Associate Degree Nursing (AAS)

Program Description

 New students applying to Black Hawk College should select the AAS/General Occupational and Technical Studies (GOTS) until such time as they have been officially accepted by the department into this program.

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is designed to prepare nurses who, as beginning practitioners, are able to give quality nursing care to clients 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.

Registered nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, and community agencies.

The curriculum for nursing is career-oriented. The program is accredited by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrate EBP with clinical reasoning and nursing judgement to minimize risk to the patient and provider while delivering optimal health care to patients and families across the lifespan in a variety of health care settings.
  2. Collaborate effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering communication, respect and decision-making to achieve safe, quality health care for the patient, family, and the community.
  3. Advocate for the patient recognizing the patient (or designee) as the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for patient preferences, values and needs.
  4. Evaluate outcomes of care processes. Use quality improvement methods to design and test changes that will continually improve the quality and safety of healthcare practices.
  5. Utilize information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, reduce error and support decision making.
  6. Develop a professional identity that internalizes the values, perspectives and philosophical components inherent in the art and science of nursing.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must meet the following admission requirements and will be evaluated on an individual basis:

  1. High school graduate or equivalent.
  2. If applying as a high school student: top 25% of high school graduation class or consent of nursing department.
  3. ACT composite score of 20 or above if applicant has graduated from high school within the past five years and has taken no college courses.
  4. Any developmental courses that are required as determined by placement scores.
  5. A 2.7 (C+) cumulative grade point average in college courses. Minimum of nine college level credit hours required if out of high school over five years or does not meet high school requirements.
  6. Completion of pre-admission test.
  7. Completion of Prospective Nursing Student Orientation.
  8. Physically able to provide client care.
  9. Transfer students are admitted into the ADN program on an individual basis. In addition to following transfer admission guidelines (see index), a transfer student intending to enroll in the ADN program must produce unofficial transcripts at their individual conference with nursing faculty and/or nursing advisor.
  10. Anatomy and physiology coursework must have been completed within five years of acceptance into the program.

Students should refer to ADN program booklet and student handbook for additional guidelines.

Students with chronic health problems or physical disabilities will be accepted unless the health problem or disability is such that the student would be unable to complete the objectives of the program. (See Technical Abilities Required by Health Care Programs for more information.)

For Licensed Practical Nurses who desire to apply for the ADN program, all admission requirements must be met.  There is not advanced standing placement.

All students must achieve grades of “B” or above in BIOL 145 and 146 and a “C” or above in all other required general education courses.

Required general education courses may be repeated until a “C” grade is earned but the student may have to drop out of nursing in order for the course to be properly sequenced in the nursing curriculum.

Students must achieve a grade of “C” or better in all nursing courses. If a lower grade is earned the course may be repeated once. If the student fails to earn a grade of “C” or better on the second attempt, they will be dismissed from the program. A second failure to earn a “C” in subsequent nursing courses, even though the first course may have been successfully repeated, is also grounds for dismissal.

Students returning to the nursing program after a period of absence will be evaluated on an individual basis as to both theory and clinical competencies before re-admission.

Non-nursing courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the nursing courses in the same level, unless permission is obtained from the Associate Degree Nursing Department to alter the plan.

Laboratory fees for nursing courses are assessed and are in addition to other College fees.

Students must successfully document and meet all health and background checks required by academic programs and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.

ADN 2018-2019 Admission Requirements (PDF)

APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM

Students are accepted for enrollment twice a year.  Applications are accepted in February for August start and September for January start.

Students wanting to be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing program need to complete an application.

ADN Application for Spring 2019 Admission (PDF)

  • All applications for Spring 2019 are due by September 28, 2018 with priority given to applications turned in by September 14, 2018.
  • To request transcripts that Black Hawk College has received from other colleges, submit the Nursing Transcript Request.
  • Take the HESI Test at the Testing Center at the Quad-Cities Campus.
  • Admission into the Associate Degree Nursing program is highly competitive. Not all eligible candidates will be able to be admitted regardless of the date of submission of their application.

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.

ACCREDITATION

The Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Student Achievement Data

BHC ADN graduates employed as a RN within 6 months of graduation:

Semester Spring 2016 Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Number of students 30 27 22
Percent employed within 6 months 86.6 % 81.5% 95.5%

 

BHC NCLEX – RN pass rate by year:

Year Completing Pass Percent
2017 53 48 91%
2016 51 46 90%
2015 57 52 91%

 

Program Completion: At least 85% of graduating students will complete the ADN program within 6 semesters.

Completion Semester % Completion within 6 Semesters
Fall 2015 100%
Spring 2016 95.5%
Fall 2016 96.30%
Spring 2017 100%
Fall 2017 100%

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

Pre-Requisite Courses

BIOL 145 Anatomy-Physiology I (4)
PHIL 100 Logic (3) or
MATH 108   Statistics for General Education (3)
MATH 110   Math for General Education (3)
MATH 112   College Algebra (4)
MATH 116   Trigonometry (3)
MATH 118   Precalculus (5)

First Semester (Level I)

BIOL 146 Anatomy-Physiology II (4)
NURS 112 Nursing Concepts I (10)
NURS 138 Intro to Professional Nursing (1)

Second Semester (Level II)

NURS 122A Psychosocial Nursing Concepts (5)
NURS 122B Physiological Nursing Concepts (5)
PSYC 200 Human Growth and Development (3)

Summer Semester

BIOL 261 Microbiology (4)
ENG 101 Composition I (3)

Third Semester (Level III)

NURS 216 Nursing Concepts III (10)
SOC 264 Social Psychology of Aging (3)

Fourth Semester (Level IV)

NURS 226 Nursing Concepts 4 (10)
NURS 230 Transition into Practice (1)

Completion of the Associate Degree Nursing program does not automatically guarantee a graduate the right to take the National Council Licensing Examination or to become licensed as a registered nurse. The student is bound by the Illinois Nursing Act. For more information, refer to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules – Administrative Code: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1312&ChapterID=24

Minimum total hours required for degree: 66