Practical Nursing-Traditional



The application packets for the Fall 2018 program will be available starting mid-September 2017.

  •  Full-time traditional classroom program begins each Fall semester.
  • The full-time PN program meets Monday - Friday for 11 months.
  • 60 applicants are accepted annually.
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Click here for Practical Nursing Pre-Nursing Student Information.

This has contact information if you have any questions, and the step by step process of preparing to apply for the nursing program.



Any applicant to the Southeastern Illinois College Practical Nursing Program must follow the Admission Procedure approved for the Southeastern Illinois College Practical Nursing Program.  (This procedure includes the admission procedure for Southeastern Illinois College.)


Preference will be given to in district residents of Southeastern Illinois college District #533.  Employees of Southeastern Illinois College with staff/spouse/dependent waivers will be considered as in district for ranking purposes.  Proof of residency is required at the time of application to determine residency status and must be submitted no later than the deadline date for application to the program for ranking purposes.  Any change in residency after the application deadline will not result in a change in the acceptance list for that year.  An out-of-district student who establishes residency after the application deadline may reapply the following year as a resident of District #533.  Special Counties:  See College Handbook.

The information in this admission criteria packet therefore is the correct guidelines to follow for the Southeastern Illinois College Nursing Program requirements for entrance.


THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE (Must be done by March 31):

  1. Complete the Admission criteria for new students through the Enrollment Services Office.
  2. Attend an advisement meeting regarding the Practical Nursing program (this is different from seeing your academic advisor/counselor for general college information & registration).  See the dates and times listed in the "Practical Nursing Admission Packet" or online at
  3. Submit an application for the Practical Nursing Program, by the application deadline.  The deadline date for the traditional program is March 31 for completion of the application process: including application, advisement, and ATI TEAS testing.  It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information has been received (by Kelli Mahoney or the Nursing Office) prior to the March 31 deadline.  The applicant’s supporting documentation must be complete by the end of the Summer 2017 Semester to be considered for acceptance to the Fall program.
  4. Register and take the ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) at SIC.  Exam dates are by appointment, call 252-5400, ext. 2383.  The dates and times of upcoming TEAS tests can be found in the application packet.  Prior to taking the TEAS test make payment to the SIC Business Office of $60 for TEAS testing fee.  Make check or money order payable to Southeastern Illinois College.  No refunds.  Examinee must bring a receipt showing payment has been made for the test and a photo ID (driver's license, state ID, or SIC student ID).  Applicants are welcome to use the ATI TEAS study guide at SIC's Library or purchase their own through ATI testing or SIC's bookstore.  The TEAS scores will be used to rank admission to the program.  Applicants may take the exam a maximum of two times during the approved testing period, to improve their scores, if they so choose.  The highest score will be used for ranking.  If the applicant is transferring an ATI TEAS score taken at another college, the applicant is responsible for making arrangements with ATI for the transfer, as well as for all costs incurred with the transfer.  It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure those scores have been received by the Nursing Office by March 31.  The examination must be taken in time for scores to be received by the college prior to the deadline of the programThose who are reapplying to the program must retake the TEAS exam for continuation
Applicants who have completed all of the above steps by March 31 must still: 
  1. Complete all the required pre-requisites for the Practical Nursing Program.
  2. Applicant files will be evaluated and a ranking order of those with complete files will be done on or after the supporting documentation deadline.  
  3. Those who rank #61 and up will receive a waitlisted letter.  Those who get this letter should still complete all required pre-reqs for the program in case a slot is declined or opened.
  4. Letters of provisional acceptance will be sent to the applicants ranking #1-60 from the Director of Nursing after July 30th.  Complete file means that the SIC application AND the application to the PN Program are present.  Also, the transcripts, test scores, documentation of advisement meeting attendance and proof of successful completion of General Education requirements must be present.
  5. Final Acceptance Letters will be sent out after the grades for summer have been posted and recorded on all applicants.
  6. At the mandatory orientation, the student must provide the Nursing Office with:
    1. Documentation of specific health screening and immunizations as required by the clinical agencies - Blood work (titers) showing immunity for Mumps, Rubella, Rubeola, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and Pertussis.  Documentation of:  a recent two step PPD (TB) and results of both steps, a tetanus injection (expires after 10 years).  The applicant should get these done by the end of the summer before the program begins.
    2. Proof of current personal health insurance coverage or signed waiver.
    3. A copy of the student's Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
    4. Criminal background check must be initiated.
  7. There will be a Mandatory Orientation for those who are accepted into the Practical Nursing Program in August before the semester begins.  You will not be registered for any nursing classes until after the orientation.



 "Practical Nursing"



The Practical Nursing School was originally established under the jurisdiction of the Harrisburg High School as an adult education program.  In response to the needs of the hospitals in this area for more and better-trained personnel, the school offered its first classes in September 1956 to 13 students.  The Nursing Program is approved by the Illinois Community College Board their Illinois Board of Higher Education, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations.  Southeastern Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.



We, the faculty of the Practical Nursing Program at Southeastern Illinois College, are in harmony with the philosophy of the college. Southeastern Illinois College is committed to the philosophy and concept of higher education. Espousing the democratic ideal, the College and the Practical Nursing Program provide its students the opportunity to develop their potential through higher education. Students are urged to develop intellectual abilities, needs, and interests.

We, the faculty of the Practical Nursing Program, believe that people are holistic, unique beings with individual dignity whose behaviors are influenced by beliefs, values and social structure. People have the potential for growth and function as an integrated whole. Their needs must be met throughout the life cycle.

We, the faculty of the Practical Nursing Program, believe that optimum health is the right of all people and involves a maximum functional level. As this right exists, so must the responsibility of the community exist to meet this right. We believe that health is a state of wellness and not merely the absence of disease and that it encompasses not just the physical, but also the mental, spiritual, social, and emotional wellness.

Behavior is modified by learning. The learner is an individual with diverse life experiences and varied interests and values. We believe that education is a continuing process by which people are helped to learn, grow and develop in all aspects of life. Moreover, we believe that the educational process should provide each individual the opportunity to establish high standards, to evaluate progress, and to become self-directed in all of life's activities.

Nursing is a process that focuses on the individual and what is happening to them. We believe that nursing is concerned with promoting optimal health of the holistic being. The practical nurse recognizes and meets the total needs of pa patients at the vocational level.

The practical nurse helps fulfill the health needs of the community, and is a contributing member of the health care delivery system. We believe the graduate is recognized as a beginning practitioner who can give competent and safe nursing care within the scope of practical nursing, as established by the Illinois Nursing and Advanced Practice Nursing Act.

We, the faculty, believe that the mastery of basic skills can be accomplished by learning and understanding the basic concepts of nursing arts, growth and development (throughout the lifespan), anatomy and physiology, nutrition, geriatrics, pharmacology, pediatrics, vocational responsibility, community and mental health, obstetrics, and medical-surgical nursing.


Conceptual Framework

The curriculum of the practical nursing program is organized using an integrated systems approach based on basic needs and the nursing process. Theory and clinical courses are presented sequentially and concurrently from basic to advanced. Certain principles and broad concepts common to all individuals are stressed, reiterated, and reapplied throughout.

Teaching methods and clinical experiences shall be designed to allow the student to apply principles and problem solving techniques learned in the classroom to the care of patients in the clinical setting. Nursing techniques will begin with the simple and progress to the more complex as deviations from the normal are presented. Instruction in nursing skills shall use a uniform format, i.e., demonstration, return demonstration, supervised clinical experience. Expected output behavior shall be prevention, maintenance, and rehabilitation.


Terminal Objectives

 Upon completion of the Practical Nursing Program, the graduate will:

  1. Give safe, patient centered care based upon knowledge, skills and attitudes taught in nursing courses.
  2. Utilize their knowledge to help patients regain and maintain the best possible level of physical health while protecting their own health.
  3. Be able to assist in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care in selected situations under the direction of a registered professional nurse, licensed physician, dentist or podiatrist.
  4. Be proficient in nursing activities and competencies and utilize the necessary degree of skills and judgment appropriate to the preparation of the practical nurse.
  5. Be ready to assume responsibility for their own acts and judgments based upon the limits of their preparation.
  6. Recognize the need for continued vocational education and personal growth according to individual ability.
  7. Know and utilize the Nursing and Advance Practice Nursing Act and the Rules for Administration of the Act and the standards of professional conduct for practical nurses.
  8. Be prepared to write the NCLEX-PN exam and answer the personal history questions on the NCLEX-PN application.


Selection Policy

Candidates will be allowed to take the TEAS test no more than two (2) times per year. Each applicant must pre-register for the TEAS exam by calling extension 2383, prior to examination date and will be required to show identification before being admitted to the test.

Candidates will be accepted through a rank order process.

All candidates are required to complete Phase I and Phase II courses, which consist of Medication Calculations (NUR 153), Medical Terminology (NUR 195), Healthcare Provider CPR (CPR 131), Intro to Psychology (PSYC 121) and Intro to Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 161) or Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 261 and  BIOL 262) and Rhetoric and Composition (ENG 121), prior to the nursing courses.  If these have been completed and the student wishes or prefers, the ADN general education course will be suggested. These include Rhetoric and Composition (ENG 122) or Principles of Speaking (COM 121), Microbiology (BIOL 242), Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 261 and BIOL 262), and Human Growth & Development-Lifespan (PSYC 244).

If the candidate has not completed high school chemistry with a C or better they will be required to take college chemistry (CHEM 123) as a prerequisite for BIOL 261 and BIOL 242.

Once accepted, prior to admission to the program, applicants are required to submit evidence of satisfactory health. The health report must indicate that the physician approves the nursing candidate to physically perform all functions and procedures common to nursing practice.



Click here for the Practical Nursing Curriculum