Nursing

Learn more about the program from our students, alumni and faculty.
Learn more about the program from our students, alumni and faculty.

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).

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.

Mission
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.

Philosophy
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.

NCLEX Pass Rate (%)

Year Waubonsee Average National Average State of IL Average
2013 88% 83% 85%
2014 92% 82% 84%
2015 96% 85% 86%
2016 94% 85% 85%

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOME DATA

Completion

Ninety percent (90%) of the students who are admitted to the Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College will complete the program within six (6) semesters.  Results from 1/1/16 through 12/31/16 showed 63 students completed and graduated within three years (6 semesters).

Retention Rate (RR)

Sixty-five percent (65%) of the students who begin the Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College will complete the program.  Results from 1/1/13 through 12/31/13 showed 57 out of 80 students (71.25% RR) who began the program completed the program.  Results from 1/1/14 through 12/31/14 showed 57 out of 76 students (75% RR) who began the program completed the program. 

Graduate Placement

Results from 1/1/16 through 12/31/16 showed that the Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College had 100% graduate placement from the 77% of graduate survey respondents (Goal of the program is to have 75% of graduates employed within nine months of graduation).

CTE Showcase — Get The Facts

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