Registered Nursing (RN)

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000

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Quick facts about our program:

  • Begins each Fall semester
  • This is a two-semester program with courses during Fall and Spring
  • 30 applicants will be accepted annually
  • 10 at-large positions (*see the Admission Policy Statement below)

Associate Degree (RN) Nursing Pre-Nursing Student Information

Fall 2020 Associate Degree (RN) Application Packet

This has contact information if you have any questions, and the step by step process of preparing to apply for the nursing program.



Any applicant to the Southeastern Illinois College Associate Degree Nursing Program must follow the Admission Procedure approved for the Southeastern Illinois College Nursing Program.  (This procedure includes the admission procedure for Southeastern Illinois College.)


The original 30 seats will be ranked by TEAS scores, with preference given to in-district residents of Southeastern Illinois College District #533.  Each year, SIC will evaluate wait-listed and out of district applicants for additional at-large positions, potentially adding 10 students each to the PN and ADN programs.  If an at-large cohort is added, the ranking will be done by TEAS score without preference to in-district students.  Tuition rates for out of district students will be determined by the student's residency.  Employees of Southeastern Illinois College with staff/spouse/dependent waivers will be considered as in district for ranking purposes.  Proof of residency is required at the time of application to determine residency status and must be submitted no later than the deadline date for application to the program for ranking purposes.  Any change in residency after the application deadline will not result in a change in the acceptance list for that year.  An out-of-district student who establishes residency after the application deadline may reapply the following year as a resident of District #533.  Special Counties:  See College Handbook.



(Application Deadline is June 15):


1.  Complete the Admission criteria for new students through the Enrollment Services Office. (Students may be asked to reapply if a year has lapsed since the last class taken).
2.  Applicant must attend a scheduled advisement meeting regarding the ADN program (this is different from seeing your academic advisor/counselor for general college information & registration).  See the dates and times listed in the “Associate Degree Nursing Admission Packet.”
3.  Submit an application for the Associate Degree Nursing Program, by the application deadline.  This is also found in the "Associate Degree Nursing Admission Packet". 

4.  Register and take the ATI TEAS at SIC. Exam dates are by appointment, call 252-5400, ext. 2442.  The dates and times of upcoming TEAS tests can be found in the application packet.  Prior to taking the TEAS test make payment to the SIC Business Office of $65 for TEAS testing fee.  Make check or money order payable to Southeastern Illinois College.  No refunds.  The examinee must bring a receipt showing payment has been made for the test and a photo ID (driver's license, state ID, or SIC student ID).  Applicants are welcome to use the ATI TEAS study guide at SIC's Library or purchase their own through ATI testing or SIC's bookstore.  The TEAS scores will be used to rank admission to the program, and applicants must score 58.7% (420) or higher.  Applicants may take the exam a maximum of two times during the approved testing period, to improve their scores, if they so choose.  The highest score will be used for ranking.  If the applicant is transferring an ATI TEAS score taken at another college, the applicant is responsible for making arrangements with ATI for the transfer, as well as for all costs incurred with the transfer.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure those scores have been received by the Nursing Office by March 31.  The examination must be taken in time for scores to be received by the college prior to the deadline for the program. Those who are reapplying to the program must retake the TEAS exam for continuation.

5.  Complete all the required General Education pre-requisites for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Applicants have until the end of the 2020 summer semester to successfully complete the General Education requirements.  Please see the Assoiciate Degree Nursing Curriculum for the current pre-requisites.

6.   Applicant files will be evaluated and a ranking order of those with complete files will be done on or after the supporting documentation deadline.  A "complete file" means that the SIC application AND the application to the ADN Program are present.  Also, the transcripts, test scores, and documentation of advisement meeting attendance must be included.


The deadline date for completion of the application process is June 15, 2020.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all the information has been received (by Kelli Mahoney or the Nursing Office) prior to the June 15th deadline.  

7.   Provisional acceptance letters will be mailed to the top 30 qualified applicants for the traditional seats and the top 10 qualified applicants for the at-large seats from the Director of Nursing after June 15th.  The remaining qualified applicants will receive a waitlisted letter.  Those who get these letters should still complete all required pre-requisites for the program in case a slot is declined or opened.

8.   Final Acceptance Letters will be sent out after the grades for summer have been posted and recorded on all applicants. Information on what to do next will be included in this letter.

9.   A mandatory Orientation for those who receive a final acceptance letter into the Associate Degree Nursing Program will be held in August before the semester begins.  You will not be registered for any nursing classes until after orientation.  The final necessary steps for admission will be explained on that day.

The following things will need to be completed and turned into the Nursing Office on or before the first day of class:

a) Completed health screening (physical).  Be sure to make an appointment with your healthcare provider early enough so you don't fail to get the forms turned in on time. These forms are included with the provisional acceptance letters that go out after June 15th. There are links to them here if you were to need them.           (Health Screening Requirements and Health Screening Form)    (Do not get your physical before July 1)
b) Record of immunizations.  3-shot Hepatitis B series, 2 MMRs, Tdap (within 10 years), and Varicella.
c) Titer showing immunity to Rubella.
d) Documentation of two-step PPD started no earlier than July, and results of both steps.  2 step Mantoux required, or chest x-ray, or Quantiferon-TB Gold.
e) Proof of current personal health insurance coverage.
f) A copy of the student’s Healthcare Provider CPR certification.  This must be valid through the entire program, or you will need to renew early.
g) A criminal background check must be initiated.  Information will be handed out during the orientation on how to do this.  
If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact Kelli Mahoney at 618-252-5400 ext. 2302 or the Nursing Department at ext. 2331.



Associate Degree Nursing Program





Associate Degree Nursing education is a part of higher education and is established on generally accepted standards of community college education. The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Southeastern Illinois College originated as a member of the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) in 1975.  SICCM is comprised of Southeastern Illinois College, John A. Logan College, Shawnee College, Rend Lake College and the School of Technical Careers at Southern Illinois University.  At a later date, the Associate Degree Nursing Program of each of these campuses established separate identities at the respective community college campuses.  The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.  Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and schools.


The Mission, Vision, Institutional Goals, and Core Values of Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Associate Degree Nursing Program is consistent with SIC.  The associate degree nursing program at SIC exists to prepare future health care professionals to care for and connect with diverse populations through processes of human caring.  Faculty are committed to excellence in teaching through the use of evidence based practice, integration, application, teaching, and discovery.  A perspective of transpersonal caring will prepare students to provide holistic care across the lifespan to those they see.

The Mission, Vision, Institutional Goals, and Core Values of Southeastern Illinois College Associate Degree Nursing program ARE consistent WITH THOSE OF SIC.

In order to implement its mission, Southeastern Illinois College has adopted the following objectives:

  1. Promote admission policies and reasonable costs that facilitate enrollment of those who can benefit from educational and other services offered.
  2. Provide a wide range of student support services that reinforce the student’s academic, career, and personal development.
  3. Provide a general education program that creates a foundation for further study and enlightened citizenship.
  4. Provide the first two years of baccalaureate degree program in the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees that will enable students to transfer to four-year institutions.
  5. Provide vocational and technical programs and courses designed to prepare students for career entry, position upgrade and career advancement.
  6. Provide developmental and remedial courses, programs and support services for students with academic deficiencies.
  7. Provide educational opportunities, courses, and programs in basic education and adult secondary education.
  8. Provide educational and social opportunities for students to better understand the diversity of cultures and peoples in the local, national, and global communities.
  9. Provide continuing education and life-long learning opportunities for students and constituents to meet individual cultural and leisure-time interests.
  10. Work cooperatively with educational institutions, businesses, industries, health organizations, governmental agencies and other community entities to provide programs and services designed to promote the economic health and development of the region.
  11. Provide cultural, recreational and general interest events which enrich and enhance the lives of students and other residents of the community.



The philosophy of SIC associate degree nursing program reflects those of the faculty on person, health, environment, and nursing. 

We, the faculty, believe that every student is unique.  The student is acknowledged to be nurtured, treated equally, and respected.  Student learning should prepare each individual to the best of his or her ability.  The faculty prepares students to be exceptional entry level nurses in order for clients to obtain the best possible care.

We, the faculty, believe that health encompasses more than just one’s body.  Health also includes mind and spirit.  When one aspect of the person is ill, the whole person suffers.  The faculty trusts that students will be prepared to care for all components of health through the client’s lifespan.


We, the faculty, believe in cultivating and attaining an environment of caring.  A caring environment is achieved through sharing and demonstrating life experiences in a safe atmosphere.

We, the faculty, believe that nursing is not simply caring for the ill, but also caring for health clients.  Students are prepared to promote wellness through community wellness initiatives.  Nursing students are taught that promoting wellness enables them to help care for the ill.


Teaching/Learning Process

We believe that learning is a life-long process, which occurs in different ways at different rates and in a variety of settings.

The teaching/learning process is an interdependent, dynamic and continuous interaction between the teacher and students and includes:

  • The learner’s needs, interests, goals and objectives
  • Self-directed, logical learning which moves from simple to complex
  • Exercises in critical thinking and inquiry

Nursing Education at the Associate Degree level is best delivered in the community college setting and includes:

  • Acknowledgment of the student as a whole person with psychosocial growth potential
  • Dynamic and current nursing theories, concepts, practice and research
  • Development of professional and interpersonal relationships
  • Integration of the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor approaches to learning
  • Development of critical thinking skills and encourages student inquiry
  • Periodic evaluation of program competencies and objectives
  • Recognition of economics in health care delivery

We believe that nursing is an art and science that utilizes the Nursing Process to assist humans in the attainment of a high level of wellness and includes:

  • Respect for worth and dignity of the individual and family
  • Provision of care to meet basic human needs
  • The components of the Nursing Process to assist individual participation in health promotion, maintenance and restoration throughout the lifespan
  • Technology and accepted standards in delivering, documenting and managing care
  • Restoration and/or maintenance of health or support throughout the dying process
  • Health care delivery in a variety of settings

The Role of the Associate Degree Nurse includes:

  • The ability to provide comprehensive nursing care in diverse settings
  • The use of the Nursing Process as a basis to make decisions in the delivery of nursing care
  • Collaboration as a member of the discipline and participation on the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • The management and delegation of care to Licensed Practical Nurses and unlicensed assistive personnel

The Illinois Articulations Initiative defines nursing:

  1. As a provider of care, the graduate develops, implements, and evaluates individualized plans of care.  The graduate maintains effective communication and promotes participation of client, significant other, and health care team members in the plan of care.
  2. As a manager of client care, the graduate works with other health care personnel within the organizational structure to assess and set nursing care priorities for a group of clients.  The graduate delegates aspects of care to peers, licensed practical nurses and ancillary nursing personnel, consistent with their levels of education and expertise, in order to meet client needs.  The graduate works under the guidance and supervision of the baccalaureate, masters, or doctoral prepared nurse who assumes a leadership role in healthcare management.
  3. As a teacher, the graduate collaborates with the other healthcare team members to assess the need for information, develop goals, implement the teaching plan and evaluate and promote participation of client, significant other and health team members in the plan of care.
  4. As a researcher, under the guidance of masters of doctorally prepared nurses, the graduate participates in research conducted at the employing institution.  The graduate utilizes nursing research in nursing care.

As a member within the discipline of nursing, the graduate maintains accountability for care given and delegated, and assures adherence to quality and ethical and legal standards of care. The graduate recognizes the necessity for continued education in a society of rapid technological change and complex issues in health care delivery. The graduate strives for professional growth and involvement in activities to promote nursing practice.




The program of learning is based on the six overarching competencies outlined in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN):  (1) patient centered care; (2) teamwork and collaboration; (3) evidence-based practice; (4) quality improvement; (5) safety; (6) informatics.  Each course incorporates the knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to assure ongoing improvement in the quality and safety of care delivered in the clinical setting.  QSEN competencies are integrated with the National League for Nursing (NLN) competencies of Caring, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity, Ethics, and Patient Centeredness.
Southeastern Illinois College’s associate degree in nursing program utilizes the Neuman Systems model as a framework for the application of the QSEN competencies.  Use of this model allows the student to view every human being as a unique and total person characterized by five variables:  physiological, psychological, socio-cultural, spiritual, and developmental.  The patient is to be recognized as the most essential member of the interdisciplinary team and must be engaged in all steps of the care planning process.  Viewing the patient as a unique individual with autonomous collaboration with healthcare team members provides a foundation for delivery of patient-centered care.
QSEN’s definition of teamwork and collaboration is “Function effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.”  The Neuman Systems Model guides teamwork and collaboration by extending the nursing process to include multiple disciplines of care providing wholistic assessment of stressors, prioritization of goals, and appropriate plans of action. 
As students develop leadership knowledge and skills such as delegation and collaboration, they are presented with scenarios and clinical experiences to embrace a broader scope of the patient care environment.  Clinical partners recognize the value of engaging students in dialogues regarding policies, quality assurance initiatives, evidence-based research regarding quality improvement, and the collaborative efforts necessary to achieve excellent outcomes.  The establishment of partnerships with community healthcare facilities allows exposure of the student to healthcare environments and guidance as they develop their leadership expertise.  Enabling the students to observe and participate in decision-making aligns with the Institute of Medicine’s goal of 90% of decisions to be made at the bedside by the year 2020.
The acquisition of clinical competency and clinical reasoning necessitates exposure to the best available evidence in both formal and informal education.  Southeastern Illinois College's associate degree in nursing program strives to select course materials that emphasize empirical research and best practices.  QSEN's competency of Evidence-Based Practice will be integrated into all curricular areas to ensure quality instruction and to emphasize the importance of life-long reliance on research data relevant to modern nursing practices.

Informatics is an integral component of nursing care.  Southeastern Illinois College recognizes the need for exposure to provide experiences that foster confidence and competencies in the use of electronic health records.  Correct use of electronic media ensures effective communication and documentation that are essential for ensuring patient safety and assuring desirable outcomes in care.  Coordination of patient care, decision-making, use of safety systems, and use of information management tools are enhanced by a strong foundation in informatics.


Click here to see a complete curriculum guide.



Safety:  Apply safe, evidence based, holistic and competent nursing care.

Evidence-Based Practice:  Incorporate the nursing process with evidence-based practice to promote health, wellness, and disease prevention throughout the ifespan. 

Teamwork and Collaboration:  Communicate, and collaborate while participating as a member within the multidisciplinary health care team.

Quality and Improvement:  Deliver quality nursing care and maintain continued professional growth and development in leadership and management skills.

Patient Centered Care:  Apply critical reasoning to deliver client-centered care and client education to a culturally diverse society.

Informatics:  Utilize informatics for communication and collaboration within the interdisciplinary healthcare team.

Integrity: Demonstrate professional conduct based upon ethical and legal standards established in the 2018 Illinois Nurse Practice Act.


 Click here for an Associate Degree in Nursing Curriculum Guide.