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Nursing: Practical

(E91) Certificate

This program is designed to prepare the graduate to function in the role of the beginning practical nurse to provide bedside care in a variety of health care settings. The program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Work and Employment

Licensed practical nurses assist in caring for the sick under the direction of registered nurses, physicians, dentists or podiatrists. They perform procedures and treatments such as measuring vital signs, applying dressings and giving medications. LPNs work for nursing homes, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities. With experience and training, they may work in specialized areas such as recovery room, intensive care or obstetric units on rare occasions.  Advancement in health care education is generally required for specialized areas.

Special Considerations

In order to become licensed as a practical nurse, a person must complete a state-approved program like SVCC’s and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for practical nurses (PN).

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedure

 TEAS Testing-Requirement for All Nursing Applicants

Application Deadlines

March 1
The admission requirements and the admission procedure must be completed by of the year the applicant wishes to be admitted. If the class is not filled, a second candidate evaluation will be implemented after June 1.

Out-of-District Application

Out-of-district applicants to the nursing program will be considered after June 1, if space is available and there are no qualified in-district applicants.

Program Requirements

A grade of "C" is the minimum passing grade for all major field requirements, social science, natural science, and mathematics courses. Successful completion of a nursing course requires a "C" in the classroom, satisfactory clinical performance and "Pass" on clinical competency examinations. A student who is unsatisfactory in any one of those areas will receive a failing grade for the course. If an NRS course is failed, it may be repeated once. No more than one NRS course may be repeated.

PROGRAM CONTACTS at Sauk Valley Community College
Health Career Education Counselor, 815/835-6354; Janet Lynch, Dean of Health Professions, 815/835-6374.

Estimated Program Cost

The following figures are based on current tuition and fee rates for the required number 46 credit hours.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Tuition $5,198.00 $14,812.00 $16,054.00
Student Activity Fee $225.00 $225.00 $225.00
Course Fees $1,482.00 $1,482.00 $1,482.00
Total Tuition and Fees $6,680.00 $16,294.00 $17,536.00

Estimated Additional Costs

The following figures are based on the average estimated per-credit-hour cost of attendance for the required number 46 credit hours. Actual costs will vary; check the Class Schedule for actual book costs.

In-DistrictOut-of-DistrictOut-of-State
Room and Board $10,125.00
Books and Supplies $2,174.36
Grand Total $18,979.36 $28,593.36 $29,835.36