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2016 Associate Degree in Nursing Students

Read more below about the nursing shortage and why your career as a nurse can begin today to make a great impact on the future of health care.

“The aging population and chronic disease are creating the perfect storm driving demand for nurses.”

-Atlantic Monthly


General Admissions Information

Fall 2016 admission:                                          

Admissions Criteria and Checklist

Information Sessions

Information about the Kaplan Nursing Entrance Exam can be found here.

An online/hybrid Nursing program may be available based on interest, please contact Donna Kauke at 815.599.3679 if interested.

Admission requirements for the online program differ slightly from the traditional program. Please call Donna Kauke at 815.599.3688 for more information

Any LPNs looking to apply for the RN program should contact Donna Kauke at 815.599.3688 or Jennifer Grobe at 815.599.3679 for more information.

Click on a Major to view printable requirements page.

Nursing (ADN) - ADN
Basic Nurse Assistant (BNA) - Certificate

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Nurse Assistant
The Highland certified nurse assistant program curriculum will prepare students to take the state certificate exam for nursing assistants. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may work as nursing assistants. The CNA program provides a foundation for all other nursing programs at HCC. Students learn valuable direct care skills. This certification program is offered every semester, including the summer session, at the main campus in Freeport. It is also offered at off-campus sites.

Associate Degree in Nursing
This (ADN) degree prepares students to take the the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the exam, the student is eligible to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN).

Students interested in completing a BSN should contact Heather Moore at 815.599.3483.

Nursing Administration and Advisor

Donna Kauke, NNP-BC, MSN, RN, Dean Health, Natural Science and Math, 815.599.3688

Jennifer Grobe, Coordinator, Nursing Program and Lab, 815.599.3679

Heather Moore, Nursing Program Student Advisor, 815.599.3483

Our Nursing Faculty:

Jessica Larson, MSN, RN, 815.599.3467

Christine Sanders, MSN,RN., 815.599.3439

Kay Sperry, MSN,RN., 815.599.3684
Chrislyn Senneff, MSN,RN, 815.599.3458
Laura Weter, MSN, RN, 815.599.3516

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities:
Carl D. Loescher Memorial Scholarship
Emmert and Florence Klaas Scholarship
Dr. and Mrs. Ozro Hill Scholarship
Dr. N.C. Phillips Scholarship
Louise A. Neyhart ADN Scholarship
Marion Byram Scholarship
Eduard Buss Natural Science and Health Scholarship

View all of our scholarships here.