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Illinois LPN Programs

Directory of state-approved LPN training classes

Illinois LPN Practical Nursing Careers

The field of nursing is a career path that is steadily growing. It is the perfect career for those individuals who have a genuine desire to help others. An entry-level nursing position that has significant responsibilities along with detailed patient interaction is the Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN.

LPNs work with physicians and Registered Nurses to provide basic health care to patients who are undergoing medical treatment. Practical nurses work closely with their patients in various health care settings (hospitals, clinics, hospices, nursing homes, private practices, even prisons) and provide them with optimum medical care. Some typical LPN duties include taking patient’s vital signs, collecting samples for testing, performing various laboratory testing, administering medications, and giving injections. Generally, LPNs work are under the general supervision of a Registered Nurse or Physician.

Individuals interested in becoming a practical nurse must complete an approved Illinois LPN training program. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent is a prerequisite before you can apply to an LPN program. The state needs to know that you have acquired basic English composition and Math skills.

Prospective students can complete their training in as little as seven (7) months to one (1) year if obtaining an LPN certificate through a hospital-based program. An advantage to the student is that if you successfully complete your training program, you will have a job in place once you are licensed. In an effort to obtain qualified nurses, hospitals will offer thirty-five (35) hours of classroom and field experience courses to nursing students. Required courses that are a part of the certificate program curriculum are:

– Practical Nursing Fundamentals
– Pharmacology
– Lifespan nursing
– Mental Health nursing
– Human anatomy
– Psychology
– Human Physiology

However, you can also obtain an LPN certificate and Associate’s degree from a community college or vocational school in two years. Within the program, you must successfully complete forty-one (41) hours of classroom study and clinical work. You can expect to be exposed to the following topics in a two-year LPN program:

– Anatomy
– Physiology
– English
– Psychology
– Nursing Practice Concepts
– Nutrition principles
– Basic nursing procedures
– Pharmacology
– Pediatric nursing practices

After successfully completing the program, you will need to pass the NCLEX-PN certificate examination in order to become licensed and practice nursing in the state of Illinois.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2010 the median salary for an LPN was about $40,380; needless to say, this can vary according to your local economy and number of years of experience. Again, LPNs are in great demand and employment is expected to grow by 21% by the year 2018. Over time practical nurses can advance to become Charge Nurses; these nurses essentially supervise other LPNs and nursing aides. LPNs can also become credentialed in pharmacology, long-term care, gerontology, and IV therapy. They also have the option of transitioning to a Registered Nurse (RN) position through a qualified LPN to RN training program.

List of LPN Programs in Illinois (IL)

Americare Institute

1300 Greenbrook Blvd. Ste. 101
Hanover Park, IL 60133

Americare Technical School

2604 W. Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Beck Area Career Center

6137 Beck Road
Red Bud, IL 62278

Black Hawk College

6600 34th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

CAAN, Coalition of African American Nurses, Inc

1605 S. Wentworth Ave.
Calumet City, IL 60409

Capital Area Voc Center

2201 Toronto Road
Springfield, IL 62707

Carl Sandburg College

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd
Galesburg, IL 61401

CCC Wilbur Wright College

1645 North California Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Chicago Public Schools LPN Program

2245 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612

CMK Healthcare

290 Town Center Lane
Glendale Heights, IL 60559

College of DuPage

425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

Danville Area Community College / Ladder

2000 East Main St.
Danville, IL 61832

Elgin Community College

1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Great Paragon Healthcare, Inc.

1251 W. Devon Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660

Heartland Community College / Ladder

1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761

Highland Community College / Ladder

2998 Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032

Illinois Central College

201 SW Adams St.
Peoria, IL 61635

Illinois Eastern Community College of Nursing / Ladder

305 N. West Street
Olney, IL 62450

Illinois Valley Community College / Ladder

815 N. Orlando Smith Ave.
Oglesby, IL 61348

International Career Institute

6425 N. Hamlin Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712

J. Renee Career Facilitation, Inc.

7105 N. Virginia Road, Suite 1
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

John A Logan Community College

700 Logan College Road
Carterville, IL 62918

John Wood Community College

1301 South 48th Street
Quincy, IL 62305

Joliet Junior College / Ladder

1215 Houbolt Road
Joliet, IL 60431

Kankakee Community College

100 College Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901

Kaskaskia College LPN Program

27210 College Road
Centralia, IL 62801

Kishwaukee College / Ladder

21193 Malta Road
Malta, IL 60150

Lake Land College

5001 Lake Land Blvd.
Mattoon, IL 61938

Lincoln Land Community College / Ladder

5250 Shepherd Road
P.O. Box 19256
Springfield, IL 62794

Morraine Valley Community College / Ladder

9000 W. College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Morton College / Ladder

3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

Northwestern Institute of Health and Technology

4641 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

Oakton Community College / Ladder

1600 E. Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Omega Healthcare Technical School

400 W. Higgins
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Parkland College

2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

PCCTI – PC Center Training Institute

2021 Midwest Road, Suite 300
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Rend Lake College

468 North Ken Gray Parkway
Ina, IL 62846

Richland Community College

One College Park
Decatur, IL 62521

Rock Valley College

3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114

Sauk Valley Community College

173 IL. Rt. 2
Dixon, IL 61021

Shawnee Community College

8364 Shawnee College Rd.
Ullin, IL 62992

South Suburban College

15800 S. State Street
South Holland, IL 60473

Southeastern Illinois College

3575 College Road
Harrisburg, IL 62946

Spoon River College LPN Program

23235 N. County 22
Canton, IL 61520

Triton College / Ladder

2000 North 5th Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171

William Rainey Harper College

1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, IL 60067

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Illinois LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Illinois schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Illinois state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in Illinois

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in Illinois

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the Illinois Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of Illinois as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Illinois

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the Illinois state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

Illinois Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses