Certificate Code: 5666
Contact Persons: QC Faculty, Kathy Dusthimer, 309-796-5390, Rm. HSC 310; First Stop Center,
309-796-5100, Rm. 1-213; East Campus, Advising, 309-854-1709
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.
Course (Credit Hours):
BIOL 145 Anatomy-Physiology I or
PN 110 Anatomy and Physiology (3-4)
ENG 101 Composition I or
COMM 100 Communication Skills (3)
MATH 080 Basic Mathematical Skills or
Appropriate placement score (3)
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. For more information, refer to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules – Administrative Code: ftp://www.ilga.gov/JCAR/AdminCode/068/06801300sections.html
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.