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Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program

The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program provides students with specialized training to acquire a basic knowledge of nursing theory and practice. Registered Nurses provide services to the community in a variety of capacities to deliver health care.

Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to take the National Council of Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This is a full time program.

General Admissions Information

The ADN Program admits students once a year, in the fall semester. Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program are required to submit admission materials and meet entrance requirements before an application will be issued or considered for review.

A standardized preadmission nursing entrance examination is also required for admission into the ADN Program. The examination is at the expense of the student.

Selection for admission is determined by an admission committee after evaluation of the applications. Admission to the College, completion of prerequisites to the program does not guarantee acceptance to the ADN Program. Admission to the program is competitive.

Students are encouraged to meet with a nursing counselor regularly as they complete preadmission requirements. Counseling appointments are made at 708-596-2000 ext. 2306. It is strongly recommended that nursing students complete all General Education (non nursing) courses before entering any program to maximize success. All nursing courses must also be completed with a grade of a “C” or better to progress through the program. Biology courses must be successfully completed within the last five years at the time of application to satisfy program requirements.

The ADN Program is challenging. It is strongly suggested that students carefully consider limiting the number of hours they work per week while enrolled. Students are required to provide their own transportation to classes and clinical sites. Clinical days and times are subject to change.

Mission and Philosophy

Mission of the South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program

The mission of the South Suburban College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program is framed from the mission of South Suburban College. The Nursing Program's mission is to offer nursing education to the diverse student body served by South Suburban College, prepare graduates for eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN® licensing examination, educate students to provide safe, quality, patient-centered nursing care in the current health care settings, and provide a nursing knowledge base for lifelong learning, either through continuing nursing education or formal baccalaureate or advanced degree programs. Curricula in the programs of study are designed and delivered in accordance with principles concurrent with the mission and goals of South Suburban Community College and consistent with the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Illinois.

Philosophy of the South Suburban College Nursing Program

Jean Watson (1989), in her philosophy and science of caring, wrote that caring must be central to nursing practice to preserve human dignity and humanity. As a moral ideal, nursing practice is based on humanistic or altruistic values in the development of a helping-trust relationship between the nurse and the client.


This program is approved by:

State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
320 W. Washington
Springfield, IL 62786
1-217-785-0800 /

Pre-Application Process

Prior to receiving an application to the ADN Program the student is required to:

  • Submit a South Suburban College application to Admissions, utilizing the NUR.AAS.PREQ academic code.
  • Forward official high school or High School Equivalency (HSE) and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.
  • Complete the college placement test prior to meeting with a counselor.
  • Complete required college preparatory classes as indicated by the college placement test.
  • Meet with a nursing counselor (708-596-2000 ext. 2306) for assistance in academic planning.
  • Complete criminal background check and drug screen. Any student that has received a positive result on the criminal background and /or drug screen will not be eligible to receive an application.
  • Provide evidence of nursing assistant certification from a State Department of Public Health Nurse Aid Registry or a current active practical nursing license with no disciplinary actions.
  • Demonstrate a minimum math competency equivalent to Essential Intermediate Algebra (MTH 097) or higher to fulfill the AAS degree requirement (minimum grade of “C”).
  • Complete the following admission requirements:

Prerequisites Credits

ADN Admission Requirements Credits
  Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate Needed - non-credit/ no escrow  
ENG 101 Composition and Rhetoric
(minimum grade of "B" or better)
BIO 185 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
(Biology must be completed with a “B” or better within the last 5 years to be eligible for admission to the nursing programs at the time of application.)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
(minimum grade of "B" or better)
HIT 103 Medical Terminology "Formally MDR"
(minimum grade of "B" or better)
MTH 097 or equivalent Essential Intermediate Algebra
(minimum grade of "C" or better)
* non-college level course
Admission Requirements Total: 13

Students must order their background checks and drug screens through Certified Background. The results are posted to their website in a secure, tamper-proof environment where the student as well as the dean can view the results.

To order a background check and drug screen:

  1. Go to
  2. In the "place order" box, enter the package code "s044) and click go.
  3. Follow instructions and fill out the information needed.
  4. You must print the order confirmation page and bring it to the Nursing Office (Room 4120) to pick up a drug screen form. At that time, the student will receive information about which laboratory to go to for urine drug screening.
Application Process

The applicant is required to:

  • Obtain an ADN application from the Nursing Department. Applications will be available.
  • Submit a completed ADN application with attachments to the Nursing Department.
    • Applicants may begin the background process starting February 3, 2014.
    • All information must be on file by May 16, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2013 admission.
    • Applicants who submit their application after the deadline (May 16, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.) will not be considered for Fall 2014.
  • Obtain a permit to register for the standardized preadmission nursing entrance examination from the Nursing Department when the application is submitted. Applicants must test on one of the established testing dates. Preadmission nursing examination is at the student's expense.
Acceptance Process

The Admissions Committee reviews all applications to the ADN program.

Acceptance to the program is based on:

  • Completion of placement test and required college preparatory classes.
  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • A minimum grade of “B” for preadmission courses with the exception of MTH 097 or its equivalent (minimum grade of “C”).
  • Satisfactory performance on standardized preadmission nursing examination-at the expense of the student:
    • Grammar - minimum score of 60
    • Biology - minimum score of 50
    • Math - minimum score of 70
    • Reading Comprehension - minimum score of 70
    • Anatomy & Physiology - score of 30
  • Repetition of courses - prerequisites and/or general education coursework may be repeated twice for a total of (3) three enrollments in a course without exception.

All students will be notified in writing of their admission status by July 1, 2014 for fall admissions. Students accepted into the program are required to attend an orientation prior to the first day of scheduled class. The orientation dates will be announced in the acceptance letter. Failure to attend the orientation shall result in the student being dropped from the program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Illinois Center for Nursing

Contact Mary Long at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2512.

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