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DACC December 2021 nursing program graduates. Pictured from left to right are: bottom row: Jody Lambert, Georgetown, IL, Holly Jones, Rankin, IL, Marte Sarol, Champaign, IL, Cheraline Frye, Savoy, IL, Ashtin Atkinson, Oakwood, IL, Mariah Davis, Danville, IL; middle row: Kayla Burks, Westville, IL, Rebecca Curtis, Champaign, IL, Clinique Carmon, Champaign, IL, Amanda Strawser, Covington, IN, Allison Jarrett, Urbana, IL; top row: Robert Elliott, Hume, IL, Marissa Curry, Rantoul, IL, Alexis Sims, Hoopeston, IL, Beth Kuntz, Rankin, IL, and Nate Moreman, Danville, IL. Not pictured: Karina Friend, Champaign, IL.

A nursing recognition ceremony took place December 16, 2021 in the Mary Miller Center Gymnasium at Danville Area Community College. Fifteen students graduated in this ceremony.

The Associate Degree Nurse (ADN) is an entry level practitioner and is competent to practice as a direct caregiver in a variety of health care settings which include diverse patient populations. ADN graduates are employed in a health care delivery system that continues to grow and change. As noted in our Mission Statement, the nursing program has an overall goal of preparing graduates who practice safe, entry level professional nursing with a desire for lifelong learning. Therefore, ADN graduates may go on to pursue bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees in preparation for advanced levels of practice. The ADN/RN program at DACC implements a multi-exit ladder approach in which the student may exit after the first level of nursing education with a Practical Nursing Certificate, qualified to write the licensure exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) OR the student can continue in the second level and earn an Associate Degree in Nursing/Registered Nursing. The purpose of the ladder associate degree nursing curriculum is to prepare qualified graduates to fulfill the current responsibilities of the Practical Nurse (Level I) and of the Registered Nurse (Level II).

The nursing program at DACC has a great reputation for excellence and quality, including high pass rate on the national exams for licensure. In addition, students can work as nurses (LPN’s) while completing an RN education. AND, the classes can be completed at community college costs — a fraction of the expense of a university or private college. For these reasons and many others, our graduates are readily employed in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, school, industries, and many other settings across the nation.

DACC has several affiliation agreements that allow the DACC graduates to continue their BSN and MSN education while receiving credit for their ADN degree.

Susan Koss, MSN, RN is the Director of Nursing Education at DACC. For more information on DACC’s nursing program please call 217-443-8553 or email nursing@dacc.edu. https://www.dacc.edu/depts/nursing

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