Whether your plan is to take classes and transfer to a four-year university or enter one of our career programs designed to get you into the workforce right away, Rock Valley College has what you are looking for. Select from one of our more than 60 transfer areas or more than 30 career programs.
At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
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RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won seven national championships and we have had more than 100 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
The Associate Degree in Nursing is a combination of nursing and general education courses. In the nursing component, you’ll participate in formal classes, auto-tutorial laboratory practice, and clinical experience.
In addition to assigned preparation for class, the program requires maturity for self-pacing in the learning process. The nursing department recommends that students with outside responsibilities plan to complete the program in more than two years. In addition, effective interpersonal relationships with peers, patients, and other members of the health team are essential for success in the program.
Upon completion of the first nursing course, you will be qualified to work as a nurse’s aid in a variety of community settings. In addition to gaining valuable work experience, you will learn to manage your time and finances, and build your self-confidence. Upon demonstration of a commitment to nursing and successful completion of the program, you’ll be awarded the A.A.S. degree and will be eligible to apply for the State Board Examination to become a Registered Nurse.
All licensed Practical Nurses meeting Rock Valley College Nursing Department admission requirements may take the following proficiency exams: Fundamentals of Nursing, and Obstetrics and Pediatrics. Passing these exams is considered the equivalent of one year of nursing courses. Practical Nursing students may also qualify for our Bridge Program, which grants credit for previous nursing coursework.
Our two-year associate degree program is approved by the State of Illinois and the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
This is a good time to enter the nursing profession as well-trained nurses are in high demand across the country due to shortages in the industry. Upon graduation from RVC, you’ll find an abundance of employment opportunities in hospitals, home healthcare, nursing homes, physician’s offices, industrial plants, and pharmaceutical companies. Specific positions include staff nursing, management, critical care nursing, flight nursing, and home nursing. RVC offers career counseling and job placement services to all graduates throughout their lifetime.
You will learn from experienced faculty, including registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing.
As a nursing student, you should expect to spend up to 20 hours each week beyond class time in the Audio-tutorial Laboratory (ATL), completing class assignments using computer and audio aids. Located in Building F on the main campus, the Audio-tutorial Lab is open five days a week: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon. An experienced registered nurse is available on a full-time basis to provide tutoring, assistance, and guidance. Students are advised to check with the lab instructor for updates.
In addition to honing your skills in the ATL, you’ll also gain clinical experience during the eighth week of your first nursing course and throughout the nursing curriculum. You may work in any of the following hospitals:
In addition, you could be placed in selected community health agencies. In these settings, you’ll learn to care for mothers, babies, children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.
If you wish to receive credit by examination in nursing, you must meet the admissions requirements set for all students in nursing. Students will also abide by College procedures for credit by examination described in this catalog. The proficiency examination will be offered to students with previous nursing education. To earn credit for the nursing proficiency examination you must satisfactorily complete the next clinical nursing course in the Rock Valley College nursing curriculum.
You must earn a minimum grade of 'C' in each clinical nursing course.
You must show satisfactory clinical performance as determined by instructors in order to continue in the nursing program.
Transfer students will be individually evaluated and a placement examination may be given.