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The Nursing AAS program is designed to prepare you to function as a professional nurse in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and private homes and offices. Become an RN at a fraction of the cost of a four year university.
MCC's Associates Degree in Nursing program is approved by the Illinois Board of Nursing and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. The program is also approved by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Board of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Illinois Office of Education and the U.S. Office of Education.
The nursing program is accredited by the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326 404-975-5000
New-student orientation for newly-accepted nursing students has been changed to August 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in B166
- February 18 at 5 p.m.
- April 14 at 4:30 p.m.
Total Cost of Nursing AAS
(in-district) Total Amount: $15,591.00
Credit Hours to Complete: 73
Weeks to Complete: 128
A Word About Costs
In order to become a licensed registered nurse, you must successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Please see the National Council of State boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN) web site, at www.ncsbn.org for current cost information regarding registration and licensure fees.
Be aware that as a student in the nursing program, you will also incur costs including, but not limited to books, vaccinations, background check, medical exam, Tuberculosis (TB) testing, drug screening, health insurance, CPR (Basic Life Support) certification.
Credit Hours to Complete: 69-73. Total degree hours will be 73 for students needing BIO 157.
Starting in Catalog 2020/2021, total degree credit hours will be 66-70. Total degree hours will be 70 for students needing BIO 157.
What makes MCC's Nursing AAS program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?
- MCC nursing program graduates pass the NCLEX at a rate that is above both state and national averages for both associate and bachelor degree programs.
- MCC partners with four-year institutions to allow you easy transition into a BSN program after graduating from MCC. See RN to BSN transfer guides.
In addition to the Nursing AAS, we offer:
What you need to know about getting your Nursing AAS (CIP 51.3801 )
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What job opportunities are available to someone with an Nursing AAS?
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How will MCC's Nursing AAS program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?
- Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination (NCLEX-RN), which may lead to licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
- You will experience 12 hours a week of hands-on, clinical instruction in a hospital or healthcare setting beginning with the first semester, and continuing throughout the program.
- Graduates are well-versed in, and prepared to use, the technological tools and systems that are the standard in healthcare today.
By the Numbers:
- Salary Range: $67,750 to $73,430
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the median annual wage for registered nurses in 2017 was $70,000 per year or $33.65 per hour.
- Job Outlook: Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average (15% or more)
- U.S. News ranks Registered Nurse #15 of Best Health Care Jobs and #19 of The 100 Best Jobs
What have graduates gone on to do?
- Students have obtained employment at Advocate Health Care, Centegra, Presence Health, Mercy Health System and several area assisted-living and long-term care facilities
- Our graduates have worked in nearly every facet of nursing from ER, OB, ICU, acute care, hospice, physician offices, assisted living, telehealth, and long-term care
- Some graduates have received bachelor degrees in nursing and are currently enrolled and pursuing their masters degrees
Outside the Classroom
- MCC's Student Nursing Organization (SNO)
- National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN)
- National Student Nurses Association (NSNA)
Do you need more information or want to get started?
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Semesters to complete assumes students are taking a full-time credit load of 12 credits per semester (the minimum required for federal financial aid).
Proportion of students completing in normal time is the percentage of completers who earned the credential within the specified time of their first enrollment at the College.
Students attending part-time or changing their program of study are two common reasons why they may not complete in "normal" time.
Tuition and fees are set by the Board of Trustees. Prices for books and supplies are subject to change.
See additional information about international student costs.