Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

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.

Application

The PN application deadline is accepted February 1st through April 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 www.atitesting.com.

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

Licensure

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

Fees

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

Clinical

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

Number Title Credits
  PNU-103 Practical Nursing: Fundamentals (7)
  PNU-107 Basic Principles of Pharmacology Nursing (1)

Second Semester- Spring

Number Title Credits
  PNU-120 Nursing Through Life: Mental Health (1)
  PNU-140 Nurse Thur Life:Concept to Adolescence (6)
  PNU-160 Nurs Thur Life: Young Adult to Mid Adult (6)

Third Semester- Summer

Number Title Credits
  PNU-201 Nursing Through Lifespan: Geriatric (6)

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.

Gainful Employment Program Requirements

Name & Number of Certificate Program: 
Practical Nursing (#5404)
   
Information

 
  2010-11
2011-12
1. Length of Program in Months (based on FT status) 10.5 10.5
2. Cost of programs (tuition/fees only) $2,988.00 $2,988.00
3. Additional Fees (program-specific) $369.00 $369.00
4. Estimated cost of books and supplies (program-specific) $1,744.00 $1,744.00
5. SOC Code
33-2011.01

6. Completers

29 completers (96.5% employable in field- passed NCLEX-PN)

18 expected grads (June 2012)