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 2021 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 2021 for the NCLEX-RN was 95%. That’s well above the national average of 82%.
As for the NCLEX-PN, JJC’s first-time pass rate in 2021 was 88%. By comparison, the national rate was 87%.
Note to Nursing Applicants
It is highly recommended that students obtain a CNA certificate or enroll in the JJC NA-101 course prior to entering the nursing program.
Effective 11/22/22, bonus points toward the nursing application process will be awarded as follows:
- 10 points awarded if you are a CNA and listed on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry
- 5 points awarded if you completed NA-101 at JJC with a grade of C or better but are not on the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry
Students in the nursing program must follow each clinical agency’s policy regarding tattoos that are not hidden by clothing. All tattoos must be covered unless covering poses an infection control issue (i.e., hand tattoos).
Jewelry must reflect professionalism and asepsis and must be limited to a watch, a single pair of small post-type earrings and a plain wedding band. Students with ear gauges must wear a solid, skin-tone plug in the stretched lobe(s); gauges must be no larger than a nickel. Nothing can be dangling or hanging below the ear including, but not limited to, jewelry or ear tissue.
All nursing programs (RN, LPN, LPN Transition, CNA) require that all students must submit proof of the Covid-19 vaccination plus one booster prior to the start of the academic year in order to complete the clinical requirements of the program. Proof of other immunity and/or vaccination and a drug screen and criminal background check are also required and will be communicated to applicants when provisionally accepted into the program. If a student is accepted into the program and fails the criminal background check or drug screen and/or does not have the mandatory vaccinations, the student will be removed from the program.
TEAS is the admission test required for the RN, LPN, and LPN Transition pathways. TEAS must be taken in-person at Joliet Junior College. More information can be found here: https://www.jjc.edu/student-resources/testing-services/tests-administered
A new version of TEAS (TEAS 7) begins on June 3, 2022. For the June 1-15 Nursing Application and the August 1-15, 2022 LPN to RN Transition Application, either TEAS 6 or TEAS 7 will be accepted. After that, only TEAS 7 will be accepted. The limit of 3 attempts in 5 years will be reset with TEAS 7, so previous attempts using older versions of TEAS will not count in the limit of 3 attempts in 5 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.