Last updated 6/4/2015
Certificate Code 5666
The curriculum in Practical Nursing is career-oriented and the applicant must meet the following requirements for admission.
- High school graduation or equivalent
- Physical examination is required prior to beginning clinical practice
- Student must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all courses to continue in the program
- Completion of pre-admission testing
Upon completion of this course of study, the student may be eligible to take the examination to become a licensed practical nurse in Illinois.
Licensed practical nurses are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, physicians’ offices, clinics and a number of community agencies.
Practical Nursing Certificate
Certificate Code 5666
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)
BIOL 145 — Anatomy-Physiology I or (3-4)
PN 110 — Anatomy and Physiology
ENG 101 — Composition I or (3)
COMM 100 — Communication Skills
MATH 080 — Basic Mathematical Skills or (3)
Appropriate COMPASS test score
PN 105 — Pharmacology in Practical Nursing I (1)
PN 111 — Foundations of Practical Nursing (8)
PN 112 — Older Adult Nursing (8)
PN 106 — Pharmacology in Practical Nursing II (1)
PN 113 — Adult Health Nursing (8)
PN 114 — Intergenerational Nursing (8)
Minimum total hours required for certificate (40)
Completion of the Practical Nursing program does not automatically guarantee a graduate the right to take the National Council Licensing Examination or to become licensed as a practical nurse. The student is bound by the Illinois Nursing Act Section 9 and Section 15.
Students must also successfully document and need all health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.
Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.