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Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

AAS Technical Degree

Welcome to John Wood Community College Nursing Department web site.  We hope you find the information you need to help you get started in a wonderful career in the nursing field. 

The Professional Nursing (RN) program at John Wood Community College is a competitive selective admission program that provides students with the opportunity to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in nursing after completing a two year program of study.  Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX –RN examination and to apply for Illinois licensure as a registered nurse.  If you are interested in the degree program you may benefit by attending a monthly nursing Informational Session. Information can be found on the John Wood Community College web site under Events.

The nursing program is a selective admission program with limited enrollment.  Applications to John Wood Community College’s nursing program are considered on a rolling admission basis.  This means applications are reviewed and considered as they received instead of waiting to select applicants concurrently at one time.  Students find out their admission status to the college within a small timeframe.  We accept students throughout the year but you must apply at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the semester to be considered.  Admission is determined by a point system based on:  achieving acceptable scores on the HESI entrance exam, GPA for pre-requisite and previous college courses, and completion of pre-requisite courses.

The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and by the Illinois Community College Board. 


The financial aid process takes 4 to 6 weeks.  

When applying for financial aid assistance it is in your best interest to apply as soon as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application opens right after January 1 each year.  Applying as early as possible will provide you the opportunity to resolve any documentation request prior to the start of school, determine if you need to apply for additional scholarship opportunities with JWCC Foundation or loans, and receive award letter notification, all in time prior to the payment due date. Students are encouraged to watch their JWCC email for important notification concerning their Student Online Accounts (Blazernet/SOLAR) where financial aid information is posted for the upcoming year.

Placement is limited and career programs fill up quickly

If you meet the acceptance requirements for the program but it is full you will be put on a waiting list. 

Give yourself more time to study for and take placement tests.

Less stress.  Get accepted early so you can celebrate and get ready to start.

Curious if you meet the requirements for the ADN program? Use the checklist!