2024-2025 College Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog

Practical Nursing Certificate

IMPORTANT NOTE: Changes to the Practical Nursing Certificate are pending ICCB approval. Please contact Emily Schaeffer (309.341.5253 or eschaeffer@sandburg.edu) or your advisor for more information.

Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate in Practical Nursing. The Practical Nursing program prepares the student for basic nursing practice per the scope of practice. As a member of the health care team, the Licensed Practical Nurse works under the direction of a registered professional nurse or an advanced practice registered nurse or as directed by a physician assistant, physician, dentist, or podiatric physician in a variety of health care settings. The LPN collaborates with assessing conditions and interventions, developing a plan of care, provides teaching and counseling to patients, provides bedside care with skills of taking vital signs, prepares and administers medication and treatments, and therapeutic communication.

Practical Nursing Program Goals

  • Safety

The graduate will integrate a safe environment for patients, self, and others. Collaborate in situations that require knowledge or action beyond the scope of practice for the practical nurse to provide safe, quality care.

  • Patient-Centered Care

The graduate will create a patient-centered environment with consideration for patient values, preferences, and needs by being culturally competent while evaluating physiological, psychological, and spiritual needs throughout the lifespan in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Teamwork/Collaboration

The graduate will collaborate within nursing and with the inter-professional team to promote continuity of patient care through mutual respect and share decision making.

  • Critical Thinking/Clinical Judgement

The graduate will use critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate clinical responses, using clinical judgement to competently make decisions on appropriate patient care within the legal and ethical scope of practice for the practical nurse.

  • Evidence-Based Practice

The graduate will validate the best current evidence from research and other credible sources as a basis for nursing practice and clinical decision making with considering patient and family preferences and values for delivery of optimal health care.

  • Informatics

The graduate will competently use information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error and support decision making.

Working Conditions

Most health care facilities provide a safe and comfortable working environment. Working hours may include various shifts; including 8 or 12 hours, weekends, and holidays. Schools, offices, and clinics may offer more traditional hours. The Licensed Practical Nurse provides direct patient care and must be able to obtain knowledge (cognitive function), skills (psychomotor function), and demonstrate professionalism (affective function). Please refer to the Essential Skills & Abilities of LPN to determine if you are able to meet these functions with or without reasonable accommodations.


Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to hospitals, long-term care/rehabilitation facilities, clinics and physician offices, schools, home health agencies, and dialysis centers. It is projected that employment of LPNs will grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. There will be an increased need for LPNs in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.


The Practical Nursing program at Carl Sandburg College located Galesburg, Illinois, is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has approved the Practical Nursing program.


Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of this exam, the student is eligible to apply for Practical Nurse licensure. Graduates will need to complete a criminal background check at time of licensure application and will be evaluated by ISBN before licensure is granted or denied. Please be advised that the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBN) can deny nursing licensure and discipline those that are licensed. You can access all licensing and nursing scope of practice regulations at www.idfpr.com.

Admission to the Program: Selective

The Practical Nursing Program has limited enrollment and a selection process for admission into the program. Applicants need to refer to the Eligibility & Admission Requirements for this program to determine eligibility criteria and selection process. Students interested in this program must attend a Health Professions Informational Session prior to applying to the program. Students can apply online to the Practical Nursing Program October 1 - March 1. The application deadline date is March 1 for Fall enrollment. The applicant will be notified approximately two weeks after the application deadline date whether or not they have been accepted into the program. Applicants accepted into the Practical Nursing program must attend the program orientation session.

Students accepted will be required to possess Health Care Provider Basic Life Support CPR certification throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, physical examination, criminal background check, and drug screen. Students are responsible for all fees incurred, in addition to tuition. Please refer to the Practical Nursing Program Cost Sheet. Please note findings on the criminal background check and drug screen may void conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program. Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.341.5299

For Additional Information Contact:

The Welcome Center
Phone: 309.345.3500

For Graduation Requirements:

See the graduation policies and procedures page for details .  

Note: Students must apply for admission to this program. Please click here to view the program’s page for admission requirements including coursework and prerequisites prior to applying.

Certificate Requirements

First Year

Second Year

Summer Session

Total Semester Hours: 46

* NUP courses and all BIO courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the scheduled semester in order to progress in the program. Each student must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better to graduate.

** Notice to PN Students Who Plan to Apply for Admission to LPN to RN Articulation into the 2nd Year ADN: In place of BIO 111 - Anatomy & Physiology Fundamentals  you may consider enrolling in BIO 211 - Anatomy & Physiology 1  and BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology 2 . (BIO 211 - Anatomy & Physiology 1  and BIO 212 - Anatomy & Physiology 2  are required for the Associate Degree Program.)

*** LPN’s are eligible to enter Second Year Fall Semester of the Associate Degree Nursing Program after completion of NAD 180  and all BIO courses (BIO 211 , BIO 212 , BIO 200 ) with a grade of “C” or better and Admission in to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


Stacy Bainter, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Practical Nursing Program
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Christina Stone, MSN, RN
Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Tammi Lewis, MSN, RN
Lab & Simulation Coordinator
Instructor, Nursing

Tina Braun-Smith, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Nicole Lepper, MSN, RN
Instructor Nursing

Cindy Koepp, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Anneke McGruder, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing

Emily Schaeffer, DNP, MSN, RN
Dean of Nursing Professions


The College of Nursing has two classrooms, health assessment lab, and faculty offices. All nursing labs are used to demonstrate and practice essential nursing skills such as basic patient care skills, assessments skills, catheter insertion, administering medications, IV insertion, airway management, etc.  The skills lab provides nursing skills learning experiences, featuring medical equipment and medium fidelity adult, child, and toddler manikins. The Simulation Center is equipped with a high fidelity SimMan and a high fidelity Noelle Birthing Simulator with Neonate Hal.

Clinical experience for the Practical Nursing program will be gained with acute care, long-term care and rehabilitative facilities, clinics and physician offices in the Galesburg and surrounding areas such as:  Knox County Nursing Home, Monmouth Nursing Home, Seminary Manor, OSF Clinics, and other facilities as needed.