2019-2020 Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2021  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing (RN), A.A.S.

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Program Code: NU500

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing is designed for persons who wish to become registered nurses (RNs). The program combines traditional classroom experiences, high-fidelity simulations, and online courses with clinical experiences in health facilities throughout the community.

To take nursing courses, students must be admitted into the program by following a separate application process found at: http://www.jjc.edu/getting-started/admissions. The nursing program admits students twice a year. Applications may be submitted online in February for the following fall semester and in June for the following spring.

A student who completes the program is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for registration as an RN in Illinois. This program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org. Nursing licenses are regulated by the Board of Nursing of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The Nursing Licensing Policy can be obtained from their website: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/Nursing.asp

Nursing Program

The Nursing Education department offers a program of study in nursing with two exit options. Students can complete one year of nursing and receive a Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing, making them eligible for NCLEX-PN (licensure exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN). After one more year of nursing, students receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing, making them eligible for NCLEX-RN (licensure exam to become a Registered Nurse - RN). Once students are provisionally accepted onto the nursing program, they will be given information on requirements for a current physical examination including immunizations and laboratory work, a criminal background check and a drug screen. Complete acceptance into the nursing program is contingent on successful completion of these requirements, including immunity of certain communicable diseases, a satisfactory criminal background check, and no evidence of illegal drugs in the applicant’s system.

Prospective students are encouraged to attend a Nursing Information Session to learn more about the program and admission requirements. More information can be found at http://www.jjc.edu/academics/health-and-public-services/nursing.

NOTE: Nursing students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the nursing courses and all of the general education courses before they are eligible for graduation.

Completion Guide

Click here for semester-by-semester guides for Nursing pathways and advisor contact information.

LPN Transition Pathway

Traditional Pathway


Degree Requirements

The Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing is designed for persons who wish to become registered nurses (RNs). The program combines both traditional classroom experience and online courses with clinical experience in health facilities throughout the community.

Choose One of the Following Two Pathways: 23 Semester Hours

Traditional Pathway (23 Semester Hours)

*NURS 140 or CNA. In accordance with the articulation plan, CNA coursework constitutes two nursing credit hours to be transferred after successful completion of NURS 150.

Advanced Placement Pathway (7.5 + 15.5 = 23 Semester Hours)

For the Advanced Placement Pathway, student must have a valid LPN license in the state of Illinois, application to the college, and prior learning as evidenced by a valid IL LPN license which will allow 15.5 nursing credits to be awarded.

Total Required Hours: 72 Semester Hours

Includes Online Courses

This program includes the option for distance education courses (online and/or hybrid).