Nursing

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 ATI Teas (Test of Essential Academic Skills) assessment test.
     
    • 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 58%, as well as a composite of 58% for the ATI TEAS. If a student fails to successfully meet assessment requirements on their first attempt, eight weeks must elapse between testing sessions for the ATI TEAS assessments. Test scores are valid for two years after an attempt.
       
  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 August enrollment
    • June 15 for October enrollment
    • September 15 for January enrollment
    • December 15 for March enrollment
       
    • 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.
       
  6. Attain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher for prerequisite courses.
  7. 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 #10)
    • Successful completion of prerequisite courses or recording of any prior learning assessments
    • Nursing assessment entrance testing
    • Transcripts from other colleges/universities
       
  8. 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
       
  9. Official written notification of acceptance into the program will be received via certified mail. Students not accepted must reapply.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  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
$2,500
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)
$3,100

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.