LPN: How to Apply

If you are a new student to 绿帽社, visit our Earning a Credit Degree or Certificate page first to learn more about these general steps to enrollment.

If you are a current or returning student, proceed to the next steps listed below.

Be aware of LPN program application dates and deadlines. Please note that there are designated windows to apply.

This program starts in the fall. 绿帽社鈥檚 LPN classes are offered at both the Jacksonville and Hillsboro outreach centers.

Applications for the LPN program are accepted the first Monday in November at 8 a.m. through the last Thursday in May at 5 p.m.

Carefully review be familiar with the following items.

All items below must be completed in order to apply to the program by the designated application deadline.  It is the student鈥檚 responsibility to notify the Student Success Office when requirements have been met and to apply by the application deadline.

Candidates are chosen based upon a selective admission process. Please refer to the LPN selective admission point procedure list in step 2b for additional information regarding how points are awarded.

Please note that this checklist is subject to change at any time.

  1. High school transcript with proof of graduation or GED certificate on file in Admissions & Records Office
  2. TEAS score of Basic or higher (TEAS scores are valid for 5 years and may be accepted from any location offering the TEAS testing)
  3. Take the placement test and obtain scores that demonstrate placement out of MAT 092. If this ability is not demonstrated, the necessary remedial courses must be successfully completed within the past 5 years before admission into the practical nurse program.
  4. Take the placement test and obtain English scores that demonstrate placement in EGL 101. If this ability is not demonstrated, the necessary remedial courses must be successfully completed before admission into the practical nurse program.
  5. Be a current certified nursing assistant and be listed on state Healthcare Worker Registry
  6. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for all previous college courses
  7. Internal GPA of 2.0 or better for all courses previously taken at 绿帽社
  8. Official transcripts from all colleges ever attended evaluated by Admissions & Records Office. Students that neglect to do this, or delay doing this, may jeopardize their ability to apply to, be
    accepted to, or remain enrolled in a health professions program at 绿帽社.
  9. Submit the LPN program application with a nursing student success coach.

*Students must be eligible to take BIO 175 or must have taken BIO 175 within the past 5 years upon entering the LPN program.  See BIO 175 prerequisite requirements on backside of checklist.

Program-specific courses required for PCN

  • EGL 101  Composition I
  • *BIO 175 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 176  Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology

Practical nursing classes once admitted

  • First semester (fall): PCN 101 Practical Nursing I
  • Second semester (spring): PCN 102 Practical Nursing II
  • Third semester (summer): PCN 103 Practical Nursing III

*Requires one of the following within the past five years: one year of high school biology with a grade of "B" or higher, or BIO 101 with a grade of "C" or higher, or a passing score on the BIO 175 prerequisite waiver exam.

Residency criteria

Chapter 112, Section 103-17, of the Illinois Public Community College Act requires that whenever enrollment in a program must be restricted because of space limitations, a college must give preference to district residents. Consequently, admission to Health Professions programs for students who live outside of 绿帽社 District #526 vary per program based on space available and qualified applicant pools.

Carefully review be familiar with the following items.

Qualified applicants (those who have met all admission criteria from the admission requirements listed above) will be placed in rank order based on the number of points received in the evaluation. Applicants鈥 points will be evaluated at the time of application only; point total will not be recalculated once the application is submitted.

Applicants with the same number of points will be selected at random for available seats. It is imperative for the applicant to maintain accurate contact information through the Office of Admission and Registration.

If all seats are filled for the current admissions cycle, students who wish to re-apply must meet with a nursing success coach to complete an application. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform the success coach of any changes that could increase awarded points.


Points will be awarded based on:

1. GPA on a 4 point scale (example: GPA of 3.25 will get 3.25 points). Maximum points: 4.

2. TEAS scores (scores valid for 5 years). Maximum points: 4.

  • Exemplary = 4 pts.
  • Advanced = 3 pts.
  • Proficient = 2 pts.
  • Basic = 0.5 pt.

3. Prior academic achievement. Maximum points: 1.

  • Emergency Medical Technician: 0.25 point
  • Paramedic: 0.50 point
  • Military corpsman/medic: 0.50 point
  • Completion of accredited Surgical Technology program certificate with national certification: 0.50 point
  • Completion of accredited Surgical Technology Associate degree program with national certification: 1.0 point
  • Associate degree: 0.50 point
  • Bachelor鈥檚 degree or higher: 1 point

4. Completion and grade in each of the core science courses for the PCN program (BIO 175 and 176). Maximum points: 1.5.

  • Grade A: 0.75 point
  • Grade B: 0.50 point
  • Grade C: 0.25 point

5. Previous application to the PCN program. Each application: 0.25 points. Maximum points: 1.

Schedule an appointment with a nursing student success coach to map out your plan! The nursing student success coaches are happy to assist you in working toward your educational goal of applying to the ADN program. To ensure that you stay on the right path towards this goal, we require all potential nursing applicants to meet with a nursing student success coach. Your student success coach will review with you in detail the admission requirements as well as the selective admission procedures. Once you have successfully completed all of the program admission requirements, your student success coach will provide you with the program application. Please note that the nursing student success coaches are only available at the main campus in Springfield. For information regarding their office hours and appointment scheduling, please visit the 绿帽社 Student Success page.