Triton College Nursing Program Review

Set in a large suburb outside of Chicago, Triton College (TC) offers 2 year associate’s degrees and certificates for career-focused learning. In addition to study, students can pursue extracurricular programs in arts and athletics or take a trip to Chicago which is less than 15 miles away. Over 17,000 students are served annually at Triton College.

Triton College prides itself in taking a personal approach to each student’s success and providing small class sizes. Triton College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Triton College was founded in 1965 with the goal of providing affordable education opportunities to local students.

Nursing Programs

The associate’s degree nursing program at Triton College is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

Triton College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

Triton College offers various options for students who want to complete their ASN degree. Students without prior nursing experience apply to the general RN course. The ADN nursing program is completed in four semesters. Upon completion of the ADN program, students will receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), an ADN degree specifically for nurses pursuing a career as an ADN rather than a BSN. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

LPN to Associate Degree Upward Mobility

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs) who want to advance their education may do so in the LPN to Associate Degree Upward Mobility Program. In this option, LPNs enter the final two semesters of the ADN nursing program composed of 24 credits. Students may waive the program nursing course prerequisites if they meet certain standardized test requirements or have completed prerequisite courses with a “C” or better.

Triton College Nursing Certificate Programs

Nursing Assistant Certificate (CNA)

The Nurse Assistant program is a 7 credit, 165 hour program dedicated to training individuals to work as entry level nurse aides in various healthcare settings including the home, hospitals and centers dedicated to long-term care. Applicants for the program must be 16 years of age or older. A high school diploma or GED is not required for this program. Applicants to the nursing assistant certificate program must submit to a background check, have full command of the English language and score at an acceptable reading level on the college placement test for Triton College. Upon completion of the program, nurses are eligible to take the exam to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant.

LPN Exit Option

Students in the Associates Degree Nursing program have the option of earning a certificate in Practical Nursing as part of their program or earn the LPN alone through the LPN Exit Option. The nursing program requires students to complete the first two semesters of the nursing program. Upon completion of the program, nurses will receive a certificate and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN, the national certification exam for practical nurses.

Nursing Certificates

A variety of nursing certificates are offered through the Center for Health Professionals, which may advance the nurses’ career. Certificates have been available in the following areas in the past:

Certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Certificate in Gerontology

Certificate in End of Life Care

Certificate in Issues of Oxygenation

Certificates range in completion time from 15 to 44 hours.

Triton College Continuing Educate Programs

Triton College offers a variety of nursing continuing education programs and courses through the Center for Health Professionals. Courses are open to all healthcare professionals, including nurses. The schedule of continuing education nursing courses changes; past courses have included an RN Re-Entry Update, a course for RNs seeking re-certification or refresher of RN policies, Evaluation, and a CNA Instructor course. Seminars are also offered about certifications, such as becoming a Nurse Educator.

Triton College
2000 Fifth Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

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