students in nursing lab

Practical Nursing LPN

Carl Sandburg College offers a one-year certificate that 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. 


Application dates

Students must meet with a Practical Nursing academic advisor to determine application eligibility prior to applying to the program. Students may apply online to the Practical Nursing program October 1 - March 1 for fall semester start.

Anyone interested in this program must first complete the steps to enroll to become a Carl Sandburg College student. Apply Here! The Practical Nursing online application is only available through mySandburg.


Pathways to other programs

Students completing the Practical Nursing program should check out these programs:

LPN to RN transition 

Associate Degree in Nursing - RN


Our cooperative agreements

Chamberlain College of Nursing

Chamberlain College of Nursing is a not for profit Nursing college, offering degrees ranging from Bachelor’s degrees through Doctoral degrees in Nursing. Sandburg’s agreement offers students who receive their RN degree from Sandburg the ability to transfer into their BSN program.

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

Saint Francis College of Nursing is partnering with the Nursing department to offer five guaranteed seats into their BSN program after completing the RN degree at Carl Sandburg College. Sandburg students must meet certain GPA requirements to qualify for the program. For more information, please contact the Nursing office at 309-341-5299.

For a complete list of our cooperative agreements, click here.

   

Admission requirements for the practical nursing program

The Practical Nursing program limits enrollment to students who meet the eligibility requirements and who are selected for admission through a point system. Students interested in this program must meet with a Sandburg academic advisor prior to applying to the program and complete the application checklist. We notify applicants approximately two weeks after application deadline date as to whether or not they are accepted into the program. Applicants conditionally admitted into the Practical Nursing program must attend the mandatory program orientation session.

High school students may begin the prerequisite courses to accelerate entry into the Practical Nursing program.

Courses that can be taken as dual credit courses:

  • ENG 101 - Freshman Composition 1
  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • BIO 111 - Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals

Notice to PN students who plan to apply for admission to LPN to RN Articulation into the 2nd year ADN: In place of BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals, you may consider enrolling in BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2, which are required for the RN program.

Prerequisites for BIO 211:

  • BIO 101 - General Biology (prerequisite for BIO 211)
  • CHM 100 - Concepts of Chemistry (prerequisite for BIO 211)

Students accepted into the program 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 are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. 

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. 

If a student is unable to participate in and/or complete clinical/practicum/internship courses required for the program due to a positive drug test which includes marijuana, they are not eligible for a refund of any tuition, fees, or other expenses incurred while preparing for admission into the program and while enrolled in the program.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact: 
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

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.

Follow these links for detailed career information:

Licensed Practical Nurse

Registered Nurse


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 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. 

 

 

 

Sample course schedule for the Practical nursing program

Sample schedule for Practical Nursing 

Labs, discussion, and clinical times are to be determined each semester based on enrollment. This sample schedule is subject to change.

 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.

Estimated cost for the practical nursing program

Practical Nursing cost sheet


Financial Aid

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

 

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

frequently asked questions

If I am not admitted to the program or placed on an alternative list and no spaces are available, do I have to apply again? 

Yes, 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.

How do you evaluate applications?

We will consider for selection review only those applicants who submit the online program application by the 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.

When will I know if I am accepted to the program?

Applicant acceptance status will be one of the following: conditionally admitted, placed on the alternate list, or denied. We will notify the applicant approximately two weeks of application deadline date whether they are accepted or not into the 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.

How do I hold my seat if I am accepted?

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.

Will I receive credit for the $50 to hold my seat? 

We will apply the $50.00 seat fee to your tuition or it will be refunded directly to students after financial aid refund and within two weeks after the 100 percent drop date for 16-week courses. Your seat fee form will be included with your conditional admission email. Students who accept their seat and withdrawal for any reason will forfeit the seat fee. We will request alternates to pay their seat fee if their status changes to conditionally admitted.

I have been conditionally admitted do I need to attend orientation?

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.

I have been conditionally admitted when will I know my full admission status?

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.

Are there student clubs?

Associate Degree Nursing Club-1st Year

This club is for first-year RN students. We will meet to keep us all informed and together on our classes’ activities, study groups, and any professional medical seminars or exhibits that would benefit us as nursing students.

Advisor: Christina Stone, 309.341.5292 or cstone@sandburg.edu

Accreditation

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.


Licensure

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 IDPFR.

Meet the instructors

Will Anderson, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Stacy Bainter, MSN RN
Practical Nursing Coordinator

Tina Braun-Smith, MSN RN
Instructor, Nursing 

Kristina Gray, MSN, RN
Dean of Health Professions

Mary Guenseth, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Tammi Lewis, MSN RN
Instructor, Nursing

Jan Lundeen, MS, RN, FNP-BC
Professor of Nursing

Emily Schaeffer, MSN, DNP RN
Instructor, Nursing

Christina Stone, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing

 

Department of Health Professions
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.341.5299