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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 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.


Application Dates

The online application for the Associate Degree Nursing program is open from October 1 - March 1.  The application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. 

Anyone interested in this program must first complete the steps to enroll to become Carl Sandburg College student. Apply here!

Students must then meet with the Nursing academic advisor prior to applying to the program. 

Our cooperative agreements

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing is a not for profit Nursing college, offering degrees ranging from Bachelor’s degrees through Doctoral degrees in Nursing. Sandburg’s agreement offers students who receive their RN degree from Sandburg the ability to transfer into their BSN program.

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Saint Francis College of Nursing is partnering with the Nursing department to offer five guaranteed seats into their BSN program after completing the RN degree at Carl Sandburg College. Sandburg students must meet certain GPA requirements to qualify for the program. For more information, please contact the Nursing office at 309-341-5299.

For a complete list of our cooperative agreements, click here.


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. Applicants need to refer to the eligibility & admission requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process.  

All applicants must meet the following nursing program admission criteria for selection review:

  1. Completed and signed the Program Application Checklist on file by the application deadline date.
  2. TEAS Adjusted Individual Score (AIS) cumulative score of 60% or higher.
  3. 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. These courses may not have been taken more than 7 years prior to the time of application.

  • BIO 211-Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 212-Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 200-General Microbiology

If a student is unable to participate in and/or complete clinical/practicum/internship courses required for the program due to a positive drug test which includes marijuana, they are not eligible for a refund of any tuition, fees, or other expenses incurred while preparing for admission into the program and while enrolled in the program.

Career and technical programs/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; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.



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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.

Registered Nurse

Acute Care Nurse

Critical Care Nurse

Working Conditions

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.

Sample schedule for Associate Degree Nursing program

Sample Schedule for Associate Degree Nursing program

Courses in this degree are offered face-to-face in the classroom and through practicums at local medical facilities.

Estimated costs for the Associate Degree Nursing program

Associate Degree Nursing cost sheet

Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am not admitted to the program or placed on an alternative list and no spaces are available, do I have to apply again? 

Yes, 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.


How do you evaluate applications?

 We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by the 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.


When will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Applicant acceptance status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied. 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.


How do I hold my seat if I am accepted?

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.


Will I receive credit for the $50 to hold my seat? 

We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition or it will be refunded directly to students after financial aid refund and within two weeks after the 100 percent drop date for 16-week courses. Your seat fee form will be included with your conditional admission email. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay their seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.


I have been conditionally admitted do I need to attend orientation?

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.


I have been conditionally admitted when will I know my full admission status?

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.



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 IDFPR.

Meet the instructors

Will Anderson, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Stacy Bainter, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Basic Nursing Assistant Program
Instructor, Nursing

Tina Braun-Smith, MSN RN
Instructor, Nursing 

Mary Guenseth, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Kristina Gray, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Professions

Jan Lundeen, MS, RN, FNP-BC
Professor of Nursing

Emily Schaeffer, MSN, DNP RN
Instructor, Nursing

Christina Stone, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401


Student Organizations

Associate Degree Nursing Club 1st Year

This club is for first-year RN students. We will meet to keep us all informed and together on our classes’ activities, study groups, and any professional medical seminars or exhibits that would benefit us as nursing students.


Associate Degree Nursing Club 2nd Year

To promote and foster the future of professional nursing with visionary leadership, elevating the level of community health knowledge, and unity through social and cultural activities.

Advisor: Christina Stone, 309.341.5292 or