Practical Nursing LPN
Carl Sandburg College offers a one-year certificate in Practical Nursing. The Practical Nursing program prepares the student for entry level as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). As a member of the healthcare team the Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of physicians and registered nurses in a variety of health care settings. The LPN provides basic bedside and personal care to clients, takes vital signs, prepares and administers injections, performs wound care, collects samples for testing, and administers prescribed medications as directed.
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 traditional hours. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain the knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of LPN to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.
Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to hospitals, long-term care/rehabilitation facilities, clinics and physician offices, schools, home health agencies, and dialysis centers. It is projected that employment of LPNs will grow 16% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. There will be an increased need for LPNs in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
The Practical Nursing program holds full accreditation status by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and Department of Financial & Professional Regulations (IDFPR) has approved the Practical Nursing program.
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. Graduates will need to complete a criminal background check at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. Please be advised that the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) can deny nursing licensure and discipline those that are licensed. You can access all licensing and nursing scope of practice regulations at www.idfpr.com.
Admission to the Program: Selective
The Practical Nursing Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Practical Nursing Program October 1 - March 1. The application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the nursing program must attend the program orientation session.
Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Student is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Practical Nursing Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.
College of Nursing & Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
For Additional Program Information Contact:
The Welcome Center
Eligibility & Admission Requirements
Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Practical Nursing program. The Practical Nursing program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program.
Submit Online Application from October 1 - March 1. Application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. We will notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date whether or not accepted into the program.
All applicants interested in the Practical Nursing program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. All applicants must meet in person with a Carl Sandburg College Nursing Advisor prior to applying to the program. Be sure to make an appointment early in the process. Complete Steps 1-3 prior to making an appointment with a Nursing Advisor.
- If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College Steps-to-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
- Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admissions and Records Office.
- Complete the college placement exam, if applicable.
- Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor prior to applying.
- Schedule and attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying.
- Schedule and take the TEAS pre-admission exam. We recommend that you purchase the TEAS study guidebook and review prior to taking the TEAS exam. You may take the TEAS exam before or after submitting the online program application. However, you must complete the TEAS exam by the March 1 application deadline date to meet program selection criteria. You cannot take the TEAS exam more than three times in a twelve-month period.
- Complete Steps 1-5 prior to completing the nursing program's online application. Complete the ONLINE Nursing Application and submit October 1 - March 1.
- After submitting the online nursing program application, you need to pay the $50.00 application fee to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office. The $50.00 application fee is non-refundable. We will not review your application for admission into the nursing program until you have paid the application fee.
All applicants must meet the following practical nursing program admission criteria for selection review:
- Completed and signed Program Application Checklist on file by application deadline date.
- Must have completed at least one-year high school Biology or one semester college Biology with a grade of “C” or higher to apply.
- TEAS Adjusted Individual Score (AIS) cumulative score of 62% or higher.
- All of the following courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher prior to entering the Practical Nursing Program:
- ENG 101-Freshman Composition I
- PSY 101-Introduction to Psychology
For student success in the nursing program, we strongly advise prior to entering the Practical Nursing program to take the following course:
- BIO 111-Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals
For those students planning to progress to LPN to RN Articulation in place of BIO 111 you may consider taking both of the BIO courses required for the Associate Degree Nursing program. You must complete both of the following BIO courses with a grade of "C" or higher prior to entering the Practical Nursing program:
- BIO 211-Anatomy & Physiology I
- BIO 212-Anatomy & Physiology II
We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by deadline date and have met all admission requirements. We evaluate all qualified applicants according to a point system that allows an objective means for selection ranking. We select applicants with the highest point totals first. Please refer to the Admission Selection Points Worksheet for ranking criteria.
Applicant admission status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied admission based on applicant pool ranking and eligibility of admission criteria. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the practical nursing program. Applicants who receive conditional admission or alternate status into the program we will notify by email. Applicants denied admission we notify by mail.
Applicants conditionally admitted will have 14 calendar days from the date of your conditional admission email to pay the $50.00 seat fee (intent to enter) to the Carl Sandburg College Business Office to hold your seat in the nursing program. We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition if you enter into the nursing program. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay the seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.
Conditionally admitted applicants and those on the alternate list must attend the mandatory admission orientation session. We provide in the admission status EMAIL information regarding registration for the mandatory admission orientation session. We will provide at the orientation program information and appropriate documents to complete all the necessary nursing program requirements for full admission status.
Those conditionally admitted who do not register for and attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their conditional admission and we will then offer your seat to an alternate. Alternates who do not register for or attend the mandatory admission orientation session will forfeit their alternate position.
Students accepted will be required to possess Healthcare Provider CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Students is responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Practical Nursing Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.
We will provide full admission status after the conditionally admitted applicant attends the mandatory admission orientation session and appropriately completes all program requirements and submits all required admission documents by the designated deadline.
Applicants not admitted to the program, including applicants placed on the alternate list and no spaces became available, we will not carry over application files to the next year. Each applicant would need to complete the application/admission process again for the next admission year.