Nursing


The nursing program of Joliet Junior College has a rich history, with the first nursing class of 11 having graduated in 1971.

Today, more than 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 Main 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 Main Campus with clinical experience in community health facilities.

Licensed Practical Nurse Transition Program

This program 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.

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