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.
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.
Requirements for Harper College Digital Badge
RN Refresher Program
Attend an Upcoming Information Session
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5-6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 7-8 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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
Clinicals are an eight-hour rotation, two days per week, during the PM shift (3:00-11:00 pm) for 10 shifts.