JJC Prepares Military Corpsmen for Nursing Careers

After eight weeks of studying, clinicals and a lot of hard work, all nine military corpsmen have successfully graduated from JJC’s Military Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse certificate program – and many of them are already working on securing jobs.

Left to right: Franco Nino, Amy Reichard, Shavonta McKeever, Kevin Wilson, William Perry, Todd Willbur, Michelle Haley, Danielle Cook, Michelle Mondia

These students were the first in the state to be a part of a program like this, which allows military medics who have completed the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program within the last five years to earn certificates as practical nurses in less than two months.

Now that they have passed the course, the students will take the NCLEX-PN exam this summer. If they pass, they will become licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

This program was created to make it easier and faster for military medics to obtain a nursing certificate by transferring their military credits into educational credits. The program lasts eight weeks.

“They were a unique group of students. They were enthusiastic learners and took responsibility for their education,” said JJC Nursing Professor Kathleen Wolz.

JJC was the first college in the state to offer this program. It will be offered again during the last eight weeks of JJC’s fall 2015 semester.

Veterans interested in the program can utilize available veteran education benefits like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Illinois Veterans’ Grant, and others to cover eligible program expenses.

“A program like this allows you to have a short period of time to improve yourself and use the skills that you have and all the experience you have gained. Then, once you get in and get started, it gets you on a path to start improving,” said Michelle Mondia, military medic and graduate of the program.

In addition to this program, JJC offers a Veterans Resource Center for studying, computer access and group meetings, and a Veterans Alliance Club.

For more information about the Army to Medic LPN program, visit www.jjc.edu/nursing-allied-health.


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