Please read all application materials and the section of the catalogue 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 Associate degree program consists of 4 consecutive semesters.
How many students are accepted into the program each year?
We accept approximately 50-60 students in Associate degree program 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.
Associate Degree Nursing
Current Estimated Cost Sheet for Two-year Program
(64 credit hours)
-Tuition will be paid at the beginning of each semester of training.
|In-district Tuition*||64 X $95.00/credit hour*||$6080.00|
|Tech Fee*||64 X $10.00/credit hour*||$640.00|
|Facility Fee*||64 X $5.00/credit hour*||$320.00|
|Textbooks & Standardized Testing*||$2800.00 (estimated)|
|Estimated Total of Tuition/Books/Fees||$10,640.00|
- Lab Coat-varies
- Physical & Vaccinations-varies
- Hep B Vaccine-varies
- Drug Screening-college pays for drug screen
- Background Check –varies $44.00 plus depends on how many states a student has lived in.
- Fingerprinting - $60.00
- National Registry Exam Fee - $200.00
- Continental Testing Fee - $91.00
These numbers are estimates and are subject to change. This outline was made for students to provide an idea of the total cost of the program. If you have any questions please feel free to call me.
Melisa Berendson MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Rend Lake College (618) 437-5321 (ext 1705)
*Tuition rate, Tech fees, Lab fees, and Textbook amounts are subject to change.
If you are considering
Rend Lake College’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
The following information will be helpful:
- The ADN program is 24 months in length.
- Upon completion of the program, a national certification exam is required.
- The ADN program can be entered only during the fall semester.
- The ADN program at Rend Lake College is competitive. This means there are many students applying for a limited number of spaces.
- Students interested in the ADN program must complete the application to the College as well as the online application for the ADN program at www.rlc.edu by April 1st.
- Students must sign up and take the PSB (Psychological Services Bureau Test) before April 1st(Application deadline). Students can call 618-437-5321 ext. 1268 to sign up. The PSB test can be taken twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
- Students accepted into the ADN program must meet the ADN program admissions criteria listed in the college catalog.
- Students will need to have an official transcript sent from their high school and/or college at which they attended or are attending, if they are not at Rend Lake College.
- Students pursuing studies in the ADN program may find they are unable to hold a job while in school due to the highly structured scheduling necessary for directed practice at clinical sites.
- Students who have been convicted of a felony charge may not be eligible to apply for the State Board of Nursing Registered Nurse Licensure.
- Students officially accepted into the ADN program will be required to obtain Hepatitis B immunizations, TB test, CPR certification and a health physical and insurance, at their own expense.