Associate Degree Nursing RN
Carl Sandburg College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares the student for entry level as a Registered Nurse (RN). Successful graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.
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.
Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Care 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 Registered Nurse provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Registered Nurse to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to hospitals, clinics and physician offices, long-term care/rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, public health facilities, schools, churches, informatics, correctional facilities and insurance companies. The demand for registered professional nurses is very high and is expected to increase. It is projected the employment of RNs will grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
The Associate Degree Nursing program holds full accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has approved the Associate Degree Nursing program.
Graduates may apply to write for the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of this exam, the student is eligible to apply for Registered Nurse licensure in any state. Graduates will need to complete a criminal background check at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. Please be advised that the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) can deny nursing licensure and discipline those that are licensed. You can access all licensing and nursing scope of practice regulations at www.idfpr.com.
Admission to the Program: Selective
The Associate Degree Nursing Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Associate Degree Nursing Program October 1 - March 1. Application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the nursing program must attend the program orientation session.
Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void 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:
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Eligibility & Admission Requirements
Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program. The Associate Degree Nursing program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program.
Submit Online Application from October 1 - March 1. Application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program.
All applicants interested in the Associate Degree Nursing program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. All applicants must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Nursing Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with a Nursing Advisor.
- If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-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 Admissions and Records Office.
- Complete the college placement exam, if applicable.
- Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor prior to applying.
- Schedule and attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying.
- Schedule and take the TEAS pre-admission exam. We recommend that you purchase the TEAS study guidebook and review prior to taking the TEAS exam. You may take the TEAS exam before or after submitting the online program application. However, you must complete the TEAS exam by the March 1 application deadline date to meet program selection criteria. You cannot take the TEAS exam more than three times in a twelve- month period.
- Complete Steps 1-5 prior to completing the nursing program's online application. Complete the ONLINE Nursing Application and submit October 1 - March 1.
- After submitting the online nursing program application, you need to pay the $50.00 application fee to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable. We will not review your application for admission into the nursing program until you have paid the application fee.
All applicants must meet the following nursing program admission criteria for selection review:
- Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
- Must have completed at least one-year high school Biology or one semester college Biology with a grade of “C” or higher to apply.
- TEAS Adjusted Individual Score (AIS) cumulative score of 62% or higher.
- All of the following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher prior to entering the Associate Degree Nursing Program:
- ENG 101-Freshman Composition I
- PSY 101-Introduction to Psychology
For student success in the nursing program we strongly advise prior to entering the Associate Degree Nursing program to take the following courses:
- BIO 211-Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 212-Anatomy & Physiology II
- BIO 200-General Microbiology
We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. We evaluate all qualified applicants according to a point system that allows an objective means for selection ranking. We select applicants with the highest point totals first. Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.
Applicant acceptance status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on applicant pool ranking and eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the nursing program. Applicants who receive conditional admission or alternate status into the program we will notify by email. Applicants denied admission we notify by mail.
Applicants conditionally admitted will have 14 calendar days from the date of your conditional admission email to pay the $50.00 seat fee (intent to enter) to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office to hold your seat in the nursing program. We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition if you enter into the nursing program. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay the seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.
Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. We provide in the admission status EMAIL information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary nursing program requirements for full admission status.
Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.
Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.
We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.
Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.
On submission of my application to the College of Nursing I acknowledge I understand the admission requirements for the program. I accept responsibility for the completeness of my application and any additional requirements for full admission to the program. I acknowledge I will be required to register to attend an “Informational Session” after I receive conditional admission and that full admission to the nursing program is provisional on meeting all the current requirements for admission to the nursing program. I understand that the program has selective admission.
I understand that information acquired by the program throughout my admission process (background check, drug screen, etc.) may make me ineligible for admission to the program or subject to withdrawal from the program.
Career and technical programs and courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; ADA/Section 504 Coordinators: Rodney Blue, 309.341.5250; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.