Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse Training Program

Practical Nurses (PN) function as members of the health team and are actively involved with care through the life span. Functioning within the provisions of the Illinois Nurse Practice Act of 2017 (Article 55) and State of Illinois Nursing Rules (Administrative Code: Title 68(b), the practical nurse provides and manages care and participates in teaching and research under the supervision of a registered professional nurse, licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist. Practical nursing education at our school combines clinical experiences and theoretical knowledge encompassing the nursing process, communication, and the biological and social sciences.
Our Practical Nursing program is a 57-62-week full or part-time (allowing for calendar holidays), certificate program preparing individuals to function in the practical nurse role. Individuals completing the course meet the education requirements and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).



CNA Training

Certified Nurse Assistant Training

The Basic Nurse Assistant Training Program (CNA) is a study of principles and procedures used by the nurse assistant in long-term care, home health settings, and hospitals. Through lecture/discussion/role play, supervised laboratory, and actual clinical experience, students are provided with the knowledge and skills needed to provide basic nursing care for patients in hospitals, nursing homes, private duty, and other healthcare facilities. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students will be eligible to take the Illinois Nurse Aide Competency Examination administered by the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale; the student will also receive a Certificate of Completion from First Step to Excellence Healthcare Training Academy, Ltd. in Chicago, IL. Maximum student enrollment per class is 20.