We understand the importance of serving humanity through nursing, and we are here to support and guide you every step of the way. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, or a member of our faculty, we hope that you will find the resources and support you need to succeed.

About Us

About Us

Established in 1957, Prairie State College is a leading public community college in Illinois, serving as a part of Illinois Community College District 515. The college awarded its first Associate of Applied Science in Nursing in 1966.

The PSC Nursing Program offers a rigorous academic and professional education, preparing students for careers in nursing. Graduates become proficient practitioners, capable of delivering and overseeing direct care in diverse healthcare settings. Praised for their caring, competence, and dedication, our alumni are well-regarded in the field.
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Meeting State Education Requirements

The registered nursing program at Prairie State College meets the state education requirements for an entry-level nursing license in the state of Illinois. However, if you plan to practice in a different state, U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia, we encourage you to contact the appropriate licensing agency to ensure that our program meets their specific requirements. You can find links to the requirements for each state at the National Council for States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
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We are proud to announce that the Prairie State College Nursing Program has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) through the year 2029. This demonstrates our commitment to providing a high-quality nursing education that meets national standards.
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Pursue Your Dream

Whether you are just beginning your journey into nursing or are looking to advance your career, we are here to help you achieve your goals. We look forward to welcoming you to our nursing family and supporting you as you work towards becoming a professional registered nurse. Learn more

Nursing Program Outcomes


2021 - 78%
2020 - 81%
2019 - 84%
2018 - 96%
2017 - 83%
2016 - 82%
2015 - 90%
2014 - 86%

2021 - 100%
2020 - 100%
2019 - 93%
2018 - 92%
2017 - 92%
2016 - 96%

  • 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


Program Outcomes


Please note: This program has special admissions requirements. Please click here to view the Nursing Information booklet.

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), BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, and BIOL 211 Microbiology with a grade of C or better prior to admission to the Nursing Program. Credits earned for BIOL 221, BIOL 222, and BIOL 211 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.

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

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000 | Fax: (404) 975-5020
Website: acenursing.org 

Contact Us

Sistina Taele
Selective Admission Specialist
Selective Admissions
Phone:  708-709-3517
Google Voice: 708-232-0960
staele2@prairiestate.edu | Selective Admissions

Marie Hansel, DNP, RN
Interim Director of Nursing