LPN Transition Program/Nursing 170
Joliet Junior College
Department of Nursing, Allied Health, & Emergency Services
Admission Procedure for LPN Transition Program/Nursing 170
Effective January 1, 2016
All students must meet the following prerequisites prior to application into the nursing program:
- High School diploma or GED.
- Application to the college.
- ACT COMPASS placement test or valid ACT scores. See ACT Compass Placement Testing for more information. Complete required developmental courses in Reading (ENG 020 and/or ENG 021), Writing (ENG 098 and/or ENG 099) and Math (Math 090) with a grade “C” or better OR previous college credit in English and/or Math.
- Completion of ENG 101 , PSYC 101, BIO 250 with a grade "C" or better.
- Completion of the ATI PN Predictor Exam
- Minimum GPA of 2.0
- Currently licensed as an LPN in the state of Illinois.
- Schedule a nursing advising appointment (815-280-2435) once you have submitted your high school transcript, license, and completed the ACT COMPASS Placement Test (if necessary) and ATI PN Predictor Exam. All college transcripts must be submitted and evaluated prior to a nursing advisor appointment. DEPENDING ON YOUR ATI (ASSESSMENT TECHNOLOGIES INSTITUTE) PRACTICAL NURSE (PN) PREDICTOR EXAM SCORE, YOU MAY BE GRANTED GUARANTEED OR PROVISIONAL ADMITTANCE INTO THE NURSING PROGRAM. YOUR NURSING ADVISOR IS THE ONE WHO WILL CHANGE YOUR MAJOR TO NURSING. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID YOU MUST HAVE A NURSING MAJOR CODE
- Applications for the LPN Transition Program will be accepted by the Admissions Office twice a year for the fall and the spring semester. Applications are to be submitted online. The application period for the fall class will be March 1 - March 15. The application period for the spring class will be September 1 - September 15. If a student is not admitted into the program after applying, another application must be submitted for the following application period. No applications will be kept on file after the start of the semester.
- Transcripts must be submitted for evaluation no later than January 5th for the March application period and June 30th for the September application period. The student must complete a Transcript Evaluation Form and submit it to the Academic Credentials Office, A-1020, with all requests for college or post-high-school transcript(s), asking that it be evaluated. When completing the transcript evaluation form, be sure to select "Occupational Selective Program" and the correct applicant type located under the Transfer Evaluation Request Information section. Once your transcript has been evaluated you will receive notification via you JJC email.
- The ATI PN Predictor Exam is based on the 2014 NCLEX-PN test plan and consists of eight topics: coordinated care, safety and infection control, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, basic care and comfort, pharmacological therapies, reduction of risk potential, and physiological adaptation. The fee for this exam is approximately $55.00 (subject to change). The ATI PN Predictor Exam is mandatory. It should only be taken once per each semester (spring, summer, fall). If a student applies more than once to the transition program, the ATI PN Predictor Exam does not have to be repeated; the highest score will be used for admission points consideration for the first exam taken each semester (if a student chooses to take the exam multiple times in one semester). The ATI PN Predictor Exam is administered by the Academic Skills Center. Be sure to select Joliet Junior College as your location to take your ATI PN Predictor Exam. When creating (or editing) your ATI username and password, be sure to choose "Joliet Junior College" as your institution, and type your seven-digit JJC ID number under the Student ID number field. Without these two pieces of information, your scores cannot be uploaded into your JJC Student Record. See their website for more information: ATI PN Predictor Exam.
- Students who score a 74 or above on the ATI PN Predictor Exam will be guaranteed admittance, contingent on the results of your background check and drug screening, into the nursing program when a nursing application is completed. In the event there are more students in the Guaranteed Admission Category than available seats, a ranking system will be used.
- Students who score between a 68 and 73.99 on the ATI PN Predictor Exam will be provisionally admitted, contingent on the results of your background check and drug screening, to the nursing program. The major code will be changed by the nursing advisor after the initial meeting. Provisionally admitted students will go through the ranking process. See item 7 below.
- Because of the large volume of applicants for the LPN Transition program, a ranking system will be used to determine admission and is contingent on the results of your background check and drug screening. Each eligible application will be given a number for anonymity by the Admissions Office and all demographic data will be removed. Applications will then be sent to the Nursing Admissions Committee. Applicants will be scored and ranked based on:
- ATI PN Predictor Exam (worth 50% of ranking).
- Calculated GPA based on grades for ENG 101; PSYCH 101; PSYCH 215; HEAL109, BIO 250; BIO 251 whether taken at JJC or transferred in. If a class was taken twice, the most recent grade will be used to calculate the GPA. If a student has "clepped" out of a class (using the College Level Examination Program – CLEP- test), the grade will be counted as a "C". (worth 30% of ranking)
- Number of pre-requisite/general education classes completed (ENG 101; PSYCH 101; PSYCH 215; HEAL109, BIO 250; BIO 251) (worth 20% of ranking)
- Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis.
- Students will be notified via the JJC email account of their acceptance into the program or denial.
- Upon admission to the nursing program all students are required to have on file in the Department of Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Services:
- A current physical examination which includes specified immunizations and laboratory work.
- Verification of successful completion of CPR for Healthcare Providers.
- Current criminal background check and drug screen.