Nursing Students Achieve Near Perfect NCLEX First-Time Pass Rate

Students in Joliet Junior College’s Nursing program have earned a 99% first-time pass rate for the 2019 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), exceeding state and national averages. The NCLEX is the nationwide examination for licensing nurses, taken by nursing program graduates.

JJC students achieved this first-time pass rate on both the NCLEX-RN and the NCLEX-PN examinations. Currently, the national average for the NCLEX-RN first-time pass rate is 88% and the national average for the NCLEX-PN is 86%.

JJC's nursing simulation lab

“While I know the nursing program we have here at JJC is excellent, it is nice to have the excellence validated,” said Dr. Mary Beth Luna, chair of the nursing department. “Our students, faculty and staff work extremely hard to ensure we are graduating safe general practitioners who can provide patient-centered care to members of our community in a variety of clinical settings.” 

JJC’s nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Those interested in learning more about the nursing program can attend one of several upcoming information sessions at JJC’s Main Campus in room U-1024.

•    Thursday, Mar. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
•    Tuesday, Apr. 21 at 4 p.m.
•    Wednesday, May 20 at 4:30 p.m.
•    Wednesday, Jun. 10 at 5 p.m.

For media inquiries, contact JJC Communications and Media Coordinator Scott Harvey at 815-280-2844 or