Nursing

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.

Program Accreditation

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).

Admission Criteria

    Admission requirements for the nursing program includes the following:
  1. Graduation from high school or equivalent.
  2. Basic skills assessment – Take the college-required Accuplacer Test.
  3. 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.
  4. Take the pre-nursing test (ATI-TEAS).
  5. 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.
  6. 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
Nursing Application form (pdf)
Transcript Evaluation Request​
17-18 Nursing Admission Handbook
16-17 Pre-Testing Nursing Schedule
Pre-Testing
Hepatitis B Vaccination Waiver
Nursing Physical
17-18 Nursing Policy Handbook

#4 Ranked LPN Program in Illinois

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Faculty

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Tamatha Schleich
tamatha.schleich@src.edu

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Penny Cozart
penny.cozart@src.edu

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Penny Pollock
penny.pollock@src.edu

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Rebecca Sherwood
rebecca.sherwood@src.edu

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Judith Nolan
judith.nolan@src.edu

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Barb Strauch
barb.strauch@src.edu

Gainful Employment

Practical Nursing

Nursing Orientation Program

Orientation will take place the week prior to the start of fall semester classes. 

AAS Degree​​

Nursing Associate Degree: 61 Credit Hours
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR130Pharmacology2
NUR135Fundamentals of Nursing
7.5
ENG101Composition I3
BIO200Anatomy & Physiology I4
  16.5
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR143Nursing Through the Life Cycle I4
NUR144Nursing Through the Life Cycle II5
PSY130General Psychology3
BIO201Anatomy & Physiology II4
  16
Summer Semester Courses (not always required—see below) Credit Hrs.
NUR225**Nursing Transition: LPN to RN1.5
     
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR210Nursing Through the Life Cycle III4.5
NUR220Nursing Through the Life Cycle IV4.5
BIO206Principles of Microbiology4
  13
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR211Nursing Through the Life Cycle V4
NUR215Issues in Nursing2
NUR221Nursing Through the Life Cycle VI4
SOC100Introduction to Sociology3
COM103Speech Communication3
  16
**Required for LPNs admitted to the second year of Nursing program who have been out of school and have not just completed the first year of nursing.
    LPNs seeking advanced standing may qualify upon meeting the following:
  1. evidence of graduation from State approved PN program
  2. academic transcripts on file at SRC
  3. 2.0 gpa in required course work
  4. copy of current LPN license
  5. proof of CPR status for Health Care Provider
  6. completion of NLN-ACE testing with qualifying scores
  7. physical with immunizations, including a two-step TB test are required prior to entry into the program
  8. a non-fingerprint background check will be required after acceptance into the program

Certificates​​

Practical Nursing Certificate: 38.5 Credit Hours
Fall Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR130Pharmacology2
NUR135Fundamentals of Nursing
7.5
ENG101Composition I3
BIO200Anatomy & Physiology I4
  16.5
Spring Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR143Nursing Through the Life Cycle I4
NUR144Nursing Through the Life Cycle II5
PSY130General Psychology3
BIO201Anatomy & Physiology II4
  16
Summer Semester Courses Credit Hrs.
NUR145Nursing Through the Life Cycle PN6

Nursing Pre-Entrance Testing

Pre-Entrance Testing is currently available through Student Services. Group test dates are also available September - March through the Nursing Department. To register for a group test date, complete the Nursing Pre-Testing Form located at the bottom of this web page.

ATI-TEAS (no current nursing license) for Generic Nursing Students $58.00 fee

    Pre-test
  • It is preferred that TEAS testing is done as a group test (please refer to the schedule below). 
  • If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled group dates, testing can be done on a walk-in basis from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday in the Student Services Department at all four campus locations of Canton, Havana, Macomb and Rushville.
  • If you plan to test with the group, please register by filling out the below form.
    Test-day
  • You will be required to show ID and payment receipt from SRC Business Office prior to testing.
  • You are not allowed to have a calculator or cell phone in the testing room.
  • Testing may take 2½ hours to complete.

NLN-ACE I Test (have current IL PN license) for Advanced Standing Students $60.00 fee

    Pre-test
  • It is preferred that NLN-ACE I testing is done as a group test (please refer to the schedule below. 
  • If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled group dates, it can be done as a walk-in basis from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday in the Student Services Department at all four campus locations of Canton, Havana, Macomb and Rushville.
  • If you plan to test with the group, please register by filling out the below form.
    Test-day
  • You will be required to show ID and make payment with a debit/credit card prior to testing. The following cards are accepted:
    • American Express
    • VISA
    • MasterCard
    • Discover
  • You are not allowed to have a calculator or cell phone in the testing room.
  • Testing may take 3½ hours to complete.

 Nursing Pre-Testing Form