RN Refresher

Restart your career in nursing.

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. For more information, you may attend an optional Information Session.

This Digital Badge is essential 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.

Read about this course in Nursing Spectrum magazine.

nursing prac upRequirements for Harper College Digital Badge

  • Current Nursing Practice Update, LNU 8322



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 Didactic 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 (LNU8322, Current Nursing Practice Update) with the clinical portion is $2,399. The classroom portion only (LNU8300, RN Refresher Didactic Review) is $1,099.

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 the spring and fall semesters. There are 68 hours in the classroom portion of the course; in the fall, class meets two nights a week for 3 hours each night for 10 weeks. In the spring, class meets two days a week for 6 hours each day for 5 weeks. There is one Saturday spent in the skills lab which meets for 8 hours. Clinicals are an 8 hour rotation, 2 days a week, during the PM shift (3:00 – 11:00) for about 6 weeks.

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.