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Practical Nursing (LPN) Admission Requirements

The Practical Nursing Program begins once a year in January. You must make an appointment with the career-technical counselor to fill out an application for the program.

Applications will be considered only after the following have been submitted and verified:

  1. St. Charles Community College assessment tests completed or official transcripts on file for college level English or Math courses passed with a grade of C or better.
  2. Any required developmental courses taken and passed (ENG 095, ENG 096, RDG 085, 092 and 093, MAT 096 or ESL equivalents).

You should meet with a nursing counselor as soon as you are eligible to complete the application. Your application date will be used to determine your program start date. Students are considered on a first come/first serve basis. Priority will be given to students who meet the following admission requirements by Sept. 15 of the year prior to starting the program.

  • Submit previous official college transcripts (if you have already taken college courses).
  • ACT test scores are required – minimum score: 20 (test must have been taken within the last five years).
    EXCEPTION: Students with 10 college hours of general education courses with a GPA of 2.5 or above do not have to take the ACT test. (Developmental or pass/fail courses are not counted in the 10 hours used to calculate the GPA.)
  • Students must complete the HESI A2 Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 70% on each subsection: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology.
  • HESI A2 Entrance Exam must be taken within two years from program start.
  • Students may take the HESI A2 up to three times per calendar year not to exceed one time in a six-week period. 
  • Tuition for HESI A2 Entrance Exam is non refundable.

*** These admission criteria are subject to change.

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to supply documentation that requirements are met and to maintain awareness of deadlines, academic status, course requirements, etc.

Office Info

Office Hours

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Hours may vary during summer – please call to confirm.

Office Location

Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences – NAH 102

Office Phone Number


Office Coordinator

Denise L. Lammers