“It was such a joyous experience to be taught by people who truly loved their field. You could tell that they loved us and wanted nothing more but for us to succeed.” 

Tonnéy Coleman, 2016 Practical Nursing Certificate graduate

Nursing

Black Hawk College offers three excellent career-focused programs for nursing. Our nursing department is housed in the Health Sciences Center on the Quad-Cities Campus.

Health Sciences Center
• 55,100-square-foot, three-story facility
• 3 patient simulator manikins
• 24 hospital beds
• Ambulance


Program Highlights

Nursing Assistant (CNA)

This eight-week program is designed to instruct the student in learning how to assist the nurse in direct patient care. It is also available at the Community Education Center in Kewanee.

Practical Nursing (LPN)

The Practical Nursing (LPN) program is designed to prepare students for direct patient care and perform skilled tasks under the direction of a doctor or registered nurse. LPNs work in hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, clinics and community agencies. Beginning yearly salaries for graduates employed locally $30,000-$36,000. The PN program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Applications are available in February for fall admission. Due dates are in the application packet which will be posted during the admission period.

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.

ADN Program Booklet

Applications are available in February for admission to the fall semester and September for admission to the spring semester. Due dates are in the application packet which will be posted during the admission period.


Nursing Program Descriptions

Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Program Name Code Award Credits Category Department Keywords
Practical Nursing Certificate 5666 Certificate 40 Health Sciences Career Programs Nursing nurse, LPN
Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (Certificate) 5566 Certificate 8 Health Sciences Career Programs Nursing nursing, CNA
Associate Degree Nursing (AAS) 5456 AAS Degree 66 Health Sciences Career Programs Nursing ADN, Nurse, RN