webpage. Admission criteria into our nursing program can be found on the College of Nursing webpage: College of Nursing
Lundeen, Jan M
Associate Professor, Nursing
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Professions
The College of Nursing building (building AA) has two classrooms, health assessment lab, skills lab, and faculty offices. The nursing program has classroom availability in building A and a simulation skills lab in building A. All three labs are used to demonstrate and practice essential nursing skills such as basic patient care skills, assessment skills, catheter insertion, administering medications, IV insertion, airway management, etc. The state of the art simulation skills lab, A035, provides medium to high fidelity simulation learning experiences, fully equipped functioning ICU Room with SimMan©, two medium fidelity med/surg rooms, a maternal/child unit with high fidelity Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal, and infant, toddler and child medium fidelity manikins. Clinical experiences for the Associate Degree Nursing program will be gained with acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics and physician offices in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary Medical Center, OSF Clinics, Knox County Health Department, and other surrounding facilities as needed.