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Turn your passion for helping others into a successful nursing career. Confident, skilled Registered Nurses (RNs) are in high demand—and you’ll get all you need to build your future in healthcare with an Associate of Applied Science degree through our Registered Nurse program at Johnson County Community College.

What Will I Learn in JCCC's Registered Nurse Program?

JCCC’s highly selective Registered Nurse program offers hands-on classroom and clinical learning. The Healthcare Simulation Center on JCCC's main campus features four full-size acute care rooms and a surgical room, decked out with the same equipment and supplies you will use in an actual hospital.

Sophisticated simulators come in a variety of sizes and can be programmed with hundreds of symptoms to test your knowledge and skill, as well as physical and emotional reactions to your clinical choices.

In just four semesters, you’ll gain experience providing patient care in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Gerontology
  • Medical-surgical
  • Mental health

As a Registered Nursing student, you’ll also get real-world experience working with hospitals, clinics, and community sites that partner with JCCC, which can open doors as you begin your RN career.

Upon completion of the required Nursing credits, you’ll earn an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from JCCC and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for licensure. Graduation from JCCC’s Nursing Program does not guarantee licensure as a registered nurse.

[Catalog] Registered Nurse, AAS

[Catalog] Nursing courses

Why JCCC’s Registered Nursing Program?

JCCC has an excellent reputation for its sophisticated Healthcare Simulation Center, small class sizes and low student-to-instructor ratios in the clinical setting. The Nursing program has some of the best outcomes in Kansas for program completion, NCLEX-RN pass rates, and student and employer satisfaction.

You can take your skills to the next level and seek a Bachelor of Science in Nursing when you transfer to one of the many universities in the area.

You can also choose to join one of our many clubs and organizations, including the Student Nurses Association.

KU Community College Partnership

JCCC partners with the University of Kansas to offer a track that allows students to be dually enrolled in JCCC’s AAS program and KU’s BSN coursework. This means you can complete both degrees in four years.

More info on the KUCC program (PDF)

This is a selective admission program. See admission requirements

Demand for RNs continues to grow, with an estimated 480,000 new jobs by 2026. Skilled nurses are needed to help treat and manage increasing numbers of chronic disease, such as diabetes and obesity-related conditions, as well as provide prevention education and general healthcare. 

Download the Nursing Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

In addition to the cost of tuition, the registered nurse program requires the purchase of equipment and supplies. Financial aid is available for you.

Estimated Expenses for Nursing Program

2024-2025 Estimated Expenses

Excluding Taxes for ADN-RN Program

1st yr

2nd Yr


Access and requirements issued from including:

• Criminal Background Checks including Missouri Family Care Safety Registry
• Urine Drug Screen
• Access




Immunizations and Laboratory/Diagnostic Testing





Tuition costs are based on 45 credits for the first year and 24 credits for the second year at the Johnson County Resident rate. For more details about tuition rates go to:





• LWW CoursePoint for Nursing Concepts + Weber’s Health Assessment in Nursing, PrepU, Docucare +
NurseThink® Lippincott Client Cases for Clinical Judgment, Student Success Bundle (three workbooks)
• Davis Drug Guide, Laboratory Guide and Nurse’s Pocket Guide
• Medical Terminology Textbook
• 2024-25 Student Handbook




NurseThink® Clinical Judgment Exams




NurseThink® PreView & ReView—RN





• Bandage Scissors - $10.00
• Stethoscope - $100.00
• Watch - $25.00
• Pen Light - $8.00




Uniforms if purchased through the JCCC Bookstore:

• Scrubs (2 sets) - $100.00
• Scrub Jacket (optional) - $40.00
(not sold at JCCC Bookstore)
• Lab Coat (optional) - $30.00
• JCCC Patch - $5.00 each
• Shoes - $75 to $150




Graduation Expenses:

• Gown, Hat, Tassel - $40.00




NCLEX-RN Exam/Licensure Fees:

• Fingerprinting (approximately $15)
• Background Check (approximately $50)
• Application for Initial Licensure (For Kansas Only $100 for single-state and $125 for multi-state)
• Registration for NCLEX-RN Exam {PearsonVue} (approximately $200)




Total – 1st yr Student




Total – 2nd yr Student




Total Nursing Program




All costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President Instruction) Committee’s approval.

All items above are required to be purchased by registered nursing students.

  • All requirements in ClinicalStudent must remain current for the duration of the program.
  • Costs for health care are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Plans should be made for childcare costs.
  • Transportation to and from class and to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid for Registered Nursing Students

  • Visit the financial aid page for general financial aid information.
  • Specific nursing program scholarships are only awarded to students enrolled in and actively taking the nursing (NURS) courses. Students must complete the online scholarship application and complete the FAFSA to be considered for specific nursing scholarships. Log in to MyJCCC. Select "My Financial Aid" and complete the scholarship application for the aid year for which you are applying.
  • Students anticipating difficulty in financing their education should contact the Financial Aid office, second floor of the Student Center, 913-469-3840, as soon as possible to request application information for student financial aid assistance.
  • The Financial Aid Process Checklist (pdf) is a great reference on the process for receiving financial aid at JCCC.
  • To check your financial aid requirements and status; log in to MyJCCC and select "My Financial Aid," then select "Requirements."