ERIC Number: ED392476
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Report on Nursing Programs in Illinois Community Colleges.
Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.
As part of a fiscal year 1995 annual review of programs, the Illinois community colleges reviewed four nursing programs to assess how effectively they met the economic, social, and technological needs of the community. The nursing programs reviewed included registered nursing, practical nursing, nurse aide, and home health aide. Although the costs for associate degree or registered nursing (AND) programs were found to be high, licensed practical nursing (LPN) and certified nursing aid (CNA) programs were found to be cost-effective. All of the programs were rated highly for quality, citing high levels of student satisfaction, high passage rates on licensure exams, such improvements in facilities as technology upgrades, and program accreditation. The following program improvements were recommended: (1) local job markets for the AND, LPN, and CNA graduates must be monitored; (2) methods for improving student retention must be implemented; (3) a statewide nursing articulation model must be adopted; and (4) accessibility of labor market and career guidance information to students must be improved. Contains 22 references. Appendixes include a description of the nursing programs' differentiating characteristics, data tables of review outcomes, tables of articulated courses for nursing programs from high schools through universities, and a list of National League of Nursing accreditation status of state nursing programs by college. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.