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Part-time Nursing

This (ADN) degree prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the exam, you are eligible to become licensed as a registered nurse (RN). We understand that life can difficult between class, clinicals, exams, and your full-time work schedule which is why Highland offers this part-time version of its nursing program.

Career Field

Positions are available to RNs in long-term care facilities, home health, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and clinics nationwide. Nurses are encouraged to continue their formal nursing education by going on for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree after graduating from Highland.

You should check with a student advisor or the Nursing and Allied Health Coordinator for more information regarding transfer to other institutions and what requirements may be needed before a transfer is possible.

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by the nurse or student nurse to successfully perform the essential functions of both the job requirements of a nurse and the required clinical experiences of a student nurse. While performing the duties of the nursing program/job, you are regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; talk; and hear. You are frequently required to sit, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl. You must regularly move up to ten pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds or more.

Part-time Nursing Program Admission Criteria

Learn more about the application process, see all requirements, and get a printable checklist.

Prerequisite and Support Courses


Priority admission will be granted to students with all support courses completed prior to admission.

  • BIOL 213 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 sem. hours)
  • ENGL 121 – Rhetoric and Composition I (3 sem. hours)
  • PSY 161 – Intro to Psychology (3 sem. hours)
  • CHEM 120 – Elementary General Chemistry (4 sem. hours)
  • Math placement test results indicating no math course under MATH 090 are needed or completion of the remedial math courses.

Support Courses

  • BIOL 214 – Anatomy and Physiology II (4 sem. hours)
  • BIOL 211 – Microbiology (4 sem. hours)
  • PSY 262 – Human Growth and Development (3 sem. hours)

Core Curriculum 48 Credit Hours

Spring 2020Fundamentals (NURS 191)
Physical Assessment (NURS 296)
*Anatomy & Physiology II (BIOL 214)
Summer 2020Pharmacology (NURS 103)2
Fall 2020Health & Illness I (NURS 192)8
Spring 2021Family Nursing (NURS 291)
*Human Growth & Development (PSY 262)
Summer 2021Psychiatric Nursing (NURS 293)5
Fall 2021Health & Illness II (NURS 292)8
Spring 2022Health & Illness III (NURS 294)
Leadership (NURS 298)
*Microbiology (BIOL 211)
*Must be completed by the end of the semester they are listed

Information Sessions

Applicants are required to attend an information session in order to receive an application to apply.

Students must call the Nursing and Allied Health Coordinator at 815-599-3679 to register for an information session.

Part-Time Nursing Informational Sessions

Sessions will be held in the N-165 Teaching Lab

Kaplan Testing

Anyone entering the full or part-time nursing program is required to take an entrance exam. View more information about the Kaplan test, including a breakdown of questions and scores and registration details.


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Program Contacts

Dr. Stephanie Eymann, DNP, RN, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, 815-599-3439
Alicia Kepner CMA, AAMA Coordinator, Nursing Program and Lab, 815-599-3657
Jessica Larson, MSN, RN, 815-599-3467
Kay Sperry, DNP, MSN, RN-BC 815-599-3684
Chrislyn Senneff, MSN,RN, 815-599-3458
Shelly Morgan, MSN, RN 815-599-3727
Jessica Schneiderman, MSN, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K