Practical Nursing (LPN Track)

Diploma

Next Start Dates
May 12, 2021
July 06, 2021

12 months

to completion with full-time study1

15 courses

to complete the Practical Nursing program

#1 educator

of Practical Nursing graduates in Florida and Minnesota2

Practical Nursing to Get You on the LPN Track

In our Practical Nursing program, you’ll learn from compassionate experts who have centered their working life around helping nurses grow and succeed—from faculty members and academic advisors to tutors, financial aid experts and 24/7 tech support.

Our job is to support you from your very first step, including:

  • Eight start dates per year
  • No prerequisites
  • No waiting list at many campuses

With a mix of online courses, on-campus lab simulations and clinical experiences, you’ll develop the knowledge you need to take the NCLEX-PN®3 licensure exam and become a safe, practicing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

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What Types of Classes Will I Take?

  • Practical Nursing Skills 1

    • Establish the skills required for basic care and patient interaction
    • Examine techniques for data collection, standard precautions and handling medications

  • Principles of Gerontological Nursing

    • Focus on a holistic approach to older patients, including nutritional, pharmacological, psychosocial, ethical and legal factors
    • Apply theoretical knowledge by working with geriatric patients in a clinical setting

  • Principles of Mental Health Nursing

    • Explore the foundations of emotional, behavioral and substance abuse disorders
    • Practice the application of theoretical knowledge in mental healthcare settings

What Skills Will I Gain?

  • Compassionate Patient Care

    Our hands-on clinical training will help you learn how to interact with different types of patients.

  • Healthcare Industry Insight

    Learn from experienced faculty and leadership who can provide you with a strong foundation in the medical field.

  • Critical Thinking and Confidence

    By dealing with real-world scenarios, you’ll learn how to think and act quickly in the interest of your patients' health.

  • Experience Across Healthcare Settings

    Gain clinical exposure in healthcare settings like clinics and long-term care.

  • Transferable Skills

    Develop transferable skills that prepare you to confidently work in healthcare, from communication and critical thinking to diversity and teamwork.

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I'm Done?

Take the NCLEX-PN® Exam

Taught by experienced faculty, our Nursing program prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-PN®3 national certification exam and become a confident LPN.

Launch a Career as an LPN

Our grads are prepared to start their careers in a wide range of environments, including assisted living and long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, hospitals and more.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

Pursue a Growing Career

The projected job growth for licensed practical nurses between 2016 and 2026 is 12% in Minnesota and 19% in Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s much faster than the national average!4

"It is an amazing college. For single moms or people who have barriers, it is not just catered to one group. I believe anyone could come in and fit at Rasmussen."

Nikita M.
Graduate, Practical Nursing Diploma

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A Career Path You Can Visualize

With the many nursing programs at Rasmussen University, you can easily transfer credits from one level to the next. Start by earning a Practical Nursing Diploma and taking the licensure exam (NCLEX-PN®3) to become a licensed practical nurse. Then, you could enroll in the LPN to RN Bridge and become a registered nurse. Whether you go all the way to the top or demonstrate excellence in nursing right where you are, there are lots of options available to you. And by laddering at Rasmussen University, you can save time and money in the process.

  • Diploma: Practical Nursing (PN/LPN)

    Start here if:

    You’re interested in patient care and want a quick entry into the field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with opportunities for career advancement.

    Finish in as few as:

    12 months1

    Licensed Practical Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)5

    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $48,840
    • Government: $48,400
    • Home healthcare services: $48,130
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $45,550
    • Offices of physicians: $43,620
  • Associate’s Degree: Nursing (ADN/RN)

    Next step if:

    You want to become a registered nurse (RN) and leverage your practical nursing diploma through the LPN to RN Bridge.

    Or start here if:

    You want to begin your nursing career as a registered nurse by earning your ADN.

    View Associate’s degree details >

    Finish in as few as:

    12 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
    Or 18 months (ADN/RN)1

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)6

    • Government: $79,790
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $75,030
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $70,330
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $66,250
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $63,690
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Nursing (RN to BSN or BSN)

    Next step if:

    You’re ready to earn your BSN, want to become a Bachelor-prepared registered nurse and are looking for opportunities to advance your career.

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    Or start here if:

    You want to begin your nursing career as a BSN-prepared registered nurse. Choose from two pre-licensure entry tracks—standard and second degree.

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    Finish in as few as:

    12 to 18 months (RN to BSN)1
    33 months (BSN Standard)
    18 months (BSN Second Degree)

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)6

    • Government: $79,790
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $75,030
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $70,330
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $66,250
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $63,690
  • Graduate Degrees: Nursing (MSN & DNP)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Prepare for healthcare today and in the future as a nursing leader. A choice of three specializations allows you to define your career course.

    • Nursing Leadership and Administration
    • Nursing Education
    • Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics

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    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy—the definitive terminal degree for nurse leaders.

    Choose the specialization that best aligns with your interests and career goals:

    • Executive Leadership
    • Public Health and Policy

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    Sample job titles:

    MSN:

    • Director of Nursing
    • Director of Education
    • Clinical Nursing Informatics Officer
    • Chief Nursing Officer

    DNP:

    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nursing Administrator
    • Director of Public Health and Policy
    • Government or Policy Activist
What does an LPN do?

You’ve always known that you like to care for people and becoming an LPN is one way you can utilize your natural abilities. But what exactly does an LPN do? Let's a take a look at some of the common responsibilities of this role along with places they might work.

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Affordable Education

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math

With eight start dates a year and a total of 15 courses—each 11 weeks in length—full-time students can finish in as few as 12 months for as low as $22,995.

$325 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
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$18,200 total tuition
+ $4,795 total fees
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$22,995 estimated total program cost

This reflects pricing for Florida students. Please speak with an admissions advisor or use the tuition estimator tool to calculate your costs.

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our Practical Nursing program is designed to be more affordable with transfer credits, credit by assessment, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Nursing Information Sessions

To learn about Rasmussen nursing programs, entrance requirements and to receive help planning, attend an online Nursing Information Session where you’ll learn about TEAS scores, background checks, immunizations and more.

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Help Paying for College

You’re not alone figuring out how to pay for college. Our admissions advisors can help you find ways to save through credit by assessment options, loans, scholarships and more.

Transfer Students

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Review our credit transfer policies at a nursing information session or on our transfer policy page—we've designed them to help you maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite your graduation.

Support at Every Turn

You’ll find the support you need to grow as a nurse from mentors and faculty in this program. Our library services, academic support and career planning teams are ready to help.

Practical Nursing (LPN) Programs Near Me

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The practical nursing program at Rasmussen University at the:

  • Brooklyn Park/Maple Grove campus, located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Central Pasco campus, located in Odessa, Florida, is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Eagan campus, located in Eagan, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Mankato campus, located in Mankato, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Moorhead campus, located in Moorhead, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • St. Cloud campus, located in St. Cloud, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this practical nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for these practical nursing programs is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at
http://www.acenursing.com/accreditedprograms/programsearch.htm

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does an LPN do?

    A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides hands-on nursing care, working under the direction of healthcare workers such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians. This can include monitoring patients’ health, administering basic care, reporting patients’ concerns and updating health records.

    For more insight into the role of an LPN, check out our blog post: What Does an LPN Do? A Closer Look at These Versatile Caregivers.

  • Are LPNs in high demand?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects strong job growth for LPNs from 2019 to 2029; with a national projected job growth of 9%, which is much faster than average and translates to an estimated 65,700 new jobs.7

  • What is the NCLEX-PN® exam?

    The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses and the NCLEX-PN®3 is the exam that must be passed in order to start working as an LPN.

  • How much do LPNs make?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the mean annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $48,500 in May 2019.9 This means half of working LPNs earned more than that figure and half earned less. Your employer, years of experience and where you work will influence your salary. For example, the mean annual LPN salary in FL is $45,580 and the mean annual LPN salary in MN is $48,460.8

    For more info on LPN salary, check out our blog post: How Much Do LPNs Make? And 5 Other Questions You Want Answered.

  • Where can I work as an LPN?

    As an LPN, you can work in long-term care facilities, assisted living centers, in-home healthcare, clinics, outpatient/ambulatory care centers, rehabilitation centers and more.

    To learn more about the opportunities available to you, check out our blog post: Where Do LPNs Work? 10 Healthcare Settings They Serve In.

  • What is the difference between practical and professional nursing?

    Practical nursing refers to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who provide hands-on nursing care, working under the direction of healthcare workers such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians. This can include monitoring patients' health, administering basic care, reporting patient concerns and updating health records. Many LPNs work in assisted living or residential services rather than in hospitals.

    Professional nursing, on the other hand, refers to registered nurses who typically have a greater variety of job opportunities in the work environment. RNs often supervise others and count on their critical thinking skills to perform assessments and make judgments about patient care. RNs are more likely to work in hospitals in a variety of roles.

    To learn more about the differences, check out our blog post: Practical Nursing vs. Professional Nursing: Understanding the Differences.

  • How long does it take to become an LPN?

    At Rasmussen University, you can earn your diploma in as few as 12 months, and after you pass the NCLEX-PN®, you're set to begin working as an LPN.1. With eight start dates per year, you can get started in our program when it works best for you.

  • Is this an online Practical Nursing Diploma program?

    Though this is not a fully online Practical Nursing program, it does include some self-directed assessments and online coursework as a means to save time and money. The program is largely hands-on and campus-based—where you’ll get career-focused training through onsite clinicals. Plus, in the greater Tampa metro area, you can choose between weekday or evening and weekend course options.

  • What are the requirements to become an LPN?

    Completing a state-approved educational program (earning your Diploma at Rasmussen University) and passing the NCLEX-PN® exam.

  • What kind of support services are available?

    At Rasmussen University, we’re here to help. Support services include academic advising, tutoring, financial aid, 24/7 technical support and more.

  • What does nursing accreditation mean?

    Having accreditation means the University has met established quality standards as set by the accrediting body. Achieving accreditation tells the public that an entity meets industry expectations for quality, and students can have confidence that quality control checks have been carried out by a third party.

  • Does this program align with my goals to become a nurse?

    The Practical Nursing Diploma program is a great way to get into a nursing role. Many LPNs are satisfied with their career as a hands-on care provider; however, if you decide to advance your education to increase your scope of practice, our Practical Nursing program will provide the foundation for you to prepare for a role as a Registered Nurse.

  • What are the prerequisites for the program?

    Unlike many other nursing schools, there are no prerequisites and there are no wait lists at many campuses. You only need to apply once and you can begin your LPN classes when it’s convenient for you with our eight start dates a year.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. According to 2016, 2017 and 2018 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  3. NCLEX-PN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
  4. Labor Market Employment Outlook Statistics reported through CareerOneStop, [employment information accessed August 10, 2020] Florida: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=%20292061&location=fl. Minnesota: https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=%20292061&location=mn. Projected Annual Job Openings for the occupation listed refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 30, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm#tab-5. 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.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 30, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-5. 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.
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 30, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed September 30, 2020] www.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.
  8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 30, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Information represents national, averaged data 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.
  9. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed September 30, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Information represents national, averaged data 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.
  10. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mn.htm and https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm. BLS salary data represents 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 may vary.
  11. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] www.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.
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