Please Note: The current format for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is being revised. If you are considering starting the Associate Degree nursing program after August 2014, please see informational tab under the Nursing Programs for 2014 Programs.
Welcome to the Rend Lake College Nursing Department web site. We hope you will find the information you need to help you get started in a wonderful career in the nursing field.
In order to enter either the Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Program students must complete an application prior to the deadline and take the Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) entry test. Prerequisite course work are required to be completed prior to the beginning of the program.
Specific questions about the application and admission to the program(s) can be directed to the Beth Stevens, Administrative Assistant for the Allied Health Department (618-437-5321 ext. 1251).
The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing Programs are designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to clients and function as members of nursing and health care teams. Upon completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the examination for licensure as a practical or registered nurse.
Practical nurses and Registered nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, and community agencies.
Our mission is to prepare competent nursing graduates in the art and science of healthcare across the lifespan. This goal is accomplished through instruction and practice of basic and advanced nursing skills, use of critical thinking and problem solving, and demonstration of effective oral and written communication throughout the full scope of nursing practice.
REND LAKE COLLEGE NURSING DEPARTMENT PROGRAM GOALS
- Students will practice safe, competent nursing care.
- Students will incorporate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skill in making clinical judgements.
- Students will utilize educational opportunities for continued personal and professional growth.
- Students will communicate effectively with clients, families, and members of the multi-disciplinary team.
The nursing programs at Rend Lake College have been approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation/Board of Nursing and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) and received reaccreditation by The Higher Learning Commission – North Central Association.