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A.A.S. Nursing Program  Practical Nurse (PN)
City Colleges Program
AAS Degree in Nursing Advanced Certificate in Practical Nursing
Total credit hours
69 49
Time commitment 4 semesters (not including pre-requisites) 3 Semesters
Starting salary $50,667 $32,957
Hourly wage
$35 $23
Annual jobs (regionally)
1,800 375
License requirement
Employability following licensure
Immediate Immediate
Application deadline
April 18, 2022 (11:59 pm)
April 18, 2022 (11:59 pm)
How to apply Visit: A.A.S. in Nursing online application
Visit: Practical Nursing online application​
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Official high school and college transcripts 
  • Proof of Certified Nursing Assistance (CNA) certificate is required at the time of application to the Nursing program 
  • Proof of unencumbered LPN license with verification of a minimum of one year of nursing service
  • Completion of pre-requisite course requirements 
  • Pre-Admissions Test (ATI TEAS Exam)
  • Program Application
  • High School Diploma or GED                                                                 
  • Official high school and college​ transcripts                                
  • Completion of pre-requisite course requirements
  • Pre-Admissions Test (ATI TEAS Exam)
  • Program Application
For the LPN Bridge program, the requirements are the same as the requirements for the A.A.S. degree in nursing (RN), except all co-requisite courses and Nursing 140 must also be completed. Students interested in the LPN Bridge program (which moves you from an LPN to an RN) should apply to the A.A.S. degree in nursing.

Additional LPN Bridge Student Notice: LPN Bridge Program students must complete the application process by April 18, 2022

f you have not previously been a CCC student, you will need to submit a general CCC application in addition to the special nursing application.  To submit a general application, please go to, and to submit a special nursing application, please see the link above that corresponds to your selected program under "How To Apply."                      
A.A.S. Nursing Program                           
City Colleges degree program – Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing                            
Registered Nurses are key members of a patient’s care team. Their job is to assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records, among other duties. City Colleges’ RN associate degree program provides the skills to launch a career in this in-demand field – which offers more than 1,800 job openings annually and pays more than $35 hourly (average starting salary: $50,667).  The program requires a total of 69 credit hours over four semesters. Through classroom instruction and outside clinical experiences, the program prepares students to take the licensure examination for Registered Professional Nurses (RN), a requirement for RN employment.                            
Practical Nursing (PN)                            
City Colleges degree program – Advanced Certificate in Practical Nursing                            
Practical Nurses care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in a variety of healthcare settings, and may work under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. City Colleges’ Advanced Certificate program in Practical Nursing provides students with a basic knowledge of nursing theory and practice and prepares graduates for the NCLEX-PN Exam, which is required to become Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Practical Nurses can expect a starting salary, on average, of $32,957. Graduates of the program may transfer their credits to an associate or bachelor degree nursing program.                             
Additional Information                            
  • All nursing classes take place at Malcolm X College, City Colleges’ center of excellence in healthcare: 1900 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Acceptance into the City Colleges of Chicago School of Nursing is competitive and requires prior admission to CCC.  
  • Nursing pre-requisites can be completed at any one of the seven City Colleges of Chicago or an accredited institution.
  • Review the “Nursing Student Handbook” link in the "Nursing Resources" section of this page for information about the time commitments and academic and functional expectations of the Nursing programs.
For more information, please contact the Nursing Office at 312-850-7159.
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