Licensed Practical Nurse

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.

  • Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offense in any state or in federal court (other than minor traffic violations)? If yes, attach a statement for each conviction including date and place of conviction, nature of the offense and, if applicable, the date of discharge from any penalty imposed.
  • Do you suffer, have you suffered from, been diagnosed as having, or been treated for any disease or condition which is generally regarded by the medical community as chronic – i.e. 1) mental or emotional disease or condition; 2) alcohol or other substance abuse; 3) physical disease or condition that presently interferes with your ability to practice your profession? If yes, attach a detailed statement, including an explanation whether or not you are currently under treatment.
  • Have you been denied a professional license or permit, or privilege of taking an examination, or had a professional license or permit disciplined in any way by any licensing authority in Illinois or elsewhere? If you, attach a detailed explanation.
  • Have you ever been discharged other than honorably from the armed service from a city, county, state or federal position? If yes, attach a detailed explanation.
  • Are you a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien of the United States?

Registered Nurse to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

We have 3 options available to students looking to become a nurse.

Career Opportunities

Practical nurses are employed in:

  • Clinics
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term Health Care Facilities
  • Physician Offices
  • Private Duty Care

Local Salaries

Locally, beginning you’ll earn approximately $13-$15 per hour.

Admission to the Program:

  • High School graduate with GPA 2.6 or higher, or equivalent (i.e.: GED of 165 or higher).
  • One year high school algebra with a “C” average or higher OR placement into MATH 098 or higher. 
  • Placement into ENGL 110 OR completion of ENGL 110 with a grade of "C" or better. 
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above at ICC.
  • GPA 2.0 or above at last college attended or 5 hours of required courses from program sequence with a “C” or better.
  • Verified Illinois Department of Public Health Registry as Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) prior to starting nursing program courses.

Requirements upon Program Acceptance:

  • Drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam, and immunizations.
  • Documentation of current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer and BLS Provider. This CPR certification must remain current throughout student enrollment within the health career program.
  • Completion of HESI A2 PN Admission Assessment.
  • Required attendance at the Nursing Program Admission Orientation and at the Nursing Student Orientation Day. 

Recommended High School Subjects:

  • Three years of English
  • One year of anatomy and physiology, and biology
  • Two years of mathematics, including one year of algebra.


Graduates are eligible to take the National Council State Board of Nursing (NCSBN) Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and may apply for licensure to practice nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

The Practical Nursing Certificate (PN Program) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN®), 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, Phone (404)975-5000, Fax (404)975-5020, Website

The Practical Nursing Certificate (PN Program) is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN), James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. Suite 9-300, Chicago, IL 60601, Phone (312)814-4500, Website




Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 34

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 140
BIOL 205

* Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission into the program

Transfer of comparable credit from other institutions may be evaluated and accepted toward meeting requirements of ICC Nursing Program's general education courses. Transfer credit is not automatically accepted for occupational or vocational "program courses"; demonstration of proficiency or competency is required. Credit is not given for work experience. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Summer SemesterBIOL 205, BIOL 206 (if chosen)
Fall Semester 1PRNRS 110; BIOL 140 (if needed); HLTH 121
Spring Semester 1PRNRS 111; ENGL 110
Summer SemesterPRNRS 112; PSY 110

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
(309) 690-7530

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Health Sciences
Pathway: Therapeutic Services
ICC Pathway: Nursing

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

Composition I (ENGL 110) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Interdisciplinary Healthcare (HEOCC 114 ) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Apply to Health Careers | Paying for College | Career Information: Nursing Assistant | Career Information Licensed Practical Nurse | Career Information Registered Nurse | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant (6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Nursing Assistant $9-12/hr

Certificate of Completion

Licensed Practical Nurse(34 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Licensed Practical Nurse$16-21/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Healthcare Professional to RN Completion (60 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr


Certificate of Completion

Nursing Assistant (6 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Nursing Assistant$9-12/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Registered Nurse (64 credit hours)

Industry Credentials


Employment Information

Registered Nurse$24-29/hr


There are many Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs locally, regionally, and state-wide.



Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides:

Transfer Planning


The Illinois Central College Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate (PN Program) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN®).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN®)
3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020

The Illinois Central College Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate (PN Program) is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN).

Illinois State Board of Nursing
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph St. Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-4500

Program Outcomes


Number of graduates

NCLEX-PN Pass Rate

Job Placement Rate

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Essential Skills and Abilities

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:

A. Communication

  • Adequate command of the English language and medical terminology, in order to read and retrieve information from lectures, textbooks and other teaching and learning resources
  • Communicate effectively in English with patients, families, and other Health Care providers, both verbally and in writing
  • Effectively adapt communication for intended diverse needs of the audience
  • Interact to establish rapport with diverse populations
  • Perform verbal individualized instruction
  • Demonstrate computer literacy skills

B. Motor

  • Squat, crawl, bend/stoop, reach above shoulder level, use standing balance, and climb stairs
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs., and exert up to 100 lbs. force or push/pull
  • Use hands repetitively, use manual dexterity, sufficient fine motor functions
  • Must be able to walk and stand for extended periods of time
  • Move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces
  • Perform instruction by manual demonstration,if applicable
  • Perform CPR
  • Travel to and from academic and clinical sites

C. Sensory

  • Auditory ability sufficient to hear verbal communication from patients and members of the health team; includes ability to respond to emergency signals
  • Discern soft sounds, such as those associated with taking blood pressure
  • Visual acuity to acquire information from electronic medical record or written document
  • Elicit information from patients by inspection, palpation, auscultation, percussion
  • Comfortable working in close physical proximity to patient

D. Critical Thinking

  • Address problems or questions to the appropriate persons at the appropriate times
  • Adhere to policies and procedures; including but not limited to safety and infection control
  • Use sound judgment in decision making
  • Function effectively under stress
  • Adapt to changing environment and inherent uncertainties
  • Respond appropriately to emergencies
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills in patient care (Measure, calculate, reason, prioritize, analyze and synthesize data)
  • Organize and prioritize patient care needs and job responsibilities

E. Behavioral Skills and Professionalism

  • Adheres to policies and procedures required by academic and clinical settings
  • Adheres to Illinois Central College Nursing Program Honesty Policy (per Nursing Program Handbook)
  • Adheres to Illinois Central College Nursing Program Code of Conduct Policies (per Nursing Program Handbook)
  • Maintains patient confidentiality and abides by the guidelines set forth in the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • Assume the role of a health care team member
  • Function effectively under supervision
  • Accepts criticism and reflects upon provided feedback to improve performance and practice
  • Displays caring and compassion for others
  • Commits to life long learning
  • Actions, behaviors and communication foster a positive relationship with others
  • Develops and maintains a reputation of professional integrity