Carl Sandburg College, in response to the health care needs of the community, recognized the need for nursing education which resulted in the Practical Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program being established on the Galesburg and Carthage Campus.
The Practical Nursing Program became a certificate program on the Carl Sandburg College Galesburg campus in 1969 and in 1970 on its Branch Campus in Carthage, Illinois.
The first Associate Degree students were accepted in 1970 with the first graduates in 1973 on the Carl Sandburg College Galesburg campus and in the 1980’s on its Branch Campus in Carthage, Illinois.
In 1982 in response to changing health care trends the Carl Sandburg College nursing program proposed and received approval for articulation between the Practical Nursing Program and the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Carl Sandburg College was the third college in the state of Illinois to implement an articulated LPN to ADN program.
Recognizing the changing health care needs of the region and the need for nursing education the nursing programs were moved to their current location in July 2011. This allowed for an additional nursing skills lab for student learning and practice and a state of the art computer lab/classroom permitting students to grow and learn within the digital age of present day nursing. Pre-Nursing students and current nursing students will have the opportunity to interconnect and evolve within one environment.