Help Start Your LPN Career With A Hands-on Degree

Practical Nursing Diploma

Our practical nursing program can help you start an in-demand nursing career in as little as 12 months. With a Practical Nursing Diploma, you can start your path to becoming an LPN today with no waiting lists at many of our campuses and no pre-nursing course requirements.



Prepare to Pass the NCLEX-PN Exam and Become an LPN

Our practical nursing program prepares you to become a successful LPN through:

  • Small class sizes that provide personalized attention and hands-on learning
  • Real-world clinical partnerships that develop and emphasize your high-touch and patient-focused skills
  • Faculty and leadership who hold diverse backgrounds in education and direct care administration—insights they pass on to you for a well-rounded perspective of today's healthcare landscape

With our no-hassle enrollment process and dedicated nursing program managers to help you navigate the enrollment process and our easy-to-understand pricing structure, you can apply today to start your practical nursing program.

Complete the form on the right to reserve your seat in our free Nursing Information Session and learn more about becoming a student in our Practical Nursing Diploma.

Program Highlights
  • NCLEX-PN exam prep work built into every course
  • No pre-nursing course requirements: Apply to our nursing program without any prior college experience
  • $150 resources fee includes: course materials, uniform and your NCLEX testing fee

Practical Nursing Courses

The skills you develop in our practical nursing program will help you think and act quickly in the interest of your patient’s health.  Whether you take classes in Minnesota or Florida, our school of nursing will get you ready for a gratifying career.

  • High-touch patient skills
  • Gain experience in hospitals, home healthcare, clinics, nursing homes and hospice care
  • Focus on critical thinking, communication and technology
  • Effectively use the nursing process to gather data, contribute to diagnosis and patient care

Sample Course List

Fundamentals of Practical Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. The theoretical basis for nursing judgment, patient-centered care, growth and development, and basic physiological concepts are presented. Emphasis is placed on knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan. Special emphasis is placed on teamwork, communication, and nursing informatics as it pertains to the healthcare infrastructure. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of nursing skills in order to successfully complete this course.
Gerontologic Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory component where students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes to safely and effectively support the Functional Ability of the aging adult. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Neurological Adaptation, and End-of-Life Integrity. This course will continue to build on concepts required to meet basic health and wellness needs that are specific to the aging adult, Communication, as well as Nursing Ethics and Law as it applies to this specific population. Students are expected to apply Nursing Judgment and Critical Thought to principles presented in this course throughout concurrent and future Nursing Lab and Clinical Experiences.
Psychosocial Nursing
This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focuses on the care of clients with mental health and behavioral disorders across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on concepts such as Emotional and Cognitive Integrity, Motivational Wellness, Psychosocial Integrity, Addiction, and Violence.Special emphasis will be placed on Nursing Judgment related to Patient-Centered Care, Teamwork, and Communication when approaching this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, as it applies to pharmacologic therapies in this setting, will be introduced. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.
Family Nursing
This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the Practical Nurse in a Family Health Clinic, Pediatric Clinical Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be introduced. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism and Nursing Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
$2,281,040
4.9%
Associate's Degree
$1,763,440
6.8%
Some College
$1,622,240
8.7%
High School Diploma
$1,367,880
9.4%

**http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/acs-14.pdf, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$30,970$34,990$41,540

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, bls.gov/ooh/

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years, bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Practical Nursing graduates:

Diploma
$33,820

Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study

 

 
 
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