Students seeking admission to the Nursing Program are required to:

  1. Submit a completed New Student Information Form to Admissions.
  2. Meet with the Counseling, Advising and Transfer Center to establish a schedule for taking prerequisite courses.
  3. Obtain specific admission information by contacting the Health Care Programs Office, (630) 870-3901.
  4. Read the Registered Nursing Testing Packet (pdf), contact Learning Assessment and Testing Services with questions, and then take the required TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment test.
    (NOTE: For first consideration, test scores should be recorded by the application deadline. However, scores received by January 1 may be considered for spring and scores received by August 1 may be considered for fall if space is still available in the program.)
    • Contact the Learning Assessment and Testing Services Center at (630) 466-5700 for Nursing Program Assessment testing details such as fees, availability and scheduling procedures.
    • Acceptance into the program is based on assessment results, with documentation of Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage of 55%, as well as a composite of 55% for the TEAS. A student has two opportunities to successfully meet assessment requirements within a two year period. If a student fails to successfully meet assessment requirements on their first attempt, eight weeks must elapse between testing sessions for the TEAS assessments. If a student fails to successfully meet assessment requirements on their second attempt, they may retest two calendar years from their first attempt (when their first attempt scores expire). Due to the eight-week retest policy for each assessment, students should plan accordingly for the initial test and possible re-test. Guidance is provided by the Developmental Education Division and the Learning Assessment and Testing Services Center for students who do not meet these entry requirements. Test scores are only valid for 24 months.
  5. Complete and submit the Nursing Application Form (pdf) required for entry into the program, along with a program application fee of $10 (check or money order made out to Waubonsee Community College). Application to the program must be made prior to the deadline for the semester the student desires to enter:
    • March 15 for fall enrollment (August/October)
      NOTE: Students will be required to verify residency at the time of application submission to the Registration and Records office. Applications will not be accepted without the residency verification documents.
    • September 15 for spring enrollment (January/March)
      NOTE: Students will be required to verify residency at the time of application submission to the Registration and Records office. Applications will not be accepted without the residency verification documents.
      Enrollment is limited in the nursing (NUR) courses in order to provide the best possible educational experience for students. (Note: Selection for admission into the program for either August/October or January/March will be determined by the Admissions Committee. Applicants should anticipate acceptance for either start date for fall or spring semesters.)
  6. Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for prerequisite courses.
  7. Complete science courses within five years of application filing deadline. Science courses taken more than five years before the application deadline must be retaken. There are no exceptions.
  8. Understand that all of the following documentation must be submitted in order to be considered for acceptance into the program:
    • New Student Information Form
    • Nursing Program Application (including $10 application fee)
    • ORIGINAL residency documents (see #11)
    • successful completion of prerequisite courses or test results from any proficiency examinations (CLEP)
    • nursing assessment entrance testing
    • transcripts from other colleges/universities
  9. Once accepted into the program, the student must:
    • attend the mandatory new student orientation to the nursing program
    • submit documentation of a physical and dental examination, current immunizations, and a 2-step tuberculosis (TB) test - none of which should be more than one year old at the time of entry
    • follow the program sequence for all NUR courses
    • attain a 2.0 (C) or better GPA in each of the nursing courses
  10. Official written notification of acceptance into the program will be received via certified mail. Students not accepted must reapply.
  11. In compliance with the Illinois Community College Act, in-district applicants will be given preference over out-of-district applicants. Proof of residency is required at the time of application submission. Contact Registration and Records for information regarding residency. Having paid in-district tuition rates in the past does not necessarily qualify an individual as an in-district resident.
  12. Are you a veteran or military service member that has current eligibility for either federal VA Education benefits for Illinois military grants? (Federal VA Education programs include: Chapter 30, 31, 33, 1606 and REAP. State grants are the Illinois Veterans Grant (IVG) or Illinois National Guard (ING). If "yes," please attach a copy of your benefits Certificate of Eligibility to your application. Our office will confirm your benefit eligibility by contacting the Waubonsee Financial Aid Offices' VA School Certifying Official.

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and regular fees, the registered nursing student has the following minimum fees and expenses.

Textbooks for NUR courses
(does NOT include general education courses
BLS Certification $45
Uniform/shoes $105
Nursing supplies (e.g. watch, stethoscope) $175
NCLEX-RN licensure exam fee $200
State of IL criminal background check fee $50
Physical exam, immunizations, TB testing per health care provider
Total Estimated Costs
(excluding medical requirements)

In addition, students are responsible for personal transportation to required clinical experiences. Note: These fees and expenses are approximate costs and are subject to change without prior notice to the student.

Advanced Placement

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may be eligible for advanced placement into the program, as well as students transferring from another nursing program. Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Contact the Health Care Programs Office, (630) 870-3901.

Recommendation for Learning and Enhancement

Applicants who lack basic, beginning keyboarding and Windows navigation skills are encouraged to take an introductory computer course before starting the nursing course sequence. To maximize success, students may take NUR 100 prior to entry into the program.