The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Richland Community College is a career and technical education program. Upon completion of all program requirements, an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing is granted. This is usually called Associate Degree Nursing (ADN).
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the program requirements, students receive an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree and become eligible to write the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). They can work as registered nurses. Some courses might not transfer to four-year institutions, but transfer options exist for students desiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
About the school
Richland Community College is one of 48 two-year, open-admission colleges located in Decatur, Illinois, and a member of the Illinois Community College System (ICCS), structured under the Illinois Public Community College Act. Richland Community College provides technical, academic/transfer and non-credit opportunities for learning.
Richland’s “Open Door” policy enables anyone to enroll. There are two possible routes: Students with varied needs and interests who are not pursuing degrees may take courses in a range of areas. While these courses may also be part of certain programs, students may pick courses that best fit their goals. Another route for students is a program of study. A program of study leads to the issuance of appropriate degrees or certificates.
Admission to a program of study demands that a student has obtained a High School Equivalency Certificate based on the GED Test, or high school diploma, or meets the “ability to benefit” criteria through an accepted test approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Total Estimated Program Cost is about $33,222.00
Following are the minimum requirements for ADN-RN Nursing Program. Minimum admission standards include:
- Eligibility for ENGL 101 Composition I.
- Eligibility for MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra or successful completion with a “C” or better of MATH 099.
- Complete two years of high school biology and 1 year of high school chemistry or physics with a “B” or better within the last 3 years or successfully complete BIOL 101 with a “C”
or better. Students who have completed BIOL 201, 202 or 220 must have completed one within the last 5 years.
- Have a high school GPA or at least 2.5 and ACT scores (within the last 3 years) with composite 21, science reasoning 20, and no score below 15 or have completed (or be in
progress of completing) 15 credit hours of ADN program courses.
- Have a “C” or better in all prerequisites and program courses and maintain a minimum 2.5 Program GPA. For admission, the Program GPA is calculated using grades and
credits earned in completed ADN program courses. Program courses that can be completed prior to admission include: BIOL 201, 202, 220, ENGL 101, Fine Art Elective, HLTH
197, PSYCH 110, 145, and SOCIO 110. Transfer and Richland credits are used in calculating the Program GPA.
- Listed in good standing on the IDPH Health Care Worker Registry as an active CNA or provide evidence of current enrollment in a CNA training program with a test date prior to
the start of the semester for which the student is applying.
Students who have completed nursing core courses at another institution may be eligible to transfer into the ADN program. Transfer credit for nursing core courses is based upon
successful results of the standardized tests for the appropriate course and available space. All admission and graduation requirements must be met in order to graduate from the ADN
Program including a minimum of two semesters of core nursing courses completed at Richland. Students are responsible for the costs of the standardized tests.
Other Graduation Requirements:
- Obtain a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisites and program courses
- Maintain a minimum 2.5 Program GPA
- Complete all nursing psychomotor competencies with 76% of the designated skills performed in the clinical setting, at or above the expected level of competency
- Meet standards of the ANA Code of Ethics and the Integrity Policy.
Richland Community College
One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521
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