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Nursing program ranked no.9 in Illinois

Date: 2/7/2017

Kankakee Community College’s Nursing Program is ranked no. 9 in Illinois by

The ranking is based on current and historical NCLEX-RN (National Council of Licensure Exams) pass rates. The list includes two year, four year, and diploma programs. There are 73 programs which were ranked. Five of the top 10 colleges on the list are community colleges.

“Our faculty have worked hard to develop a curriculum that ensures students’ success on the exam,” said Kellee Hayes, MSN, RN, CNE, director of nursing programs. The college also bolstered its program by obtaining accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Hayes said one reason for the college’s success has been efforts to adapt as National State Board of Nursing passing requirements change. KCC’s pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam for 2016 was 86 percent. It averaged a 91 percent pass rate from 2013 to 2016).

At KCC, students take the NCLEX-RN exam upon completion of the two-year associate degree in nursing program.

KCC’s two-year registered nursing program has a competitive entry process, and accepts new students each fall and spring semester. It incorporates classroom lectures, clinical experiences and lab demonstrations. The program is designed to prepare students for work in hospital departments, as well as in long-term care, home care, business and industry, outpatient clinics, public agencies, and physicians’ offices.

For information about entry requirements, consult with a KCC advisor or contact the program director, Kellee Hayes at or phone 815-802-8828.



Kankakee Community College is an accredited two-year college which awards associate degrees and certificates of completion. KCC prepares students both to transfer to four-year colleges and to enter the workforce. The college also offers continuing education courses and certification training, literacy programs, English as a Second Language and GED preparation. The KCC mission is “Enhancing quality of life through learning.” The college has a Riverfront Campus in Kankakee, South Extension Center in Watseka, North Extension Center in Bradley and Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Center in Kankakee.


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Kari Nugent
Director of marketing and public relations