The nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and 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. Associate Degree Nursing education prepares practitioners who provide direct care and meet complex health needs of individuals in community-based environments. The graduate of the Associate Degree program is prepared to make collaborative nursing assessments with other health care professionals, to act as a health educator and client advocate, and to provide leadership by making responsible, ethical decisions within the nursing profession. The ADN/RN program at DACC implements a multi-exit ladder approach in which the student may exit after the first level of nursing education with a Practical Nursing Certificate, qualified to write the licensure exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) OR the student can continue in the second level and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing/Registered Nursing. The purpose of the ladder associate degree nursing curriculum is to prepare qualified men and women to fulfill the current responsibilities of the Practical Nurse (Level I) and of the Registered Nurse (Level II).
Upon satisfactory completion of both levels of this curriculum the graduate is qualified to write the licensure exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Acceptance into the program is dependent upon qualifications and testing in addition to the College.
The nursing program at DACC has a great reputation for excellence and quality, including high pass rate on the national exams for licensure. In addition, students can work as nurses (LPN's) while completing an RN education. AND, the classes can be completed at community college costs - a fraction of the expense of a university or private college. For these reasons and many others, our graduates are readily employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians' offices, school, industries, and many other settings across the nation.
Angel Fellers, Healthcare Professions Office Assistant