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Practical Nursing (CRT.PN)

The Practical Nursing program is a three, consecutive semester program that includes classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical experience in various healthcare agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate may apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, the graduate may apply for PN licensure. Completion of the PN program does not guarantee PN licensure. The Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) may refuse to issue a license, if a candidate has a criminal history. Please consult with the Director of the Lake Land College PN program to avoid license application hindrances.

The program is approved by the IDFPR and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone: 404-975-5000, Fax: 404-975-5020.

Applicants seeking admission into the Practical Nursing program must have a completed application file in the Nursing Department by March 1, or the preceding business day if March 1 falls on a weekend. Applicants will be notified in writing of acceptance/denial within six weeks of the deadline.

Download the PN checklist from the website for complete instructions for the application process

Admission Criteria

The following procedures must be satisfied before admission to the Lake Land College PN Program can be considered.

1. Complete an Intent to Enroll for Lake Land College and submit to Admissions & Records. (Note: acceptance to the college does not guarantee admission into the PN program.)

2. Complete a Nursing Department Intent form indicating interest in the Practical Nursing Program.

3. Achieve satisfactory scores on the Lake Land College Placement test, SAT, or ACT to determine eligibility to take the HESI A2 Admission assessment exam. See admission checklist for details.

4. Achieve a satisfactory score of 70 on the HESI A2 Admission assessment exam. The most recent exam scores will be used for admissions. To ensure complete application, a satisfactory score (70 or above) must be obtained prior to the March 1 application deadline. Test scores are valid for five years.

5. Admission criteria and procedures are in accordance with Illinois law. If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available in the program, admission is competitive and selective using an objective formula approved by the Nursing Department. Selection criteria includes the date on the nursing intent form, academic achievement, and HESI A2 Admission assessment exam score.

Note: State regulations require that qualified in-district residents must be accepted before any consideration can be given to out-of-district applicants.

6. High school students who successfully complete Partnership for Career and College Success (PCCS) curriculum should consult with the Director of Nursing regarding enrollment requirements and procedures.


Acceptance is tentative upon completion/receipt of the following:

1. Completed Lake Land College Practical Nursing Program physical exam, proof of immunizations, and current CPR certification. (Note: CPR and immunizations must remain current throughout the program).

2. Complete background check and drug screening.

3. Attend the nursing program orientation during the summer preceding PNC 050. Students will be contacted regarding the orientation date.

4. Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.00 (i.e. good academic standing). This is a requirement to progress/graduate from the PN program.

Cost In addition to tuition and fees, costs for the PN program include: textbooks, uniforms, supplies, physical examination and immunizations, background check, drug screening and transportation to hospital clinical experiences. Additional expenses upon successful completion of the program include licensure application fees, NCLEX-PN test fees, and PN license fees.

Program requirements may change over time. Specific degree/graduation requirements are determined by a degree audit. Lake Land Partnerships

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ACEN Accreditation SeaAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

First Semester   Hours
PNC-049 Found of Nursing
PNC-050 Practical Nursing I
Second Semester
PNC-052 Practical Nursing II +++ 
PNC-053 Basic Pharmacology I +++ 
Summer Term
PNC-054 Practical Nursing III  
PNC-055 Basic Pharmacology II