Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate

The Practical Nurse Program at Illinois Valley Community College qualifies the graduate to take the NCLEX-PN examination and, after successful completion, is qualified to apply for licensure in the state of Illinois or any other state.

If the practical nurse graduate wishes to continue study for the registered nursing program, the curriculum is so structured that the LPN graduate may add to the existing practical nurse curriculum to avoid repetition of courses.

Although the program is designed to be completed in three (3) semesters, it is highly recommended that students complete most, if not all non-nursing courses prior to the start of the first Nursing course. Admission into the LPN program is competitive. It is also recommended that students interested in pursuing this career path should meet with their counselor each semester and attend a Nursing Information Session. Please take the time to look at the Nursing Admission Handbook 2013-2014 for specific details regarding admission to the LPN Program. In order to be considered for the program for the Fall 2014 Admission Cycle a student must file a Letter of Intent with the Admissions Office between November 15, 2013 - February 15, 2014. 

For more detailed information, please contact:

Bonnie Bennett-Campbell - Dean of Health Professions, Interim Director of Nursing
Room A217, (815) 224-0481
internet - Bonnie_Campbell@ivcc.edu


First Semester Outline
Course Number First Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 1201 Fundamentals in Nursing I 4
*+NUR 1202 Fundamentals in Nursing II 4
+BIO 1007 Anatomy and Physiology I
+BIO 1009
Microbiology 4
+ALH 1002 Human Growth and Development 3
+NUR 1205              Pharmacology I for the Nursing Student 1.5
  Total Credit Hours 20.5


Second Semester Outline
Course Number Second Semester Credit Hours
*+NUR 1211 Holistic Nursing I 5
*+NUR 1210 Mental Health Nursing 3
 +NUR 1206  
Pharmacology II for the Nursing Student 1.5
+ALH 1000
Intro to Nutrition
+BIO 1009
Anatomy and Physiology II 4
+PSY 1000 General Psychology 3
+ENG 1001 English Composition I 3
  Total Credit Hours 22.5


Summer Semester Outline
Course Number Summer Session Credit Hours
*+NUR 1221 Holistic Nursing for Practical Nurses 5
*+NUR 1220 Role of the LPN 1
  Total Credit Hours 6
  Total Program Hours 49

+Courses are required for Registered Nurse Program -- these courses will directly articulate to the ADN Program after the courses are successfully completed.

PLEASE NOTE: All non-nursing courses (i.e. ALH 1000, ALH 1002, ENG 1001, PSY 1000, BIO 1007, BIO 1008, BIO1009, etc.) must be taken prior to or concurrently with the nursing courses with which they are listed in the curriculum pattern.

All nursing students must hold a current American Red Cross Community CPR card Adult, Infant, Child or BLS for Health Care Provider Card from the American Heart Association.

+See IVCC catalog for pre-requisites
*Courses are 8 weeks in length