Waubonsee's Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing and Associate in Science (AS) Nursing Transfer degree programs are respected within the local community college district, the surrounding region and across the country as producers of quality registered nurses. The support of the Board of Trustees of the college, administration and academic areas promote the success of the program and thus the students. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Upon completion of all college and program requirements, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX).
The program admitted its first class of students in September of 1970 with 56 students enrolled. Today 144 students are admitted yearly to the program. Students are a very diverse group of individuals, including male and female, mothers, fathers, sisters and friends. Many hold academic degrees in other disciplines of study, or are returning to school after many years, or continuing their education directly after completion of high school.
Our nursing students are provided with the academic and clinical experiences necessary to give competent entry level nursing care in today's complex and ever changing society. Graduates work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory care, home care, clinics and physician offices.
The mission of the nursing program is to educate students to be safe, caring, competent and contributing members of the nursing profession engaged in meeting the health needs of diverse populations. As part of a learning-centered college community, the nursing faculty is committed to shaping students' futures through learning and professional development.
The Waubonsee Nursing Program reflects the college philosophy and is based on the premise that quality nursing education is the cornerstone of the professional nurse. Nursing faculty believe that learning is a life long process and that the pursuit of knowledge must be supported by institutional policies which demonstrate the core values of accessibility, service, value, quality, and innovation. Both the AAS in Nursing and the AS Nursing Transfer degree programs are designed to educate foundational, entry-level professionals and prepare those wishing to continue their education in pursuit of a baccalaureate nursing degree. The Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center is available to assist students with choosing the right program of study that will achieve their educational goals and transfer to their chosen four-year school.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOME DATA
The Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College has an average retention rate of 72.7% for the nursing cohort that began the program in 2012 - 2013 with an expected graduation in 2013 - 2015. To help with retention, the college has a number of support services available to students to assist in successful completion of the program.
The Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College (2015 calendar year) had 100% nursing job placement based on the 68% graduate survey return rate on job placement.
NCLEX Pass Rate (average/calendar year)
2012 - 95%
2013 - 90%
2014 - 88%
2015 - 96%