With fewer than 8,000 nurses graduating in Illinois each year, bridging the gap is becoming near impossible. Furthermore, in a city where nearly 30% of the population is Latino and only 6% of nurses are- bilingual...We're hoping to generate as many bilingual, bi-cultural nurses as possible," said Ayala-Bermejo.
Instituto College is an independent institution authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to operate and grant post-secondary degrees in the State of Illinois. Since 2015, Instituto College was authorized to operate in Illinois and subsequent degree authorization for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing was granted in 2016. In 2018, the Illinois State Board of Nursing approved the RN Program Curriculum, recommending that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) add Instituto College to the Illinois Approved Nursing Education Program List. In 2022, Instituto College was granted accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). The College provides oversight for Instituto's Carreras en Salud (Careers in Health) Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program (BNATP), which has been approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) since 2016.
Effective January 30, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by
the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires
on January 30, 2025.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the
effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was
approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of
Commissioners granting initial accreditation.