Nursing & Allied Health
The Nursing and allied Health program offers many opportunities for individuals to have a rewarding career in the nursing field. The high demand for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nursing assistants, makes Spoon River College a great place to start your journey to a worthwhile career.
The SRC Nursing program features an option of completing a Practical Nursing certificate at the end of the first year, affording the individual eligibility to take the Practical Nursing licensing examination. The college also offers a Nursing Assistant course that is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in the health care field.
Certificates and Degrees
- Associate Degree in Nursing (eligible to take NCLEX-RX test)
- Practical Nurse Certificate (eligible to take NCLEX-PN test)
- Nurse Assistant Certificate (eligible to take state certificate exam)
Nature of Work
Nursing is a dynamic combination of art and science applied to meeting the health care needs of individuals and families in the communities in which we live. Nurses promote wellness, assist with the restoration and maintenance of health and provide comfort to the dying. Nurses primarily work in inpatient and outpatient departments of hospitals. Others work in physicians’ offices, nursing care facilities, government agencies, outpatient care centers and social assistance agencies, as well as in home healthcare, educational and employment agencies. This program is part of the Health Science Career Cluster.
- Nursing Assistant
- Practical Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Emergency Room Nurse
- Surgical Nurse
- Unit Nurse
- Nurse Manager
- Medical Office Nurse
High school students interested in applying to the nursing program should inquire at the guidance office of their high school. Math, biology and chemistry should be included in their studies as preparatory course work for the SRC nursing program and to meet its entrance requirements. Admission requirements for the nursing program includes the following:
- Graduation from high school or equivalent.
- Basic skills assessment – Take the college required battery of assessment tests. Must score 54 or better on algebra portion of the COMPASS test. Students who receive under the required scores of the tests will be required to complete Math 060 or an approved math course prior to entry into the nursing program.
- Chemistry – High School or College level chemistry with a grade of “C” or better within 5 years of enrollment into the nursing program, MAT 060 or higher.
- Biology – Must meet the prerequisites for BIO 200 and BIO 206 – High School Biology within the past five years, or BIO 101 or 105. Required Biology courses cannot have been completed more than 5 years prior to the beginning of the NUR courses.
- Take the pre-nursing NET (Nursing Entrance Test) test.
- A non-fingerprint background check, physical and immunizations, including a two-step TB test required prior to entry into the program.
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