Lake Land College

Academic Programs - Supporting Documents - Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois

Practical Nursing (CRT.PN)

Applicants seeking admission into the Practical Nursing program must have a completed application file in the Nursing Department by March 1, or the preceding business day if March 1 falls on a weekend. Applicants will be notified in writing of acceptance/denial within six weeks of the deadline.

Download the PN checklist for the complete application procedure.

Admission Criteria
The following procedures and prerequisites must be satisfied before admission to the Lake Land College Practical Nursing Program can be considered.

  1. Complete an application to Lake Land College and submit to the Admissions and Records Office. (Note: Acceptance to the College does not guarantee admission into the Practical Nursing program.)
  2. Obtain a PN Program Intent Form and return it completed to the Nursing Department.
  3. Demonstrate satisfactory scores in two of the three categories on the Lake Land College placement tests: Compass Reading, 83; Compass English, 81; and Compass Math, 39.  CPT Reading, 76; CPT English, 61; CPT Math–Comp 84, El Alg 36, or Int Alg 22; CMP Reading 83; CMP English 81; CMP Algebra 39. (Eligibility to take the pre-PN is determined by this test.) ACT scores may be submitted instead of taking the placement exam. ACT scores should be reported directly to the college from ACT. Contact nursing director for comparable scores to LLC test. 
  4. Demonstrate satisfactory scores on the pre-PN assessment test. A pre-PN composite score below 80 is not acceptable. Test scores more than three years preceding the March 1 deadline are not acceptable.  The most recent test scores will be used for admissions.  Pre-PN exams are offered at least two times a year. Dates for pre-PN testing and program policies are available from the Nursing Department.
  5. If there are more qualified applicants than spaces available in the program, admission is competitive and selective using an objective formula approved by the Nursing Department. Selection criteria includes the date on intent form filed with Nursing Department, and pre-PN assessment composite raw score. 
  6. High school students who successfully complete Partnership for Career and College Success (PCCS) curriculum should consult with the director regarding enrollment requirements and procedures.
  7. Two semester credit hours for PNC 051 may be granted to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs).  A copy of certification and verification of current CNA employment must be submitted to the director for approval.

Note: State Regulations require that qualified in-district residents must be accepted first before any consideration can be given to out-of-district applicants.

The following admission requirements must be completed after notification of acceptance.

  1. Complete the Lake Land College Practical Nursing Program Physical Examination and Background Check forms. These forms are provided by the Nursing Department.
  2. Obtain and/or maintain current CPR certification (not older than one year).  Submit a copy of certification to the LLC Nurse's office.  Students must maintain current certification for the duration of the PN program.
  3. Attend the nursing program orientation. PN program uniform measuring and ordering will be done during orientation.  Students will be notified by mail of the orientation date.
  4. Maintain a "C" or better in all PN program courses.  This is a requirement to progress/graduate from the PN program.

In addition to tuition and fees, costs for PN program include: textbooks, uniforms, supplies, physical examination and immunizations, background check, a comprehensive assessment test and NCLEX exam fees, and transportation to hospital clinical experiences.  Additional expenses upon successful completion of the program include licensure application fees, NCLEX-PN test fees, and PN license fees, upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN exam.

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