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It feels amazing to help people regain their health and improve their quality of life. Become a nursing student at HCC and that's exactly what you'll learn how to do. Through coursework and clinical activities you'll build content knowledge and technical skills. You'll also learn to function as a core member of a healthcare team. Some of the 11 courses in Heartland's selective-admissions nursing program include:

  • Medication Principles for Nurses
  • Contemporary Nursing
  • Nursing Individuals with Chronic Health Problems

Many of our nation's 2.6 million nurses work in traditional settings. In-demand specialties on the rise include traveling nurses, nurse informatics specialists, acute nurse practitioners, geriatric, hospice, and home care nurses.

Employment of nursing aides, orderlies and attendants is expected to grow by 20% from 2010 to 2020. Job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to increase by 26% during that same period. In both cases that is faster than the average for all occupations.* With continued education you can work as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse midwife or certified registered nurse anesthetist.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

There are different paths into this field. Consider your career goals and personal interests, and then choose the option that best meets your needs.

1. Earn your Heartland degree and transfer to a four-year college or university:

Associate in Arts - Concentration in Nursing

If you plan to complete the first two years of study leading to a bachelor's degree at Heartland and then transfer as a nursing major to a four-year college or university in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer peparation program is the path for you. This 60-credit hour area of concentration includes general education requirements, required core courses in Nursing, and recommended electives.

2. Earn your Heartland degree and transition directly into the workforce:

Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and is accredited by the ACEN-Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. As an RN you provide direct nursing care to patients. You plan, organize, supervise and delegate the administration of nursing care, and collaborate with other healthcare workers to improve patient outcomes.

3. Earn your certificate or industry credential at Heartland:

Practical Nursing certificate

The Practical Nursing certificate provides a career ladder for qualified nursing assistants and for advancement to a professional nursing program. You must complete the practical nursing curriculum and meet the educational requirements for taking the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN). As an LPN you offer direct nursing care to patients while working under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

Nursing Assistant certificate

The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Heartland Community College prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals and private homes. Instruction focuses on basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity. Students will learn a variety of skills, which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Nursing Questions

Contact the Nursing Department