The Nursing and Allied Health department at Spoon River College offers many opportunities for a rewarding career in the nursing field. The SRC Nursing program features an option of completing a practical nursing certificate at the end of the first year, affording the individual eligibility to take the Practical Nursing licensing examination. Students may continue to the second year of the program, and after completion, are eligible to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and to write the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure. The College also offers a Nursing Assistant course that is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the health care field.
Certificates and Degrees
Nature of Work
Nursing is a dynamic combination of art and science applied to meeting the health care needs of individuals and families in the communities in which we live. Nurses promote wellness, assist with the restoration and maintenance of health, and provide comfort to the dying. Nurses primarily work in inpatient and outpatient departments, care centers, and social assistance agencies, as well as in-home healthcare, educational, and employment services.
This program is part of the Health Science Career Cluster.
The Nursing program is fully approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and may apply for licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN). Those whom successfully complete the NUR 145 course are then eligible to take the NCLEX-LPN and may apply for licensure to practice as a Practical Nurse (LPN). In 2018, our NCLEX passing rates were: NCLEX-PN 100% and NCLEX-RN 93%.
This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000
Admission requirements for the nursing program includes the following:
- Graduation from high school or equivalent.
- Basic skills assessment – Take the college-required Accuplacer Test.
- Biology – Must meet the prerequisites for BIO 200, BIO 201, and BIO 206 – High School Biology within the past five years, or BIO 101, BIO 105, or BIO 155 with a grade of “C” or better.
- Take the pre-nursing test (ATI-TEAS).
- A physical with immunizations, including a two-step TB test, and drug screening (date of drug testing addressed in acceptance letter) is required after acceptance into the program.
- A non-fingerprint background check will be required after acceptance into the program. High school students interested in applying to the nursing program should inquire at the guidance office of their high school. Math, biology, and chemistry should be included in their studies as preparatory course work for the SRC nursing program and to meet its entrance requirements.
Nursing Application form (pdf)
Transcript Evaluation Request
20-21 Nursing Admission Handbook
Hepatitis B Vaccination Waiver
20-21 Nursing Policy Handbook