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The Nursing Education department offers two programs of study in nursing. Students enrolled in NU500: earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students enrolled in NU060: Nursing (PN) earn a Certificate of Achievement.


The nursing program of Joliet Junior College has a rich history. The first nursing class at the college graduated in 1971 and had 11 graduates. In 1999 Joliet Junior College revised the nursing program to include a practical nurse exit option at the completion of the first year of the nursing curriculum.

In recent years, over 100 students graduate from both the practical nurse program and the registered nurse program annually. Our students have the benefit of a state-of-the-art simulation center in the Health Professions Center. High-fidelity simulation enhances our students' education and adds to the realism of the learning experience.

The 2017 figures from the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) show the rates for candidates who have completed the registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) tests for the past five years. It is based on their completion of the licensure examinations for the first time upon graduating from an Illinois-approved nursing education program.

JJC’s first-time pass rate in 2017 for the NCLEX-RN was 95 percent. That’s well above national and state averages of 87 and 86 percent, respectively. JJC had the second-most graduates in the state from an associate degree program.

As for the NCLEX-PN, JJC’s first-time pass rate in 2017 was 98 percent. By comparison, the national rate was 84 percent and state rate 86 percent.

Registered Nurse (R.N.)

The Associate Degree Nursing program is designed for persons who wish to become registered nurses (R.N.). The program combines classroom experience on the Joliet Junior College campus with clinical experience in community health facilities.

Practical Nurse (P.N.)

The Certificate of Achievement program is designed for persons who wish to become Practical Nurses (P.N.). The program combines classroom experience on the Joliet Junior College campus with clinical experience in community health facilities.

Licensed Practical Nurse Transition Program

This course is designed to assist the non-collegiate Licensed Practical Nurse in the role changes necessary for transition to the ADN (RN preparation) curriculum at JJC.

Certified Nurse Assistant Training Course

The Certified Nurse Assistant Training course (NA 101) prepares students to administer patient care as a member of a nursing team in hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and other extended care facilities.

First-Time Nursing Candidates Score High on Licensure Exams

Nursing Program Information Sessions

Learn more about our Nursing program by attending one of our sessions. Registration is not required.

  • Session Dates

    Location: Main Campus | U-1024 (Auditorium) |  Main Campus Map

    • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 4:30 - 6:00pm
    • Monday, October 22, 2018 from 4:00 - 5:30pm
    • Monday, December 3, 2018 from 4:00 - 5:30pm

    LocationRomeoville  | Room RMA1019

    • Tuesday, November 13th from 4:30 to 6:00 pm


  • Nursing Student Association

    NSA provides a common bond between students interested in nursing and those interested in health.

    The NSA Club Web site is available within iCampus. All nursing students should have access to the NSA site after logging into iCampus.

    If a student experiences any problems accessing the club Web site, please contact Susan Batis, advisor, subatis@jjc.edu.

  • What kind of degree/certificate can I receive?

    • Associate in Arts (AA)
    • Associate in Science (AS)
    • Associate of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (AAT SPED)
    • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
    • Certificate of Achievement (CAC)
    • Certificate of Completion (CCO)

  • Nursing Program Information Sessions for 2018

    • Learn about the application process and the nursing program.
    • No registration required; sessions last approximately one hour.
    • Open to all residents of the JJC district.

    Location: Main Campus, Health Professions Center - U-Building Auditorium, Room 1024 

    • Wednesday, May 9 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 6 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    • Monday, July 23 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
    • Tuesday, August 28 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Location: Romeoville Campus, Room RMA 1019

    • TBD

    Joliet Junior College values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation by providing an accessible experience for all. If you require accommodations to participate, please contact Student Accommodations and Resources at 815-280-2230 or disabilityservices@jjc.edu.

  • Staff

    Cynthia Bochenek

    Clerk, Nursing Simulation
    Location: U-3016
    Phone: 815.280.2469
    Email: cbochene@jjc.edu

    Susan Batis

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003M
    Phone: 815.280.2747
    Email: sbatis@jjc.edu

    Donna Casini

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003H
    Phone: 815.280.2558
    Email: dcasini@jjc.edu

    Natalia Clayton

    Clerk, Nursing
    Location: U-2002
    Phone: 815.280.2224
    Email: nclayton@jjc.edu

    Kathy Derrig

    Clerk, Nursing
    Location: U-2002
    Phone: 815.280.2435
    Email: kderrig@jjc.edu

    Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald

    Location: U-2003K
    Phone: 815.280.2857
    Email: dfitzger@jjc.edu

    Sue Hinton

    Administrative Assistant
    Nursing, Health & Public Services
    Location: U-2002J
    Phone: 815.280.2440
    Email: shinton@jjc.edu

    Gina Hulbert

    Assistant Professor
    Location: U-2003G
    Phone: 815.280.6722
    Email: ghulbert@jjc.edu

    Terry Kania

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003E
    Phone: 815.280.2581
    Email: tkania@jjc.edu

    Dr. Cheryl Klemp

    Location: U-2003M
    Phone: 815.280.2858
    Email: cklemp@jjc.edu

    Lori Komorowski

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003E
    Phone: 815.280.6704
    Email: lkomorow@jjc.edu

    Jorie Kulczak

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003B
    Phone: 815.280.2847
    Email: jgenardo@jjc.edu

    Dr. Mary Beth Luna

    Chairperson & Professor
    Location: U-2002M
    Phone: 815.280.2605
    Email: mluna@jjc.edu

    Dr. Danielle Lisiecki

    Location: U-1002D
    Phone: 815.280.2819
    Email: dlisieck@jjc.edu

    Mary Magruder

    Location: U-2003G
    Phone: 815.280.2438
    Email: mmagrude@jjc.edu

    Rebecca Maticic

    Clerk, Nursing Labs
    Location: U-3016
    Phone: 815.280.6816
    Email: rematici@jjc.edu

    Tina McComb

    Secretary, Nursing
    Location: U-2002J
    Phone: 815.280.2462
    Email: tmccomb@jjc.edu

    Sue Rio

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003C
    Phone: 815.280.2859
    Email: srio@jjc.edu

    Karen Roberson

    Assistant Professor
    Location: U-2003F
    Phone: 815.280.2849
    Email: kroberso@jjc.edu

    Caroline Russo

    Location: U-2003C
    Phone: 815.280.2845
    Email: crusso@jjc.edu

    Julio Santiago

    Location: U-2003L
    Phone: 815.280.2517
    Email: jsantiag@jjc.edu

    Susan Humenik-Schmidt

    Location: U-2003D
    Phone: 815.280.2638
    Email: sschmidt@jjc.edu

    Kelly Tisdale

    Associate Professor
    Location: U-2003L
    Phone: 815.280.2341
    Email: ktisdale@jjc.edu

    Janet Sullivan-Stromberg

    Location: U-1002A
    Phone: 815.280.2411
    Email: jstrombe@jjc.edu

    Paul Schroeder

    Nursing Tech/Competitive Entry
    Location: U-2008E
    Phone: 815.280.2793
    Voice & Text: 224.212.0342
    Email: psschroe@jjc.edu

    Sharon Valentino

    Location: U-2003H
    Phone: 815.280.2517
    Email: svalenti@jjc.edu

    Kathleen Wolz

    Location: U-2003D
    Phone: 815.280.2664
    Email: kwolz@jjc.edu


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