Please read all application materials and the section of the catalog that pertains to your program of interest. Many of your questions may be answered there.
Does everything have to be in to the Director of Nursing’s office before the deadline?
Yes, all college transcripts, transcript evaluation (if necessary), and program application must be in prior to the deadline. All additional information must be turned in also.
Does the nursing department have an admission fee?
Do I have to be accepted by the College before I can be accepted into any of the nursing programs?
Yes. Please go to the Rend Lake College website and complete the online application.
When do the nursing programs start?
The program accepts new students each fall semester.
How long are the nursing programs?
The Practical Nursing program consists of 3 consecutive semesters. The Associate degree program consists of 2 consecutive semesters.
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
We accept approximately 75-80 students into each of the Practical and Associate degree programs each year.
Should I apply before I ask for the transcript to be sent?
You may turn in the application form before you ask other schools to send transcripts. As long as your file is complete before the deadline, it is not important in what order things arrive. It is your responsibility to make sure we receive everything needed for your file before the deadline.
Should I speak to an advisor before I sign up for classes?
We expect prospective nursing students to meet with a nursing advisor before registering for the nursing programs.
Do students have to do clinical work?
Yes, there is a required amount clinical work required by the state of Illinois.
Can I go part time?
General education coursework may be completed on a part-time basis. However, once the either nursing program begins, coursework is completed only on a full-time basis.
How do you choose candidates?
Psychological Services Bureau test scores are used, with preference given to in-district students.
Do I need my own computer?
Many courses include computer and Internet-based assignments. Having your own computer gives you more freedom in completing course assignments. Computer labs are available on campus for student use. As a student, you receive free access from home to the Internet and an email address.
Can I work while completing the programs?
This will depend on the type of job that you have. The nursing programs require a large amount of independent study time outside of class. While some students continue to work part-time throughout the program, most find this a challenge. We recommend that students plan their schedules prior to starting the program to ensure that they have enough time to attend to family matters, attend class and have time at home to complete independent study activities.