Nursing Level 1 Certificate

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The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  It is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and approved by the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

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Danville Area Community College associate degree in nursing program is dedicated to providing nursing education using a variety of affordable and accessible delivery methods to a diverse population. The program’s goal is to prepare graduates to practice safe, entry level professional nursing and to have a desire for lifelong learning.

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The Danville Junior College School of Practical Nursing opened on September 22, 1963, at Washington Public School as part of the vocational Education Program of District #118. Funds for the Program were provided under the Federal Manpower Training Act of 1962.

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Level I Nursing Certificate

The Level I nursing program prepares students to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to provide safe, quality care under delegation in hospitals and ambulatory care settings. The program provides a variety of learning experiences, including classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Graduates are eligible to take the licensure exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) and obtain state licensure. This program is a highly selective program and acceptance is dependent upon a minimum GPA of 2.5 and an admission criteria point system. Students will need to complete the required general education before applying. MATH 115 may be taken during the summer semester between Level I and Level II.

Transfer credit for non-nursing courses and placement exam credit will be evaluated on an individual basis. Transfer courses must be completed with a “C” or higher to qualify for credit towards certificate. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Students must have an American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Providers CPR certification before Level 1 coursework begins. Students who successfully complete Level I automatically transition into Level II. See AAS Nursing. Students also must complete the ATI TEAS test prior to admission with a proficient or better score along with an English score of 50 or better.

Students must meet all pre-application admission criteria except for MATH 115.

Pre-requisite Courses HOURS F,S,I,SU GRADE
BIOL 136 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 F    
ENGL 101 Rhetoric I 3 F    
BIOL 137 Anatomy & Physiology II 4   S  
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology 3 F    
BIOL 140 Microbiology 4   S  
Total 18 10 8  

*may be taken during the summer semester between Level I and Level II

Level One First Semester      
NURS 192 Concepts of Nursing 12    
Total 12    
Level One Second Semester      
NURS 194 Adult Nursing 8    
NURS 195 Maternal-Child Health Nursing 4    
Total 12    
Total Hours 24    

In addition to the pre-requisites listed on page 1, it is recommended that students also complete BIOL 102 Principles of Biology; BOFF 140 Medical Terminology; HITT 115 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology; HLTH 102 First Aid/CPR; and HLTH 130 Nutrition.