- Nursing Program Applications Accepted Tuesday, 9/1 through Tuesday, 9/15 via USPS Mail or HE Drop Box
- Enter Through Door 6 on the South Side of the College to drop off Applications (so you can be properly screened)
- Bring your Application Materials to the B Wing and put in HE Dropbox outside of Nursing Office B 1222
- If You Have Any Questions Please Email email@example.com or call 815-825-9686 to talk to DON
Nursing Admissions Information
The Registered Nursing Program accepts 40 students per semester. Preference is given to in-district residents. Please review our Admissions Information carefully as enrollment is a multi-step process.
Nursing Student Handbook
Program History & Pass Rates
All Applications, Medical/Felony Forms, and Sealed & Signed Personal Reference** Envelopes must be received IN A SEALED ENVELOPE with your full name and student i.d. number written on the outside of the envelope. Please include all required documents in one sealed envelope.
Applications must be post-marked between February 1 - February 15 for Fall Admission, or post-marked September 1 - September 15th for Spring Admission. You may also drop off your application (sealed, as noted above) in the locked Drop-Box located outside of the Division Office B1222 during these dates.
**Personal Reference Forms may still be mailed directly to the Health & Education Division Office by the reference giver. Or, they may be returned to the applicant in a sealed envelope with reference giver’s signature across the seal. If the applicant submits sealed references, it must be included in the application envelope.
Residency and Admission to the Nursing Program
Residency criteria: Chapter 122, Section 103-17 of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that, whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Kishwaukee College Nursing and Allied Health Professions programs for students who live outside of Kishwaukee College district #528 vary per program based on space availability and qualified applicant pools.
View our Nursing Program Admissions Selection Process.
Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.
What began as a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in 1970, evolved into an accredited Associate degree program leading to Registered Nurse licensure in 1975. Each year, Kishwaukee accepts 80 (40 per semester) students into its Nursing program. After two years of theoretical and clinical coursework in both general and specialty areas in Nursing, the student graduates with an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to sit for licensure examination.
Kishwaukee's Nursing Program has one of the highest overall NCLEX-RN (State Board Examination) pass rates in Illinois and in the country. For 2019, Kishwaukee's overall average is 98% compared with a state & national average of 88%.
Nursing Program Student Achievement Data
- Completion Rate: 49% of students graduated in 2 years; 63% of students graduated in 3 years. National comparison groups for degree completion is 15% in 2 years and 25% in 3 years. (2019 data).
- NCLEX Pass Rate: In 2019, the graduating class achieved a 98% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX) nursing exam; State of Illinois 88% and National Average 88%. Graduates from our program have consistently exceeded the state and national pass rates on the National Council Licensure Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
- Job Placement: 100% of Kishwaukee College nursing graduates are employed as a registered nurse within six months of graduation. Guidance for job placement is offered with the curriculum, and resources exist at the College to assist with this process. (2019 data).