This program is for U.S. registered nurses who have been out of clinical practice for five or more years or for those trying to renew or obtain an Illinois state license.
Gain practical, hands-on skills and confidence in a program with 68 classroom hours and 80 clinical hours (includes orientation). Ideal for registered nurses working in non-hospital settings, nurses returning to the workforce, or nurses who want to further their education in the most current medical practices. To take the class, you must complete the online questionnaire.
The Nursing Practice Update Digital Badge is designed for RNs and radiology nurses working in non-hospital settings such as nursing homes and schools, nurses returning to the workforce, or those working in the most current medical practices. The Badge authenticates and documents your achievements in completing the RN Refresher program.
Read about this course in Nursing Spectrum magazine.
Requirements for Harper College Digital Badge
RN Refresher Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are there specific requirements for the program?
A: Students must hold or have held an RN license in any state in the US to participate in the clinical portion of the course. If your license is expired, you will need to take the NCLEX again in order to restore it, but you may still participate in the clinical portion. Students who have never held a license in the US before (or have not passed the NCLEX), may take just the classroom portion of the course, the RN Refresher Theory and Skills Review.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Attend a complimentary Information Session or submit your biography online. Though attendance at an Info Session is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged so you know what to expect from the course and get an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Q: How much does the program cost?
A: The full course (LNU 8100, RN Refresher) with the clinical portion is $2,399. The classroom portion only (LNU 8101, RN Refresher Theory and Skills Review) is $1,099.
Q: If I take the classroom only portion because I don’t have a license yet and then
pass the NCLEX, can I participate in clinicals during a later semester?
A: Yes, once you have passed the classroom portion of the course and successfully passed the NCLEX, you may participate in the clinical portion if space is available, for up to a year after you finish the classroom portion. The cost for the clinical portion of the course is $1,300.
Q: What is included in the tuition and fees?
A: All instruction and disposable lab supplies are included in the course tuition and fees. Textbooks are not included and must be purchased separately.
Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: Students must submit to a background check, a 2-step TB test and have titers drawn for proof of immunity to communicable diseases. These costs are not included in the tuition and fees; the costs will vary depending on where tests are taken and how many are needed. Students must also purchase a pen light and stethoscope for clinicals.
Q: Can I get CEs for the course?
A: Yes, students who successfully pass the classroom portion of the course receive a certificate for all 20 CEs required for the renewal of the RN license in Illinois.
Q: When is the course offered and how often do classes meet?
A: The course is offered in a blended format (partially classroom, patially online) in the spring and fall. There are 48 hours in the classroom portion of the course, which lasts about eight weeks. During the first and last week, the class meets two night for three-and-a-half hours. During the middle six weeks, class meets one night for three-and-a-half hours and there is additional content that must be completed online.
Clinicals are an eight-hour rotation, two days per week, during the PM shift (3:00-11:00 pm) for 10 shifts.
Q: Is there job placement?
A: We do not have a formal job placement program; however, students are occasionally hired at the hospital following the clinical portion of the course.
Q: When do I need to register?
A: Once registration for the semester begins, students can register up until the first day of class or the class fills, whichever comes first.