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Elgin Community College has earned a reputation for its outstanding role as a community leader in nursing education and preparation for over 50 years. When you complete ECC’s Nursing Program, you have the opportunity to make a difference in your community every day. Nurses are at the forefront of patient health no matter which health condition. Nurses coordinate the work of complex medical teams and serve as a primary communication channel for a patient’s family and loved ones. ECC's nursing school offers two career choices: Basic Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurse.

Basic Nurse Assistant

Nurse assistants provide daily care to patients in the areas of vital signs, bathing, and personal care, assisting patients in and out of bed, helping bedridden patients maintain their range of motion, and caring for the patient’s overall environment. Successful nurse assistants have a blend of physical stamina and compassionate communication skills. The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program prepares you to take the State Competency Written Evaluation for certification, which is necessary for employment as a certified nurse assistant in various health care agencies. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Registered Nurse

A registered nurse’s career is complex, varied, demanding, and rewarding. Duties include collecting and maintaining accurate patient records, administering medicine and treatments, monitoring medical equipment, assisting with diagnostic tests, coordinating with doctors and other medical professionals, and teaching patients and families how to manage the patient’s condition. A successful nurse possesses substantial medical and clinical knowledge, has excellent communication and organizational abilities, and exhibits compassion and empathy for patients of all ages and types of illnesses. Opportunities for advancement are possible with additional training and education. Upon completion of an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree, you are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become a registered professional nurse (RN). Students with questions about legal requirements for Illinois nursing licensure should contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (888) 473-4858.

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The nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,

Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Certificate

Guided Transfer Pathway Available

Learn more about a plan ECC offers to guide you toward courses relevant to your interests and based on the requirements of certain 4-year institutions. See all Guided Transfer Options.