Science Students

Practical Nursing (Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN)

Practical Nursing is a selective admission program, and minimum criteria must be met in order to receive an application. Admission to the program is by application. Admission to Richland Community College does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Career and Technical Education Option

These are career and technical education programs. Some courses may not transfer to four-year institutions.

The Practical Nursing program at Richland Community College is approved by the Illinois of Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and prepares entry-level students to provide nursing care to clients with normal and common health problems through the use of basic skills under the direction of a registered nurse or licensed physician. The program consists of classroom instruction, laboratory, and clinical experiences in hospitals, nursing homes, and community health settings. Upon successful completion of the program and on passing the required criminal background check, the graduate will then be eligible to write the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). After successfully passing this examination, the graduate can apply for licensure as a practical nurse. As required by the Illinois Nursing & Advanced Practice Nursing Act, the licensing process includes a criminal background check. In addition, the curriculum is structured so that the practical nurse graduate may choose courses that will allow for continued study in Richland Community College’s Associate Degree Nursing program. Job opportunities for LPNs include a variety of nursing positions such as in hospitals, agencies, physician’s offices, and extended care facilities.