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.

  • Session Dates

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

    • 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

     

Additional Information

  • Program Accreditation Status

    JJC's  A.D.N. program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Phone: (404) 975-5000. Fax: (404) 975-5020. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

  • Completion Rates

    As part of our quest for continuous quality improvement and to meet our accreditation standards, the JJC Nursing Program tracks the number of students who graduate within 150% of time of the program. We use the 150% standard knowing that some students need to take a semester or two off for a variety of reasons and cannot finish within 4 semesters. These statistics represent the percentage of students who started in the semester listed who completed the 4-semester program within 6 semesters.

    • Fall 2016: 71%
    • Spring 2016: 64%
    • Fall 2015: 64%
    • Spring 2015: 58%
    • Fall 2014: 70%
    • Spring 2014: 69%
    • Fall 2013: 74%

     

  • NCLEX-RN Passage Rates

    NCLEX-RN is the national licensure examination that nursing graduates take after graduation. The passage rate represents the students who passed the examination on their first attempt. Nurses must pass this examination before they can be licensed to practice as a registered nurse (RN).

    2017: JJC 95%; National average 87%; Illinois average 86%
    2016: JJC 92%; National average 85%; Illinois average 85%
    2015: JJC 96%; National average 85%; Illinois average 86%
    2014: JJC 92%; National average 82%; Illinois average 84%
    2013: JJC 93%; National average 83%; Illinois average 85%
    2012: JJC 96%; National average 90%; Illinois average 91%
    2011: JJC 95%; National average 88%; Illinois average 88%
     

  • NCLEX-PN Passage Rates

    NCLEX-PN is the national licensure examination that practical nursing graduates take after graduation. The passage rate represents the students who passed the examination on their first attempt. Nurses must pass this examination before they can be licensed to practice as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

    2017: JJC 98%; National average 84%; Illinois average 86%

    2016: JJC 100%; National average 84%; Illinois average 91%

    2015: JJC 99%; National average 82%; Illinois average 88%

    2014: JJC 100%; National average 82%; Illinois average 86%

    2013: JJC 98%; National average 85%; Illinois average 88%

    2012: JJC 100%; National average 84%; Illinois average 85%

    2011: JJC 99%; National average 85%; Illinois average 87%

  • Nursing Handbooks