Degrees & Certificates


Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


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.

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.

NCLEX Success

Upon completion of all college and program requirements, Waubonsee nursing graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) and historically score a passing percentage at or above the state and national average.

Year Waubonsee Average State of IL Average National Average
2013 88% 85% 83%
2014 92% 84% 82%
2015 96% 86% 85%
2016 94% 85% 85%
2017 92% 86% 87%
2018 87% 88% 88%

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


GOAL: 80% of students who complete the nursing program do so within 6 semesters

Students Percent
2016 70/70 100%
2017 76/76 100%
2018 86/87 98.9%
2019 112/112 100%
Retention Rate

GOAL:  75% of students who begin the Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College will complete the program.

Students Percent
2014 54/70 77.1%
2015 86/101 85.2%
2016 78/85 91.8%
Graduate Placement

GOAL: 90% of students who respond to alumni follow-up will report employment in the nursing field (within 9 months of program completion).

Students Percent
2016 47/51 92.2%
2017 45/49 91.8%
2018 63/68 92.6%

Admission, Accreditation and Advancement


The Nursing Program does require a special application process



Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Rd
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Bachelor's Degree

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. 


Meet Your Faculty


View a listing of faculty members in this program.

Costs and Payments


Learn how affordable your dreams can be at Waubonsee.