From start to RN in six semesters

Our nursing program prepares you to care for patients in a variety of healthcare settings. Take your experience in improving the quality of life for the patient—and your community—up a notch.

You can also continue your education to achieve a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and beyond.



Program completion rates

Become a Registered Nurse (RN) once you graduate from the nursing program. CLC students are successful in completing the program:

  • Fall 2022
    61% in 4 semesters
    82% in 6 semesters
  • Spring 2022
    56% in 4 semesters
    75% in 6 semesters
  • Fall 2021
    66% in 4 semesters
    81% in 6 semesters


NCLEX pass rates

You'll be prepared to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®), developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). CLC students pass the NCLEX test:

  • 2023 - 92%
  • 2022 - 81%
  • 2021 - 84%

Job placement rates

You'll find a job after graduating within nine months after graduating from CLC.

  • 2021-2022 - 91%
  • 2020-2021 - 89%
  • 2019-2020 - 88%

Nursing Program End-of-Program Student Learning Outcomes (EOPSLOs)

  1. The student provides quality, safe patient-centered nursing care through evidence-based practice.
  2. The student participates in collaborative relationships with the members of the interdisciplinary team to provide and improve patient care.
  3. The student analyzes patient situations and applies clinical judgment and strategies that encompasses an understanding of Diversity/Equity/ Inclusion (DEI) and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH).
  4. The student provides leadership in a variety of healthcare settings for diverse populations.
  5. The student uses information literacy to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision-making.
  6. The student functions as a competent nurse assimilating all professional, ethical and legal principles.

Why study Nursing with us?

Start your career right away. After graduating with your Associate in Applied Science in Nursing, your CLC course work qualifies you to take the Registered Nurse Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN®). Become an RN in about three years.

Nursing program questions?

Please contact:

Nursing Education Office
(847) 543-2043

Stephanie Suk
Director of Nursing Education
(847) 543-2328


  • Approved by IL Board of Nursing

    CLC's nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial Professional Regulation, Board of Nursing.
  • ACEN Accreditation

    Accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
  • PATH Grant Stipends

    Get extra financial support for school and living expenses through the Pipeline for the Advancement of the Healthcare Workforce Program (PATH) grant.
  • WIOA Program

  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)  logoCollege of Lake County's nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Board of Nursing, 320 West Washington Street, Springfield, IL 62786 and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree Nursing Program is continuing accreditation.

Career Degrees & Certificates

For students who want to start or shift to a new career or advance in their current career.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree at CLC in 2 years*. Gain job-ready skills from experienced instructors and earn work-based experience from apprenticeships and internships. Some of the courses you’ll take earn college credit, which can transfer to a 4-year college or university toward a bachelor’s degree.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

For students who want to earn job skills for entry level occupations, or level up in their career.

Certificates are designed to be completed in less than 2 years. Many certificate programs contain Career Degree core courses so you can continue with additional study or stack certificates to earn an A.A.S. degree.

Need help?

Your College & Career Navigator (CCN) is your "go-to person" ready to help you get started at CLC.

Your CCN guides you through the admission process, helps you choose your academic program, enroll in classes and connect you with resources.

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*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

Courses in the program

Not a Certified Nurse Assistant? Meet a nursing program prerequisite by taking our 7-credit Nurse Assisting Certificate course.

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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    Johnnie Lovelace


    What I liked about the nursing program here was that it was a small community. You feel more at home in a smaller group.”

    After graduating from CLC's nursing program, Johnnie worked in emergency rooms, ICUs, clinics and home health settings. She currently is CEO of three assisted living facilities in Atlanta.

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