JJC First Community College in Illinois to Offer New Nursing Program for Veterans with Medical Experience

Veterans who have completed their medical corpsman training and are looking to pursue a new career as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) can now earn that credential through the new Military Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse certificate program at Joliet Junior College.  

The intensive, eight-week curriculum, designed through a cooperative effort among JJC, College of DuPage, and Illinois Central College in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Governors Association for Veterans, addresses differences between the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program and a practical nursing program as determined by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act. 

Upon successful completion of the certificate, veterans will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination to become an LPN. 

“I am extremely proud that JJC, the nation’s first public community college, is the first in Illinois to offer this program for our veterans,” said Dean of Health Professions and Emergency Services Mary Beth Luna. “This course will fill in the gaps of their rigorous military training to make them eligible to sit for the practical nurse licensure exam. I am so pleased that we are able to respond to the educational needs of our veterans and provide them a seamless transition to a civilian career.” 

JJC is the first college to offer the program, which will begin in the spring 2015 term, March 9 to May 8. Applications are currently being accepted online at www.jjc.edu/info/medic-to-pn.  The program will then be offered at College of DuPage during the summer 2015 term, June 8 to Aug. 2, and at Illinois Central College during the fall 2015 term, Aug. 17 to Oct. 16.  

Veterans can utilize available veteran education benefits (i.e. Post-9/11 GI Bill, Illinois Veterans’ Grant, etc.) to cover eligible program expenses. 

To qualify for the program, veterans must have successfully completed the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program within the last five years.  If it has been more than five years, then at least one year of experience using corpsman skills in last five years. 

For more information about the program, contact Mary Magruder, JJC department chair of nursing at 815-280-2438 or mmagrude@jjc.edu, or visit www.jjc.edu/info/medic-to-pn



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