Licensed Practical Nurse

CIP Code 51-3901

Description:

The Licensed Practical Nurse program is a full time one year program. This program will prepare individuals to provide fundamental nursing skills in healthcare for sick, injured, convalescent, disabled, and terminal individual patients/clients under the directions of physicians, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. The students' training is based on the role of the practical nurse as defined by the Illinois Nurse Practice Act (sec 55-30). The students are prepared to provide practical nursing assistance in structured healthcare settings where policies and procedures are specified and guidance is available in areas as basic bedside care and taking of vital signs - examples are temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiration. They are also prepared to evaluate and monitor patients/clients, provide injections, prepare and administer enemas, prepare patients/clients for EKG tests, monitor catheters, apply dressings, for treatment regimen for bedsores and pressure ulcers, collect urine samples, and perform simple laboratory tests. The program includes clinical rotations under various topics in caring for the human being including medical/surgical, pediatrics, maternal/child, and mental health clients/patients.
Apart from providing medical care LPN's are also prepared to provide personal care for convalescent, disabled, and rehabilitating individuals, such as range of motion, feeding, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and bedside care. LPN's are prepared in handling Medical Administrative Assistant duties in doctors' offices including scheduling appointments, updating medical records, ordering medical supplies, collecting payments from patients, and processing medical billing. .
Apart from providing medical care LPN's are also prepared to provide personal care for convalescent, disabled, and rehabilitating individuals, such as range of motion, feeding, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and bedside care. LPN's are prepared in handling Medical Administrative Assistant duties in doctors' offices including scheduling appointments, updating medical records, ordering medical supplies, collecting payments from patients, and processing medical billing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Below are the learning outcomes that the LPN student must master in keeping with the program mission and goals. These outcomes serve to guide the student toward fulfilling the program and personal goals. They form the basis for measuring what the student has accomplished upon completion of the program. Upon completion of this Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • To provide compassionate and responsible patient care
  • Use oral and written communication with patients/clients, families, significant others, peers, and medical staff
  • Utilize critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills in performing nursing duties
  • Successfully pass the completion examination given by the School and NCLEX-PN examination for licensure
  • Possess the clinical skills necessary for professional practice as an entry-level LPN

Admission Requirements and Health Requirements :

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Proof of graduation from a U.S. High School or equivalent as determined by appropriate accrediting agencies
  • Graduates from foreign schools require local evaluation (see note below)
  • Official High School Transcript and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or above.
  • Pass Pre-admission examination currently given by the Institute with 90%
  • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from high school teachers or college professors, immediate supervisors, or colleagues. (Personal references may be used if there is no previous work or school relationship.)
  • Provide a current resume if applicable
  • Complete a personal interview with the Aquarius Institute Job Developer
  • The student has to pass a two hour computer skill examination consisting of formulating a three (3) page document using MS Word and creating a three (3) slide MS Power Point presentation on any subject of their choice

    Note: Foreign students may use Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or any other U.S. equivalent agency. Contact Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) at https://www.ece.org/or ECE 101 W. Pleasant St. Suite 200 Milwaukee WI 53212-3963 Telephone number: 414-289-3400 available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) evaluates a foreign diploma and transcript from an English translation only. Estimated cost $195

Health Requirements:

  • Students must have Immunizations or titers (Rubella, Rubeola, Measles, and Varicella) that show immunity 30 days prior to starting clinical internship.
  • Students must submit obtain or have proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination, at the student's expense, 30 days prior to starting clinical internship (following acceptance into the program).
    • Must submit a doctor's note or titer result as proof or card for having Hepatitis B immunization.
    • Or have a signed refusal form in student's record
  • If the potential student does not have a Tuberculosis (PPD) test then the student must obtain a 2 step Tuberculosis test (PPD), at the student's expense, before start of the clinical internship.
  • Students must submit a PPD result or if the previous PPD was positive the student must submit a chest x-ray as proof that student is clear from TB disease.
  • Note on pregnancy: if you are pregnant, you should NOT take any immunizations or x-rays until you check with your physician and an approval is on file to meet requirements prior to starting your first day of clinical. Plus a physician statement has to be on file stating that you are pregnant and have no physical restrictions that would prohibit from attending and completing the program and clinical area requirements.
  • Students must possess normal or corrected visual acuity, hearing acuity, speaking ability, digital dexterity and physical ability.

Nursing Program Requirements:

Conditional Acceptance Status:

  • The pre-entrance examination has to be completed before acceptance into the program. When this requirement has been met, the student would be accepted into the program on a conditional acceptance status.
  • After being conditionally accepted into the program the potential student has to complete a satisfactory physical examination by a qualified physician (stating they are free of emotional, physical, infectious, and/or contagious disease), passing the drug screen, and passing the background check.
  • When these three requirements have been met, then the student would be allowed to enroll into the program by signing the enrollment agreement and providing the initial down payment towards tuition.

Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Eligibility to take Licensure Examination: Completion of the complete program is the prerequisite to be eligible to apply to take the Illinois NCLEX-PN Examination, but does not guarantee passing the NCLEX-PN Examination. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR) in Springfield, Ill grants licensure for LPNs and RNs in Illinois.

Clock Hours:

Classes are held 3 times per week
Clinicals are 8 and 12 hour shifts with 1:10 faculty: student ratio per IDFPR guidelines.
488 Lec + 16 Clin Lab = 504 Clock Hrs
488 Lec +16 Clin Lab + 504 Clin Hrs = 1008 total clock hours

Costs:


Non-Refundable Application Fee

$50

Registration Fee

$150

Non-Refundable Pre-Entrance Exam

$150

Text Books

$1,450

Materials and Supplies

$750

Clinical Lab equipment and supplies

$500

Tuition Fee

$15,000

Total:

18,050

Other Estimated Cost:


Uniforms

$150

Nursing shoes

$85

Immunizations and Hepatitis Vaccine

$400

Tuberculosis test or Chest x-ray

$150

Background check– see note #3 below

$45

CPR Healthcare Provider Certification - see note #5 below

$75

10-Panel Urine Drug Screen – see note #4 below

$50

Liability Insurance see - note#1 below

$37

History and Physical examination

$100

Evaluation of learning tests

$700

Total Other Estimated Costs

$1,792

Note:

This program has been designed to meet the growing demand for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) in the field of Healthcare. The objectives of this program are to provide efficient and well trained LPNs to satisfy the present day job market needs.

Job Prospect:

The LPN profession is a high demand career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook,

The Licensed Practical nurse is expected to grow 25% in the 2012 – 2022 period much faster than the average of other occupations. As the baby boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPN's… will be needed in residential care facilities and in home healthcare environments to care for geriatric clients. Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm