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LPN - RN Articulation


LPN - RN Articulation


Practical Nursing Certificate
Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate in Practical Nursing designed to prepare practical nurses to function under the direction of a licensed professional in an ever-changing health care environment in a variety of health care settings. The student is prepared to function within the nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing in structured health care settings. Clinical experience is provided at hospitals, nursing homes, and community health organizations in several of the surrounding counties.


Licensed Practical Nurse

Assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. The LPN provides basic bedside and personal care to clients in acute and long-term facilities. LPNs are prepared to perform treatments and administer medications as directed.


Working Conditions

Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Working hours may include various shifts; including 8 or 12 hours, weekends, and holidays. Schools, offices, and clinics may offer more traditional hours.



The demand for licensed practical nurses is very high and is likely to increase. As life expectancy increases so too, is the need for health care providers to meet the demands of an aging population.



The Practical Nursing program is fully accredited by The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and Approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing, Department of Professional Regulation.



Graduates may apply to write for the National Council Licensing Examination-NCLEX-PN. Upon successful completion of this exam, the student is eligible to apply for Practical Nurse licensure in any state.


Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN). All criminal history must be revealed at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by the ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. All regulations can be accessed at



Admission to the program is competitive and selection is based on a point system. All prospective students for the Practical Nursing program must submit admission materials and meet current admission requirements before their applications will be considered for review for conditional admission. The most qualified applicants who are residents of the Carl Sandburg College district will be given preference for admission to the program.


Number of students admitted each year:
Day section - Based on number of seats available
Evening section - 20


All LPN's interested in this articulation option must complete NAD 180 prior to entering the program.  NAD 180 is a transition course which provides for the following:

  • Validates prior learning
  • Updates and enhances student’s knowledge
  • Begins the process of role transition
  • Prepares students for placement in the RN program

Students must successfully pass the transition course with a "C" or better to be eligible for admission selection to the 2nd year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.



Be a graduate of an Illinois approved Practical Nursing Program with a “C” or better within the last 7 years with a current unrestricted LPN license. Graduates of the Carl Sandburg College LPN program who qualify are given preference for admission selection.   Applicants over the seven (7) year limit will be considered on an individual basis after meeting with the Dean of the College of Nursing.

  • Must be accepted for admission to Carl Sandburg College.
  • Must meet with a Nursing Advisor.
  • Complete NAD 180  with a "C" or better.
  • LPN-RN applicants must meet all current Associate Degree Nursing admission requirements.
  • See” Selective Admission” and “Admission Point Count” for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


Availability of space and resources will determine the number of students accepted.