Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Nursing Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What the difference between DACC's ADN and a BSN at Lakeview or ISU?

  • The main difference is the number of credit hours, time and type of degree. ADN programs have a minimum of 60 credits, whereas BSN programs have a minimum of 120 credits. DACC’s ADN program is typically 2 years. Lakeview’s BSN or ISU’s BSN program is a 4 year program.
  • No matter if students obtain the ADN or BSN, students pay and take the same RN- NCLEX for licensure.
  • Nurses with an ADN are able to enter the workforce sooner than BSN, therefore addressing the nursing shortage. New RN’s can continue onto RN-to-BSN completion programs as working RN’s. Often the health care facility will support tuition reimbursement.
  • Cost at DACC is a fraction of cost at Lakeview. See tuition and fees tab.

How many students does DACC accept every semester?

  • We accept 32 Level 1 students every Fall and 32 Level 1 students every other Spring (on even years).
  • We accept Level 2 students on a space available basis every Fall and every other Spring (on odd years).
  • Fall of 2017 DACC is offering a part time LPN-to-RN option. We will accept 16 for this specialty cohort.

What classes do I need to take to get accepted?

  • The selection process is based strictly on points, so the more points one has, the better the chance of securing a spot. See Level I or Level II application.
  • As a result, it is highly recommended students complete BIOL 102, BIO 136, BIO 137, and BIO 140 with an A or B to be competitive for selection into the Nursing Program.

How many points do I need for the points system?

  • This varies by semester based on the applicants. Because admission is competitive, no minimum exists. However, typically applicants with 10 points or greater are very competitive.

What prerequisites are required for DACC's nursing program?

  • The only actual prerequisite is a score of Proficient or higher on the ATI TEAS test. See the ATI TEAS information on Level I application information.
  • We do not have academic prerequisites that are required prior to taking our nursing courses but do have required and recommended general education courses students are strongly recommended take prior to applying for the program since admittance is competitive.
  • Required general education courses may be taken anytime during the program, however it is strongly recommended to complete them prior to beginning the nursing classes.

Do you have an LPN to RN Bridge program?

  • Yes! Fall of 2017 DACC is offering a part time LPN-to-RN option. We will accept 16 for this specialty cohort.
  • We will continue to accept LPN Level II applicants for the full time, two semester program, on a space available basis.

Can I get a job out of state with DACC's ADN?

  • Absolutely! All DACC Nursing Program graduates are eligible to take the RN-NCLEX. This national RN exam is recognized by all 50 states. A valid RN license in Illinois will have reciprocity with all states in the USA. Our graduates can test in the state of their choice.
  • DACC’s nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). “Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality” (ACEN, 2015, p. 1).

What CPR do I need for DACC's Nursing?

  • Copy of current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card or American Red Cross CPR card. No other cards are accepted.

Will I need to get my BSN to get a job?

  • No! The DACC nursing program traditionally has a 100% job placement. Nurses with an ADN may seek their BSN while still employed.
  • Many hospitals offer tuition reimbursement who employed nurses. The ANA-Illinois goal is to increase to an 80% BSN educated nursing workforce by 2020. Research has shown an increase in patient safety and positive outcomes for patients cared for by nurses prepared with a BSN. Many hospitals are requiring students obtain their BSN within 5 years as a condition of employment to meet the Institute of Medicine recommendation of 80% of all nurses will have a BSN by 2020 (Institute of Medicine, 2011).
  • DACC has affiliation agreements with several RN-to-BSN completion programs to assist with a seamless transition from ADN to BSN.
  • DACC ADN nurses have demonstrated superior clinical and bedside skills when compared to BSN graduates. This ideal combination is the clinical skills of the DACC ADN graduate with the leadership skill of the RN-to-BSN completion graduate.

If I complete DACC's ADN, will my classes transfer for a Bachelor's Degree?

  • Absolutely! DACC has formal and informal articulation agreements with various colleges and universities.
  • Throughout the semester, RN-BSN programs will be available to discuss with students the options.
  • Students planning to transition on, should investigate what classes may be needed for transfer as different colleges and universities have different requirements.
  • Depending on the college or university, a BSN may be obtained in 18 months!

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