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Harper College admitted its first nursing class in 1967 and has held accreditation since 1981. The RN program is approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • Nursing is one of the top 10 occupations in demand.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow through 2020, at a faster than average rate of 20-28%.
  • In 2010, the median annual wage of registered nurses (RN) was $64,690; Licensed practical nurses (PNC) median annual wage was $40,380, and certified nursing assistants (CNA) averaged $24,010 per year.

Prepare for immediate entry into this career field.

The Harper College Nursing program prepares students to provide quality care for clients across their life spans in a variety of health care settings.

The Certified Nursing Assistant Program is six-credit hour program that includes theory, lab and clinical experiences. This program can be completed in one semester. Upon completion of this program, graduates are eligible to sit for the Illinois Department of Public Health Nurse Aide Competency examination. Consistent with the passing of this exam, the candidate's name is entered on the State of Illinois Health Care Worker Registry. The Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Review CNA program and policy information.

The Practical Nursing Program is a 37-credit hour certificate program that includes theory and clinical experiences. This program can be completed in one year. Upon completion of the program,graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN). Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program.

An associate in applied science degree in nursing is awarded at the completion of the two-year academic sequence. Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-RN examination and to apply for Illinois licensure as a registered nurse. If you are interested in the degree program you may benefit by attending a Nursing Information Meeting.

This program has selective admission requirements. Review the steps to prepare for application to this limited enrollment program.

Complete your RN at Harper College. Then, earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Classes are held at Harper's Palatine campus.

Faculty members regularly engage in professional development opportunities and continued education to provide cutting-edge teaching methods and clinical information.

With input from an advisory board of leaders from local community agencies, the Harper College Nursing Program faculty members work together to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required to meet the current and future needs of our patients.

Harper's state-of-the-art laboratories include a variety of equipment and media to support your ability to meet the objectives of the Nursing Program.

Employment of Harper College career program graduates as well as graduate pass rates on licensure, certification and/or credentialing exams.

Harper Career Paths