Practical Nursing FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Parkland LPN Program
How long is the program?
The LPN Program is three semesters long. There is a summer semester in which there are no classes, however, so it is actually four. If you are admitted for the fall semester of a year, you will graduate the following fall semester.

What do I have to do to get in?
The best thing to do is contact the program director, Joanne Heck. Call 217/353-2126 or email to make an appointment. 

What is the difference between an RN and an LPN?
LPNs do much of what RNs do. They assess patients, give medication, start IVs, educate, document, etc. LPNs cannot give IV push medication, take care of central lines, or hang blood.

What differences are there for admission into the LPN program versus the RN program?
The method used to score you is different. The LPN program evaluates your program GPA (only classes taken for the LPN program). The LPN program requires a 2.5 GPA. You do not need to take the TEAS test for the LPN program. You are given a score depending on your GPA, number of classes taken, etc. (Please consult Joanne Heck for further information).
What are the advantages of taking the LPN program?
  • First, you will finish sooner, allowing you to get a job and make more money.
  • If you plan to bridge into the RN program, you will be gaining experience as a working LPN as you continue school. When you bridge, you will enter in the third semester of the RN classes. You do not have to take Peds or OB since you had it in the LPN program.
  • Class sizes are smaller in the LPN program, and you will be in the same group throughout the program. This encourages close friendships and increased success.
How can I find funding to pay for my LPN program?
Always begin by completing a FAFSA each year in January - as early as possible!  You can find more information on this through the Financial Aid office. Use Parkland's scholarship search engine to find other financial funding opportunities.  There are also opportunities that you may qualify for at this website:

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