Admission Process & Requirements

Admissions Checklist


Persons interested in applying to the nursing program should contact the nursing office at one of the four colleges in the IECC District. The nursing office will provide prospective students with program information, an application, and a partial copy of the Illinois Nursing Act, which stipulates that a nursing license may be refused to persons who have been involved in a criminal offense, such as felony or misdemeanor, or unlawful sale of any drug, or alcohol/substance abuse. One convicted of a criminal offense is not automatically barred from licensure, but the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will take such convictions into consideration. Applicants will be asked to submit pre-admission documentation if concerns exist. 

Conduct and Health

In addition to meeting the nursing program requirements for admission, a student's conduct and health status must also meet the standards of the clinical agencies.

Application Deadline

NOTE: All applicants must attend a nursing information session prior to application submission.  Please contact the nursing program advisor at the college site for details regarding upcoming information sessions.

Completed applications must be received at the college site by February 15 for the Associate Degree Nursing Program to be ranked for the fall semester. Late applications will be accepted pending available space. 

A completed application consists of:

1) All official college and high school transcripts.

2) GED scores, if applicable.

3) A completed IECC application form .

4) An Associate Degree Nursing Program or Practical Nursing Certificate Program application.

5) TEAS® scores.

6) Government issued photo ID residency verification.

Applicants with completed files will be ranked using the composite score which is derived from their placement exam scores, GPA, science course grades and certified nurse assistant status. A minimum entry-level composite score is required.


Requirements (Prior to Acceptance into the Program)

A cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required to make application to the nursing program.  Grades of F in college level courses from institutions outside of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges may be eligible for a grade forgiveness process for ranking purposes for acceptance into the nursing program. This grade forgiveness would be done manually and only one time and would not affect the applicant's official cumulative grade point average. Contact the Program Advisor for the Nursing Program at the college site to determine eligibility.

Test of Academic Skills Version (TEAS®)
Applicants to the IECC Associate Degree Nursing or Practical Nursing Certificate programs must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS®) exam prior to the ranking deadline.  In order to to rank, the student must have an Adjusted Individual Test Score at the Proficient Level or higher.  The TEAS® exam may be taken up to two (2) times per ranking period.  Prior test scores may be used for ranking for admission consideration if the test was taken within 24 months of the ranking deadline.  If the prior exam was more than 24 months before the ranking deadline, a new test shall be required.  The cost of testing will be paid by the student.

Requirements (After Acceptance into the Program)

1) Return acceptance postcard within two (2) weeks of notification.

2) A physical examination and immunizations (due by assigned date).

3) CNA certification (see IECC catalog for guidelines).

4) CPR certification.

5) Satisfactory background check.

6) Evidence of completion of a study-skills course.

7) Negative drug screen.

NOTE: An unsatisfactory background check and/or positive drug screening test will negate program admission or result in administrative withdrawal.