Graduation Requirements


For Associate Degree Nursing

Students who have completed the prescribed required courses, achieved the required grade point average, and displayed nursing competence will receive a diploma from Illinois Valley Community College.  A diagnostic readiness test (HESI RN Exit Exam) is required prior to application for NCLEX-RN.  This test will be taken during the last eight weeks of the program. If a student receives a score below 850 on the HESI RN Exit Exam the student will receive an incomplete in NUR 2210 and their name will not be released to register for the NCLEX exam until prescribed remediation and re-test is completed.  Please refer to Retention, Readmission, & Progression 1.f., page 29.

Students will not be allowed to graduate until the graduation application is completed and all outstanding debts to the College have been removed.  It is each student's responsibility to see that all course requirements for the nursing curriculum are met prior to the date of graduation.

Students meeting the requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program are encouraged to participate in the graduation ceremony.  Upon graduation, the student will become eligible to file an application to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure either in Illinois or in the state in which he/she expects to practice. The requirements for licensure in the state of Illinois are regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  The national exam for licensure is directed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

A criminal background check with verification of fingerprinting must be completed prior to application for NCLEX Testing. This is the student’s financial responsibility.