Lakeview College of Nursing Program Review

Since its foundation in 1894, Lakeview College of Nursing (LCN) has focused entirely on training nursing students. It was originally named the Danville Training School and was associated with the hospital in Danville, Illinois. Since that time, it has become an independent, well-respected provider of nursing education.

Lakeview College holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and approval from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, with several different tracks. The BSN program is available on both campuses: in Danville and in Charleston.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Traditional Track

A student with no prior experience or education in the nursing field begins Lakeview College of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by enrolling at either Danville Area Community College or Eastern Illinois University. She must complete four semesters in general education courses and prerequisites there, before beginning the nursing sequence at Lakeview College of Nursing. She completes four semesters of nursing courses at Lakeview, earning a total of 124 credits between both colleges. Students in the traditional track do not take courses in the summer. At the conclusion of the four years, a graduate is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Accelerated Track

If a student is willing to study through the summer, he may enroll in Lakeview College of Nursing’s accelerated BSN track. He follows the same course of study as the traditional BSN students, but can condense the length of the program by taking three semesters of classes each year, instead of two. Lakeview College of Nursing allows students in the accelerated track to begin in either the spring or the fall semester, and offers the nursing courses during multiple semesters in order to accommodate varied schedules among the students.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Paced Track

A student who wishes to have a lighter work load each semester may opt for the BSN paced track. After completing five semesters of prerequisites and general education courses, he spends five semesters at Lakeview College of Nursing. Students in the paced track may begin in the fall or the spring.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Completion Track for LPNs

An LPN is welcome to complete her BSN at Lakeview College of Nursing. Before enrolling in the program, she must complete all the general education requirements. Traditional BSN students must take sixty credit hours of general education courses; LPNs do not have to take the medical terminology class and so only need fifty-nine credit hours. After completing the general education requirements, the LPN studies alongside the traditional BSN students.

Depending on her demonstrated proficiency in the nursing field, she may be able to skip as many as seven of the required seventeen nursing courses. She may complete the nursing sequence of courses as quickly as possible (around sixteen months) or may take up to six years to complete them. She must complete most of the classes on one of the college’s two campuses, although a few classes are offered online.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Completion Track for RNs

While RNs from any school can apply to Lakeview College of Nursing, the college does have a transition process in place for associate degree students from Danville Area Community College, Heartland Community College, Kaskaskia College, Lake Land College, Olney Central College, and Parkland College. Incoming RNs must complete any missing prerequisites and general education courses at another school before beginning the nursing sequence at Lakeview College of Nursing.

Typically, RNs must take thirty-nine credits of nursing courses, but they may be exempt from three classes (twelve credits) if they have already taken a class in the subject area or if they have work experience in the area. RNs can complete the program in as little as sixteen months or as much as six years. Classes are mostly on-site in Danville or Charleston; a few classes are offered online.

Lakeview College of Nursing
903 North Logan Avenue
Danville, IL 61832

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