January 11, 2018

Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University recently expanded their academic partnership, announcing a new degree completion option for the Associate Degree Nursing program at Kish and the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science Completion Program at NIU. The agreement was formally signed and executed by both institutions on Wednesday, January 10 at Kishwaukee College.

The RN to B.S. Degree Completion is a customized academic pathway between both institutions that allows students to complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing Program at Kish while taking a number of classes at NIU. After graduation from Kish, students complete final course work at NIU to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

“This innovative program has students taking classes simultaneously at both institutions,” said Derryl Block, Dean of NIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences. “The program is a result of collaboration between Kishwaukee and NIU to better guide students to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing in order to be better prepared to serve the needs of individuals, families, communities and populations.”

“The trend in healthcare is for an increase in nurses who hold a BSN and this agreement will allow more of our students to achieve that goal in a time- and cost-efficient manner,” said Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education at Kish College. “This is a great step forward for our students and for healthcare professionals in our local hospitals and clinics.”

As part of this partnership, Kish will facilitate students’ clinical experiences. Additionally, students will be able to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after successfully completing the Kish portion of the program.

For more information, please contact Bette Chilton at Kishwaukee College at or call 815-825-9308 or Amber Davis at NIU at or call 815-753-6557.

Pictured are, seated L to R, Dr. Lisa Freeman, Acting President of Northern Illinois University, and Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College. Standing, L to R, are: Dr. Christopher McCord, Acting Executive Vice President and Provost, NIU; Dr. Nancy Valentine, School of Nursing Interim Chair, NIU; Dr. Derryl Block, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, NIU; Ron Smith, Director of Community College Partnerships, NIU; Amber Davis, RN-B.S. Nursing Coordinator, NIU; Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education, Kish College; and Dr. M. Joanne Kantner, Vice President of Instruction, Kish College.

Categories: Nursing
December 19, 2017

The Kishwaukee College Nursing Program held an induction ceremony for the Alpha Delta Nu (ADN) Nursing Honor Society on Wednesday, December 13, on campus. Sixteen second-year nursing students were inducted as new members of Iota chapter of ADN. Patricia Mitchell and June Callahan are the Faculty Advisors to the Kishwaukee College chapter.

ADN is the official honor society of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. To be eligible for admission to ADN, nursing students must have completed two semesters of Nursing program coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, have a minimum 87% (B) average in all nursing courses and complete a leadership project. The Fall 2017 induction class’ leadership project was to spearhead the second-year nursing students’ participation in Political Action Day in Springfield to increase awareness of how legislation impacts the nursing profession.

The induction ceremony at Kishwaukee College included welcoming remarks by Bette Chilton, Dean of Health and Education at Kishwaukee College. Representing the new inductees was student speaker and ADN Vice President, Cali Hamm.

The inductees received their ADN pins from each other to signify their interconnectedness as they complete their educational journey as nursing students. Chapter advisor June Callahan bestowed each with an honor cord.

The sixteen nursing students inducted into the Kishwaukee College chapter of Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society are: Jeniveve Beck, Rochelle; Michelle Brandeis, Sycamore; Maryrose Cochran, Sycamore; Nicole Colón, ADN President, Plano; Cali Hamm, ADN Vice President, Genoa; Brittany Kopka, Malta; Casey LaFrentz, Franklin Grove; LeAnne Leffelman, ADN Secretary, Kirkland; Carla Lemons, DeKalb; Kaylie Rapp, Sycamore; Doris Saile, DeKalb; Alexa Simmons, Rochelle; Trevor Taylor, DeKalb; Nick Valianos, DeKalb; Jesenia Velez, Sycamore; and Kourtney Wiley, DeKalb.

For more information on the Nursing Program at Kishwaukee College, contact the Nursing Department at 815-825-9805.

Categories: Nursing
September 14, 2015

Five first-year nursing students at Kishwaukee College were the recipients of prestigious Littmann Stethoscopes from the Community Support Group at 3M. Jon Pruitt, from the 3M Community Support Group was on campus on September 9 to award the stethoscopes to the students.

The nursing students who received Littmann stethoscopes are: Suzi Albers, Rochelle; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; and Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb.

The Community Support Group is the local arm of 3M that provides charitable assistance and support. Although the national 3M Corporation provides recognizable support in a variety of ways, including scholarships to Kishwaukee College and other educational institutions across the country, the Community Support Group is designed to be community-specific by volunteering, assisting, and donating in ways that are unique to the local community.

Since 2010, the 3M Community Support Group in DeKalb has been awarding Littman stethoscopes to deserving Kishwaukee College nursing students. The Littmann Stethoscope is manufactured by 3M and is considered the “Cadillac” of stethoscopes.

For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit; for more information on the 3M Corporation, visit

Pictured on campus with the stethoscopes are, L to R, Jon Pruitt, 3M Community Support Group; Suzi Albers, Rochelle; JaLee Poore, Kingston; Bridget Tewksbury, DeKalb; Samantha Scanlan, Kirkland; Danika McKenna, DeKalb; and Bette Chilton, Dean of Health & Education at Kishwaukee College.

Categories: Nursing