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2024-2025 Catalog

Nursing (RN), A.A.S.


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JJC Program Code: NU500

ICCB Program Code: NURS 0058

  • Become a Registered Nurse (RN) by earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing. 

    • This program typically takes two years to complete.

  • What you can expect:  

    • traditional classroom experiences 

    • online courses 

    • hands-on simulation labs  

    • clinical experiences in health facilities throughout the community 

  • How To Apply to the Nursing Program (to take nursing classes):  

    • First, apply to JJC. 

    • Then, apply to the JJC Nursing program. This is a second application. More information can be found on our Admissions page

    • The nursing program admits students twice a year.  

      • Submit your application in February to enroll for fall semester. 

      • Submit your application in June to enroll for spring semester.  

Licensing 

  • By earning an Associate in Applied Science degree, you are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse in Illinois. 

    • Nursing licenses are regulated by the Board of Nursing of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. See the Nursing Licensing Policy.  

  • This program is accredited by: 

Nursing Program 

  • The Nursing Department offers two options: 

    • Complete one year of nursing and receive a Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing 

      • Eligible to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam 

    • Complete two years of nursing and receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing 

      • Eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam 

  • Physical exams and other requirements 

    • Once students are provisionally accepted onto the nursing program, they will be given information on requirements for a current physical exam and more, including: 

      • immunizations  

      • laboratory work 

      • a criminal background check  

      • drug screen 

    • You won’t be accepted into the nursing program until we have received these requirements, including immunity of certain communicable diseases, a satisfactory criminal background check, and no evidence of illegal drugs in your system. 

  • Learn More 

    • Attend a Nursing Information Session to learn about the program and admission requirements. 

    • Visit our Nursing page.

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.

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 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.

Licensed Practical Nurse Transition Program  (7.5 + 15.5 = 23 Semester Hours)

For the Licensed Practical Nurse Transition 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).

Completion Guides


The following schedules are based on full-time enrollment. Students planning to transfer to a senior institution should check with that institution for specific transfer requirements.

Completion Guide for Traditional Pathway


Summer Semester


First Semester


Completion Guide for Advanced Placement LPN Pathway


Second Semester


Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements

To be awarded an Associate degree at Joliet Junior College, each student must meet the following requirements:

1. Satisfy all admissions requirements.

2. Complete the courses required to earn the given degree. If the student is a transfer student with coursework taken elsewhere, he/she must complete a minimum of 60

credit hours of which 15 credit hours applicable to the degree are earned at JJC. Proficiency test, CLEP, and Advanced Placement does not meet this requirement.

3. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

4. Discharge all financial obligations to the College and have no restrictions.

5. File an application for graduation. An application should be filed at the time of registration for the student’s anticipated last semester.

6. Have all official transcripts from other college/universities on file in the Graduation Office by the graduation filing date for evaluation of credit. A delay in the process

may result in a later graduation date.

 

To be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Completion, or Occupational Certificate at JJC, each student must meet the following requirements:

1. Satisfy all admission requirements.

2. Complete the courses required to earn the chosen certificate. Complete a minimum of 1-8 credit hours (Occupational Certificate),  4-29 credit hours (Certificate of Completion) or 30-50 credit hours (Certificate of Achievement). If the student is a transfer student with coursework taken elsewhere, he/she must complete a minimum of 25% of the total required credit hours applicable to the certificate at JJC. Proficiency test, CLEP, and Advanced Placement do not meet this requirement.

3. Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the area of concentration.

4. Discharge all financial obligations to the college and have no restrictions.

5. File an application for graduation. An application should be filed at the time of registration for the student’s anticipated last semester.

6. Have all official transcripts from other college/universities on file in the Graduation Office by the graduation filing date for evaluation of credit. A delay in the process

may result in a later graduation date.

Contact Information


Department Chairperson Program Coordinator Program Advisor
Name: Gina Hulbert Name: Susan Batis Call 815-280-2435 or
E-mail: ghulbert@jjc.edu E-mail: subatis@jjc.edu 815-280-2462 to set up a
Phone: 815-280-6722 Phone: 815-280-2747 nursing advisor appointment

 

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