Black Hawk College offers both degree and certificate programs for nursing.
Nursing Assistant (CNA)
This eight-week program is designed to instruct the student in learning how to assist the nurse in direct patient care.
Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)
The practical nursing program is designed to prepare students for direct patient care, and perform skilled tasks under the direction of a doctor or registered nurse. All of the fundamental duties of the practical nurse are taught in this program. Upon completion, a graduate may be eligible to take the examinations for licensure as a practical nurse. The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Opportunities include hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, clinics and community agencies. Beginning yearly salaries for graduates employed locally $30,000-$36,000. The LPN program admits students once a year. Applications are available in the month of February for fall admission.
Due to the required Black Hawk College GPA of 2.0 or better to graduate, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 while in the LPN program. Upon application for admission to the LPN program, if your GPA is below 2.0 or if you have not yet earned a GPA, you must meet with a BHC academic advisor to create and sign an academic plan to attach to your application. The academic plan must reflect that your GPA can be maintained at or above 2.0 during the LPN program. If you are unable to graduate and receive your certificate from BHC you will not be allowed to sit for the post-program test (NCLEX). Successful completion of the NCLEX is required to receive Licensure to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Call 309-796-5101 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to complete a plan.
TEAS Test – All prospective PN students are required to take the TEAS test (Test of Academic Essential Skills). Students are encouraged to prepare for this exam in order to assure that the necessary score is achieved to be considered for admission into the nursing program. Study materials can be found at www.atitesting.com and at the BHC bookstore.
Scoring: A minimum score of 50 is required to be considered for admission.
Prospective LPN students will be ranked on the following criteria:
2.Grades in PN 110 or BIOL 145
3.GPA of 2 or above
4.CNA certificate (not required)
Associate Degree Nursing (RN)
The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program is designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to patients and function as members of nursing and health teams. Upon completion of the Program, a graduate may be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse. The curriculum for nursing is career-oriented. The Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Beginning yearly salaries for graduates employed locally $40,000 to $52,000. Specific information about the RN program can be found in the Nursing Program Booklet.
HESI RN Admission Assessment Exam – All prospective ADN students are required to take the HESI Exam. Students are encouraged to prepare for this exam in order to assure that the necessary score is achieved to be considered for admission into the nursing program. Study materials can be found at www.evolve.elsevier.com and at the BHC bookstore.
- A minimum score of 60 is required to be considered for admission.
- A score of 60-79 will be considered for admission if completes remediation course NURS 142.
- A score of 80 will be considered for admission to the ADN program with no remediation needed and will provide higher ranking for the student.
Prepare Associate Degree Nursing Graduates for entry level Registered Nurse positions and provide the environment and resources for individuals to become lifelong learners
The Associate Degree Nursing Program of Black Hawk College is committed to supporting the Vision of the College by providing a student- centered quality nursing program and strengthening strategic alliances to support both the students and the program.
The Faculty and Students of the Black Hawk College Associate Degree Nursing Program embrace and strive to exemplify the following Core Values which align with both the College and the National League of Nursing (NLN).
- Patient Centeredness
Read more information regarding national nursing programs.
To understand the difference between CNA, LPN and RN, please view this short presentation.
Last updated 06/13/2017