Illinois Eastern Community Colleges/Olney Central College Nursing Program
Welcome to our nursing website! As the Associate Dean for Nursing and Allied Health, it is my pleasure to say welcome and encourage you to access our site and see what we have to offer. Nursing is a dynamic and highly sought after profession. There is a shortage of qualified nurses in our communities and our goal as a program is to take our students and facilitate their learning process in obtaining the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the professional registered nurse. Our graduates are highly sought after and do well in their chosen career.
The IECC-OCC Associate Degree Nursing program is offered at Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College. Our hope is that you are able to obtain your degree at a site that fits your needs and prepares you for a future in nursing in a setting that is right for you. We are hometown and family oriented and provide a learning experience close to home.
Our program’s vision is to be committed to excellence in education through innovative teaching and collaboration with the communities we serve. We value and will promote ethical integrity, holistic caring, collaboration, excellence, personal and professional development, and respect of diversity as we facilitate students as members of the profession of nursing and citizens of the broader community. Our values are a reflection of the culture and character of the program and guide us in achieving our vision. In conjunction with our vision, our mission in the nursing program is to provide exceptional educational opportunities for qualified persons to enter the profession of nursing. Our mission is achieved by providing a quality, balanced curriculum of general education and nursing courses by highly qualified faculty and staff. We would love to have you be a part of this mission.
As a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing and approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, we strive to ensure that you are given the best opportunity to achieve your goal of becoming a nurse. As you consider this journey, I encourage you to contact one of our program advisors to ask about information on our program and opportunities as a professional nurse.
Best wishes as you consider becoming a nurse!
Theresa Marcotte, MSN, RN
Associate Dean of Nursing and Allied Health
IECC-OCC Associate Degree Nursing Program
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), which is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404/975-5000, website: www.acenursing.org The Associate Degree Nursing Program is offered at all four colleges in the IECC District (Frontier Community College, Lincoln Trail College, Olney Central College, and Wabash Valley College).
Practical Nursing Certificate
The Practical Nursing Certificate is offered through a summer “exit” course between the first and second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, www.idfpr.com. Students wishing to sit for the practical nurse licensing exam are required to successfully complete this summer option. This does not require exiting the Associate Degree Program, it just provides another option to add to your educational experience. Please see catalog or contact a Program Advisor for more information.