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Associate Degree Nursing (RN)

Why Should I Choose John Wood’s Nursing Program?


Affordable Tuition Cost - The 2018-2019 tuition rate:

  • $160.00 per semester credit hour for in-district residents.
  • $270.00 per semester credit hour for non-district residents.
  • $190.00 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.

Accreditation- The Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

Program Approval The Illinois Board of Nursing approved the revised Associate Degree of Nursing curriculum July, 2016, which includes a consortium agreement with the Blessing-Riemann College of Nursing and Allied Health.

Successful Graduates – The JWCC nursing faculty are very proud of the high NCLEX pass-rate:

RN NCLEX:                                                        LPN NCLEX:

2016 Pass Rate: 89%                                        2016 Pass Rate: 100%

2015 Pass Rate: 90%                                        2015  Pass Rate: 100%

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

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


RN: 2016 20%

Lab Simulation – The simulation labs offer 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 various clinical affiliations, nursing 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 now! Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor today!

 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. See Admission Requirements for full admissions information.


  • 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>.