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Joliet Junior College offers nursing program for veterans

JOLIET – Veterans who have completed their medical corpsman training and are looking to pursue a new career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) can now earn that credential through the new Military Medical Corpsman to Practical Nurse certificate program at Joliet Junior College.

The intensive, eight-week curriculum, designed through a cooperative effort among JJC, College of DuPage, and Illinois Central College – in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Governors Association for Veterans – addresses differences between the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program and a practical nursing program as determined by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act.

Upon successful completion of the certificate, veterans will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination to become an LPN.

JJC is the first college to offer the program, which will begin in the spring 2015 term, March 9 to May 8. Applications are currently being accepted online at www.jjc.edu/info/medic-to-pn<http://www.jjc.edu/info/medic-to-pn>.

Veterans can utilize available veteran education benefits (i.e. Post-9/11 GI Bill, Illinois Veterans' Grant, etc.) to cover eligible program expenses.

To qualify, veterans must have successfully completed the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program within the last five years. If it has been more than five years, then at least one year of experience using corpsman skills in last five years.

For more information about the program, contact Mary Magruder, JJC department chair of nursing at 815-280-2438 or mmagrude@jjc.edu<mailto:mmagrude@jjc.edu.

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