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Nursing Program Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, review the prospective nursing student packet (PDF).


Will my courses from other colleges transfer to CLC?

Many classes from other colleges are accepted at the college. Students should submit official transcripts to the Registrar and Records office and complete a credit evaluation form. Transcript evaluation takes 4-6 weeks to complete. Trained credential analysts will review the transcripts. Courses that transfer will be located on your student center page.

Is there a time limit on courses that transfer?

At this time there is no time limit on courses that will be accepted for the nursing program. Students are accountable for past knowledge and information will not be re-taught.

What do I do if I graduated from high school or college in another country?

All transcripts from foreign countries should first be evaluated by an approved NACES credentialing center. The evaluated transcripts are then sent to the college and evaluated by the Admissions credential analysts. Contact the Registrar and Records office for additional information. This entire process can take up to 6 months to complete. Evaluated transcripts must be in the Registrar and Records office by the screening deadline.

Why do I need to submit a high school transcript?

The nursing program requires proof of high school graduation as one of the entrance requirements. If you have a college degree you may submit a college transcript instead of a high school transcript. All transcripts must be "Official."

How do I apply to the nursing program?

Once all of the prerequisite courses are completed, the NLN test is completed and you are a CNA listed on the Illinois Healthcare Worker registry and have attended a Nursing Information Session, complete a "Screening Request" form. Screening request forms are also available in the Registrar and Records office at Grayslake or the counseling offices at Southlake or Lakeshore. Complete the form and return it in person, by U.S. postal mail, by email or fax to the Registrar and Records office at the Grayslake campus by the end of business hours on the screening deadline.

Can anyone be accepted into the nursing program?

Any student who meets the qualifying criteria can be accepted into the program. Qualifying criteria include meeting all of the prerequisites and residing in Lake County. Individuals who live outside of Lake County will likely not be accepted into the program unless the program does not fill with Lake County residents. Individuals who live outside of Lake County but work in Lake County are not considered to be Lake County residents for the purpose of the nursing program.

What is a screening deadline?

A screening deadline is an application deadline for the nursing program. A completed screening request form must be submitted to the Registrar and Records office by the end of business on the screening deadline date.

When are the screening deadlines?

The screening deadlines are the fourth Wednesday in February for the subsequent fall (August) semester and the fourth Wednesday in September for the subsequent spring (January) semester.

How many students are admitted to the nursing program each semester?

Forty-eight students are accepted during each screening process. Thirty-two spots are available for daytime students and sixteen spots are available for evening students. Registration for these spots is first come first serve during the registration period.

Why are only 48 students admitted each semester?

The nursing program is a limited enrollment program and can only admit forty-eight students due to the state mandated faculty to student ratio in the clinical setting and the limited number of available clinical sites.

How long does it take to complete the ADN nursing program?

The five nursing courses take two years to complete. Prerequisite courses and other degree requirements may take an additional one to two years depending upon how many credit hours a student completes each semester or how many credits transfer from other Colleges or Universities.

Can I take nursing classes in the evening?

All of the nursing courses are offered in the evening. Evening enrollment is on a first come first serve basis during registration and evening spots cannot be guaranteed to an individual student. Student will choose to be a day or evening student upon entering the program. Students may only switch between the two with permission from the ADN Department Chair and pending available space.

What is the NLN PAX exam?

The NLN PAX exam is the entrance exam for the nursing program. The exam includes sections on verbal ability, math and science. Admission to the program is based upon scores on the NLN PAX exam.

What does rank order mean for the NLN PAX exam?

The highest RN composite percentile on the NLN PAX exam is 99%. Applicants are ranked for screening by the RN composite percentile score beginning with 99% and progressing to the minimum acceptable RN percentile score. Applicants are then selected by the scores beginning with the 99% and continuing until the forty-eight students have been accepted. All minimum scores on the exam must be met.

What score do I need on the NLN exam to be admitted into the program?

The acceptance scores change with each applicant pool. The minimum accepted scores are the 50th RN percentile rank in verbal, math and science and the 60th RN composite percentile rank. The most common RN composite percentile scores accepted into the program are 86% through the 99%.

How often can I take the NLN PAX exam?

The PAX exam can be taken every three months (90 days). The online registration system will prohibit an individual from registering for exams more frequently than the three month time period. As long as the test is completed prior to a screening deadline, the test can be used for screening.

If I am only interested in becoming a Certified Nurse assistant (CNA) do I need to attend the general information meeting?

No. The General Information Meeting is for the Associate Degree Nursing program only.

Do medical assistants, paramedics, EMTs and Military Corpsmen need to become a CNA?

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), medical assistants, paramedics and EMTs do not possess the training to be considered a CNA. They must complete a CNA course and take the state exam. Military corpsmen are directed to contact the IDPH and follow their guidelines for obtaining CNA certification.

Is there a waiting list for the nursing program?

The nursing program does not keep a waiting list. Individuals who are not accepted into the program have the opportunity to screen again by the next screening deadline.

What do I do if I am not accepted into the nursing program the first time I apply?

Applicants who are not accepted may complete a screening form and reapply during the next screening period. Applicants do not need to repeat completed courses but many applicants do take the NLN PAX exam to achieve a higher score prior to screening again.

Do you have an LPN Bridge program?

LPNs may apply to the program by meeting the screening requirements with the exception of the CNA. Once an LPN is accepted into the program, he/she will meet with the ADN Department Chair to determine placement in the program.

Do you accept transfer students from other nursing programs?

The nursing program does have transfer guidelines. Individuals interested in this option should contact the ADN Department Chair to discuss this option and see if they qualify to transfer.

Who can I talk to if I have additional questions?

Once you have read the prospective packet and still have questions you may contact counseling, advising or the nursing education department. Contact information is located in the prospective student packet.

What is my next step?

If you are a new student or you have less than 25 college credits, contact Academic Advising for an appointment. If you have more than 25 but less than 30 college credits contact Counseling Services for an appointment. If you have more than 30 credits, contact the nursing education office for an appointment with a nursing faculty advisor (847-543-2043). The phone numbers are also located in the prospective student packet.

What clinical sites are used in the Nursing program?

The Nursing program conducts clinicals at various area hospitals as well as long term care and community agencies. Clinical sites are chosen for the learning experience related to each nursing course. Students are informed of clinical sites prior to enrolling in nursing courses.

What is a BSN partnership?

The CLC Nursing Program encourages continuing education for all of our nursing graduates. There is a national initiative to elevate the level of nursing education and CLC has developed partnerships with several Universities to transition graduates to the next level of education, a Bachelors Degree in Nursing (BSN). The list of partnerships is on the BSN web page and additional information is available in the Nursing Education Office. Graduates must be licensed Registered Nurses in order to complete these programs.

I am having trouble registering for the NLN PAX test, what do I do?

Review the NLN PAX registration instructions located on the nursing web page. Be sure to include TWO zeros following your student ID number. If you are locked out or still having difficulty, contact the NLN via the customer support email address or you can call the NLN at their toll free number.