Adult Nursing

Welcome to BECK School of Practical Nursing

Beck School of Practical Nursing is located at 6137 Beck Road, Red Bud, Illinois. We are affiliated with the Career Center of Southern Illinois. The Nursing Program offers a Diploma in Practical Nursing. We are fully approved by the Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Beck School of Practical Nursing was established in 1979 and offers two nursing cohorts accepting over 100 students per year. Programs begin each January and July and are completed 11 months later. After successfully completing the program, our student may sit for the NCLEX - PN examination. When the student passes the examination, he/she will be 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.

Our Contact Information

Beck School of Practical Nursing

6137 Beck Road

Red Bud, IL 62278

Phone: 618-473-2222

Fax: 618-473-2292

Practical Nursing Program Description

The course consists of eleven months of classroom theory and clinical experience. The curriculum is divided into four 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, but can last longer when remediation is required, and clinical days are generally from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. After the first six 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 offered year round. Class days will vary from session to session, 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.

PN Info/Links

PN Handbook

Gainful Employment Disclosure

PN Emergency Contact Information

Information Update Form

PN Applications

July 2022 Application

CNA Info/Links

CNA Handbook

CNA Application

Now accepting applications for 2022 Class

CNA Criminal Offenses Info



Nursing Fundamentals

Working Relationships




Maternity Nursing

Growth & Development




Mental Health Nursing


Community Health

Practical Nursing


Entrance Requirements

1. Online Application submitted

2. Official High School transcript

or equivalency certificate

3. Official College transcripts.

(Transcripts must be in sealed envelope

from school)

4. Entrance Testing:ONE of the following

Successful completion of WorkKeys

tests (The Work Keys Entrance Exam

identifies skill levels in Math, Reading, &

Locating Information (Thinking, Remembering

& Reasoning). Students must Score: Math

& Reading 5+, Locating Information 4+.

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

OR proof of ACT composite score of 18+,

OR SAT composite score of 860+

OR college courses (level 100+, grade

C+) in math, literature, composition or

comparable content

5. Two letters of professional


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 Nursing department.

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.

Once the interview process is completed, the applicants will receive notification as to whether or not they have 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.


July 2022- to be determined


Entrance testing is administered at two locations:

1. Regional Office of Education - Chester, IL

Randolph County Courthouse

#1 Taylor Street, Room 101, Chester IL 62233


2. Regional Office of Education - Waterloo, IL

107 East Mill Street, Waterloo IL 62298



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 2020-2021 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 administrative 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".


The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Beck Nursing program is approved by:


100 Randolph, Suite 9-300

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 814-4500

IDFPR Website

List of IDFPR Approved Nursing Schools

COE Accreditation

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

Beck School of Practical Nursing is approved to operate by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

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 Clinton/Randolph/Monroe/St. Clair Counties. Students begin clinical experience in the first term of instruction and every term 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 Licensure Requirements


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)

PN Program Costs*

$14,900 for tuition and fees

$1,581 for books and supplies

Visit the website for more program cost information:

*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 secured jobs

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

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses:

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:

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

These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education

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For additional information regarding the PN/CNA programs, please contact:

Student Services: (618) 473-2222 ext. 122

For Graduated Nurses

Mail Board Applications to:

Continental Testing Services, Inc.

P.O. Box 100

LaGrange, IL 60525-0100