2016-17 Catalog

Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)



Practical Nursing (L.P.N.)

The Practical Nursing program offers a one year 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.

Licensed Practical Nurse

The Licensed Practical Nurse assist in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patients. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides basic bedside and personal care to clients in acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics and physician offices.

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 (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, and approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination – NCLEX-PN. With successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam, the graduate is eligible to apply for Practical Nurse licensure in any state. Please be advised that nursing licenses can be denied or disciplined by the Illinois State Board of Nursing. A live fingerprint scan criminal background check is completed and submitted to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation prior to licensure being granted or denied.

Program at a Glance

  1. Average starting salary: $41,540   *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  2. Level of patient contact: High
  3. Length of program: One year Certificate
  4. Program location: Galesburg campus
  5. Program start time: Fall
  6. Employment opportunities a variety of health care settings
  7. Prepare for the NCLEX-PN examination


Admission information is available at http://www.sandburg.edu/academics/academics

Students must apply online and be formally accepted into the Practical Nursing program prior to enrolling in any nursing courses. Enrollment is limited and competitive and selection is based on a ranking point system.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions' transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam.
  4. Students planning to apply to the Practical Nursing program need to attend a scheduled Informational Session prior to applying.
  5. Schedule an appointment and meet with a nursing advisor.
  6. Schedule and take the TEAS V pre-admission exam. The applicant must have a cumulative TEAS V score of 62% or greater to meet the nursing program admission requirements.
  7. Online applications can be submitted from October 1 – March 1. The applicant is notified within approximately two weeks of deadline date if accepted or not accepted into the program.
  8. Additional admission information about the Practical Nursing program is available at http://sandburg.edu/academics/pn-selective-admission-process.
  9. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program:
  10. Applicants accepted into the Practical Nursing program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Practical Nursing Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
  11. Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, influenza vaccination, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  12. Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  13. Estimated Cost – Practical Nursing Certificate (see program website)

Please note that findings on the criminal background check may void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

College of Nursing & Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-341-5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details.


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SessionSemester Hours
ENG.101 Freshman Composition 1 3
PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology 3
Fall Semester
NUP.105 Practical Nursing I 9
NAD.106 Medication Principles for Nurses 2
NAD.108 Health Assessment & Clinical Reasoning 2
BIO.111 Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals ** 4
Spring Semester
NUP.125 Practical Nursing II 9
NAD.130 Pharmacology for Nurses 2
PSY.265 Developmental Psychology 3
NUT.110 Nutrition 3
Second Year
Summer Session
NUP.130 Practical Nursing III 5
 Total Semester Hours45

NUP courses and all BIO courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better by the end of the scheduled semester in order to progress in the program.  Each student must complete all required courses with a grade of "C" or better to graduate.


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. (BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1 and BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2 are required for the Associate Degree Program.)


 LPN's are eligible to enter Second Year Fall Semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program after completion of NAD.180 and all BIO courses(BIO.211, BIO.212, BIO.200) with a grade of "C" or better and Admission in to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

Bainter, Stacy
Instructor, Nursing

Monagle, Mischelle
Dean, College of Nursing & Health Professions

Stone, Christina
Instructor, Nursing

The College of Nursing building (building AA) has two classrooms, health assessment lab, skills lab, and faculty offices.  The nursing program has classroom availability in building A and a simulation skills lab in building A.  All three labs are used to demonstrate and practice essential nursing skills such as basic patient care skills, assessment skills, catheter insertion, administering medications, IV insertion, airway management, etc.  The state of the art simulation skills lab, A035, provides medium to high fidelity simulation learning experiences, fully equipped functioning ICU Room with SimMan©, two medium fidelity med/surg rooms, a maternal/child unit with high fidelity Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal, and infant, toddler and child medium fidelity manikins.  Clinical experiences for the Associate Degree Nursing program will be gained with acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics and physician offices in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF Clinics, Knox County Health Department, Seminary Manor, Heartland Health Care and Rehabilitation and other surrounding facilities as needed.