Degrees & Certificates
It is the largest, most respected group of health care workers in the United States.
More than 2.7 million registered nurses are working in hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices, long-term care facilities and many nontraditional environments—and yet there is more need for nurses than any other health care profession as our population grows and ages.
For those who choose this gratifying, growing career, Waubonsee’s two associate degrees in nursing are accredited, respected and empowering.
Registered Nursing & CNA Showcase
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 • 4:30-5:30 p.m.
This in-depth overview session includes a facility tour and faculty talks, along with information focused on program admission requirements and career prospects.
Studying Nursing at Waubonsee
Nursing students develop expertise at Waubonsee, where our experienced instructors and state-of-the-art facility provide a dynamic setting for our highly-focused curriculum. Read the handbook (pdf)
Classroom instruction, lab demonstrations and testing, peer review, and clinical practice shape skills; discussion around social, legal and political concepts affecting health care guide ethical approaches. The well-rounded education Waubonsee provides prepares nursing students for the future, which might include transferring to a four-year university for a specialized degree.
Upon completion of all college and program requirements, Waubonsee graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) -- and they typically do very well. Each year since 2012, our students have achieved a 92 or higher on the test.
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Working in Nursing
Every day, nurses use acquired skills, scientific knowledge and medical expertise to assess situations, prioritize actions, and assist patients to meet physical and psychological needs. This might include recording and analyzing symptoms and treatment responses; assisting in convalescence and rehabilitation; instructing caregivers—any number of things that help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. Career advancement for experienced nurses with additional education may be directed toward nursing management, advanced practice nursing or nursing education.
Student Achievement Outcome Data
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).
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.
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).
Admission, Accreditation and Advancement
The Nursing Program does require a special application process.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30326
If you want to go on to get your bachelor's degree in nursing, we've teamed up with Governors State (pdf) to make it easy.