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Nursing (ADN)

(052) Associate in Applied Science

This program prepares graduates to function with the knowledge, skill and attitudes needed to adapt quickly within the ever changing health care environment for entry level nursing practice in a variety of health care settings. This program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Work and Employment

Registered nurses deliver care to patients in all areas of the health care spectrum in collaboration with interprofessional members of the health care team in hospital, long-term care or in the patient's home environment. Nurses also provide services in community facilities such as health departments, industry, schools and clinics. Promotion of health and general well being is provided by the registered nurse in all settings.   With experience and education, nurses may work in specialized areas such as obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency or intensive care units. Nurses may obtain bachelor's degrees and advanced degrees such as master's or doctorate degrees. Click here for further career information:

TEAS Testing-Requirement for All Nursing Applicants

TEAS score will determine placement in the ADN spplication pool as detailed in the Nursing Admission Handbook.

Special Considerations

In order to become licensed as a registered nurse, one must complete a state approved program like Sauk Valley's and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RN).

Admission Requirements

Satisfy all of the following academic criteria:

  Active CNA certificate on file with IDPH with verification of work history or documentation of successful completion of a state approved CNA program or VOC 121 within  the last 2 years. CNA work history verification can be documented via: tax records, payment stub, IDPH registry (if clinical updates are present) or a letter from the employer.  (Advanced Placement students - LPN license is applicable for this requirement.)

  Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above.

(Note: only one of the following criteria must be met.  the most recent score or grade will be utilized. (This category does not provide points for admission.) 

4.  MATH
(Note: only one of the following must be met. The highest level point standard achieved will be utilized. Applicants are encouraged to complete higher level math courses without risk to points earned.)

(Note: only one of the following must be met. The most recent score or grade will be utilized.)

(Note: only one of the following must be met. The most recent score or grade will be utilized.)

High school coursework used to fulfill requirements must be completed within 5 years of application to the program. This means the last course completed not the graduation date.

The biology department requires a student who has not had a high school biology course within 5 years with a grade of "C" or better, to complete BIO 105 or BIO 108 prior to registering for BIO 109 and BIO 110. Also, those candidates who did not complete high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or better within the last 5 years must complete CHE 103 prior to registering for BIO 109. It is highly recommended that associate degree nursing applicants complete high school algebra, biology and chemistry.

Admission Procedure

Further admission information is available in the Admission Handbook.

Application Deadlines

The admission requirements and the admission procedure must be completed by March 1 of the year the applicant wishes to be admitted. If the class is not filled, candidates must meet the second candidate evaluation deadline of June 1.

Out-of-District Application

Sauk Valley Community College is required by the Illinois Community College Act (110 ILCS 805/3-17) to give preference to in-district resident candidates. Out-of-district applicants will be considered if space is available after June 1 of the year of application to enter the program. Out-of-district applicants to the program coming from colleges with cooperative agreements will be given the same consideration (March 1 deadline) as in-district applicants.

Program Requirements

A grade of "C" is the minimum passing grade for all major field requirements, social science, humanities, natural science, and mathematics courses. Successful completion of a nursing course requires a "C" in the classroom, satisfactory clinical performance and "Pass" on clinical competency or skills based performance measures.  A student who is unsatisfactory in any one of these areas will receive a failing grade for the course. If an NRS course is failed, it may be repeated once. No more than one NRS course may be repeated.

Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College
Academic Advising, 815/835-6354; Dr. Mary M. Evans, Dean of Health Professions, 815/835-6376  

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on 2019-20 tuition and fee rates and the course fees in the Class Schedule for the required number 62 credit hours.

Tuition $8,184.00 $20,956.00 $23,250.00
Fees $868.00 $868.00 $868.00
Course Fees * $1,787.00 * $1,787.00 * $1,787.00
Total Tuition and Fees $10,839.00 $23,611.00 $25,905.00

* Note: Course fees may vary depending upon the classes that a student completes within an academic program. The course fee above is only an estimation and represents the maximum course fees possible; it is likely that course fees will be lower than the estimation above.