Next Start Date: January 2018
Application Deadline: November 1, 2017
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Practical Nursing Program: Licensed Practical nurses provide nursing care and support for RN/Physician staff in the hospital/or skilled nursing facility. They may also assist with the care of children, new mothers and infants. The licensed practical nurse works under the supervision of a registered professional nurse; in a hospital setting, they may share many of the same responsibilities such as: direct patient care, medication administration (including IV fluids) as well as documentation.
A person seeking Practical Nursing as a career should have a sympathetic nature and emotional stability. An LPN needs to have keen observational skills as nurses are often the ones to first notice a change in patient symptoms. The LPN also needs to be able to communicate effectively with others about symptoms, and must be able to work effectively under the supervision of more senior medical personnel.
Where You Study Matters: Based on Palm Beach State's Lake Worth campus, this certificate program, which has no course prerequisites, provides high-quality training in practical nursing at an affordable cost. As a state college, our tuition is a fraction of what private schools cost. When you also consider our experienced and credentialed instructors, small class sizes and modern medical office training lab, you'll see why Palm Beach State is the smart place to start your practical nursing career.
What's required to get started? See Program Overview and Program Facts and Deadlines for more information.
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What is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)? A licensed practical nurse (LPN) is a nurse who has successfully completed a practical nursing program, and has passed the NCLEX-PN, the state licensing exam. He/she may be employed in many different areas within the health care continuum: hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, home health agencies, and doctor's offices, to name just a few.
What is the Employment Outlook for an LPN? Demand for LPN nursing is expected to grow about as fast as the average over the next few years. Replacement of nurses leaving the LPN nursing profession should be a major source of new job opportunities. Licensed practical nurses held about 726,000 jobs in 2004. About 27 percent of LPNs worked in hospitals, 25 percent in nursing care facilities, and another 12 percent in offices of physicians. Others worked for home health care services; employment services; community care facilities for the elderly; public and private educational services; outpatient care centers; and Federal, State, and local government agencies. About 1 in 5 worked part time.
What is the Average Salary of an LPN? The median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $41,540 in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,970, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,360.
For more information regarding salary and job outlook for LPNs, please visit the Department of Labor and Statistics website.
Earn Credits Towards the Registered Nursing Program Students who enroll in and graduate from our LPN program are automatically eligible for our LPN/Paramedic to Registered Nursing Transition program. To get more information, please visit the RN Transition website .
Graduates of the Practical Nursing program will receive a Postsecondary Adult Vocational Certificate (PSAV).