Nursing Admission Criteria

Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures

Nursing (R.N.) Associate in Applied Science

Nursing (P.N.) Practical Nursing Certificate

Nursing Application Periods:

February 1st - 15th for the fall semester (transcripts must be submitted by December 1st)

June 1st - 15th for the spring semester (transcripts must be submitted by April 1st)

Online Nursing Application

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.

Nursing Admission Criteria 7.17.pdf


The following items must be on file with the Office of Admissions and Academic Credentials departments prior to application to the nursing program.

  • Must meet residency requirements as defined by Joliet Junior College
  • Joliet Junior College Admission Application
  • High School Transcripts or High School Equivalency (GED, HiSET, TASC). Send Official Transcripts to the Admissions Office 1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431
  • Official Transcripts submitted from every college attended by deadline above. Students must complete the online Transcript Evaluation Request Form and submit it to the Academic Credentials Office - A-1020 Be sure to select "Associate in Arts" and the correct applicant type located under the Transfer Evaluation Request Information section. View your academic summary on eResources in approximately four to six weeks for your evaluated transfer credit and the JJC equivalencies.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisites, general education and recommended courses for the program.


Placement Test/ACT Scores

The following academic eligibility requirements must be met. Courses must be completed with a grade "C" or higher or previous college credit in English and/or Math.            


Nursing Program Entrance Exam

Please note that for the application period of June 1-15, 2017, all JJC students are required to have the new ATI TEAS (version 6) scores on file.  TEAS V scores will no longer be accepted at that time.  ATI TEAS (version 6) testing will be available September 1, 2016, and TEAS V testing will be discontinued effective August 31, 2016.  Please plan your testing date accordingly.

Nursing Department Admission CriteriaFebruary 1-15, 2017 Application Period​June 1-15, 2017 Application Period
​TEAS V Test Scores​AcceptedNo longer accepted
​ATI TEAS (version 6) Test Scores​Accepted​Accepted


ATI-TEAS (Test of the Essential Academic Skills Version 6  - $75+tax) must be taken at JJC in the Academic Skills Center with a minimum composite score of 60 by the last day of the application period (February 15 or June 15) and should only be taken once per semester (spring, summer, fall) for consideration in the competitive entry process (scores do not expire). The TEAS exam evaluates math skills, reading comprehension, and English and science proficiency. Scores from other schools will not be considered. Please note that this mandatory exam must be scheduled and paid online by the applicant and is available by appointment only at both the Main Campus, Romeoville Campus, City Center Campus, and the Morris Education Center.

  • Students who score a 76 or above on the TEAS Composite will be guaranteed admittance, contingent on the results of your background check and drug screening, and 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 (see below). Students who score below76 will be ranked according to the Ranking System below. Minimum score for consideration is 60.
  • Schedule an appointment with a nursing advisor (815.280.2435) after you have submitted your high school/college transcripts and completed the Placement Test (if required) and the TEAS Exam

Students applying to the JJC Nursing Program are encouraged to take the TEAS Exam upon entry to JJC. Students who are placed into developmental English and/or math or students who are undecided about their transfer plans should consider delaying the TEAS Exam until after they have completed English, Math, and Science courses but be aware that these courses may be eligible for financial aid. Some colleges/universities limit the number of times a nursing applicant can take the TEAS Exam. Be sure to check the nursing program admissions policies at your school of transfer choice. The TEAS Exam is difficult; study sessions are available at the JJC Tutoring and Learning Center. Check the website for details at Study guides are available for purchase at Students may also study from the current study guides available in the JJC library and the Resource Room at the Romeoville Campus.


​​Ranking System
  1. Each eligible application will be given a number for anonymity by the Admissions Office and all demographic data will be removed.
  2. Applications will be sent to the Nursing Admissions Committee.
  3. Applicants will receive an email to their JJC email account informing them if they qualified within 3 - 5 weeks after submitting the nursing application.
  4. Applicants will be scored and ranked based on:
  • TEAS Composite Score (weighted 55%)
  • Calculated GPA based on grades for ENG 101; PSYC 101; PSYC 215; HEAL 109; BIO 250; BIO 251 taken at JJC or transferred in. If a class was taken more than once, the most recent grade will be used. If a student has "clepped" out of a class (using the College Level Examination Program - CLEP Test, the grade will be counted as "C" (weighted 30%)
  • Percentage of pre-requisite/general education classes completed (ENG 101; PSYC 101; PSYC 215; HEAL 109; BIO 250; BIO 251) (weighted 15%)

Admitting criteria is subject to change. It is the applicant's responsibility to review the criteria on a regular basis. 


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students who wish to transfer to a baccalaureate program for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree may complete the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree first and then enroll in an RN to BSN program at a senior college/university. JJC has agreements with several institutions to make this option very cost-effective and seamless. Another option for students wishing to earn a BSN is complete the Associate in Arts (AA) degree and transfer to a college/university with a pre-licensure nursing program or nursing major. See a counselor or nursing advisor for specific course recommendations.

Transfer Guides & School Information