JJC Nursing Program Graduates  Surpass National and State NCLEX Averages

For yet another year in a row, JJC nursing graduates have surpassed national and state averages among those who take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).nursing

According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, JJC graduates of the Registered Nursing Program achieved a 96 percent pass rate on the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) for 2015. This continues to be well above both state (86%) and national (85%) averages. Pass rates for the Licensed Practical Nursing Program are also impressive with a 99 percent pass rate on the national licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) for 2015.

It is my pleasure to report that the hard work of our students, dedication and commitment of the JJC faculty and staff, continues to pay-off,” said Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald, JJC professor and chair of the Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Services Department. “The results we have been fortunate to report are made possible thanks to everyone within our JJC family and community partners who touch the lives of our students and faculty!”

Students are qualified to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) after their first year in JJC’s nursing program. Many LPNs work in nursing homes, home health, assisted living, private duty, or in patients’ homes. After two years in JJC’s nursing program, students are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN.

Nursing is one of the country’s fastest growing occupations, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2020, positions for RNs are expected to grow by 19 percent and LPN positions are expected to increase by 39 percent. Other job increases by 2022 include: 21 percent for CNAs; 48 percent for home health aides; 39 percent for sonographers; and 23 percent for EMTs and paramedics.

JJC has the biggest community college-based nursing program in Illinois, and one of only a few that offers an evening program.

Anyone interested in learning more about the nursing program is invited to attend an info session, offered on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, March 23, at 4:00 PM in the U-building Auditorium U-1024, Main Campus
  • Wednesday, April 6th at 4:00 PM in the Conference Room at the Romeoville Campus
  • Wednesday, May 4th at 4:00 PM in the U-building Classroom U-2005, Main Campus

The info sessions are open to all residents of District 525, and there is no cost and no need to register ahead of time.

For more information about the nursing program, visit www.jjc.edu/nursing/Pages/default.aspx.


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