JJC Nursing Scores Beat Illinois, National Averages

Joliet Junior College nursing graduates exceeded national and state averages for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in 2016, according to Mary Magruder, JJC professor and chair of the Nursing Department.

Every student who took the NCLEX-PN passed, giving JJC a 100 percent pass rate for practical nurses. The state average for the exam was 91 percent and the national average was 84 percent.

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 or in patients’ homes. After two years in JJC’s nursing program, students are qualified to take the NCLEX-RN.

JJC received a 92 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN, seven percent above the state and national averages, which both ranked at 85 percent.

Graduates of JJC’s certified nursing assistant (CNA) program had a 95 percent pass rate. The overall pass rate for community college CNA programs in Illinois was 89 percent.

“We are so proud of our JJC nursing students and graduates and how well they perform on the NCLEX each year,” said Magruder. “I think our pass rates are so high largely due to the faculty’s endless dedication to nursing education and the support of our nursing staff and administration.”

Nursing is one of the country’s fastest growing occupations, and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2014 to 2024, positions for both RNs and LPNs are expected to grow by 16 percent.

JJC has the biggest community college-based nursing program in Illinois, and one of only a few that offers an evening program. More than 100 students graduate from JJC’s nursing program each year and receive training in state-of-the-art simulation labs.

Even though a majority of nursing graduates take the NCLEX in the summer after graduation, NCLEX scores are calculated based on each calendar year. To learn more about the nursing program at JJC, prospective students can attend informational sessions, which can be found at http://www.jjc.edu/nursing/Pages/Nursing-Program-Information-Sessions.aspx. For information about JJC’s CNA program, contact Mary Fazio at mfazio@jjc.edu or 815-280-2463.

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