Richard J. Daley College Nursing Program Review

Over 11,000 students are enrolled at Richard J. Daley College, a 2-year college that belongs to the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) system. The college is ideal for students at all levels of their career, whether they want to learn a new trade or further develop skills to advance in their career.

In addition to nursing programs, students at can study Accounting, Physics, Languages and Biology at the college. Richard J. Daley College was founded in 1960 and originally named for William J. Bogan, a pioneer of vocational education and the namesake of the high school at which Richard J. Daley College’s first classes were held.

The college received its current name from Mayor Richard Daley who spearheaded development to build the current campus on Pulaski Road. Richard J. Daley College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Because of several partnerships with four year schools, students at Richard J. Daley College are not only able to transfer to four-year institutions, but may also be considered for scholarship opportunities upon transferring.

Nursing Degree Programs

The nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The program strives to prepare nurses who can serve patients of various backgrounds at all stages of life.

Richard J. Daley College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Nursing AAS (Associate in Applied Science)

The Nursing AAS program at Richard J. Daley College prepares students for a career in nursing by providing both theoretical and practical training for aspiring nurses. Students in the program will participate in class work as well as clinical training in Chicago and the surrounding area. Upon completion of the Nursing AAS program, nurses will be able to work in a variety of healthcare settings and also take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, (NCLEX-RN). The program can be completed in 69 credits (approximately 2 years). Admission to the nursing program is competitive and requires a separate application for the nursing program in addition to an application and acceptance to Richard J. Daley College. Upon completion of the program students receive an AAS, a type of ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) ideal for nurses pursuing a career rather than a BSN at a four-year college.

LPN Bridge Program

LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses), LPNs may advance through parts of the nursing program by passing a RN/Transition Bridge Course. Pre-requisites to the program include English, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics courses completed with a “C” or better and an LPN license. Students in this program began courses in what would be the 3rd semester of the traditional Nursing AAS program.

Richard J. Daley College Nursing Certificate Programs

Nursing Certificate (Basic)

The Nursing Certificate program at Richard J. Daley College is a Continuing Education Certificate (CEC) program for students interested in an entry-level nursing career. Students will study basic care methods as well as entry-level aspects of nursing. The student is prepared to work as a BNA (Basic Nurse Assistant; also called CNA, Certified Nurse Assistant). Upon completion of the course, students will take a certification exam to become a certified BNA in Illinois. Throughout the course students will prepare for the nursing profession by participating in class work, laboratory courses and clinical experiences in various healthcare settings. The program is 10 credit hours.

Richard J. Daley College
7500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60652

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