Oakton Community College Nursing Program Review

Oakton Community College (OCC) serves over 46,000 students in Des Plaines and Skokie, Illinois. Students can enroll in over 80 different associate degree and certificate programs. The college was established in 1969 to serve students in Morton Grove. Oakton Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Nursing Degree Programs

Nursing programs at OCC are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Oakton Community College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Nursing AAS (Associate of Applied Science)

The Nursing program at OCC awards an AAS in Nursing, a type of ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing), which is a degree for nurses who desire to pursue a nursing career rather than a four –year nursing degree. The program requires 70 credit hours to earn the AAS degree. Students may normally complete the ADN program in 5 semesters, at which time they are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) may also pursue the ADN course and are in some cases eligible to enter in the second semester of the nursing program. Admission criteria for the program include an ACT score, National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Test, and successful completion of the BNAT (Basic Nursing Assistant Training) program among other academic requirements.

Oakton Community College Nursing Certificate Programs

Nursing Practice Review Certificate

The Nursing Practice Review Certificate program consists of one, 7 credit hour course to prepare RNs (Registered Nurses) with the clinical practicum experience and educational knowledge necessary to update their NCLEX-RN licensure. This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation “refresher” for RNs. The certificate program includes coursework, laboratory and clinical practicum experience.

BNAT (Basic Nursing Assistant Training) Program

The BNAT program prepares students to provide basic personal care needs to patients, particularly elder care. The BNAT program prepares graduates to work in healthcare settings including hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. The program can be completed in 8 credit hours and over the course of 10 or 16 weeks. In addition to the program, students must also complete a clinical practicum at a healthcare facility. Admission requirements include an interview with BNAT program staff, meeting college level scores on math, reading and speaking assessments and taking the BNAT assessment tests. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) testing to become a CNA in Illinois.

Oakton Community College Study Abroad Programs

OCC offers the opportunity for students to increase their employability and learn about other cultures through study abroad opportunities in various regions. Students can choose from programs in India, Costa Rica, England, Austria, Spain, China and Ireland among other places. Minimum requirements to study abroad include a 2.75 GPA, completion of one semester of coursework (12 credits) and completion of English 101. Scholarships are available for Oakton Community College study abroad programs.

Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016-1256

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