Career-Focused Education. Hands-On Experience. Sophisticated Training. Commitment to Excellence.
The Beck School of Practical Nursing offers top-notch training to future PNs, with hands-on experience and quality instruction that gives our graduates a leg up as they head out into the nursing world. In other words, we make it easier for our students to excel — while in the program and while out in the field!
The course consists of eleven months of classroom theory and clinical experience. The curriculum is divided into four, 10–12 week blocks, for a total of approximately 1440 clock hours.The course is full time, Monday through Friday, for an average of 35–40 hours per week, excluding holidays. After the first four weeks of classroom experience, two days per week are scheduled as clinical assignments at selected health care institutions. Campus classes are generally from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and clinical days are generally from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
With prior notice, students may have to attend meetings, seminars, classes, clinical practicum, etc. during the evening and/or weekends.A diploma and recommendation to write the National Council of State Boards Exam for Practical Nursing are granted upon successful completion of the program. Students are responsible for securing their own employment after graduation.
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Transportation & Attendance
Students are responsible for their own transportation and attendance to all classes and clinicals. Clinical placement cannot be guaranteed, although we try to factor in students' residency and travel needs.
Clinical experiences start in the first term and are completed through the remainder of the program at hospitals and facilities throughout Randolph/Monroe/St. Clair counties. Students within the same course may have different schedules due to their clinical placement. To complete the program, students must be willing to adapt their schedules as needed. Background checks and drug testing are required.
The PN program includes multiple tests daily and thus requires several or more hours of after-class study time. Students should be prepared for the intensity of this course.
How To Apply
Launch your career now, with just five, easy steps!
Fill out the application below. Submit only once, please. Then fill out your 2022-2023 FAFSA application. Be sure to link your 2020 tax returns to the FAFSA to save documentation requests!
Send us your transcripts from high school, college and/or any other school you have attended since high school. These must be official versions, in the original sealed envelope from the school.
Two Letters of Professional Reference
Provide two reference letters by someone who is not related to you.
Please submit one of the following:
- Official college transcripts in Algebra, College Math Level 94 or higher, Chemistry, or Physics (a minimum of grade C or higher); English or Language Arts 100 level or higher; and Composition I or Comparative.
- An SAT score of 860 or higher or an ACT score of 18 or higher.
(Note: This is only needed if the above criteria are not met. You will take Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and WorkPlace Documents tests. If you are not sure whether you need to take the WorkKeys exam, please call Student Services first. Once you schedule your exam there are no refunds).
For an individual review of your application, contact student services.
ALL ITEMS LISTED MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE A STUDENT WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION. IT IS THE APPLICANT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
Once submitted, application documents become the property of BSPN and will not be returned.
All admissions are conditional, pending satisfactory physical and dental exams, drug screen, background check and successful completion of a healthcare provider CPR training class provided by the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
The LPN program is an integrated curriculum; therefore, we do not accept credits from other institutions. However, if you are listed in good standing on the Illinois Department of Public Health Healthcare Worker Registry, credit will be given for the basic skills portion of the curriculum. Information for that will be given when the student is enrolled in the program.
Acceptance Into The Program
Once all records are submitted, we will begin reviewing your application!
Typically, you will receive a phone call to schedule an in-person or phone interview for the program.
However, not all candidates receive interviews with the Admissions Committee or Director of Nursing. Some files may receive record review only.
Once this is complete, the applicant will receive written notification as to whether or not he/she has been accepted for admission.
Each applicant to the PN program has equal opportunity for selection. Beck does not discriminate because of race, age, color, gender, religion, national origin, handicap or status as a veteran.
Congratulations! You’re On Your Way…
After successful completion of the Nursing program, students are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination, graduates apply for licensure as a licensed practical nurse.
After written documentation confirming successful completion of NCLEX-PN has been received by the graduate, the graduate may be employed in a licensure-pending category and work under the supervision of an RN, until the Illinois license has been received. Graduates seeking licensure in a state other than Illinois are required to follow the regulations of that state.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $17,700. Tuition is determined semi-annually and is subject to change. After acceptance into the program, an administrative fee is due to reserve your place in the class.
If the administrative fee is not paid, the applicant’s place in the class may be forfeited.
The administrative fee is deducted from the total tuition, and arrangements for the remainder must be made by THE START OF THE PROGRAM. For this reason, we suggest that financial arrangements are made well in advance.