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 2019 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 2020 for the NCLEX-RN was 96%. That’s well above the national average of 87%. 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 2020 was 100%. By comparison, the national rate was 83%.
All nursing programs (RN, LPN, LPN Transition, CNA) require that all students be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to entrance into the program in order to complete the clinical requirements of the program. Most clinical sites are not allowing exemptions for students. Proof of other immunity and/or vaccination and a drug screen and criminal background check are also required and will be communicated to applicants when provisionally accepted into the program. If a student is accepted into the program and fails the criminal background check or drug screen and/or does not have the mandatory vaccinations, the student will be removed from the program.
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.
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.
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.
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.