South Suburban College Nursing Program Review

South Suburban College (SSC) was founded in 1927 as Thornton Junior College. The college served as an extension of the local high school. Today, South Suburban College enrolls over 17,000 students annually. The college has a modern center for performing arts that hosts a variety of academic and cultural events from lectures to plays and comedy performances.

The main campus is located in South Holland. The University and College Center (UCC) and Business and Career Institute (BCI) are part of South Suburban College, with the UCC being located in Oak Forest. South Suburban College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Nursing Programs

LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) programs at South Suburban College are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). A total of four nursing programs are offered at South Suburban College.

South Suburban College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) Program

Students in the ADN program are prepared to work in a variety of nursing settings. Students are prepared for the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses, and also earn an AAS, a career oriented ADN, upon completion of the ADN program. As part of the admission process, students should take a college placement exam and as many required general education courses as possible. The ADN program is a full-time program with courses offered primarily in the daytime. Some courses are offered online, however, students are encouraged to work limited hours if necessary to maintain success and progression in the nursing program.

LPN to ADN Bridging Process

The LPN to ADN Bridging process prepares nurses to enter the ADN program by preparing LPNs with two semesters of transitional coursework. Upon completion of the nursing bridge courses, LPNs will receive credit for select nursing courses and begin the ADN program in the third semester. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, national certification exam for nurses. Students earn an Associate in Applied Science, an ADN for nurses who aspire to begin their careers rather than pursue four-year education.

South Suburban College Nursing Certificate Programs

Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program (BNATP)

The Basic Nursing Assistant Training program prepares nurses to take the state licensing exam for Nurse Assistants and for an entry level career in nursing serving alongside LPNs and RNs. The BNATP program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Coursework, laboratory work and a clinical experience practicum are all part of the Basic Nursing Assistant Program. The BNAP program can be completed in 6 credit hours.

Practical Nursing Program (PNU)

The practical nursing program prepares nurses to work alongside Registered Nurses (RNs) in a variety of healthcare settings. Students receive a diploma in practical nursing upon completion of the program and are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) upon completion of the program. Students interested in the Practical Nursing Program should complete a college placement exam, meet with an academic advisor, and have a nursing assistant certificate.

Nursing Faculty at South Suburban College

Nursing faculty members at South Suburban College come from a variety of backgrounds. Several faculty members hold graduate level qualifications. Areas of interest of nursing faculty at South Suburban College include Medical Surgery Nursing, Leadership and Education Administration.

South Suburban College
15800 South State Street
South Holland, Illinois 60473-1200

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