Jump over the site's primary content.

Practical Nursing (Certificate)

41 credit hours.

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.

*Note: You must download and install Adobe© Acrobat© Reader™ in order to view and print the Nursing Admission Criteria & Procedures Packet.

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.

Certificate course requirements

This curriculum guide is not intended to be a contract, but rather to provide important information to students, see curriculum sequence for course rotation. Changes/revisions may occur from time to time to ensure curricula reflect technological advances in the field.

Gainful Employment Information

By completing this certificate, you may apply for employment as:

Job Title SOC Code
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 29-2061.00

For privacy concerns, completions are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in a given award year. Normal time graduation rates (as determined by institution) are not reported (for privacy concerns) for programs with fewer than 10 completers in a given award year. Job placement rates are only reported for those programs that are required to disclose them for accreditation purposes and for which there were ten or more graduates in the most recent academic year. As a program with fewer than 10 completers, the average loan debt incurred by completers of this program is not reported.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.