DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College's associate degree nursing program is now accepting applications for admission for the spring 2014 semester.
The deadline to submit an application is Sept. 15.
Acceptance is dependent upon qualifications and testing in addition to admission to the college. Emphasis is being placed on enrollment of students who hold a current licensed practical nursing certification who are interested in completing the registered nursing education qualifications.
The program prepares practitioners to provide direct care and meet complex health needs of individuals in community-based environments. Graduates are prepared to make collaborative nursing assessments with other health care professionals, to act as health educators and client advocates and to provide leadership by making responsible, ethical decisions within the nursing profession.
Clinical laboratories include Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Illiana Healthcare System.
May 2012 graduates of DACC's licensed practical nursing program received a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination, according to a DACC news release. The release also said graduates in the college's registered nursing program had a 94 percent pass rate.
The national and state pass rate percentages are 84 percent and 85 percent for practical nursing graduates and 90 percent and 91 percent for registered nursing graduates. The data is based on candidates completing the licensure examination for the first time upon graduation from a nursing education program. During the past 10 years, the nursing program at DACC has consistently maintained a greater than 90th percentile passing rate on these licensure exams.
Locally, registered nurses earn between $48,000-$60,000 per year depending on job experience. Licensed practical nurses earn between $33,000-$44,000. According to the Illinois Career Information System, registered nursing professionals are in high demand locally and in the state and national markets.
Individuals interested in entering DACC's nursing education program should contact the health careers office at 443-8553.