Nursing Education Program - Southwestern Illinois College

Overview of the Nursing Education Program

Now Offering An Evening Nursing Education Program!

Applications for Fall 2023 Evening Nursing Education program is are accepted NOW through March 31, 2023.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Nursing Education program prior to enrolling in any NE courses.
Entrance into the Nursing program is highly competitive

Requirements to apply:

Download the Evening NE Planning Guide for Application Requirements

Download the NE Planning Guide for Application Requirements

Download the LPN Bridge/Advanced Standing Planning Guide for Application Requirements

Program Capacity

Belleville Campus Capacity

The NE program generally accepts 80-90 students each fall semester at the Belleville Campus.

Program Location

The Nursing Education program consists of general education courses, NE pre-fix courses and assigned clinical experiences. Specific locations depend on the course type.

General Education Courses

The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, Red Bud campuses or online.

Nursing Education Courses

The NE program courses are only offered at the Belleville Campus during the day.

Clinical Education Experiences

Clinical experiences are completed at hospitals/clinical facilities throughout the district and in the St. Louis region. Students begin clinical experience in the fall semester of the first year and every semester throughout the remainder of the program. Background check and drug testing are required prior to clinical experiences. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Program Cost

Nursing Education Degree program

For details, see the NE cost sheet.

LPN Bridge/Advanced Standing Degree program

For details, see the LPN Bridge/Advanced Standing cost sheet.

Financial assistance is available!

SWIC Financial Aid Office

Financial aid is available subject to financial need and satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the college.

The student work program does not require financial aid eligibility.

SWIC Foundation

The SWIC Foundation offers over 300 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.

Time Commitment

Program Information

Nursing Education courses are offered during the day, and clinical hours are scheduled in the day, evenings and weekends. The program can be completed in four semesters including one summer. It is recommended that if employed, students complete non-NE pre-fix courses prior to entrance into the program.

Clinical Information

Student schedules are determined by courses and clinical site placement. Students within the same course may have different schedules due to clinical placement. To complete the program, students must be willing to adapt their schedules as needed.

Transportation & Attendance

Students are responsible for their own transportation and attendance to all classes and clinicals assigned by the program. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed, although the program attempts to take into account students’ residency to reduce excessive travel.

Nursing Education Handbook

View the NE handbook

Program Accreditation

IDFPR Approval

The SWIC Nursing Education program is a member of the National League for Nursing Council of Associate Degree Nursing Programs and is approved by:

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

100 Randolph, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601

ACEN Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

Verification of program accreditation can be viewed on the ACEN website.

Licensure Requirements

Students considering a program of study that leads to professional licensure, endorsement or certification in Nursing should contact the appropriate licensing agency in the state where you plan to be licensed prior to enrollment at Southwestern Illinois College to ensure the coursework meets that state’s requirements. Links to the requirements for each state can be found at the National Council for States Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).


After successful completion of the Nursing Education program, students are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination, graduates apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse.


After written documentation confirming successful completion of NCLEX-RN has been received by the graduate, the graduate can be employed in a license-pending category and work under the supervision of an RN, until the Illinois license has been received. Graduates seeking licensure in a state other than Illinois are required to follow the regulations of that state.

Further Education

Graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX may also opt to continue their education at institutions that offer RN-BSN and RN-MSN programs.

Graduate Outcome Measures

Graduate Outcome Measures

Completion Rates, Licensure Pass Rates, and Employment

View the Nursing Education program’s Graduate Outcome Measures.

To compare SWIC graduate licensure pass rates to other Illinois colleges, go to the Illinois Center for Nursing: Illinois Approved Nursing Education Program Pass Rates – Last 5 Years

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Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez