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Registered Nurse

The nursing program prepares the graduates for positions in health care facilities such as clinics, hospitals, physician offices, home health care agencies, or extended care facilities. Nurses assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care for patients with acute or chronic health problems; administer medication, treatments prescribed by physicians; and coordinate varied activities of allied health care workers. The program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses and may apply for Licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.

Nursing, an intellectually challenging profession, requires a commitment to a life-long learning to remain aware of ever-changing technological trends. The nurse treats a patient's mental and emotional needs as well as physical needs.

As a nurse, you observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress; administer medications and treatments prescribed by physicians; assist in convalescence and rehabilitation; instruct patients and their families in proper care; and help individuals take steps to improve and maintain their health.

To pursue a career in nursing, you need to be a caring, compassionate person interested in others able to handle catastrophe and crisis, willing to be legally and morally accountable for your actions, and respectful of the rights of people of all ages, races, social status, and religious beliefs. You must possess a sincere desire to serve humanity, be able to accept responsibility, supervise others' activities, have initiative, and be able to use good judgment in emergencies.

Career Opportunities
Nursing, with specialties in surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatric, geriatrics, intensive care, coronary care, and rehabilitation, offers numerous career options including:

  • ambulatory care clinic
  • hospital
  • community health agency
  • industrial
  • educational institution
  • military
  • extended care facility
  • physician office
  • home health care agency
  • private duty

Entry level salaries begin at approximately $36,000 annually.

View current available Nursing Positions.

For more information, please contact:

Health Careers Department (309) 999-4600

The program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree RD, NE; Suite 850; Atlanta, GA 30326; phone (404) 975-5020.