This one-year certificate is designed to prepare individuals to function under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or licensed dentist or podiatrist. As members of the health team, practical nurses provide care to people of all ages and in a variety of health care settings, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians' offices and home environments. Individuals completing the practical nursing curriculum meet the educational requirements for writing the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
This certificate program is a selective admission program, please review the nursing admission criteria or download the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet (PDF, 566 KB). Students interested in the practical nursing certificate must meet the admission criteria of the associate degree program and complete the requirements of the practical nursing curriculum.
The decision to allow an individual to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure or be granted a license after passing the examination rests with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Committee on Nursing. Please see the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures packet for further information about licensure.
This certificate prepares nursing assistants who provide basic care for patients in hospitals, long-term care centers and in-home health care. The certified nursing assistant is responsible for making basic observations about patients that may involve all body systems and the patient responses to treatment. Documentation and verbal reporting to the nurse are important aspects of the CNA's work. Thus, good communication skills are a vital part of the CNA course curriculum. The CNA works under the direction and supervision of the nurse, therefore they must be able to receive orders, accept suggestions and follow through with assignments. Compassion, honesty, caring and trustworthiness are all required to work in healthcare.
All students enrolling in NURS 110 must submit a criminal background check (CBC) in accordance with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regulations. The CBC paperwork will be completed under the direction of the instructor. A positive CBC will prevent the student from participating in the clinical component of the course, unless an IDPH waiver has been granted
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