Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Website: acenursing.org 
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Lynn M. Rapata
Enrollment Services Specialist
Selective Admissions
Phone:  708-709-3515
Fax:  708-709-3951
lrapata@prairiestate.edu

Patrice Eberhardt, DNP, RN
Director of Nursing
(708) 709-3527
peberhardt@prairiestate.edu

Welcome to the Department of Nursing's Website. We hope that you will be able to navigate the site without problems. It is our wish as the Nursing Faculty you will join us soon in accomplishing your life's dream of serving humanity by becoming a Registered Professional Nurse.

Prairie State College Nursing Program has been granted full accreditation by ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, previously called the NLNAC) through the year 2021.

Nursing Program Outcomes
Graduate Success on NCLEX-RN Exam
2017 - 83%
2016 - 82%
2015 - 90%
2014 - 86%

Nursing Program Completion
CNA Completion Rate: 2018 - 85.5%, 2017 - 87.2, 2016 - 88.6%
Number formally admitted each year: 95
Number graduated: 2015 - 48, 2016 - 54, 2017- 46
Graduates Obtaining a Job: 2015 : 92%, 2016 - 96%

About Us
Prairie State College was established in 1957 as a comprehensive public community college representing Illinois Community College District 515. The first Associate of Applied Science in Nursing was awarded to students in 1966.

Prairie State College Nursing Program is a rigorous academic and professional education program preparing men and women for careers in nursing. As a graduate of the program, you will function as a practitioner of nursing in a variety of health care settings, providing and managing direct care through well-defined nursing practices. Our graduates have been praised as being caring, competent and dedicated to their profession.

Nursing, AAS
This program prepares students for careers in nursing. The program combines courses in general and nursing education with selected learning experiences in hospitals and health agencies. Graduates of the Associate in Applied Science degree program may apply to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

Please note: This program has special admissions requirements. Contact Enrollment Services to obtain a copy of the Nursing Information Booklet. (Starts fall only).

Prior to admission to the Nursing Program, students must complete NURS 100 Nurse Assistant Training (7) with a grade of C or better or demonstrate current status on the Illinois Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Registry. Credit earned for NURS 100 is not included in the 64 credit hours required for the Nursing A.A.S. degree.

Students also must complete BIOL 221 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the Nursing Program. Credits earned for BIOL 221 are included in the 64 credit hours required. Students are encouraged to complete as many general education courses as possible before enrolling in the Nursing Core Courses listed below in Section II.

Learning Objectives (as approved by ACEN)
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Organize the plan of care to encompass patient and family preferences as it relates to
    prioritization in the plan of care (Patient-Centered Care)

  2. Analyze the contributions of nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve quality patient
    care and improved outcomes (Teamwork and Collaboration)

  3. Devise a plan of care for patients based on EBP recommendations in the literature and
    patient/family preferences that promotes optimal health and improves patient outcomes
    (Evidence-based Practice - EBP)

  4. Analyze data related to patient care outcomes in order to evaluate and improve the quality
    and safety of nursing care and health care systems (Quality Improvement - QI)

  5. Prioritize a plan of care to prevent the risk of harm to patients and members of the health
    care team through both system effectiveness and individual performance (Safety)

  6. Correlate the use of information and technology with clinical reasoning skills to provide
    effective communication for safe, quality, patient care (Informatics)

  7. Plan patient care to align with the legal, ethical, and moral standards of the Nursing
    Profession (ANA Standards of Practice)

  8. Organize patient care through the roles of leader and manager (Leadership and
    Management)