Prepare to enter the nursing workforce as an LPN in approximately 12 months
Key Program Features
Becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a career that offers many opportunities to pursue different paths and advancement options. LPNs generally work under the supervision of registered nurses and care for the ill, injured, convalescent and disabled. Lincoln Land Community College’s practical nurse program includes classroom, lab and clinical experience to prepare students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). The state NCLEX-PN pass rate in 2015-2016 was 91 percent, and job placement was 100 percent.
The philosophy of the LLCC licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate program is consistent with the college’s mission statement and philosophy of general education. The LPN program curriculum is based on current science, knowledge and evidence-based practice. The program philosophy, outcomes and competencies are based on the recommendations from the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative and the 2013 NCLEX-PN test plan. The LPN program has the specific mission of educating individuals to carry out the role of an LPN.
Nursing is defined as the “protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations” (American Nurses Association, 2010, p.1) across the lifespan. Faculty assert that nursing is a practiced discipline that draws on knowledge from biological sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. Individuals preparing to be nurses learn theories related to human needs, learning, developmental stages, communicable disease transmission and many other areas of human and community functioning (NLN 2010 p.19).
Learning is the responsibility of the student. The administration and faculty are responsible for providing a learner-centered environment. Faculty assume responsibility for developing, interpreting and evaluating the curriculum in nursing in relation to the stated philosophy and outcomes. Faculty are also responsible for inter-professional collaboration and support of communication channels with other disciplines and agencies.
Due to the aging population and the need for increased healthcare services, practical nurses are in high demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of LPNs is predicted to grow 16 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. In May 2016, the median annual salary for LPNs was $44,090.
Read more about the program and required courses for a practical nurse certificate:
Practical Nurse • Certificate of Achievement – time to completion: 1 year
Investment in Your Future
In addition to course tuition and fees, there are other expenses associated with this program. Carefully review a complete listing of these additional expenses for the practical nurse certificate program. Please note that tuition, fees, book expenses and other program costs are subject to change.
If you are interested in learning more about tuition payment options and financial assistance, we encourage you to visit Paying for LLCC.
Application Dates and How to Apply
LLCC’s LPN classes are offered at both the Jacksonville and Hillsboro outreach centers. The Jacksonville center accepts a new cohort of 20 students each fall (beginning in August), while the Hillsboro center admits 10 new students each fall (beginning in August).
Applications for the LPN program are accepted the first Monday in November at 8 a.m. through the last Friday in March at 5 p.m. Please note that no late applications are accepted.
We want to ensure that each student is prepared to be successful in the program. To help ensure that students are successful, our LPN program uses a selective admission process. Please note that applicants must complete this selective admission process in addition to the LLCC general enrollment steps.
If you are a new student to LLCC, please visit our Getting Started page first to learn more about these general steps to enrollment. If you are a current or returning student, please visit the Health Professions Admissions page for more information regarding the LPN selective admission requirements.
Other Program Requirements
Once an applicant has been accepted into the LPN program, there are additional requirements that the applicant must meet:
- Physical and Immunizations – All LPN students must provide evidence of satisfactory physical and emotional health. A designated physical form is provided to students by the LLCC Health Professions Department. In addition, each student is also required to provide proof of immunizations.
- CPR Certification – All LPN students are required to be CPR certified. This certification must be either American Red Cross (Professional Rescuer) or American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider). Cards from organizations other than these are not accepted.
- Drug Screening – All LPN students are required to complete a drug screen conducted through a company selected by LLCC. The drug screen fee is paid by the student. If a student receives a positive drug screen result, he or she is dismissed from the program.
- Functional Abilities – The functional capabilities required to participate in the program include:
- Perform a full range of body motion including handling and lifting patients, moving, lifting or pushing heavy equipment
- Bend, reach, pull, push, stoop and walk repeatedly throughout an eight-hour period
- Demonstrate auditory acuity to hear breath sounds by stethoscope (with correction, if needed)
- Demonstrate visual acuity to read small letters and numbers (with correction, if needed)
- Demonstrate bilateral upper extremity fine motor skills, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination
- Communicate in a rational and coherent manner both orally and in writing with individuals of all professions and social levels
- Respond quickly and in an emotionally-controlled manner in clinical situations
- Adapt to irregular working hours
- Adapt effectively to clinical environments
- Maintain composure when subjected to high stress levels
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LLCC Practical Nurse graduates are eligible to take the licensing NCLEX-PN examination. Please note that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation may take into consideration any felony conviction of the applicant but such a conviction shall not operate as an absolute bar to licensure.
PCN Student Achievement Outcome Data
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Clinical (hospital or other agency) experience is a major component of each LPN course. Under the guidance of a nursing instructor, the student focuses on concepts and applications and relates them to patient care through pre- and post-clinical conferences. An emphasis on meeting the needs of each individual patient is used as a basis for all learning experiences. Types of clinical experiences include care of the newborn infant, geriatric patient, maternity nursing, psychiatric nursing and medical/surgical nursing in various clinical settings.
Readmission and Attendance Policies
A student who fails or withdraws from a nursing course for any reason will be required to follow the specific readmission policies of the nursing program. Please be aware that the LPN program has a strict absence policy. Students may not miss greater than or equal to 10 percent of total class time in any nursing course or they will be dismissed from that course
If you have questions regarding program admission requirements or how to apply, please call LLCC Advising and Counseling at 217-786-2224 and request to speak with a nursing advisor.
Some programs, including Practical Nursing • Certificate of Achievement, fall under regulations for “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation.” LLCC provides this program’s gainful employment information in compliance with the “Program Integrity” and “Gainful Employment in a Recognized Occupation” regulations as defined by the U.S. Department of Education (34 CFR 668.8).