Admissions Office
Campus Center: A-1020
Phone: (815) 280-2493
Fax: (815) 280-6740

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Summer Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 7:30pm
Closed Friday: May 23 through August 8

Special Office Hours:

  • The Saturday before the first day of Fall semester 8:00am - 4:00pm*
  • The Saturday before the first day of Spring semester 8:00am – 2:00pm*
  • Spring Break week (Monday-Friday) 7:30am - 4:30pm

*Times subject to change


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LPN Transition Admissions Criteria

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

  1. All students must meet the following prerequisites prior to application to the nursing program:

    1. High School diploma or GED.
    2. Application to the college.
    3. COMPASS placement test or valid ACT scores. See 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.
    4. Completion of ENG 101 , PSYC 101, BIO 250 with a grade of "C" or better
    5. Minimum GPA of 2.0.
    6. Currently licensed as an LPN in the state of Illinois.
    7. Schedule nursing advisor appointment (815-280-2435) once you have submitted high school transcript, license and completed COMPASS (if necessary) and LPN Step test. All college transcripts must be submitted and evaluated prior to a nursing advisor appointment. DEPENDING ON YOUR LPN STEP 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.
    8. See  ATI-LPN Step Test for more information.
    9. At the conclusion of the March 1-15, 2015 application period, the JJC Nursing Program will no longer accept LPN-STEP scores. Individuals interested in gaining entry to the JJC LPN Transition Program will be required to complete the ATI PN Comprehensive Predictor Exam. This exam will be available at the Academic Skills Center effective March 16, 2015. 

  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 approximately $35 (subject to change). 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. 
  5. Students who score an 82 or above on the ATI LPN Step Test will be guaranteed admittance 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.
  6. Students who score between a 75 and 81 on the ATI LPN Step Test will be provisionally admitted 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.
  7. 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:
    1. ATI LPN-Step Test score is available at ATI-LPN Step Test. (worth 50% of ranking)
    2. 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)
    3. Number of pre-requisite/general education classes completed (ENG 101; PSYCH 101; PSYCH 215; HEAL109, BIO 250; BIO 251) (worth 20% of ranking)
  8. Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis.
  9. Students will be notified via the JJC email account of their acceptance into the program or denial.
  10. Upon admission to the nursing program all students are required to have on file in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health:
    1. A current physical examination which includes specified immunizations and laboratory work.
    2. Verification of successful completion of CPR for Healthcare Providers.
    3. Current criminal background check and drug screen.