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In order to become an Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse you have to enter and complete a state-approved nurse training program and get a passing grade on the NCLEX-PN licensure test. The state of Illinois does not recognize LPN licensure from other states, so if you are actively licensed in another state you have to apply for an endorsement by getting in contact with the Illinois Center for Nursing. If you have no previous nurse training there are many state approved schools by the Illinois Center of Nursing which give you the necessary training. They can be found in vocational schools, community colleges, four-year universities, and hospitals in Illinois.

The one main prerequisite to get into an Illinois approved practical nursing school is a high school diploma or equivalent due to the fact that the school needs to know you know basic math and English skills. Some schools require you to take and pass an entrance examination. When you enter a state-approved program you can be expect to be enrolled for one to two years. The length varies depending on if attend a hospital (1 year) or college (2 years) based program. There will be two components which are: a theory based classroom portion and a hands-on clinical portion. In the classroom you will study such subjects such as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology, sociology, growth and development, interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity, pharmacology, surgical & pediatric nursing, and nursing for the elderly. On-line schools are also an option and offer more flexibility in terms of time and ability. In the clinical component of the training you will work with actual patients in a hospital, training with a registered nurse to prepare you for the license exam & get nursing experience.

After completing the educational training at an Illinois state approved school, the LPN candidate must send in their educational credentials to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation, while also including their work history for the previous five years. A background check and fingerprinting is also required. Once this is done, you take the exam which covers patient care and nursing practices. If you pass the exam you will be on your way to becoming a licensed practical nurse, but if you fail you have up to three years to pass the exam. The job outlook for Illinois Licensed Practical Nurse is excellent due to the aging population in Illinois that require large amounts of health care.


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    List of LPN Schools in Illinois (IL)

    Complete list of Illinois schools that offer state approved LPN training programs:

    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 62707-8645

    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 Com 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 60431-8938

    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 62794-9256

    Morraine Valley Community College / Ladder

    9000 W. College Parkway Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937

    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 61821-1899

    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, Illinois 62521

    Rock Valley College

    3301 North Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114-5699

    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 60473-1270

    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

    Practical Nursing Resources

    Current LPN Job Listings
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    LPN Job Description

    Illinois Board of Nursing

    320 West Washington St
    Springfield, IL 62786
    (217) 785-0800


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