Registered Nursing FAQs

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

View a listing of first steps (PDF). 

What is the Curriculum Layout of the Nursing program?

View the Curriculum Layout of our RN program.

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

View for an outline of Tuition and Fees (PDF). 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 per credit hour (in addition to the standard tuition rate) will be applied to all courses in the Nursing Program. Please refer to the Tuition & Fees page for more information.

 

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.
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?

The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program can be completed part-time if a student completes all general education courses in advance. There is not an online or evening option.

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. View 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, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Community/Mental Health Nursing. 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 visit the Early Childhood Center webpage for more information or contact Steve Kimmel, Director of Early Childhood Center, at 815-825-9880 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).

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the 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. View the 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 Student Services at 815-825-9375.

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. Students are encouraged to test at Kishwaukee College.  Testing is scheduled through the ATI testing website.  Testing sessions will be scheduled every 2-3 months.  Students may test only once per session.  Students who are unavailable to test at Kishwaukee College must submit scores officially through ATI and show proof that the exam was not taken in the previous 90 days.  Students are encouraged to talk to Nursing Coordinator for further information.  You will find further information regarding TEAS on the KC Nursing Website.  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: 31%
    • Key ideas & details, craft & structure and integration of knowledge & ideas.
  • Math: 22%
    • Number & Algebra, and Measurancement & Data.
  • Science: 31%
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology, Life & Physical Scicences, and Scientific Reasoning.
  • English: 16%
    • Conventions of standard English, Knowledge of language, and Vocabulary acquisition.
How should I study for the TEAS test?

Study guides may be purchased at www.atitesting.com. 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 Testing & Tutoring Services also provides free tutoring to students in different subject areas. You may also take free practice tests at www.testprepreview.com/teas_practice.htm.

What are the admissions criteria?
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. 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 categorized according to a select criteria. Students who have completed all prerequisites will be considered first, followed by those who need to complete TEAS, followed by those who are in their final prerequisites.  Within each category, students will then be ranked by GPA in nursing related courses, followed by the number of hours completed in the nursing curriculum, followed by overall 100/200 level GPA, followed by number of hours completed at Kish, followed by TEAS test scores. This is outlined in the Admissions Selection Process handout.  We strongly recommend that students attend an information meeting for further clarification.

What is Kishwaukee College's Nursing Program Policy on Transferring into the program from a different Nursing Program? 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 refer to the Foundation website for available scholarships. In addition Nursing Students should watch the Health & Education Division MyKC portal page for any non-foundation scholarship opportunities that we receive in our office.

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

Yes. Students who successfully complete NUR117 (Fundamentals of Nursing) with a "C" or higher can sit for the CNA Certification exam. 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.

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. For more information, view the Student Association page.

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).
  • 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?

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.

If you have further questions please contact Kelly Soost, Coordinator of Nursing, at 815-825-9358.