The Practical Nursing Program at Illinois Central College is designed to prepare the nursing graduate to give nursing care to patients at the bedside under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist. You monitor vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration. Additional duties include change dressings, preparing and giving injections, assisting patients with personal hygiene, and meeting their emotional needs. In some instances, such as in nursing homes, licensed practical nurses evaluate residents’ needs, develop care plans, and supervise nursing aides.
Our program consists of two semesters and one summer session. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate in Practical Nursing, which makes you eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) for licensed practical nurses and apply for licensure as a practical nurse.
The following personal history information must be provided when applying for licensure in the state of Illinois.
We have 3 options available to students looking to become a nurse.
Practical nurses are employed in:
Locally, beginning you’ll earn approximately $13-$15 per hour.
Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 41
Select a course number below to see a course description.
|BIOL 140||HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY *||4|
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I **||3|
|FCS 110||BASIC NUTRITION **||2|
|HEOCC 114||INTRODUCTION TO INTERDISCIPLINARY HEALTH CARE **||1|
|HLTH 121||MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY **||2|
|PRNRS 110||PRACTICAL NURSING I ||9|
|PRNRS 111||PRACTICAL NURSING II ||12|
|PRNRS 112||PRACTICAL NURSING III ||5|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY **||3|
* Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program
|Fall Semester 1||PRNRS 110; BIOL 140; HEOCC 114|
|Spring Semester 1||PRNRS 111; ENGL 110; HLTH 121; FCS 110|
|Summer Semester||PRNRS 112; PSY 110|
Health Careers Department
The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.
A nurse must possess capabilities and abilities, including: communication, motor, sensory, problem solving, behavioral kills, and professionalism, which are necessary to provide competent, evidenced based nursing care. Reasonable accommodations may be made for some disabilities, in certain areas, but a nurse must be able to perform in all areas, in an independent mediated by someone else’s observation and action. The following capabilities and abilities are necessary to meet curriculum requirements and to perform the responsibilities of a professional nurse: