Nursing AAS

About Nursing AAS

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 Associate Degree in Nursing program at McHenry County College located in Crystal Lake, IL is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) logoAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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Program Outcomes of the Nursing Program

  • Performance on NCLEX-RN
    Annual pass rates of first-time National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN) takers
    Program Type 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
    LPN-RN N/A 100% 100% 100% 75% 100%
    RN 100% 100% 91% 96% 100% 100%
    All program types 100% 100% 91% 92% 96% 100%
  • Program Completion Rate
    Percent of nursing students that complete the program
    Program Type 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
    LPN-RN N/A 50% 100% 50% 100%
    RN 53% 68% 58% 71% 69%
    All program types 53% 66% 61% 69% 72%
  • Job Placement
    Percent of students that are employed in the field of nursing within one year of graduation
    Academic Year Employed in Nursing Survey Completion Rate
    2017/2018 100% 38%
    2016/2017 100% 38%
    2015/2016 92.3% 50%
    2014/2015 100% 59%
    2013/2014 88.9% 31%

Requirements and Guidelines

Total Costs of Nursing AAS

(in-district) Total Amount: $15,591

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 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.

What you need to know about getting your Nursing AAS (CIP 51.3801)

Total Nursing AAS Costs
in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $8,140 $27,606 $34,319 $34,319
Additional Costs $7,451 $7,451 $7,451 $7,451
Program Total $15,591 $35,057 $41,770 $41,770

In addition to the Nursing AAS, we offer:

What careers are available to someone with a an Nursing AAS

Occupations that Nursing AAS prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Registered Nurses 29-1141

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:

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

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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.