This program qualifies for up to $8,000 in tuition assistance.
The nursing program at Moraine Valley is a two-year special admission program, licensed by the State of Illinois, starts in either the fall or spring of each year. Depending on the individual student’s academic level and preparation, it takes a total of five semesters (excluding summers) to complete. This includes all prerequisites. Our fully accredited nursing program uses cutting-edge technology, including in-class, high-fidelity simulations; hybrid and online courses; and clinical experiences in hospital and community-based settings throughout our district and the Chicago area. Ninety percent of our graduates work immediately after graduation.
Clinical experiences are conducted on-site at a variety of hospitals during the day, evenings and weekends. Due to the rigorous nature of the program, a full-time job is not recommended.
A.D.N. rules and regulations for specific information related to the program are discussed in detail during the mandatory program orientation for admitted students and is electronically available to all nursing students.
Graduates from the ADN program, which is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, are eligible to take the licensing examination for Professional Registered Nurses (RN).
Nursing is a career that is both in high demand and rewarding. In our program, you learn to deliver nursing care to people of all ages using principles of the biological, physical and behavioral sciences. You study how to assess the needs of patients as well as how to make judgments in planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate nursing care.
Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.
Moraine Valley Community College’s Nursing program has a selective and competitive admission process.
Once admitted, students need to successfully complete four semesters of nursing courses and the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to receive the Registered Nurse (RN) licensing.
The first step is to enroll at Moraine Valley. We recommend students talk to an academic advisor to discuss the admission requirements and application process for the program and develop an educational plan. If you completed college credit at another college or university, please bring transcripts with you. Please note that incomplete applications will NOT be accepted.
Mandatory orientation for the RN and LPN to RN students admitted into the program for the Fall 2019 semester is scheduled for Thursday, July 18, 2019. This is an all-day event.
Next, complete the Nursing Application Form. Below, you will find details on basic requirements and documents you need to complete a successful application.
Math requirement is met by one of the following:
- Test into college-level math determined by Moraine placement test.
- ACT score in Math of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 520 or higher.
- Completion of MTH096 or MTH098 with a grade of “C” or higher at Moraine.
- Previous college-level math credit with a grade of “D” or higher.
English requirement is met by one of the following
- Test into college level for both English and Reading determined by Moraine placement test.
- ACT score in English and Reading of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 480 or higher.
- Completion of all developmental levels in English and Reading at Moraine.
- Previous college-level English composition credit with a grade of “C” or higher.
TEAS Results must be submitted with your application. TEAS results are only valid for one year prior to the application deadline. TEAS information.
- The qualifying score is the average score of the four testing areas (adjusted individual total score) of 60 percent or higher.
Admission to the program depends on successful completion of both BIO-119 and PSY-104 with a grade of “C” or higher by the end of the semester. These courses can be in progress at the application deadline.
An official sealed high school or high school equivalency transcript must be submitted. Your current transcript must show either the graduation date or the ongoing student status. The high school equivalency report must show passing scores.
College transcripts (if applicable) need to be submitted and be official, sealed college transcripts. Transcripts must be accompanied by a transfer evaluation request.
Please submit proof of acceptable certification/license for ranking score if applicable (see below for ranking process and admissible certifications).
Documents to prove residency must also be included. Students must have a permanent U.S. Social Security Number. Priority admission is given to in-district students. Out-of-district students are encouraged to apply but are considered after all in-district students have been ranked.
You can submit complete applications with all required documents to the Records Department in Building S, Room 111 by the application deadlines.
Please be aware that by the spring of 2019 application deadline, prospective nursing students must be certified by the State of Illinois as a Basic Nurse Assistant. This will affect students who are planning to apply to the program by March 15, 2019, for admission into the fall 2019 Nursing program.
Please speak to an Academic Advisor for course planning and any questions you might have.
March 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. (If the application deadline occurs on a weekend or holiday, and the application must be submitted no later than the following business day)
Applications should be submitted to the Records Department located on the first floor of Building S in Room S111.
Applicants will be notified of the status of their selection within four weeks of the application deadline.
For a comprehensive list of the general education courses for the program, please see below. Students are encouraged to discuss an educational plan with an academic advisor.
All courses required for graduation from the Nursing program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
|COM 101||3||Composition I||(Prerequisite COM090 or appropriate score on the placement test)|
|PSY 104||3||Life-Span Developmental Psychology||NOTE:
This course can be in progress at the application deadline. Admission to the program is pending on successful completion of this course with a “C” or better at the end of the semester of application.
|BIO180*||4||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||It is highly recommended that this course is completed before the start of the Nursing program. The course MUST be completed either before or during the FIRST semester of the program. NOTE: THIS COURSE HAS A 5 YEAR EXPIRATION DATE.|
|BIO181*||4||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||(Prerequisite: BIO180)
It is highly recommended that this course is completed before the start of the Nursing program. The course MUST be completed either before or during the SECOND semester of the program. NOTE: THIS COURSE HAS A 5 YEAR EXPIRATION DATE.
This course can be in progress at the application deadline. Admission to the program is pending on successful completion of this course with a “C” or better at the end of the semester of application.NOTE: THIS COURSE HAS A 5 YEAR EXPIRATION DATE.
Your rank score is determined by:
|GPA will be computed based solely on courses inclusive to the Nursing A.A.S. degree completed either at Moraine Valley or at a different accredited college or university.|
|2.5 – 2.75||5|
|2.751 – 3.0||7|
|3.01 – 3.25||9|
|3.251 – 3.5||11|
|3.51 – 3.75||13|
|3.751 – 4.0||15|
|Points for combined raw scores in Math and Science|
|Points will be awarded for completion of the following courses by the application deadline: BIO-180, BIO-181, BIO-119 (C=1 point, B=2 points, A=3 points)|
|If you hold one of the following active unencumbered health care certifications or licenses, points will be awarded for the single highest certification or license.|
|*For C.N.A. certification only: If a C.N.A. certificate is not currently active, it can be submitted for point calculation up to 5 years from the date of certification at the application deadline.|
|**Military Medic: If you were active at the point of discharge from service, you will be awarded 4 points.|
|Tie Breaker: If necessary, a tie breaker will be based on the date/time the completed nursing application was received in the Records Department in Building S, Room 111.|
Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Springfield grants licensure for registered nurses.
Optional LPN licensure
Upon successful completion of the first year and completion of the nursing elective NUR-165, students are eligible and have the option to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This is an option embedded in the Moraine Valley ADN program.
The Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in Springfield grants licensure for registered nurses. Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam, graduates may apply to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Registered Nurse licensure.
Graduating from a state-approved and licensed nursing program guarantees the right to apply for the licensing exam.
The additional expenses a nursing student incur include books, computer-based programs, uniforms, liability, and health insurance, current CPR for Basic Life Support through the American Hear Association certification, history and physical, immunizations, background check, drug screen and practice lab kits.
Furthering your education
Upon completion of the nursing program and RN licensure, many Illinois colleges and universities provide seamless agreements into a Bachelor of Science (B.S.N.) program, a so-called B.S.N. completion program.
If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options.
While most B.S.N. completion programs accept A.D.N. graduates, it is important to know more about the requirements of your chosen transfer institution at the beginning of your college experience.
The Moraine Valley Gamma Pi Chapter of the OADN Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society recognizes the academic excellence of students in the study of Associate Degree Nursing. The society encourages the pursuit of advance degrees in the profession of nursing as well as continuing education as a life-long professional responsibility.
Provisional membership is offered to students after the first two semesters who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all general education courses, and have earned a B or better in each nursing class with no previous failures. Full membership is granted upon completion of all fourth semester classes if the student’s cumulative GPA for all general education courses remains 3.0 or above, and has earned a B or better in each nursing class with no previous failures; and completes a capstone project approved by the Gamma Pi faculty advisors. In addition, students must also demonstrate conduct on and off campus and in the clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism.
Moraine Valley's LPN-RN Transition program has a selective and competitive admission process.
The program's two step application process is below. Once complete, accepted students can enroll in the one-semester 8 credit hour LPN-RN Transition course (NUR-199). You need to complete the transition course with a C or better before starting the Nursing program in the third semester.
After admission into the Nursing program students need to complete the last two semesters of nursing courses and the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to receive the Registered Nurse (RN) certification.
Beginning Your LPN-RN Transition
It is recommended that applicants talk with an academic advisor to discuss the admission requirements. An advisor can help you through the application process and develop an educational plan. If you completed college credit at another college or university, you will need to submit your transcripts.
The deadline for spring admission (January) is Nov. 1. April 1 is the deadline for fall admission (August)*. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications must be submitted no later than the following business day.
All items on the following list must be completed before the application is submitted. Incomplete applications are not accepted. Students cannot move on to Step 2 until finished. Click on the following link to print out the LPN-RN Transition application form.
- Complete Moraine Valley's admission process
- Starting with the Nov. 1, 2018 application deadline all LPN to RN applicants must provide documentation of at least six months of working experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse providing direct patient care within one year of the application deadline. Proof of letter from the employer which list job description is needed.
Math requirement is met by one of the following:
- Test into college level math determined by MVCC placement test
- ACT score in Math of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 520 or higher
- Completion of MTH096 or MTH098 with a grade of “C” or higher at MVCC
- Previous college level math credit with a grade of “D” or higher.
English requirement is met by one of the following
- Test into college level for both English and Reading determined by MVCC placement test.
- ACT score in English and Reading of 20 or higher OR SAT score of 480 or higher
- Completion of all developmental levels in English and Reading at MVCC
- Previous college level English composition credit with a grade of “C” or higher.
- Completion of BIO 180 with a grade of “C” or better before the application deadline
- The following courses can be in progress at the application deadline. Admission to the program is pending on successful completion of these courses with a “C” or better at the end of the semester of application: PSY 104, BIO 181, BIO 119.
- For a comprehensive list of the general education courses for the LPN-RN Transition program, please see below. All courses required for graduation from the Nursing program must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Submit proof of active, unencumbered Illinois LPN license.
- Submit official sealed high school or high school equivalency transcripts. Current transcript must show either the graduation date or the ongoing student status. The high school equivalency report must show passing scores.
- Submit official sealed college transcripts (if applicable). Transcripts must be accompanied by a transfer evaluation request.
- Documents to prove residency. A permanent U.S. Social Security number is an application requirement. Priority admission is given to in-district students. Out-of-district students are encouraged to apply, but are given consideration after all in-district students are ranked.
- Complete the LPN-RN Transition Program application form and submit it with all required documentation attached to the Records Department, located in Building S, Room S111, by the deadlines.
Once Step 1 is complete, qualified students receive an email in their Moraine Valley account with detailed instructions on the KAPLAN test. Email instructions for Step 2 are only sent after completion of Step 1.
- Students must complete the KAPLAN test at Moraine Valley. Test results from other testing facilities are not accepted.
- The fee for the test is $20. (This fee is subject to change.)
- The minimum acceptable score is 55 percent.
- Students can take the test once per application period. The test expires after one year.
- Instructions on test location and further details are sent to qualifying students by email
Applicants are accepted and ranked based on the score of the KAPLAN entrance exam.
Students are notified about acceptance into the program by the first week of May for fall admission. Notifications are sent the first week of December for spring admission. This notification includes further information about a mandatory orientation for students admitted into the program.
If a tiebreaker is needed it is based on the date and time the completed application was received.
|COM 101||3||Composition I||(Prerequisite: COM090 or appropriate placement test)
This course can be in progress during enrollment in NUR199. Admission into the nursing program is pending on successful completion of this course with a “C” or better at the end of the semester.
|COM103||3||Speech fundamentals||This course can be in progress during enrollment in NUR199. Admission into the nursing program is pending on successful completion of this course with a “C” or better at the end of the semester.|
|PSY 104||3||Life-Span Developmental Psychology||This course can be in progress at the application deadline but must be completed with a C or better at the end of the semester of application|
|SOC101||3||General Sociology||This course can be in progress during enrollment in NUR199. Admission into the nursing program is pending on successful completion of this course with a “C” or better at the end of the semester.|
|BIO180||4||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||This course must be completed with a C or better by the application deadline. This course has a 5 year expiration date.|
|BIO181||4||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||(Prerequisite: BIO180)
This course can be in progress at the application deadline but must be completed with a C or better at the end of the semester of application. This course has a 5-year expiration date
|BIO119||4||Introductory Microbiology||This course can be in progress at the application deadline but must be completed with a C or better at the end of the semester of application. This course has a 5-year expiration date.|
Please be aware that the required transition course, NUR 199, 8 credit hours, will NOT be eligible for financial aid. The remainder of the third and fourth-semester nursing program courses for the LPN/RN transition program should be financial aid eligible. Please contact the Financial Aid Office in room S107 (708-974-5726) if you have any questions about the above information.
|Estimated tuition and additional costs (subject to change)|
|Tuition plus fees (Nursing courses only)||$9,012|
|Text book with online resources||$1,300 - $1,400|
|Initial Health Requirements||$800|
|Course integrated on-line resource, includes NCLEX prep course upon graduation||$580 ($145 per semester)|
|Uniform, stethoscope, penlight||$200 - $250|
|American Heart Association CPR (good for two years)||$89 - $100|
|Yearly health requirement||$75 - $90|
The TEAS test is the admission exam for Moraine Valley's Nursing program and is issued by the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).
The TEAS test may be taken at any authorized testing center. Moraine Valley is an authorized testing center.
The areas of testing are written at a 12th grade level and consist of four areas: Reading and Comprehension, Writing, Science, Math. Prospective Nursing students must achieve an average score of the four testing areas (adjusted individual total score) of 60 percent or higher. The scores for Math and Science will be the most important part of the total score for ranking purposes.
TEAS scores are good for 12 months. The TEAS test may be taken twice per application cycle. Application deadlines are October 15 and March 15.
Taking the TEAS
To schedule a day and time to take the TEAS test you must go to the Testing Services website at and click Schedule an Exam to schedule a test date for your TEAS exam and pay the $73.00 testing fee.
For ATI test information, preparation and/or remediation resources please visit the ATI website.
Our library has TEAS test preparation materials available.
There are no calculators allowed during the test, so practice your math without a calculator. Practice all sections with a timer and allow yourself one minute per question.
In order to take the re-test, a TEAS re-test referral form must be picked up from an Academic Advisor.
You must bring your first test results and discuss your intent to re-test with an Academic Advisor.
When submitting your application, you choose which test result you want to include in your application packet.
It is strongly recommended that you wait 10 days to study and review before retesting. Your test results are broken down into categories under each testing area. This will help you to identify what topics you need to review.
Remediation between test taking attempts is encouraged. Your test results are broken down into categories under each testing area. This will help you to identify where remediation is necessary.
Our tutoring department offers TEAS tutoring on Math and English. To use the services you MUST present an orange tutoring passport, which can be picked up in Room B150. Directions on how to use the services are on the passport.
Career Connections Program
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