Nursing Program FAQ's

What steps should I take if I want to enter the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College?

Please click here (PDF) for a listing of first steps. 

What costs will I incur before, during, and after graduation from the nursing program?

Please click here (PDF) for an outline of Tuition and Fees. Please note that there will be additional costs in addition to Tuition & Fees which includes Textbooks, Misc Supplies, Uniforms, Licensure Fees, etc. 

Does the Nursing Program have Variable Tuition?

Yes, a variable tuition rate of $119 per credit hour in addition to the standard tuition rate, will be applied to all nursing courses in the ADN/LPN programs for students admitted as of Fall 2013. All ADN/LPN nursing courses will be subject to variable tuition effective January 2015.

Students enrolled in the ADN/LPN program prior to Fall 2013 will remain at standard tuition rates until January 2015.

Will I be able to work while attending nursing school?

We recommend that our nursing students do not work more than 20 hours a week. Some students may wish to adjust to being in the nursing program with fewer hours at first and then gradually work their way up to 20 hours or less.

How long is the nursing program?

Once all admissions criteria has been completed:

  • The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) degree is a two-year program leading to an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing which leads to your Registered Nurse (RN) licensure after the state board (NCLEX-RN) examination.
  • The Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate applicants attend the first year of ADN courses then are eligible to take the PN option in the following summer session. Students may stop there and take the state board (NCLEX-PN) examination to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and/or continue on to the second year of ADN schooling to lead to RN licensure after the state board (NCLEX-RN) examination.
  • The Basic Nursing Assistant Program is an 8-week course. Upon successful completion of this course and successful completion of the state test, you will be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Please note regarding the LPN Ladder Component of the ADN Nursing Program:

The LPN Ladder Component of the ADN Nursing Program is currently not being offered. The Ladder Program will end on May 16, 2015.

Do you offer a waiting list for the Nursing Program?

We do not offer a waiting list. Applicants must reapply each semester that they are not admitted.

Do you offer a part-time, online, or evening program?

Unfortunately, at this time, Kishwaukee does not offer a part-time, online, or evening nursing program.

When should I attend a nursing information meeting? When are they offered?

It is recommended to attend a meeting when you first become interested in nursing. For high school students, we urge students to attend the summer before their Senior year. Attending a meeting at an early stage will allow you to fully understand the admission criteria and prepare accordingly. Advisement may be offered after the information meeting on an individualized basis (official sealed transcripts from all college’s attended or applicable placement testing is required to be eligible for an individualized meeting). We will help you plan out your courses to meet criteria and inform you when you will be eligible to apply.

The nursing information meetings are normally held twice a month during the Fall and Spring semesters and once a month during Summer semesters. Meetings are always held at 12 Noon in the main building. Please click here for a listing of the meeting dates/times.

When are nursing classes/clinicals offered?

Nursing courses and clinicals differ between semesters. During semester I, students will be on-campus 3 days a week and attend clinical 1 day a week. During semester II, students will be on-campus 3 days a week and attend clinical 2 days a week. During semesters III and IV, students are on campus 2-3 days a week and attend clinical 2 days a week. Clinicals entail 8-week specialty rotations including Maternal Health, Pediatrics, Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Community/Mental Health. Clinicals may consist of days, evenings, and Saturdays taught by full-time and part-time instructors.

Will child care be provided while I am attending Nursing School?

While the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee does not offer child care, Kishwaukee College does have a child care center on campus. Please click here for more information or contact Steve Kimmel, Director of Early Childhood Center, at 815-825-2086, ext. 2150 for enrollment and tuition information.

What accreditation does the Nursing Program have?

Kishwaukee College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR). We are currently seeking accreditation with ACEN - Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

How many students are accepted into the nursing program?

We accept 40 students in the Fall (August-December) semester and 40 students in the Spring (January-May) semester.

Do I have to be a CNA to enter the Nursing Program?

Kishwaukee’s Nursing Program does not require you to be a CNA.

Is there preference over in-district versus out-of-district students?

Most of our clinicals are out of Kishwaukee’s district (e.g. Rockford). For this reason, we do accept students from these districts following the Illinois Community College Board guidelines. However, out-of-district students are subject to out-of-district tuition. Please click here for tuition prices. 

How do I know if I am considered in-district or out-of-district?

You may check your voter’s registration card for Kishwaukee College District 523. You may also contact the Admissions Office at 815-825-2086, ext. 2740.

When should I take the TEAS test? How do I register?

It is recommended that students take this test one semester before they are eligible to apply to the nursing program. The TEAS test must be taken at Kishwaukee College if planning on submitting an application for Kishwaukee’s Nursing Program. You may register online on the Kishwaukee College Nursing website.

What is covered on the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test?

The TEAS test covers Reading, Math, Science, and English and it is recommended that you have college courses in these areas before attempting the TEAS test. The test consists of 170 questions with the breakdown as follows:

  • Reading: 40 questions
    • Paragraph Comprehension, Passage Comprehension, and Inferences & Conclusions.
  • Math: 45 questions
    • Whole Numbers, Fractions and Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Metric Conversions, Algebraic Application, and Data Interpretation.
  • Science: 30 questions
    • Scientific Reasoning, General Science, Life Science, Chemical Science, Physical Science, and Human Body Science.
  • English: 55 questions
    • Punctuation, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Contextual Words, and Spelling.

How should I study for the TEAS test?

Study guides may be purchased at The nursing program utilizes ATI resources throughout the program. Our Library has a copy of these study materials which students may check out in 2-hour intervals. Our Learning Skills Center (LSC) also provides free TEAS testing tutors. You may also take free practice tests at

What are the admissions criteria?

  • For the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) admission requirements please click here.
  • For the Practical Nursing (LPN) admission requirements please click here.
    Note: The criteria for ADN and PN are the same requirements. Kishwaukee’s Nursing Program is a ladder program; Kishwaukee does not offer a stand alone PN program.
  • For the Basic Nursing Assistant Certificate (BNA) admission requirements please click here.

Can I apply to the Nursing Program before I have completed my admission criteria?

Students are encouraged to apply to Nursing in their last semester of pre-requisite coursework (BIO 259 and/or MAT 208 or MAT 220). If you are not admitted for that particular semester, you will still be required to submit a new application for the following semester. Applications are only accepted during the designated time frames in each semester.

When are the deadlines to apply to the program?

Applications will only be accepted within the following timeframes:

  • For Fall admission: February 1 through February 15
  • For Spring admission: September 1 through September 15

Any applications received prior to these dates or after the deadlines will not be accepted.

How are applicants chosen?

Students must complete all admission criteria. In the event that there are more applicants than spaces available, applicants are chosen according to the number of hours completed in “Criteria A” (overall GPA of 2.5 or higher in at least 12 hours of general education course work applicable to nursing). Please click here for a listing of courses. In the event of ties, we next look for the number of hours completed at Kishwaukee College. We strongly recommend that students attend an information meeting for further clarification. Please click here for a listing of information meeting dates/times.


What is Kishwaukee College's Nursing Program Policy on Transferring into the program from a different Nursing Program?


Please refer to these documents on our Transfer Policy:

Nursing Program Transfer Credit Policy for Nursing & General Education Courses and

Transfer Nursing Student Admission Policy & Criteria


When will I receive confirmation of acceptance?

Students are notified via phone. Please ensure you keep your contact information up-to-date with the Admissions Office. If we are unable to contact a qualified applicant by phone, an email to the student's Kishwaukee College email address will be sent requesting the student to contact us before a certain date. If no contact has been made between the student and the Nursing Department, the students file will be closed.

For Fall admission, phone calls will start going out in April. For Spring admission, phone calls will start going out in November. Please be patient during this time period.

When will I be eligible to register for my Nursing courses?

This type of information will be covered during a nursing orientation. Once you have been accepted, students will have an official meeting with the Coordinator of Nursing where they will learn about the orientation for newly admitted students. During this meeting, students will learn their schedule, when/where to register, immunizations, and other applicable information.

What scholarships do you offer for the Nursing Program?

Please click here for available scholarships. Review criteria on each scholarship for requirements.

What is the curriculum layout look like once I am accepted into the program?

Please click here.  

After I complete the first semester, will I be eligible to become a CNA?

Fundamentals, NUR 121 (during your first semester), will need to be completed with a “C” or higher grade. You will need to fill out paperwork with the CNA Coordinator to apply to take the state CNA exam. Upon successful completion of this test, you will be eligible to work as a CNA in the state of Illinois.

How long do I have to finish the program?

  • The ADN program must be finished within four years from the start of the first nursing course.
  • The PN program must be finished within two years from the start of the first nursing course.

Do you offer any Nursing groups or organizations?

Yes. Three organizations are offered to any interested Nursing student: The Student Nurse Organization (SNO), Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF), and Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society (ADN). ADN Students must qualify with GPA requirements. Please click here for more information.  

Upon successful completion of the program, will I be licensed to work as a CNA, LPN, or RN?

  • Kishwaukee ADN Program: Students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Upon successful completion of this exam, students name will be placed on the Division of Professional Regulation’s Registry for Registered Nurse (RN).
  • PN Program: Students will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination. Upon successful completion of this exam, students name will be placed on the Division of Professional Regulation’s Registry for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
  • BNA Program: Students will be eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Assistant Training Competency Exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, the students name is placed on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Health Care Worker Registry for Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).

What is the job placement for nursing graduates from Kishwaukee College? Will you offer me guidance for job placement?

Our nursing graduates have experienced close to 100 percent job placement into nursing positions ranging from doctor’s offices to hospitals.


If you need any additional information, please contact the Health & Education Division at 815-825-2086 x 2510.

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