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.
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 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.
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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
GOAL: 80% of students who complete the nursing program do so within 6 semesters
GOAL: 75% of students who begin the Registered Nursing Program at Waubonsee Community College will complete the program.
GOAL: 90% of students who respond to alumni follow-up will report employment in the nursing field (within 9 months of program completion).
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.