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.
In January 2020 an additional 10 students were admitted into a pilot program in a
weekend and evening section. 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 always had one of the highest overall NCLEX-RN (State
Board Examination) pass rates in Illinois and in the country. For 2020 Kishwaukee's
overall average is 82% compared with a state & national average of 88%. The Pandemic
contributed to the decrease in pass rates from 2019.
- Completion Rate: 62% of students graduated in 2 years; 78.5% of students graduate
in 3 years. National comparison groups for degree completion is 15% in 2 years and
25% in 3 years. (2020 data).
- NCLEX Pass Rate: In 2020, the graduating class achieved an 82% 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). The decline is partially related to the negative impact of the
- Job Placement: 95% 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. (2020