Registered Nursing

Nursing Program

Degree Options

Program Information

The Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College is regulated by guidelines established by the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

What began as a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in 1970, evolved into an accredited Associate degree program leading to Registered Nurse licensure in 1975. Each year, Kishwaukee accepts 80 (40 per semester) students into its Nursing program. After two years of theoretical and clinical coursework in both general and specialty areas in Nursing, the student graduates with an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to sit for licensure examination.

Kishwaukee's Nursing Program has one of the highest overall NCLEX-RN (State Board Examination) pass rates in Illinois and in the country. Kishwaukee's overall average is 90% compared with a state and national average of 88%.

This degree program prepares students to deliver high-quality, safe and cost-effective health care as a Registered Professional Nurse. Registered Professional Nursing is governed by the State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act 2007. It is designed to prepare the entry-level professional nurse to sit for the licensing examination for professional nurses (NCLEX-RN) after graduation. The Registered Professional Nurse advocates for patient safety through use of evidence-based practice, team work, ethics, technology and a focus on continuous quality improvement. The curriculum includes theory in communications, science and behavioral sciences as well as nursing. The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program curriculum utilizes the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute competencies to provide an organizing framework for curriculum content.
The QSEN competencies include:
•    Patient-centered care
•    Teamwork and Collaboration
•    Evidence-based Practice
•    Quality Improvement
•    Safety
•    Informatics

A vital component of the curriculum is the supervised clinical experience provided in area hospitals and community agencies. The newly remodeled facilities which include classrooms, nursing labs, and a high fidelity simulation lab located within the Terry and Sherrie Martin Health Career Wing, provide a quality environment for learning in the 21st century. Requires 66 credit hours.

Nursing Program Student Achievement Data

  • First Time Pass Rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX) in 2018:
            Kishwaukee College 90%; State of Illinois 88%; National Average 88%
  • Students Completing the Program in 2017:
  • Graduates Surveyed within Six Months of Graduation Obtaining Jobs in 2017:

Career Cluster Health Science
This program is part of the Health Science Career Cluster.

Residency and Admission to the Nursing Program

Residency criteria: Chapter 122, Section 103-17 of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that, whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Kishwaukee College Nursing and Allied Health Professions programs for students who live outside of Kishwaukee College district #528 vary per program based on space availability and qualified applicant pools.


A variable tuition rate (in addition to the standard tuition rate) will be applied to all courses in the Nursing program.  Please refer to the Tuition & Fees page for more information.

Additional Resources

Contact Information

Mindy Finch
Dean / Director of Nursing
Office: B1223