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Nursing Program Admission

Students seeking admission to the nursing program are required to:

  1. Submit a completed New Student Information Form to Admissions.
  2. Meet with Counseling to establish a schedule for taking prerequisite courses. 
  3. Obtain specific admission information by contacting the Health Care Programs Office, (630) 466-7900, ext. 2322.
  4. If testing July 1, 2014, or after: complete required Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) assessment test. (Note: For first consideration, test scores should be recorded by the application deadline. However, scores received by January 1 MAY be considered for spring, and scores received by August 1 MAY be considered for fall if space is still available in the program.) Acceptance into the program is based on assessment results, with documentation of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage of 55%, as well as a composite of 55% for the TEAS. A student has two opportunities to successfully meet assessment requirements. If a student fails to successfully complete assessment requirements on their first attempt, eight weeks must elapse between testing sessions for the TEAS assessments. Students who failed the PAX-RN two times prior to July 1, 2014, will be given one (1) opportunity to attempt to meet the TEAS requirement. This opportunity expires July 1, 2015. Due to the eight week RETEST policy for each assessment, students should plan accordingly for the initial test and possible re-test. Guidance is provided by the Tutoring Center and the Center for Learning Assessment for students who do not meet these entry requirements. Test scores are only valid for 24 months. 
  5. Complete and submit the Nursing Application Form (pdf) required for entry into the program, along with a program application fee of $10 (check or money order made out to Waubonsee Community College). Application to the program must be made prior to the deadline for the semester the student desires to enter: 
    • March 15 for fall enrollment (August/October)
      NOTE: Original residency documents due to Registration and Records between March 15 and April 13 
    • September 15 for spring enrollment (January/March) 
      NOTE: Original residency documents due to Registration and Records between Sept. 15 and October 13 
    Enrollment is limited in the nursing (NUR) courses in order to provide the best possible educational experience for students. (Note: Selection for admission into the program for either August/October or January/March will be determined by the Admissions Committee. Applicants should anticipate acceptance for either start date for fall or spring semesters.)
  6. Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for prerequisite courses.
  7. Complete science courses within five years of application filing deadline. Science courses taken more than five years before the application deadline must be retaken. There are no exceptions.
  8. Understand that all of the following documentation must be submitted in order to be considered for acceptance into the program: 
    • New Student Information Form;
    • Nursing Program Application (including $10 application fee);
    • ORIGINAL residency documents (see #11)  
    • successful completion of prerequisite courses or test results from any proficiency examinations (CLEP);
    • nursing assessment entrance testing;
    • transcripts from other colleges/universities.
  9. Once accepted into the program, the student must:
    • attend the mandatory new student orientation to the nursing program;
    • submit documentation of a physical and dental examination, current immunizations, and a 2-step tuberculosis (TB) test - none of which should be more than one year old at the time of entry;
    • follow the program sequence for all NUR courses;
    • attain a 2.0 (C) or better GPA in each of the nursing courses.
  10. Official written notification of acceptance into the program will be received via certified mail. Students not accepted must reapply.
  11. In compliance with the Illinois Community College Act, in-district applicants will be given preference over out-of-district applicants. Proof of residency is required. Contact Registration and Records for information regarding residency. Having paid in-district tuition rates in the past does not necessarily qualify an individual as an in-district resident.
  12. Are you a veteran or military service member that has current eligibility for either federal VA Education benefits for Illinois military grants? (Federal VA Education programs include: Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and REAP. State grants are the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard (ING). If "yes," please attach a copy of your benefits Certificate of Eligibility to your application. Our office will confirm your benefit eligibility by contacting the Waubonsee Financial Aid Offices' VA School Certifying Official.

Advanced Placement
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may be eligible for advanced placement into the program, as well as students transferring from another nursing program. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Contact the Health Care Programs Office, (630) 466-7900, ext. 2322. 

Recommendation for Learning and Enhancement
Applicants who lack basic, beginning keyboarding and Windows navigation skills are encouraged to take an introductory computer course before starting the nursing course sequence. To maximize success, students may take NUR 100 prior to entry into the program.

Program Costs
In addition to tuition and regular fees, the registered nursing student has the following minimum fees and expenses:

Textbooks for NUR courses
(does NOT include general education courses
$850
BLS Certification $45
Uniform/shoes $105
Nursing supplies (e.g. watch, stethoscope) $175
NCLEX-RN licensure exam fee $264
State of IL criminal background check fee $50
Physical exam, immunizations, TB testing per health care provider
Total Estimated Costs
(excluding medical requirements)
$1,490

In addition, students are responsible for personal transportation to required clinical experiences. Note: These fees and expenses are approximate costs and are subject to change without prior notice to the student.