2021-2022 College Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (RN), AAS

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Carl Sandburg College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares the student for entry level positions as a Registered Nurse (RN). Successful graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination.

Registered professional nurses work to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients recover from and cope with illness. Registered professional nurses assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care to patients; assist physicians with treatments and examinations; administer medications; and assist in convalescence and rehabilitation. Registered professional nurses also provide patient education to clients and families to help improve or maintain the optimum level of health.

Associate Degree Nursing Program Goals

  • Safety

Revised: Graduates will evaluate and analyze the client’s and family’s surroundings to identify potential safety concerns in order to establish and promote a safe environment for their patients/clients and others.

  • Patient-Center Care

The graduate will analyze their client’s and family’s needs and create a compassionate and culturally sensitive plan of care based on clients’ physiological, pyschological, sociological, spiritual, and cultural needs, preferences, and values.

  • Teamwork/Collaboration

The graduate will contribute to, function within and, when appropriate, adopt a leadership role within multidisciplinary healthcare teams in order to create and foster open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.

  • Critical Thinking and Clinical Judgement

The graduate will actualize critical thinking skills (interpretation, analysis, evaluation, inference, and explanation) to make professional clinical judgements regarding patient’s/client’s clinical responses.

  • Evidence-Based Practice

The graduate will apply and integrate strategic knowledge of best evidence-based practice and standards of care with clinical expertise for the delivery of optimal health care, while maintaining client choice and preferences.

  • Informatics

The graduate will effectively generate and apply current information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making.

Working Conditions

Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Care is required around the clock, often in 8- or 12 hour shifts, weekends and holidays, and may involve on-call work. Schools, offices, and clinics offer more traditional work hours. The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of a Registered Nurse to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.


Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to hospitals, clinics and physician offices, long-term care/rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, public health facilities, schools, churches, informatics, correctional facilities, and insurance companies. The demand for registered professional nurses is very high and expected to increase. It is projected that employment of RNs will grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor.


The Associate nursing program at Carl Sandburg College located in Galesburg, Illinois, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has approved the Associate Degree Nursing program.


Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of this exam, the student is eligible to apply for Registered Nurse licensure. Graduates will need to complete a criminal background check at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. Please be advised that the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) can deny nursing licensure and discipline those that are licensed. You can access all licensing and nursing scope of practice regulations at www.idfpr.com.

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Associate Degree Nursing Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and the selection process. Students can apply online to the Associate Degree Nursing Program October 1 - March 1. Application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the nursing program must attend all program orientation sessions.

Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and a drug screen. Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Associate Degree Nursing Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details .

Note: Students must apply for admission to this program. Please click here to view the program’s page for admission requirements including coursework and prerequisites prior to applying.

Degree Requirements


Stacy Bainter, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Basic Nursing Assistant Program
Coordinator, Practical Nursing Program
Instructor, Nursing

Christina Stone, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing 1st Year
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Emily Schaeffer, DNP, RN
Instructor, Nursing]

Jan Lundeen, MS, RN, FNP-BC
Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing 2nd Year
Professor of Nursing

Tammi Lewis, MSN, RN
Lab & Simulation Coordinator
Instructor, Nursing

Tina Braun-Smith, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Nicole Lepper MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Derek Schreiner
Dean, Department of Health Professions


The College of Nursing building (building AA) has two classrooms, health assessment lab, skills lab, and faculty offices.  The nursing program has classroom availability in building A and a skills lab and Simulation Center in building A.  All three labs are used to demonstrate and practice essential nursing skills such as basic patient care skills, assessment skills, catheter insertion, administering medications, IV insertion, airway management, etc.  The skills lab, A035, provides nursing skills learning experiences, featuring medical equipment and medium fidelity adult, child, and toddler manikins. The Simulation Center is equipped with a high fidelity SimMan©, and a high fidelity Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal.  Clinical experiences for the Associate Degree Nursing program will be gained with acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics, and physician offices in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary Medical Center, OSF Clinics, Knox County Health Department, and other surrounding facilities as needed.

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