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Nursing. It’s almost synonymous with compassion. But there’s so much more to it than that.  

Nurses are challenged daily to think critically in a science-based, technical environment, providing expert care to help healthy people stay healthy and restore health for those who have been injured or ill.  Nurses advocate for patients' needs, be they physical, mental, or cultural and teach patients to care for themselves so that well-being will continue in the home.  Nurses are continually learning so they may keep their skills sharp in an ever-evolving field and contribute as members of a broad health care service team.  To say nurses care is true, but it is also an understatement.

Nursing is a field that reaps professional as well as personal rewards.  It is exciting and fulfilling and in demand, and we believe there is a place for you.

Registered Nurse - AAS Degree

The Associate in Applied Science - Nursing program at Heartland Community College located in Normal, Illinois is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta Georgia 30326; phone 404-975-5000; email:

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Applied Science - Nursing program is continuing accreditation.

Graduate Success Rates

Pass Rate
2020 85%
2019 97%
2018 100%


*Further information on HCC nursing pass rates (PDF)


Program Completion Rates

68% 62% 76%
64% 60% 74%
88% 66% 77%


Job Placement Rates

Graduate survey data results reflect the following job placement rates:

Placement Rate


2019 100%
2018 100%


Prepare to become an RN with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing

Important RN Deadlines

Application process begins. October 1
Application Deadline. March 1
Supporting documentation due. March 15
Applicants notified about admission. April 15

Apply for the ADN Nursing Program (Regular Admission) here.

LPN to ADN Program

If you are a LPN that would like to advance your nursing career consider the LPN to ADN Program.

Apply for the LPN to ADN Program here.

Nursing Assistant Certificate

The Nursing Assistant Certificate at Heartland Community College prepares individuals to function as nursing assistants in nursing homes, hospitals and private homes. Instruction focuses on basic nursing knowledge and skills required to care for individuals in a manner that respects their dignity. Students will learn a variety of skills, which require fine-motor coordination. Students must also be physically able to lift and transfer patients safely and correctly. Students must be able to lift, push, and pull a minimum of 50 pounds.

Learn more about the CNA Program

RN BSN Pathway

We're partnering with Illinois State University to provide you a seamless transition to earn your BSN degree. With this option, you can complete all required general education classes for your BSN at HCC with Heartland tuition rates.

How it works

  • Meet with an academic advisor to review HCC ADN program requirements.
  • Apply and be accepted into HCC’s ADN program.
  • Apply to the program while you're getting your ADN.
  • Finish the ADN program.
  • Complete the pathway's plan of study (PDF).

You'll earn your BSN with three years of coursework at HCC and one year of full time online courses at Illinois State.

Dual Enrollment

Beginning in Fall 2018, we will embark on another exciting partnership with Illinois State University, offering a dual enrollment program where students complete our ADN Program while also enrolled in the on-line BSN Program at ISU. We recommend this option for highly-motivated students who are committed to a rigorous program of full-time study.

How it works

  • Meet with an academic advisor to review HCC ADN Program requirements.
  • Complete all general education first year requirements (see plan of study (PDF)).
  • Apply and be accepted into HCC’s ADN Program.
  • Complete first year of the ADN Program.
  • Begin on-line BSN coursework while completing the second year of the ADN Program.
  • Take and pass NCLEX-RN licensure examination after graduating from HCC.
  • Complete BSN coursework.

Upon completion of your ADN, you will have partially finished much of your BSN coursework. This is a definite edge as you seek employment as a registered nurse.

Nursing Transfer Degrees

If you plan to complete the first two years of study leading to a bachelor's degree at Heartland and then transfer as a Nursing major to a four-year college or university in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Sciences (AS) transfer program is the path for you. Meet with an academic advisor for help with course selection.

Nursing Upcoming Events

  • We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.

    Day Time Room

    Please note:  Beginning October 4, 2021, some information meetings will be held in person on the Normal campus and some will be held virtually via Zoom.  Please look carefully at the meeting(s) that you are interested in.

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    Nursing Program

    Room ICB 1809

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    Work Ready Programs

    Room ICB 1706

    Monday, October 4, 2021

    5 pm

    EMT/Paramedic Programs

    Room NRC 1008

    Wednesday, October 6, 2021

    5 pm

    Radiography Program

    Room ICB 1813

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    5 pm

    Medical Assistant Program

    Room ICB 1806

    Thursday, October 7, 2021

    5 pm

    Physical Therapist Assistant Program

    Via Zoom.  Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.

    Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:

    EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at

    Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at

    Nursing - Please watch this brief informational video. Then contact Jennifer O'Connor at

    Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at

    Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at

    Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at

    * Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.

  • Students applying for the Nursing program must take the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). This test is only offered online.

    Study guides are available at or the Heartland Community College Library.

    Students may retake the ATI TEAS one time within an application cycle (October - March). The highest grade within the application period will be used for evaluation.

    TEAS scores are valid for a period of two application cycles.

    A minimum composite score of 58.7% or Proficient on the TEAS is required to be considered for admission to the program.

    Contact with any TEAS-related technical concerns or date/time conflicts.

Contact Nursing

ICB 2800
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8750
Fax: 309-268-7958
 Email Nursing


Monica Fuller

Administrative Assistant - Nursing
Office: ICB 2800
Phone: 309-268-8750
Fax: 309-268-7958


Amanda Garard

Coordinator of Admissions
Office:  CCB 1014
Phone: 309-268-8058