3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
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.
The registered nursing program at Prairie State College meets the state education requirements for an entry-level nursing license in the state of Illinois. Prairie State College has not determined if the registered nursing program at Prairie State College meets the state education requirements in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia.
Students considering a program of study that leads to professional licensure, endorsement, or certification in Nursing should contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you plan to be licensed prior to enrollment at Prairie State College to ensure the coursework meets that state's requirements. Links to the requirements for each state can be found at the National Council for States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
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 2029.
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.
- Number formally admitted each year: 88
- Number graduated 2022: 49
- Number graduated 2021: 42
- Number graduated 2020: 57
- Number graduated 2019: 50
- Number graduated: 2018: 45
- Number graduated: 2017: 46
- Number graduated: 2016: 54
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.
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:
- Organize the plan of care to encompass patient and family preferences as it relates
prioritization in the plan of care (Patient-Centered Care)
- Analyze the contributions of nursing and interdisciplinary teams to achieve quality
care and improved outcomes (Teamwork and Collaboration)
- Devise a plan of care for patients based on EBP recommendations in the literature
patient/family preferences that promotes optimal health and improves patient outcomes
(Evidence-based Practice - EBP)
- Analyze data related to patient care outcomes in order to evaluate and improve the
and safety of nursing care and health care systems (Quality Improvement - QI)
- Prioritize a plan of care to prevent the risk of harm to patients and members of the
care team through both system effectiveness and individual performance (Safety)
- Correlate the use of information and technology with clinical reasoning skills to
effective communication for safe, quality, patient care (Informatics)
- Plan patient care to align with the legal, ethical, and moral standards of the Nursing
Profession (ANA Standards of Practice)
- Organize patient care through the roles of leader and manager (Leadership and