Nursing Program

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Degree Options

Program Information

The Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College is regulated by guidelines established by the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.

What began as a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in 1970, evolved into a fully 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.

Approximately 20 students each year apply for the LPN program during the summer following their first year of Nursing coursework. Most LPN students go on to complete year two of the Nursing Program.

Kishwaukee's Nursing Program has one of the highest overall NCLEX-RN (State Board Examination) pass rates in Illinois and in the country. Kishwaukee's overall average is 95% compared with a state average of 86% and a national average of 85%.

The Nursing Program has an excellent curriculum and a stable and theoretically diverse nursing faculty. Kishwaukee Nursing graduates are highly regarded throughout the region.


A variable tuition rate of $101 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.

Additional Resources

Kishwaukee College will no longer be offering the Northern Illinois Online Nursing (NIOIN) degree program. The last admitted class will graduate in Spring of 2014.

Contact Information

Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education
815-825-2086, ext. 2510
Office: B1223

Kelly Soost, Coordinator of Nursing
815-825-2086, ext. 2540
Office: B1224

Tammy Beinarauskas, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Health & Education
815-825-2086, ext. 2510
Office: B1222

Lisa Baj
815-825-2086, ext. 3490
Office: B1226

Patricia Clark-Beard, CNA Coordinator
815-825-2086, ext. 3920
Office: B1237

June Callahan
815-825-2086, ext. 3620
Office: B1221

Susan Hudson
815-825-2086, ext. 5050
Office: B1232

Christine Makosh
815-825-2086, ext. 3440
Office: B1235

Patricia Mitchell
815-825-2086, ext. 2550
Office: B1220

Janis Ormond
815-825-2086, ext. 3090
Office: B1228

Kathy Schnier
815-825-2086, ext. 3630
Office: B1230

Kay Singer
815-825-2086, ext. 3921
Office: B1211


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