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Turn your passion for helping others into a successful nursing career. Confident, skilled RNs are in hot 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.

What will I learn?

JCCC’s highly selective Registered Nurse program offers hands-on classroom and clinical learning. Located on campus, the Healthcare Simulation Center 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, including physical and emotional reactions to your clinical choices.

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

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

You’ll also get real-world experience working with hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities that partner with JCCC, which can open doors as you begin your RN career.


JCCC has an excellent reputation for its sophisticated Healthcare Simulation Center, low 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. 

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

Employment of registered nurses is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2021, and, because the occupation is very large, many new jobs will result.

Growth will be driven by technological advances in patient care, which permit a greater number of medical problems to be treated, and by an increasing emphasis on preventive care. Employment is expected to grow more slowly in hospitals, which comprise health care’s largest industry, than in most other health care industries because patients are being discharged earlier (which will increase the number of patients going to in home care, residential care facilities) and more procedures are being done on an outpatient basis.

More sophisticated procedures are being done in physician’s offices and in outpatient care centers.  Employment in nursing care facilities is expected to grow faster than average because of increases in the number of elderly, many of whom require long-term care. Employment in home health care is expected to increase rapidly in response to the growing number of older persons with functional disabilities, growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; consumer preference for care in the home, and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatments into the home.

Employment Information

Greater Kansas City Area: In 2016, registered nurses held an estimated 22,363 jobs in the fifteen counties that make up the Kansas City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), with 24,665 projected by 2021 (+10%).

State: Registered nurses held an estimated 28,570 jobs in Kansas in 2016, with 31,291 jobs projected by 2021 (+10%). All together 2,721 openings are anticipated due to the need for replacements.

National: Registered nurses held 2,941,559 jobs in 2016, with 3,197,082 jobs projected by 2021 (+9%). Approximately 255,523 openings are expected due to growth and the need for replacement workers.

Salary Information

Greater Kansas City Area: Registered nurses employed in the Greater Kansas City area earned an average hourly wage of $30.28 in 2016.

State: Registered nurses in Kansas earned an average hourly wage of $26.64 in 2016.

National: Registered nurses working full-time earned an average hourly wage of $33.67 in 2016.

JCCC Placement and Salary Information

The JCCC Office of Institutional Research conducts a follow-up study of program completers one year after completion. One-hundred percent of the graduates who responded to the follow-up study conducted during 2015-16, and were employed, were employed in a related field and reported earning an average hourly wage of $23.88.

September 2017

Note: Salary Information for Greater Kansas City, State, and National is based on EMSI 2016 third quarter data.

JCCC information for career program completers is based on data supplied by respondents to follow-up studies and is not necessarily representative of all career program completers. Other sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

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

2019-2020 Estimated Expenses for A.D.N-RN program, Excluding Taxes 1st Year Student 2nd Year Student Total Nursing Program
Criminal Background Checks ($47.00 each) and Drug Screen ($37.00 each) + $2.00 administrative fee after acceptance and for licensure after graduation. $100 $48 $148
Physical Exam and Immunizations $400 $50 $450

Tuition costs are based on 43 credits for the first year and 26 credits for the second year at the Johnson County Resident rate.
For more details about tuition rates go to:




Books $1,600 $1,600
Scissors: $6
Stethoscope: $90
Watch: $23
Hemostat: $5
  $124     $124
Scrubs (2 sets): $100
Lab Coat (JCCC bookstore): $30
JCCC Patch: $5
Shoes: $75 to $150
  $285     $285

Graduation Expenses
NCLEX-RN: $200
Kansas State Licensure: $75
Gown, Hat, Tassel: $40

  $315 $315
Kaplan Integrated Learning System
*Cost includes live review after graduation
$290 $290 $580*
Total 1st Year Student  $6,798    
Total 2nd Year Student    $3,121  
Total Nursing Program     $9,919

Costs are approximate and are subject to change based upon Dean/EVPI (Executive Vice President, Instruction) Committee’s approval.
Additional Information:

  • Physical examinations, including immunizations, must be current each year.
  • Costs for healthcare are the responsibility of the individual student.
  • Plans should be made for childcare costs, if applicable.
  • Transportation to and from class and to clinical agencies is the responsibility of the student.

Financial Aid

  • 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."

The JCCC RN Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Student Achievement Data (PDF)

Kansas State Board of Nursing
Landon State Office Building
900 SW Jackson Street
Suite 1051
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1230
Main: 785-296-4929
Fax: 785-296-3929