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Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate

Practical Nursing (PNC) Certificate at Harper College

Become a practical nurse

Program facts  Education icon


  • Credit hours: 38
  • Stackable to degree: Yes
  • Career options: Licensed practical nurse (LPN)

Prepare to become a practical nurse with this 38-credit-hour certificate program, which will give you the skills needed to provide safe care for a diverse population of clients. Nursing is a rapidly growing field, and you’ll qualify for a wide variety of employment opportunities within the industry after graduating from this program.

Learn from highly trained faculty members who regularly engage in professional development opportunities to provide cutting-edge teaching methods and clinical information. Practice your skills in Harper College’s Nursing Laboratory, a state-of-the-art simulated clinical environment.

After completing this program, you’ll qualify to take the NCLEX-PN exam and apply for Illinois licensure as a practical nurse (LPN). You may also choose to continue your education and complete Harper College’s Nursing AAS Degree program. 

This is a limited-enrollment program. Please review this program's admission criteria and process.

Certificate program requirements

This 38 credit-hour certificate program is designed to educate the student to become a practical nurse.

The Practical Nursing certificate qualifies the graduate to sit for the NCLEX-PN and application for Illinois licensure as a practical nurse. Legal limitations could prohibit an individual from taking this licensing examination. Questions regarding these restrictions should be directed to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations at 217.782.8556. Positions in practical nursing are available in a variety of health care settings.

Because of the nature of clinical experiences and individual instruction required in this program and specialized technology and equipment necessary to offer this program, a higher tuition rate is assessed for career specific courses. These include courses with the NUR prefix. Tuition for these courses in this program is 200 percent of the standard tuition rate.

Admission Requirements:

Practical Nursing is a limited enrollment program. Applicants must have completed a CNA program and be active on the Illinois Department of Public Health, Health Care Worker Registry. For admission requirements, please contact the Admission Outreach Office at 847.925.6700 or visit harpercollege.edu

Students who apply for this limited enrollment program are obligated to meet current admission requirements and follow program curriculum as defined at the time of acceptance to the program. Upon admission to the Practical Nursing Certificate, the mathematics requirement is met.

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and NUR courses is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
BIO 160 4
PSY 101 3

FIRST SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and NUR courses is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
BIO 161 4
ENG 101 3
NUR 101 4
NUR 131 3
HSC 201 2

SECOND SEMESTER:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and NUR courses is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
NUR 102 2
NUR 108 1
NUR 109 2
NUR 132 2
NUR 139 2
PSY 228 3

SUMMER SESSION:

A grade of C or better in all BIO and NUR courses is required for all students.

Number Course Title Credits
NUR 104 3

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Next steps

For more information about LPN courses at Harper College, contact Admission Outreach at 847.925.6700, or submit a request information form. You can also apply online.