LPN Transition Program/Nursing 170
Joliet Junior College
Department of Nursing, Allied Health, & Emergency Services
Admission Procedure for LPN Transition Program/Nursing 170
Effective with the Class beginning Spring 2014
All students must meet the following prerequisites prior to application to the nursing program:
- High School diploma or GED.
- Application to the college.
- COMPASS placement test or valid ACT scores. See www.jjc.edu/info/compass 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 and/or Math 094) with a grade of “C” or better OR previous college credit in English and/or Math.
- Completion of ENG 101 , PSYC 101, BIO 250 with a grade of "C" or better
- One year of high school chemistry with a grade of "C" or better or CHEM 100 with a grade of "C" or better.
- Minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Currently licensed as an LPN in the state of Illinois.
- LPN-Step exam score on academic summary
See ATI-LPN Step Test for more information.
- 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.
- Because of the large volume of applicants for the LPN Transition program, a ranking system will be used to determine admission. 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 LPN-Step Test score is available at ATI-LPN Step Test. (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 highest 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.
- The LPN Step Test is based on the NCLEX-PN test plan and consists of eight topics: Adult medical-surgical, fundamentals, management, maternal-newborn, mental health, nursing care of children, nutrition, and pharmacology. The fee for this exam is $33. The LPN Step Test 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 LPN Step Test 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 LPN Step Test is administered by the Academic Skills Center. Be sure to select Joliet Junior College as your location to take your LPN-STEP 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-LPN Step Test.
- 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 and Allied Health:
- 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.