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Associate Degree Nursing

Attention Potential Nursing Students:

Thank you for your interest in the ADN program. Lincoln Land Community College's Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

***New Requirements for the RN Admission and program will be in effect for students admitted to Fall 2014 and thereafter. Please click here for the checklist for the RN program. Students are encouraged to meet with a Nursing Advisor to discuss the new requirements as well as when they would be eligible to apply to the program. Please click here for information on the selective admission process and how points are determined. Please note: on the checklist it indicates if students have an ACT of 19 or 20 we will accept that score with "24 program specific hours".

24 program specific hours may include a combination of the following but students must have at least one communications, one science and one social science and a total of 24 hours:

Egl 101; Egl 102; PSY 101; SOC 101; BIO 175; BIO 176; BIO 220 *Bio 101 or 111 and Chem 100 or Chem 101 can be used in the 24 hours.For more information, please see a nursing advisor. Update per confirmation with Dean as of 5/15/14

The application cycle for the Spring 2015 RN program is now closed. The dates for the Fall 2015 application cycle will soon be posted.

All admission requirements must be complete; no requirements can be 'en-route' or 'in-progress.' Applications are available only on the main campus in Springfield and only from a Nursing Advisor. Please review the Advising hours before coming to campus to see an advisor. Students signing in to see a Nursing Advisor or calling to make an appointment with a Nursing Advisor must specify they are coming in to fill out an application. All college transcripts from each college ever attended, as well as proof of high school graduation via official high school transcripts or GED with graduation date, must be on file with the Records Office AND posted to the student's LLCC transcript. Students cannot proceed with an application unless this, along with all other admission requirements, are complete.

Advising and Counseling is located in Menard Hall on the Main Campus. The contact number is 786-2224.

Associate Degree Nursing • Associate in Applied Science

Associate Degree Nursing Program – A.A.S Degree

Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination, which is the state licensing examination for Registered Professional Nurse (RN). The ADN program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Licensing and accreditation


Graduates from the program (which is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation) are eligible to take the licensing examination for Professional Registered Nurse (RN). The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may take into consideration any felony conviction of the applicant, but such a conviction shall not operate as an absolute bar to licensure. Graduates are prepared for entry-level nursing positions in hospitals. Lincoln Land’s program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

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Other Requirements

Physical and Immunizations

All students in the ADN program must provide evidence of satisfactory physical and emotional health required to fulfill the requirements of the nursing program. Students must have a physical examination and show proof of immunization prior to the start of the program. The physical form will be mailed to the student following admission to the program.

CPR Certification

All students must show proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer on admission and maintain certification throughout the program.

Drug Screening

Students are required to have a drug screen conducted through companies selected by Lincoln Land Community College. The cost of the drug screen is paid by the student. Students who receive a positive drug screen result will not be able to enter the Nursing Program.

Functional Abilities

The functional capabilities required to participate in the program include the ability of the student to:

1.       Perform a full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, moving, lifting or pushing heavy equipment.

2.       Bend, reach, pull, push, stoop and walk repeatedly throughout an eight hour period.

3.       Demonstrate auditory acuity to hear breath sounds by stethoscope (with correction, if needed).

4.       Demonstrate visual acuity to read small letters and numbers (with correction, if needed).

5.       Demonstrate bilateral upper extremity fine motor skills, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.

6.       Communicate in a rational and coherent manner both orally and in writing with individuals of all professions and social levels.

7.       Respond quickly and in an emotionally-controlled manner in clinical situations.

8.       Adapt to irregular working hours.

9.       Adapt effectively to clinical environments.

10.   Maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels. 

Selection Procedures

Qualified applicants (those who have met all admission criteria from the checklist) will be placed in rank order based on the number of points received in the evaluation. Applicants’ points will be evaluated at the time of application only; point total will not be recalculated once the application is submitted.

Points will be awarded based on:

1.       GPA on a 4 point scale (ex: GPA of 3.25 will get 3.25 points). MAXIMUM POINTS = 4

2.       ACT scores. MAXIMUM POINTS = 4

  30-36 = 4 pts

  24-29 = 3 pts

  21-23 = 2 pts

  19-20 = 1 pt

3.       Prior academic achievement: MAXIMUM POINTS = 1.5 (Only 1 point max. unless CNA is completed; then max. increases to 1.5)

            ·    Certified Nursing Assistant = 0.50 pts

·         Emergency Medical Technician = 0.25 pts

·         Paramedic = 0.50 pts 

·         Military corpsman/medic = 0.50 pts

·         Associate Degree = 0.50 pts

·         Bachelor’s Degree or higher = 1 pt

4.       Completion and grade in each of the core science courses for the ADN program (BIO 175, 176, and 220). MAXIMUM POINTS = 2.25

·         Grade A = 0.75 pts

·         Grade B = 0.50 pts

·         Grade C = 0.25 pts

5.       Previous application to the ADN program. Each application = 0.25 points. MAXIMUM POINTS = 1

Applicants with the same number of points will be selected at random for available seats.

Applicants will be notified by telephone from the Nursing office if they are selected for admission. It is imperative for the applicant to maintain accurate contact information through the Office of Admissions.

If all seats are filled for the current admissions cycle, students who wish to re-apply must meet with a Health Professions Advisor to complete the Intent to Re-apply form and inform advising of any changes that will increase awarded points.

Program Costs:

In addition to the tuition and fees, approximate costs for students in the nursing program include:
                Estimate for Nursing Books/Online resources         $1850
                Uniforms and equipment                                          $75-150
                Licensure examination fees                                     $350*
                School pin (optional)                                                $80
                Physical exam by student’s own physician              varies*

                Digital Fingerprinting                                                $60*

                Drug screen /Background Check                             $80*


*Student responsibility, generally not covered by financial aid.


Financial aid is available. Please check with the Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility for financial aid and scholarships.

Clinical experience


Clinical (hospital or other agency) experience is a major component of each nursing course. Under the guidance of a nursing instructor, the student focuses on concepts and their applications and relates them to patient care through pre- and post-clinical conferences. An emphasis on meeting the needs of each individual patient is used as a basis for all learning experiences. Types of clinical experiences include care of the newborn infant, geriatric patient, maternity nursing, psychiatric nursing, and medical/surgical nursing in various clinical settings.


Readmission and Attendance Policies


A student who fails or withdraws from a nursing course for any reason will be required to follow the specific readmission policies of the nursing program. The nursing program has a specific absence policy. Students may not miss greater than or equal to 10 percent of total class time in any nursing course or they will be dismissed from that course.



Residency Requirements


Residency – Tuition Rates - Admission to Nursing Program 

This information is for general informational overview only. For details contact the Office of Admissions.

Residency & Tuition Rates


In order to qualify for in-district tuition rates, any student shall be a resident of the district at the time of registration or, 30 days prior to the start date of the term in question. When the residency of a student or prospective student is not clear, proof of residency may be required. Any student may qualify for in-district tuition rates if employed within the LLCC district for 35 or more hours per week. Qualifying for the in-district tuition rate based on employment does not make the student a resident for restricted program admissions purposes.


Residency & Admission the Nursing Program

Residency Criteria:

Chapter 112, Section 103-17, of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Health Career programs for students who live outside of LLCC District #526 vary per program based on space available and qualified applicant pools.

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