Start Your Career as a Licensed Practical Nurse Without Delay

Earn Your Practical Nursing Diploma

Earning your Practical Nursing Diploma can help you prepare to start an in-demand career as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in as few as 12 months, with no waiting lists at many of our campuses and no pre-nursing course requirements.*

With preparation for your NCLEX-PN exam built into every course, testing fees reimbursed on your first attempt*, you can confidently prepare to start changing patients’ lives sooner.

National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nurses

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Diploma 12 Months

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Gain In-Demand Nursing Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career as a licensed practical nurse. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant nursing skills employers seek, including:

  • High-Touch Patient Care

    Our real-world partnerships help you succeed as a nurse through extensive hands-on clinical training as you earn your Diploma.

  • Healthcare Industry Insight

    Learn from experienced faculty and leadership who hold diverse backgrounds in education and direct care, providing you with a strong foundation for the medical field.

  • Experience Across Healthcare Settings

    Gain valuable experience across a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, home healthcare, clinics, nursing homes and hospice care to allow for versatility in the workplace.

  • Critical Thinking and Confidence

    Effectively use the nursing process to gather data, contribute to diagnosis and patient care in order to think and act quickly in the interest of your patients' health.

Preparation and Fees for Your NCLEX-PN Exam

Prep work for the national certification exam, NCLEX-PN, is built into every course so you can prepare to become an LPN and the cost of the admission fee is reimbursed to you with your first attempt.**

National Council Licensure Examination for licensed practical nurses

Our program is also designed so you can continue your education through the Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option if you are interested in becoming a registered nurse (RN) in the future.

**Rasmussen College will cover the application fee for each qualified student's first NCLEX exam attempt. Subsequent attempts will not be covered.

Our Grads Achieve Career Success

Graduates from our School of Nursing programs are working for leading employers, including:*

  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Florida Hospital
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • North Pinellas Children's Medical Center
  • Citrus Memorial Health System
  • HealthPartners
  • Sanford Health
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Aurora Health Center

Success Rate

90% of responding December 2012 to June 2013 graduates are working in their field of study or continuing their education.*

*Employer information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the organizations shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities at these organizations will be available.

Average Starting Salary

for our Practical Nursing Graduates:

  • Diploma $34,336

Program Entry Requirements

To learn about the entrance requirements and receive coaching to plan your nursing career path—including TEAS scores, background check and immunizations—contact us to attend a Nursing Information Session.

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How Much Could You Earn as an LPN?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for nursing professionals:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2022)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses$31,300$35,340$41,92025%

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,,

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Earning a degree can be a valuable investment in your future. See how:

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How Much Will it Cost?

At Rasmussen College, we’re committed to helping make higher education more affordable for you. That’s why we offer straightforward tuition costs locked in place until you graduate, so you know your tuition will not increase through graduation if you are continuously enrolled.*

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Affordable Options to Help You Save Money

Through our comprehensive SUPPORT+ student services, our student financial services advisors help you receive affordable tuition as you earn your degree. Browse our options to see how you can save:

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