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Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Why Should I Choose John Wood’s Nursing Program?

Affordable Tuition Cost - The 2015-16 tuition rate:

  • $257 per semester credit hour for non-district residents.
  • $147.00 per semester credit hour for in-district residents.
  • $177.00 per semester credit hour for all internet courses, regardless of residency. 
  • Additional program and lab fees may apply.

Nursing Program Ranked Top 10 in State - John Wood Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program is ranked among the top ten in the state by PracticalNursing.org in 2014 . JWCC's four-year National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) average pass rate of 97.96 percent was the major component used to rank the College's program ninth among the state's 43 community colleges that offer nursing. Only two percentage points separated the 1st and 10th ranked programs in Illinois.

Program Approval The Illinois Board Of Nursing approved the new Associate Degree of Nursing curriculum in January of  2015. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The faculty is proud to say the curriculum reflects evidence-based research and gears the student towards NCLEX success.

Successful Graduates – The nursing students continue to have a high pass-rate on the NCLEX-RN exam (State Boards):

RN NCLEX:                                                        LPN NCLEX:

2014 Pass Rate: 89%                                        2014  Pass Rate: 100%

2013  Pass Rate: 90%                                       2013 Pass Rate: 100%

2012 Pass Rate: 92%                                        2012 Pass Rate: 100%


 RN:                                                                      LPN:

2014 Attrition:   20%                                       2014 Attrition: 11.90%

Lab Simulation – The simulation lab offers a hands-on approach where students apply theoretical knowledge to a simulated, yet dynamic, medical facility setting. Students practice essential skills on computer-operated, yet life-like mannequins, which simulate everything from mild symptoms to complex health problems, to specialized scenarios that occur in real-life patients. This type of experiential and active learning mimics the reality of a clinical setting while providing a risk-free learning environment for students to demonstrate critical thinking and judgment skills without fear of harming the patient.

Clinical ExperienceThanks to the clinical affiliations, the graduates enter the work force with ample real-life academic and clinical experience necessary to give competent entry level nursing care in today's complex and ever changing society.

CommunityThe Associates Degree of Nursing program is well respected within the local community college district, the surrounding region, and across the country as producers of quality registered nurses.

Diversity- Students at JWCC are a very diverse group of individuals. Many hold academic degrees in other disciplines of study, returning to school after many years, or continuing their education directly after completion of high school. Graduates work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care, home care, clinics and physician offices.

Caring and Dedicated Faculty – Many faculty continue to work in the healthcare arena, bringing current, real-world experience to the classroom from a variety of specialties. Faculty in the nursing department offer student support not only in their academic studies, but also in their extra-curricular involvements throughout the student's time at JWCC.

Did you know that by 2020, the United States will face an estimated shortage of 800,000 nurses? What an exciting time to become a nurse!

 Preparing Students for Future Success:

  • Student Nurses Organization (SNO)Members receive guidance and experience as they participate in a variety of activities throughout the year (i.e., American Red Cross blood drives and Community projects by volunteering for local organizations).
  • Community InvolvementThrough both the SNO and other school venues, nursing students are actively involved in community volunteer projects.
  • Worldwide AppealA nursing degree opens a door for job opportunities around the world.

Interested In Applying? 

Admission - The nursing program is a selective admission program.. Students can start applying October 15, 2015. Please note: Applications must be submitted to the Advising and Retention Office by February 15 of the year prior to the fall of entry for consideration. Applications may be submitted prior to this date, but will not be reviewed until after February 15. Admission is determined by a point system based on:  achieving acceptable scores on the pre-entrance exam, GPA for pre-requisite and previous college courses, and completion of pre-requisite courses.


  • Resources used:

"Nursing Program Ranked Top 10 in State." US Fed News Service, Including US State News. The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. 2014. HighBeam Research. 28 Jul. 2015 <http://www.highbeam.com>.