Associate Degree In Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Illinois Valley Community College is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation* and accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.** Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-RN examination.  After successful completion of the NCLEX-RN the graduate can apply for licensure in the state of Illinois or any other state.

The curriculum consists of support courses from related disciplines and nursing courses which include seminar, lecture, and clinical study. Clinical experiences are offered in local hospitals, long term care facilities, home health care agencies, physician offices, and clinics.  The curriculum flows from the IVCC nursing philosophy.

Admission into the Nursing Program is competitive. It is highly recommended that students interested in pursuing a career in nursing meet with their counselor each semester and attend a Nursing Information Session. Please take the time to look at the Nursing Admission Handbook 2013-2014 for specific details regarding admission to the ADN Program. In order to be considered for the nursing program for the Fall 2014 Admission Cycle a student must file a Letter of Intent with the Admissions Office between November 15, 2013 - February 15, 2014. 

Illinois Valley Community College nursing graduates traditionally have been very successful in their professional endeavors. To foster educational and career mobility, the nursing program curriculum is planned to facilitate transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Information is available from the Counseling Center on baccalaureate degree nursing programs. The IVCC ADN program is designed to be completed in four semesters. However, many students find it advisable to complete six to nine hours of cognate courses prior to enrollment in the first nursing course. Guidance is available from the Counseling and Nursing Departments.

*Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor, Springfield, Illinois 62786
Phone 217-785-0800

**Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone 404-975-5000, Fax 404-975-5020 


For more detailed information, please contact:

Bonnie Bennett-Campbell - Dean of Health Professions, Interim Director of Nursing
Room A217, (815) 224-0481
internet - Bonnie_Campbell@ivcc.edu

Illinois Valley Community College Associate Degree Nursing Program


First Semester Outline
Course Number First Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 1201
Fundamentals in Nursing I 4
*+NUR 1202
Fundamentals in Nursing II 4
+BIO 1007
Anatomy and Physiology I 4
+BIO 1009
Microbiology 4
+ALH 1002 Human Growth and Development 3
+NUR 1205     Pharmacology I for the Nursing Student 1.5
  Total Credit Hours 20.5



Second Semester Outline
Course Number Second Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 1210
Mental Health Nursing (formerly NUR 220 Mental Health Nursing) 3
*+NUR 1211
Holistic Nursing I 5
+NUR 1206
Pharmacology II for the Nursing Student 1.5
+PSY 1000
General Psychology 3
+ALH 1000
Introduction to Nutrition 3
+BIO 1008 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
  Total Credit Hours 19.5
Third Semester Outline
Course Number Third Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 2202 Maternal-Child Nursing 4
*+NUR 2201 Holistic Nursing II 5
+NUR 2200 Management Concepts in Nursing 2
+ENG 1001 English Composition I 3
+SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Total Credit Hours 17


Fourth Semester Outline
Course Number Fourth Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 2211 (NUR 221) Holistic Nursing III 5
*+NUR 2212 (NUR 222) Holistic Nursing IV 5
+NUR 2210 (NUR 224) Issues in Professional Nursing 1
+ENG 1002 (ENG 102) English Composition II 3
  Total Credit Hours 14
  Total Program Hours 71

Program Outline - other options are available (i.e. 3 year plan, 4 semesters with 2 summers plan)


PLEASE NOTE: All non-nursing courses (i.e. BIO 1009, ALH 1002, ALH 1000, BIO 1007, BIO 1008, etc.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with the nursing courses with which they are listed in the curriculum pattern.

All nursing students must hold a current American Red Cross Community CPR card Adult, Infant, Child or BLS for Health Care Provider Card from the American Heart Association.

Although the program is designed to be completed in four (4) semesters, many students find it advisable to complete several of the non-nursing requirements prior to enrollment in NUR 1201.

+See IVCC catalog for pre-requisites
*Courses are 8 weeks in length.

**Completion of SFC 1000 - Strategies for College is recommended for the Associate Degree in Nursing Program.