Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN)

Certificate: 41 credits (Limited Transfer & Limited Enrollment)
Program Length: 3 semesters
Nursing Program Contact: (815) 921-3261 

Program Overview

The Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate Program prepares graduates to work as entry-level practical nurses in a variety of health care settings, including long-term care and other community health facilities. Classes, labs, and clinical experiences are integrated into the program. Supervision by credentialed nursing faculty allows students to develop and practice safe, competent entry level nursing skills. The Practical Nursing Program is competitive. Meeting minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The Nursing Program reserves the right to make final decisions based upon the qualifications of the applicant pool each year.

Information/ Advisement

Prospective nursing students are required to attend a Nursing Information Session. Contact the Nursing Program Office for dates and times. Meeting with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan is recommended.


The PN application deadline is accepted February 1st through May 1st for fall admission.

Pre-Admission Test

The TEAS Test is required; notification of eligibility to test will be by letter. Study resources available at

Admission Criteria (in-district applicants are qualified)

  • B grade in BIO 185 or equivalent
  • B average in prerequisite GPA and cumulative GPA
  • Proficient or higher TEAS score
  • Background check: Current Certified Nursing Assistant/Healthcare Worker Registry with no disqualifying convictions (Illinois Department of Public Health)
  • Essential Abilities: RVC Student Nurse Handbook most recent edition


Subject to Illinois Nurse Practice Act regarding professional conduct:

  • Program courses completed with a minimum grade of “C” 80% or better
  • Completion of state application
  • Criminal background check subject to Illinois Board of Nursing
  • Eligible to take the NCLEX-PN examination


Physical exam, titers/immunizations, Mantoux test, uniform, licensure application, fingerprint background check, and NCLEX-PN subject to change.


Experiences require travel to facilities in region.

Program Standards

All practical nursing courses, both theory and clinical, require a “C” to pass. Students who do not earn a “C” or better will remediate by course repetition. No more than one PNU course may be repeated.

Requirements to LPN Program (5 credits)

Number Title Credits
  BIO-185 Foundations Anatomy & Physiology (5)

Practical Nursing Core Requirements (27 credits)

First Semester- Fall

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Second Semester- Spring

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General Education Course Requirements (9 credits)

Number Title Credits
* PSY-170 General Psychology (3)
* FWS-237 Nutrition for Optimum Living (3)
* ENG-101 Composition I (3)

* Indicates required general education courses.

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