The most recent graduates of Joliet Junior College’s nursing program have once again exceeded expectations by high numbers in the percentage of students who passed the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for registered nurses.
According to Dr. Debbie Fitzgerald, JJC professor and chair of the Nursing, Allied Health and Emergency Services Department, each student who took the NCLEX-LPN passed, giving JJC a 100 percent pass rate for licensed practical nurses. The state average for the exam was 91 percent and the national average was 84 percent.
In addition to the LPN students, the 2016 RN students also scored high with a 92 percent pass rate, which was 7 percent above both the state average and national averages.
“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,” Fitzgerald said. “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!”
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.
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 is one of only a few that offers an evening program.
For more information about the nursing program, visit www.jjc.edu/nursing/Pages/default.aspx.