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Effective March 31, 2020, the Associate Degree in Nursing program at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, Illinois, is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.  This candidacy status expires on March 31, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 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)

ADN Application Process

Fall 2022 application details will be available September 2021

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

ADN Program Application | Documents to Review

Admissions Policy Statement

Acceptance Requirements

Admission Procedure

Health Screenings/Immunizations

Cost Sheet for ADN Program

ADN Curriculum Guide

TEAS Testing Schedule

Advisement Meeting Dates

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.

State Licensure or Certification Information

ArrowFor information on the specific states the institution has determined its Associate Degree in Nursing program curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification regardless of modality, please visit our Associate Degree in Nursing Licensure webpage.