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Practical Nursing


Practical Nursing


Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate in Practical Nursing designed to prepare practical nurses to function under the direction of a licensed professional in an ever-changing health care environment in a variety of health care settings. The student is prepared to function within the nursing roles of provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing in structured health care settings. Clinical experience is provided at hospitals, nursing homes, and community health organizations in several of the surrounding counties.


Licensed Practical Nurse

Assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. The LPN provides basic bedside and personal care to clients in acute and long-term facilities. LPNs prepared to perform treatments and administer medications as directed.


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 more traditional hours.



The demand for licensed practical nurses is very high and is likely to increase. As life expectancy increases so, too, is the need for health care providers to meet the demands of an aging population.



The Practical Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and Approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing, Department of Professional Regulation.



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.


Please be advised that nursing licenses may be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN). All criminal history must be revealed at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by the ISBN before licensure is granted or denied.



Admission to the program is competitive and selection is based on a point system. All prospective students for the Practical Nursing program must submit admission materials and meet current admission requirements before their applications will be considered for review for conditional admission. The most qualified applicants who are residents of the Carl Sandburg College district will be given preference for admission to the program. All regulations can be accessed at


Number of Students Admitted Each Year:

Day Section: 30


For Additional Program Information Contact: Advisors



LaDonna Green or 309-341-5299

Jennifer Holmes or 309-341-5338

Megan Jones or 309-341-5229