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Practical Nursing (CRT.PN)

The Practical Nursing program is a three semester program including classroom, skills laboratory, and clinical experience in a variety of healthcare agencies. Program graduates are eligible to 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 program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). State regulations require that qualified in-district residents be accepted before consideration is given to out-of-district applicants.

The practical nursing program at Lake Land College at the main campus located in Mattoon, Illinois and the Kluthe campus located in Effingham, Illinois is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000 The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.ht m

The PN program is a competitive, special admission program which uses an objective formula to rank applicants. Applicants seeking admission into the Practical Nursing Program for Fall semester must have a completed application on file in the nursing department prior to the admission deadline of March 1st. Applicants are notified via Lake Land email of tentative acceptance/denial within six weeks of the admission deadline.

To review the Application Process and Admission Criteria refer to the Practical Nursing Track page.


Final acceptance is tentative upon receipt of the following:
1. Completed Nursing Program Physical
2. Proof of immunizations
3. Current CPR certification (Note: CPR and immunizations must remain current throughout program)
4. A background check

A negative drug screen is required prior to the start of clinical experiences.

The Allied Health Program guidelines and expectations align with the College's Pandemic Safety Response Guidelines. If the College updates the guidelines, the Allied Health Programs will follow the new guidelines. If clinical partners impose guidelines that are more restrictive, such as a vaccination mandate, the Allied Health Programs will follow the clinical partner's guidelines. If a student refuses to comply with the clinical site's protocols, he/she will fail to meet clinical objectives and will therefore fail the course.


In addition to tuition and fees, costs include textbooks and software products, uniforms, supplies, physical examination and immunizations, CPR certification, background check, drug screen, and transportation to clinical experiences. Additional expenses upon completion of the program include NCLEX-PN test and licensure application fees.

Students must progress through the nursing courses in the following curriculum model. A "C" grade is required in all curriculum courses for progression/completion.

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

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Catalog Term Year: 2024 Spring

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Credit Hours: 6.00


Credit Hours: 10.00

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Credit Hours: 15.00


Credit Hours: 2.00

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Summer Term


Credit Hours: 7.00


Credit Hours: 1.00