As Americans live longer, there’s a greater demand for nursing care. A licensed practical nurse (LPN) cares for the injured, sick, and disabled under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician. LPNs primarily provide bedside care, taking patients’ vital signs, preparing and administering enemas and injections, treating bedsores, and monitoring patients to report critical changes. Through LPN training, students learn how to collect samples, record fluid intake and output, administer prescribed medications, and start intravenous fluids. LPNs, who work in physicians’ offices, may also schedule appointments, maintain records, and perform other administrative duties. Most LPNs work in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and nursing care facilities. However, there is tremendous growth for LPNs in long-term care facilities and private homes. LPNs in Chicago and throughout Illinois, must take the NCLEX-PN for licensure with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Adonis College of Nursing
Adonis College of Nursing’s tutors use their experience in the field to ensure students obtain a world-class education. The total program covers 744 contact hours – 296 hours in the classroom, 168 lab hours, and 280 hours at clinical sites. Course topics include Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Nursing Pharmacology, Nursing Fundamentals, Mental Health Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, and Medical Surgical (care of Adult) Nursing. Students earn a certificate at the end of the 11-month program and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. The full-time program may be completed in 48 weeks. The duration of the part-time program is 60 weeks.
- Have current certification as a CNA
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED – provide official high school or college transcripts
- Take and pass the HESI exam with a score of 78% or above (the cost is $150)
- Submit a completed application with the non-refundable application fee of $75
- Provide a valid state driver’s license and social security card
- Provide two reference letters
- Submit a 400-word essay on Nursing and Emerging Technology
- Pass a state criminal background check
- Have current CPR certification
- Pass a physical exam and TB skin test (2-step)
Tuition and expenses cost $20,150. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.
- Website: https://www.acon.edu/
- Address: 1313 East Sibley Blvd., Dolton, Illinois 60419
- Phone: 708-841-3302
- Fax: 708 880-1871
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 47%
City Colleges of Chicago – Wilbur Wright
The Practical Nursing program at the City Colleges of Chicago is 64 weeks long. The program equips students with the knowledge and skills to take the NCLEX-PN to become licensed practical nurses. The course content includes both theory and practical instruction in the school’s lab and at approved clinical sites. Course modules include terminology for medical careers, human structure and function, biology, introductory statistics, nursing fundaments, nursing perspectives, and nursing throughout the life span. Students must complete 49 credit hours to graduate with an advanced certificate. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Submit a completed application to the program
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Submit official high school transcripts
- Demonstrate eligibility to complete college-level math – can be demonstrated by coursework or placement testing
- Take and pass a pre-admission test
- Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better – Biology, English, Math
- Pass a criminal background check and drug screen
Tuition for the program is $2.169 per semester for completing 12+ credit hours. Additional costs for textbooks, uniforms, fees, and supplies are not included.
- Website: http://www.ccc.edu/Pages/default.aspx
- Address: 4300 N. Narragansett Ave Chicago, IL 60634
- Phone: (773) 777-7900
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96%
Ambria College of Nursing
Graduates of Ambria’s LPN program receive a certificate of completion and are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure as practical nurses. Ambria’s pass rate is among the highest in Illinois as the instructors remain committed to students’ success on the exam. LPN graduates are not only qualified to assume practical nursing positions in acute care and long-term care settings, but also qualify for entry into LPN-to-RN programs. The program comprises of 392 lecture hours and 729 clinical hours for a total of 1,121. The total for the Practical Nursing Certificate is 44 credit hours. Course topics include Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Academic Success Seminar, Foundations of Nursing, Pharmacology Essentials, Adult Medical Surgical Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing, Nursing Care of Children, PN Role Transition, and PN Capstone. Students have the option to set their own pace. The accelerated schedule allows for completion in 12 months. Standard completion time is 16 months, and the extended schedule is 20 months. Transfer students can complete the program is just 8 months. Day and evening shifts are available.
- Attend a Practical Nursing Information Session
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Must be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
- Submit reading placement test results
- Pass the PN entrance exam
- Complete preparatory coursework in ENG 101 and PSY 101 with a grade C or better
- Submit a copy of health records
- Undergo background checks – criminal record, health care fraud and abuse, Patriot Act terrorism check and Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System screening
- Complete satisfactory alcohol and drug screening
The cost of tuition for general education and core courses is $21,900. Additional costs include entrance exam fee, application fee, books, uniforms, nursing lab kit, and computer proficiency exam.
- Website: https://www.ambria.edu/Programs/LPN/LPNProgram/tabid/906/Default.aspx
- Address: 5210 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192
- Phone: 847-397-0300
- Email: email@example.com
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
Verve College’s goal is to ensure all enrolled students acquire didactic and clinical instruction in the field of practical nursing. Students who earn 84% or higher in the program and pass the exit exam increase their chances of passing the NCLEX-PN with a score of 94% or greater. The program is a one-year certificate program that prepares students to provide care for disabled, sick, and injured patients. Through a combination of classroom instruction, simulated labs, and externships in long-term and acute care settings, students cover the essential aspects of nursing, including basic nursing principles, methodology, pharmacology, and specialized nursing. The curriculum includes 1080 contact hours of theory and practical training. Areas of study include History/Legal Scope of Practical & Delegation, Asepsis & Infection Control, Nutrition, Elimination and Hygiene, Physical Assessment. Vitals, Nursing Process, Critical Thinking, Medical Calculations, Documentation, State and Body Mechanics, Patient Mobility, Lifespan Development, Wound Care, Perioperative Care, IV, Collecting Specimens, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Palliative Care, and Older Adult. Students must earn at least 90% on the ATI exit exam in order to graduate from the program. Day, weekend, and evening classes are available. The duration of the program is 12 to 14 months.
- Must have active CNA certification,
- High school diploma or GED
- Submit a completed application with the non-refundable application fee
- Submit official college transcripts for Anatomy & Physiology with a grade C or better
- Take and pass the ATI-TEAS Entrance Exam with a score of 45 % or higher
- Have a valid state ID or driver’s license
- Pass a background check and sanctions check
- Pass a 10-panel drug screen
- Submit a completed physical exam signed by a health care provider
- Provide a negative TB/PPD test
- Provide a record of immunizations
- Have a current personal medical insurance card
- Have current CPR/BLS card
- Complete and submit a personal essay – at least 400 to 500 words
- Provide two letters of professional recommendation
- Must have and maintain liability insurance throughout the program
- Have a valid social security card
Tuition is $22,995 plus $225 for the non-refundable registration and application.
- Website: https://vervecollege.edu/
- Address: 216 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 900, Chicago, IL
- Phone: (312) 920-8822
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90%
Great Paragon Healthcare Inc.
Great Paragon Healthcare provides practical nursing training for prospective employees. The curriculum includes theory and hands-on experiences in a healthcare setting. Areas of study include fundamentals of nursing, medical surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, geriatric nursing, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, transition to practice, and leadership. Graduates will be eligible to take the state exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Morning and evening schedules are available.
- Official transcript of high school and any college courses completed
- Have a valid social security card and driver’s license
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Submit a completed application and non-refundable fee
- Pass a criminal background check
- Submit to a drug screen
- Obtain a negative TB test
- Provide immunization records
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade C – English, Mathematics, Medical Terminology, and Pharmacology
- Must have completed CNA training and be listed in the IDPH Registry
Tuition costs $500. Additional costs for fees, books, uniforms, and supplies are not included.
- Website: http://www.greatparagonhealthcare.com/home-health-careprograms-offered
- Address: 2640 W Touhy Ave., Suite 206, Chicago, IL 60645-3147
- Phone: 773-274-7694
- Fax: 773-274-9082
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: N/A
ATS Institute of Technology
The practical nursing program at the ATS Institute of Technology is open for admissions three times per year. Day and evening schedules are available for the three-semester program. Course instructors combine classroom instruction and practical experiences to introduce students to the concepts of health promotion and maintenance. Modules include pharmacology, basic nursing care, disease process, behavioral health, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, maternity, and specialty nursing. Students practice their nursing skills in the school’s modern simulated lab before participating in clinical rotations at long-term care facilities and hospitals.
- Submit a completed application for admission
- Pay the non-refundable application fee of $30
- Schedule and take the entrance exam and achieve the required benchmark score
- Submit attestation of high school graduation or equivalency
- Submit official college transcripts if planning to transfer credits
- Schedule and complete a background check
- Attend a mandatory orientation session after acceptance
- Sign an enrollment agreement and disclosure form
- Complete the required documentation for the clinical experience
- Have valid CPR certification
- Provide up-to-date immunization records
The total cost of attendance is $29,633. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,200. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.
- Website: http://atsinstitute.edu/chicago/nursing-programs.aspx?#practical+nursing+program
- Address: 25 East Washington St, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60602
- Phone: 312-214-2000
- Fax: 312-419-7421
- Email: ChicagoAdmissions@atsinstitute.edu
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 66%
The Aquarius Institute
The practical nursing program is 1008 clock hours, consisting of nursing and related courses to prepare graduates to work as entry-level practical nurses under the direction of a registered nurse. The training includes coordinated theory, laboratory, and clinical instruction in the classroom, and at acute care and long-term care facilities. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN after meeting all other state requirements for licensure. They will be able to provide compassionate and responsible care, communicate effectively in oral and written formats with patients and team members, and use technical skills in professional practice. Day and evening classes are available.
- Attend an interview with a Job Developer at Aquarius Institute
- Submit a completed admission application
- Submit official high school transcript or GED scores
- Submit official transcripts of any college courses completed
- Take and pass the HESI assessment
- Complete a background check and drug screen
- Have current CPR/BLS certification from the American Heart Association or the American Health and Safety Institute
- Provide three letters of reference
- Submit a completed health assessment and physical exam report to the Admissions Office. The report must include a negative TB test or chest x-ray and documentation of immunization
Tuition and expenses for the program will cost $19,700. It includes registration, textbooks, materials, supplies, NCLEX exam fee, and state registration. Other costs include uniforms, immunizations, background check, CPR certification, drug screen, liability insurance, and physical exam. Job placement assistance is available for all graduates.
- Website: http://www.aquariusinstitute.com/lp_nurse.php
- Address: 1011 East Touhy Avenue, Suite 335, Des Plaines, IL 60018
- Phone:(847) 296-8870
- Fax: (847) 296-8860
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 71%
The Practical Nursing program at North Shore College operates with the approval of the Illinois Nursing Board, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). The curriculum covers 1050 hours of theory and practical instruction. Course topics include anatomy and physiology II, nursing foundation, nursing care of the chronically ill patient, care of the acutely ill patient, care of the developing family, and leadership and medication administration. The duration of the program is 11 months. Morning and evening classes are available.
- Submit a completed application and non-refundable fee of $25
- Take and pass the TABE
- Take and pass the TEAS or HESI
- Complete the Enrollment Agreement
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Have a valid state ID and social security card
- Have a high school diploma or GED scores
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a grade C or better – Human Anatomy and Physiology I, Introduction to Mental Health, Math for Nurses, and Rhetoric Communication
- Submit official college transcripts if transferring courses
- Submit health records after acceptance to the LPN program
Tuition for the program is $16,489. The cost of the prerequisite courses is $3,337.
- Website: https://www.northshorecollege.com/
- Address: 1400 S. Wolf Road – Suite 104, Wheeling, IL 60090
- Phone: 847-850-5700
- Fax: 847-850-5400
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86%