LPN Schools in Chicago with Program Overviews

Several schools in Chicago have LPN (licensed practical nurse) programs. Read an overview of LPN programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 30 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Chicago LPN Schools

Individuals interested in pursuing careers as LPNs can find several Chicago schools offering programs. This article profiles three that are no more than 35 minutes from the city center and the programs they offer. All these programs prepare students to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical/Vocational Nurses), which is required to work as an LPN. There are also some statistics about each school, such as student population, tuition, graduation rate and the acceptance rate. This information is compiled into a table, allowing prospective students to easily compare the schools.

  • College of DuPage has an LPN program, and graduates receive an LPN certificate. This school is about 26 miles from downtown.
  • Morton College, 11 miles from the city center, has an LPN certificate program.
  • City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College offers an advanced LPN certificate program. It, too, is about 11 miles from downtown.

College of DuPage

College of DuPage has a campus in Glen Ellyn that sits on 273 acres. The college offers more than 90 certificate and degree programs. To assist students with research and learning, College of DuPage Library has hundreds of thousands of books, microfiche, video and sound recordings, newspapers and subscriptions.

Practical Nursing Program

The practical nursing program offers students a curriculum that combines classroom lectures, laboratory studies and clinical education. This program takes two and a half semesters to complete. Students develop the skills needed to provide nursing care to patients. Prior to starting the program, each applicant must provide proof of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for Healthcare Provider certification, liability insurance and a physical examination that includes current immunizations, a TB test and drug screening. They must also submit to criminal background checks and fingerprinting. Students entering this program must also be Illinois certified nursing assistants and must have gotten at least 'C' averages on a psychology course called 'Psychology Through the Lifespan' and a general anatomy and physiology course.

Morton College

Founded in 1942, Morton College is a public school located ten miles from downtown Chicago in Cicero, Illinois. It offers various certificate and associate degree programs geared towards a broad range of careers including a practical nurse certificate.

Practical Nurse Certificate

The LPN curriculum includes first-year courses covering nursing fundamentals, mental health, surgical nursing, pharmacology and family nursing. Once students have completed the required 43 credit hours, they earn the certificate and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. If a student progresses through this program, they may choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and a career as a registered nurse.

In addition to taking a placement test, applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent and must have completed a year of high school chemistry. They must also have completed ten college credit hours. Of these hours, eight must be in anatomy and physiology I and II, with remaining chosen from psychology, nutrition, microbiology or rhetoric I. Admission requirements also include proof of health examination, current examinations, drug screening, criminal background check, CPR for Healthcare Provider certification and blood-borne pathogen training.

City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

One of the City Colleges of Chicago, Wilbur Wright College offers options for those who wish to advance their careers, transfer to universities or simply learn life skills. The college offers an advanced certificate degree program for those who wish to become LPNs.

Practical Nursing Advanced Certificate

Through this 1-year program, students are instructed to perform basic care on patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The curriculum covers all courses required for students to take the NCLEX-PN. In addition to courses such as human physiology and nursing fundamentals, this 3-semester program includes classes in medical terminology and mathematics. Students are also required to complete clinical experiences.

The LPN certificate can be achieved through satisfactory completion of 49 credit hours. Applicants must provide high school diploma or equivalent and official transcripts. They must also take placement tests and pre-admissions tests. Wilbur Wright also offers an RN completion program that allows LPNs to earn an associate degree in nursing in one year.

Comparison of Schools

This table showcases facts about these three schools that could be useful to prospective students.

College of DuPage Morton College City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 26,209* 5,321* 12,673*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large city
Tuition $235.15/credit hour (Fall 2012)** $79/credit hour for in-district students; $207/credit hour for out-of-district IL residents; $271/credit hour for out-of-state students (2010-2011)*** $89/credit hour for in-district students; $185.38/credit hour for out-of-district IL residents; $236.59/credit hour for out-of-state students (Fall 2012)****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011) 46%* 72%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) Open admissions*Open admissions*Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 65% of full-time, 46% of part-time students*68% of full-time, 60% of part-time students* 59% of full-time, 44% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 11% (35% transfer-out)* 20% (21% transfer-out)* 11% (25% transfer-out)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **College of DuPage, ***Morton College, ****City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College

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