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Practical Nursing Certificate

What Will I Learn?

The practical nursing program is designed to provide a career ladder as a preparation for advancement to a professional nursing program. Individuals completing the practical nursing curriculum meet the educational requirements for eligibility to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) work under the supervision of doctors and registered nurses in a variety of settings. Aside from knowledge of medical terminology, equipment, medication preparation, and administration, LPNs must have good communication skills to work well with patients, staff, and families. Documentation of care is also an important part of the LPN role. LPNs must have good judgment skills and be mature and flexible in order to work in a stressful environment.

The job outlook for this field is positive, and a growing and aging population will create a great demand for LPNs in long term care and home health agencies.

NOTE: Career descriptions are based on information found in Illinois Career Services Information Systems (2006).

What Are My Options?

Licensed practical nurses working in Illinois must complete a state approved program and pass the NCLEX-PN exam. Some LPNs choose to acquire additional training in order to meet the requirements for registered nursing. The Illinois Center for Nursing can provide you with statewide information about nursing.

Other Considerations...

The nursing program at Heartland Community College is a selective admissions program. For admission criteria and advanced placement criteria and procedures, please obtain the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet (PDF, 566 KB) from the Student Services Center or download from the web page.

The student's health must enable him/her to fulfill the requirements and outcomes of the nursing program. The Heartland Community College Nursing Program follows the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. recommendations of functional abilities for nurses.

Students will be required to complete a criminal background history and drug screening at their own expense through a college selected provider prior to any field experience.  For a list of disqualifying criminal offenses, please click here.

The decision to allow an individual to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure or to be granted a license after passing the examination rests solely with the Illinois Department of Professional Nursing Board of Nursing.

If you have other questions please see the frequently asked questions page or contact us.

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