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Associate Degree Nurse (AAS.ADN)

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is an intensive, two-year academic program that includes classroom, skills laboratory and clinical experience in various healthcare agencies. The student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree upon completion of the program and may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN, the graduate may apply for RN licensure. Completion of the ADN program does not guarantee RN licensure. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) may refuse to issue a license if a candidate has a criminal history. Please consult with the director of ADN program to avoid license application hindrances.

The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020.

Applicants seeking admission into the ADN program must have a completed nursing application file in the nursing department by February 1, or the preceding business day if February 1 falls on a weekend. Applicants will be notified in writing of acceptance/denial within six weeks following the deadline.

Download the ADN checklist from the website for the complete application procedure.

Admission Criteria

The following procedures and prerequisites must be satisfied before admission to the Lake Land College ADN program can be considered.

1. Complete an Intent to Enroll for Lake Land College and submit to Admissions & Records. (Note: acceptance to the college does not guarantee admission into the ADN program.)

2. Complete a Nursing Admission Application indicating interest in the Associate Degree Nursing program. These are available online.

3. Submit an official transcript from all colleges and/or nursing schools attended, to Admissions & Records. Request a transcript evaluation for AAS.ADN.

4. Complete pre-requisite, BIO 100 or equivalent college-level course with a grade of "C" or better.

5. Achieve satisfactory scores on the Lake Land College Placement test, SAT, or ACT to determine eligibility to take the HESI A2 Admissions Assessment exam. See ADN admission checklist for details.

6. Achieve a satisfactory score of 75 on the HESI A2 Admissions Assessment exam. If the exam is repeated the most recent score is used. To ensure complete application a satisfactory score must be obtained prior to the February 1 application deadline. Exam scores are valid for five years.

7. High school students who successfully complete Partnership for Career and College Success (PCCS) curriculum should consult with the director regarding enrollment requirements and procedures.

8. Co-requisite courses may be taken prior to or during the semester designated but not after. Co-requisite courses are only accepted with a "C" or better. Completion of science courses required in the ADN program must be within five years of the program application deadline, with the exception of BIO 100.

9. Licensed Practical Nurses may apply in writing to the Nursing Department for a waiver of ADN 040, ADN 042, ADN 053, BIO 100 and HED 102. See college website for LPN to ADN admissions checklist.

10. LPN applicants must complete all courses with a "C" or higher. Transition to ADN is required the semester prior to ADN 076.

11. State regulations require that qualified in-district residents must be accepted before any consideration can be given to out-of-district applicants. Admission is competitive and selective using an objective formula approved by the Nursing Department. Selection criteria includes the date on the Admission Application, academic achievement in prerequisite or co-requisite courses, and the HESI A2 Admissions Assessment score.


Acceptance is tentative upon completion/receipt of the following:

1. Completed Lake Land College ADN Program Physical Examination, proof of immunizations and current CPR certification. (Note: CPR and immunizations must remain current throughout the program).

2. Complete background check and drug screening.

3. Attend the nursing program orientation during the summer semester preceding ADN 040. Students will be contacted regarding orientation date.

4. Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00


In addition to tuition and fees, costs for nursing program include: textbooks, uniforms, supplies, physical examination and immunizations, background check, a drug screen, and transportation to hospital clinical experiences. Additional expenses upon completion of the program will include licensure application fees, NCLEX-RN test fees and RN license fees, upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit. Lake Land Partnerships

Download the ADN checklist for the complete application procedure.
Download the ADN Checklist—PCCS if you are an high school student in Health Occupations class or plan to pursue this class
Reactivation request/course waiver
Download the LPN-RN Checklist if you are currently an LPN

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ACEN Accreditation SeaAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

First Semester   Hours
PSY-279 Human Dev/Life Span  
BIO-225 Human Ana/Phys I
ADN-040 Nursing I
Second Semester
ADN-042 Nursing II +++ 
BIO-226 Human Ana/Phys II
HED-102 Nutrition  
ADN-053 Pharmacology I
Summer Term
BIO-235 Microbiology   OR
HED-290 Disease Processes  
First Semester   Hours
ADN-076 Nursing III
ENG-120 Composition I
ADN-074 Pharmacology II  
Second Semester
ADN-078 Nursing IV
ENG-121 Composition II OR
SPE-111 Intro to Speech Communication  
ADN-060 Nursing Seminar
ADN-075 Pharmacology III