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Practical Nursing Program

We are proud to announce the graduation of 30 Students on December 13, 2018!

Congratulations to our Graduates and to their families!  The road was hard, but you persevered and achieved your goal!

To ALL Students Affected by the Vatterott Closure:

Beck School of Practical Nursing is offering students in the Allied Health programs at Vatterott College a special opportunity for enrollment in either the upcoming Adult Certified Nurse Aid courses or in future Practical Nursing classes.  Please contact the Nursing Director at 618-473-2222 or email at


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The Beck School of Practical Nursing and Career Center of Southern Illinois provides equal employment opportunities for all persons and equal educational opportunities for all students, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender expression, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, military status, physical or mental handicap or disability, or other characteristic protected by law, in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of students, volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. 

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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.


January 2019 Class:

(Class runs from January until December)

Deadline to apply is October 31, 2018

January 2019 Block Schedule

Book Order-January 2019 Cohort

July 2019 


(Class runs from July until June) 

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2019


Nursing Fundamentals

Working Relationships   

Medical-Surgical Nursing   


Maternity Nursing   

Growth & Development   




Mental Health Nursing   


Community Health


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.

This is a program that will require a lot of after class study time, as there will be multiple tests each day.  Homework/study time could be several hours or more each night, to keep up with the pace of the program.  Students should be prepared for the intensity of this course. 
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Please follow these instructions.  Once all paperwork and transcripts have been submitted, you will receive a phone call for an interview into the program.  All items MUST be completed before you will be considered for an interview.

1. Application:

Online PN Application: January 2019 Cohort-closed, please apply to July 2019


2. Official High School transcripts or G.E.D. 

3. Official College transcripts.

Transcripts must be official, in sealed envelope from the school, and either mailed directly to Beck from the school, or hand delivered (in the original sealed envelope) to Beck.

4. Entrance Testing:

ACT Score of 18 or higher, OR
SAT Score of 860 or higher, OR
Review of official college transcripts by BSPN Nursing Director to determine if previous courses taken meet admission requirements.

The transcripts must be submitted to BSPN prior to scheduling Work Keys testing at the ROE.  No refunds will be given for those who cancel testing which has been scheduled prior to transcript review.

IF ACT or SAT or transcripts are not available:
Work Keys Entrance Exam which identifies skills levels in Math, Workplace Documents, and Graphic Literacy.  Applicants must have a Score of 5 in both Workplace Documents and Math, and a 4 in Graphic Literacy.

Tests must be scheduled with the Monroe-Randolph Regional Office of Education (ROE) in Waterloo (618-939-5650) or Chester (618-826-5471). 

Any applicants who may have questions about the need to complete Work Keys testing based on ACT, SAT, or previous college credits should contact Student Services or the Nursing Director for clarification.

5. Two letters of professional reference. 


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.


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: A personal interview will be scheduled after all entrance criteria have been 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.


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. 

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.  There will be a mandatory Financial Aid Orientation that each accepted student MUST attend.  You will be notified by EMAIL of the date and time of the orientation.

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