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The path to becoming a registered nurse starts at Prairie State College, located in Chicago Heights. Attend Prairie State College, get your Associate in Applied Science degree and then sit for your licensure examination for registered nurses.

The licensing exam is the National Council of Licensure Examination for Registered Nursed exam. It is the very same exam that nurses with a bachelor’s degree take to become a registered nurse.

The reasons to get your nursing degree at PSC are many — PSC is affordable and we offer a university-parallel RN education. Our faculty are outstanding, and all are experienced practitioners.

Let’s talk numbers. Beginning with the fall 2016 class, the program features a streamlined curriculum. The total cost for a nursing degree at PSC, including tuition and fees, is $11,673, or $143 per credit hour for in-district students.

Compare that to other nursing programs in the Chicago area, where your nursing degree can cost anywhere from $42,000 to $57,000 for the same degree you would receive from PSC.

The Prairie State College nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

The college also offers the LPN Bridge Program that allows qualified LPN’s to move through the AAS Nursing Program and take the NCLEX-RN exam in less time.

The PSC nursing program graduates have a better pass rate than students from across the state and the country, including those with a bachelor’s degree. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation released data for 2014. The national pass rate was 82 percent, the state pass rate was 84 percent, and PSC’s pass rate was 86 percent.

Visit prairiestate.edu and find out more about getting your nursing RN degree from PSC.

The opinions are the writer's. Jennifer E. Stoner is the executive director of public relations and marketing at Prairie State College. She can be reached at jstoner@prairiestate.edu.

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Jeanette is a journalist with The Times Media Co. who has worked as both a reporter and editor. She has a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.