Welcome to the BECK School of Practical Nursing!

The Beck School of Practical Nursing is located at 6137 Beck Road, Red Bud, Illinois. It is affiliated with the Career Center of Southern Illinois. The Nursing Program offers a Diploma in Practical Nursing.  We are fully approved by the Illinois State Board of Nursing (ISBON). 

The Beck School of Practical Nursing was established in 1979 and offers two nursing programs accepting up to 100 students per year. Programs beginning  each January and July and are completed 11 months later (December and June of the following year). After successfully completing the program, the student may sit for the NCLEX - PN examination. Once the student passes the examination, he/she will become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

The Mission of the Beck School of Practical Nursing is to offer quality allied health and nursing programs that integrate professional skills, career focused education and hands on practical experience, empowering students to develop and achieve their personal and career potentials.  

The Center provides a sophisticated level of training to individuals who desire a professional career in the medical field. This is accomplished through educational programs utilizing up to date training equipment, didactic lectures and hands-on experience provided by highly trained instructors, and faculty.

Beck School of Practical Nursing believes that education should promote the development of positive individual and professional responsibility and accountability by providing services that support the efforts of students to succeed academically, vocationally, and personally.

PN Program Description:

The course consists of eleven months of classroom theory and clinical experience.  The curriculum is divided into five 9–10 week blocks for a total of 1440 clock hrs. Excluding holidays.

The course is full time, Monday through Friday, for an average of 35–40 hours per week.  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.  After the first nine weeks, two days per week are scheduled as clinical assignments at selected health care institutions. 

Students may have to attend meetings, seminars, classes, clinical practicum, etc. during the evening and/or weekends. The student will be given prior notice should this occur.

A diploma and a 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.

CNA Program Description:

 The Beck Certified Nurse Aide class is approximately every 9-10 weeks.  Class days will vary from class to class, please see class schedules for more specific information.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurses Assistant Exam to obtain CNA Licensure in the State of Illinois.   The decision to write the exam rests solely with the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to sit for the CNA exam.

  We will register and confirm your eligibility to take the Nurse Aide Competency Exam. The student is required to schedule and pay for the examination.


Nursing Fundamentals

Working Relationships   

Medical-Surgical Nursing   


Maternity Nursing   

Growth & Development   




Mental Health Nursing   


Community Health


1.  Application

2. Official High School transcripts or 


3. Official College transcripts. 

(Transcripts must be official: in sealed envelope from school, or mailed directly to Beck from school). 

4. Entrance Testing: Successful completion

 of Work Keys 

and/or proof of ACT composite score of 18

 or greater, taken within the last 5 years. 

The Work Keys Entrance Exam identifies skill levels in Math, Reading, & Locating Information (Thinking, Remembering & Reasoning). Students must Score: Math & Reading 5 or >, Locating Information 4 or >.

Students results that are too low, are recommended to consider developmental courses prior to reapplication.

5. Two letters of professional reference. 

Note: All items listed above must be completed and turned into school before a student will be considered for admission.

Questions? For an individual review of your application, contact student services.


Record Review: All application materials upon receipt will be reviewed by the Department of Nursing.

NOTE: Not all candidates receive interviews with the Admissions Committee or the Director of Nursing. Some records may receive record review only. Phone interviews may be substituted when necessary.

Interview: Satisfactory personal interview will be scheduled after all entrance criteria are met.        

Upon completion of record review and/or interview, 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.    


January 2019 Nursing Program: Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2018

July 2019 Nursing Program- Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2019


Entrance testing is administered at two locations:

1. Chester Regional Office of Education 

Randolph County Courthouse

#1 Taylor Street, Room 101, Chester IL 62233


- First Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month  

2. Waterloo Regional Office of Education 

107 East Mill Street, Waterloo IL 62298


- Every Tuesday of the month 

For additional information, please use the following linkwww.roe45.net (then find Services and Programs, where PN Testing is listed). 


Various forms of financial assistance and scholarships are available, including Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, Workforce Investment Act (WIOA), etc.

It is very important that you fill out your financial aid applications early.  Your financial aid information must be completed before entrance into the program.

Retain any replies from financial aid sources until you are accepted into the PN program.  

After receiving an acceptance letter, the applicant must make an appointment with the Financial Aid Counselor.


Current tuition for the 2018 - 2019 school year is $14,900.   Tuition is determined semi-annually and subject to change.  After acceptance into the program, an administrative fee is due to reserve your place in the class. 

This administrator fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE.

If the administrative fee is not paid, the applicant’s place in the class will be forfeited.  The administrative fee is deducted from the total tuition, and arrangements for the remainder are DUE, IN FULL, AT THE START OF THE PROGRAM.  It is suggested that financial arrangements are made well in advance.

Note: All payments are to be made out to “Career Center of Southern Illinois.” In the Notes section place "Beck School of Practical Nursing".


IDFPR Approval - The Beck Nursing program is approved by:

The Illinois Department of Financial 

and Professional Regulation

 100 Randolph, Suite 9-300

  Chicago, Illinois 60601 

(312) 814-4500

IDFPR Website

List of IDFPR Approved Nursing Schools

COE Accreditation 

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education

 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325

 Atlanta, Georgia 30350 (770) 396-3898

Verification of program accreditation can be found at http://www.council.org/      

Students wishing to file a complaint concerning the Practical Nursing Program may contact either of the aforementioned agencies.


Incomplete or partial applicant files (including pre-entrance tests) not completed within 6 months are discarded.

Once submitted, application documents become the property of Beck 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 PN 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.


Clinical Information -  Clinical experiences are completed at hospitals/clinical facilities throughout Randolph/Monroe/St. Clair Counties. Students begin clinical experience in the second Block of instruction and every Block throughout the remainder of the program. Background checks and drug testing are required prior to clinical experience. Specific Clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.

Students within the same course may have different schedules due to clinical placement. To complete the program, students must be willing to adapt their schedules as needed.

Transportation & Attendance - Students are responsible for their own transportation and attendance to all classes and clinicals assigned by the program. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed, although the program attempts to take into consideration students' residency to reduce excessive travel.

PN Info / Links:

PN Applications:



CNA Info / Links:










   Licensure Requirements:

     NCLEX-PN Exam

    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.

Beck School of Practical Nursing

Undergraduate Certificate in Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

Program Length: 11 months


Students graduating on time

50% of Title IV students complete the program within 11 months (1)


Program Costs*

$14,900 for tuition and fees

$1,039 for books and supplies

$0 for off-campus room and board

Other Costs:

No other costs provided.


Visit website for more program cost information: www.gotoccsi.org/financial-aid

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.  Note that this information is subject to change.


Students Borrowing Money

89% of students who attend this program borrow money to pay for it (2)

The typical graduate leaves with

$8,373 in debt (3)

The typical monthly loan payment

$86 per month in student loans with 4.45% interest rate. (4)

The typical graduate earns

$60,000 per year after leaving this program (5)

1. The share of students who completed the program within 100% of normal time (11 months).

2. The share of students who borrowed Federal, private, and/or institutional loans to help pay for college.

3. The median debt of borrowers who completed this program. This debt includes federal, private, and institutional loans.

4. The median monthly loan payment for students who completed this program if it were repaid over ten years at a 4.45% interest rate.

5. The median earnings of program graduates who received Federal aid.

Graduates who got jobs

86% of program graduates got jobs according to the accreditor job placement rate (6)

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses: http://onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2061.00


6. Accreditor Job Placement Rate:

Name of the accrediting agency this placement rate is calculated for:  Council on Occupational Education


Follow this link to find out who is included in this rate calculation: http://council.org/applications-and-forms/ 

What types of jobs were these students placed in? 

The job placement rate includes completers hired for: Any jobs

Positions that recent completers were hired for include: Nursing

When were the former students employed?  within 180 days of completing the program

How were completers tracked?  Completer/alumni survey (100% response rate) 

Licensure Requirements (7)

This program meets licensure requirements in Illinois

7. Some States require students to graduate from a state approved program in order to obtain a license to practice a profession in those States.

8. State Job Placement Rate: N/A

Date Created: 8/11/2017

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Applicants now being considered for the January 2019 Class. 


Currently accepting applicants for upcoming classes. 

 For additional information regarding the PN  / CNA programs, please contact: 
Student Services: (618) 473-2222 ext. 122

For Graduate Nurses:
Mail Board Applications to:
Continental Testing Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 100
LaGrange, IL  60525-0100