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.

Degree

Certificate (Certificate Program)
Total Credit Hours: 41

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
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

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1PRNRS 110; BIOL 140; HEOCC 114
Spring Semester 1PRNRS 111; ENGL 110; HLTH 121; FCS 110
Summer SemesterPRNRS 112; PSY 110

Program Contact Information

Health Careers Department
Thomas Building
(309) 999-4600

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Accreditation

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

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