Be a Nurse

Associate Degree Nursing

  • What do you learn? 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.
  • How long does the ADN program take? If a student is enrolled full-time, it can be completed in five semesters (including prerequisite courses). Specific information can be found in the Associate Degree Nursing Program Booklet.
  • What’s next after completing the program? Upon completion of the program, a graduate may be eligible to take the examination for licensure as a registered nurse (RN).  The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • What is the job and pay outlook for this career? Beginning yearly salaries for graduates employed locally are $40,000-$52,000.
  • Call 309-796-5101 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to complete a plan.
  • Learn more about the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program at Black Hawk College!

Practical Nursing Certificate

  • What do you learn? The Practical Nursing Certificate 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.
  • How long does the Practical Nursing Certificate program take? If a student is enrolled full-time, it can be completed in three semesters (including prerequisite courses). The program admits students once a year. [Download not found] are available now for Fall 2016 admission.
  • What’s next after completing the program? Upon completion, a graduate may be eligible to take the examinations for licensure as a practical nurse (LPN). The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
  • What is the job and pay outlook for this career? Opportunities include hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, clinics and community agencies. Beginning yearly salaries for graduates employed locally are $30,000-$36,000.
  • Call 309-796-5101 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to complete a plan.
  • Learn more about the Practical Nursing Certificate program at Black Hawk College!

Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program

  • What do you learn? You will learn how to assist a nurse in direct patient care.
  • How long does the Nurse Assistant (NA) program take? This is an eight-week certificate program.
  • What’s next after completing the program? Upon completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program written and performance test (Nurse Assistant Certification Test).
  • What is the job and pay outlook for this career? $25,090 median per year. Job outlook growth much faster than average (2014, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Call 309-796-5101 to schedule an appointment with an advisor to complete a plan.

Nurse helping a child taking blood pressure
Visit the Nursing Programs page for more information.

Visit the Allied Health and Health & Physical Education (HPE) Department page to learn about other health care programs at Black Hawk College.

Practical Nursing graduation class

For more information, contact Cheryl Ballantyne, assistant professor and coordin

ator of the NursingAssistant program.

Quad-Cities Campus
Building 3, Room 316
309-796-5404
ballantynec@bhc.edu