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Practical Nursing (LPN Program)

Diploma

Next Start Date
July 01, 2024

12 months to completion with full-time study1

National leader
in nursing education

15 courses to complete the Practical Nursing program

Practical Nursing Program

You may be eligible to save up to $2,000 on your Practical Nursing tuition with our LPN Care Grant.2 Contact an admissions advisor to learn more.

In our fast-track Practical Nursing program, you'll prepare to become an LPN in as few as 12 months.1 You’ll learn from compassionate experts who have centered their working lives 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 in our Practical Nursing program, including:

  • Eight start dates per year
  • No prerequisite coursework
  • No waiting list at many campuses for qualified applicants
  • No need to apply twice

Your online and on-campus courses and clinical experiences will help prepare you for the NCLEX-PN®3 licensing exam and become a safe, practicing licensed practical nurse (LPN). In fact, 90% of our LPN students in Florida passed the NCLEX-PN in 2023.6

The Practical Nursing Diploma program is a great way to get into a nursing role. Many LPNs are satisfied with their careers as a hands-on care provider. However, if you decide to advance your education to increase your scope of practice, we offer a bridge program to becoming a registered nurse through our Professional Nursing (ADN/RN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing program options.

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LPN Care Grant for Up to $2,000

Now is the perfect time to enroll for your Practical Nursing Diploma because eligible new students can save up to $2,000 with the LPN Care Grant.2 Your goal to become a nurse is within reach—our LPN Care Grant can help you get started toward becoming an LPN.

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What Types of LPN Classes Will I Take?

As a Practical Nursing program student, your comprehensive education includes online and on-campus courses, plus hands-on experience in a clinical setting, which will prepare you to provide safe, ethical, holistic and compassionate client-centered care for diverse individuals.
  • Practical Nursing Skills 1
    • Establish the health education 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
  • Structure and Function of the Human Body
    • Familiarize yourself with human anatomy and physiology of the skeletal and muscular systems
    • Introduce the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems

What Practical Nurse Skills Will I Gain?

Compassionate Patient Care

Our real-world partnerships help you succeed as an LPN through extensive hands-on clinical experiences as you earn your Practical Nursing Diploma.

Healthcare Industry Insight

Learn from experienced practical nursing 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.
Miriam Steil, Dean of Nursing; Rasmussen University – Central Pasco Campus

"I have dealt with students that have felt underestimated and unseen. Rasmussen supports a student like this right in the classroom with the instructor. We also have an advising team and we come around the students and try to support them and their course along the way."

Miriam Steil, DNP, RN
Dean of Nursing, Rasmussen University – Central Pasco Campus

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

Take the NCLEX-PN® Exam

Our fast track LPN program, taught by experienced faculty, will prepare you to sit for the national council licensure examination, or NCLEX exam. After successful completion of the NCLEX-PN®,3 you'll be on your way to a confident nursing profession.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

Pursue a Fulfilling Nursing Career

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

Pursue a Growing Practical Nurse Career

The projected job growth for licensed practical nurses between 2020 and 2030 is 13% in Minnesota and 12% in Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s much faster than the national average!4

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Your Comprehensive Education Path

With the many Nursing programs at Rasmussen University, you can easily transfer credits from one level to the next, making this an affordable Practical Nursing program. Start by earning a Practical Nursing Diploma and taking the licensing examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN®3) to become a licensed practical nurse. Then, you could enroll in the LPN to RN Bridge program and become a registered nurse.

Whether you pursue additional education or demonstrate excellence in nursing right where you are, there are lots of LPN courses and 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 direct patient care and want a quick entry into the field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with opportunities for career advancement.

    Earn in as few as:

    12 months1

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hospitals
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Assisted living centers
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Outpatient/ambulatory care centers
    • Home health care services
    • Clinics
    • Physician's offices
  • Associate’s Degree: Nursing (ADN/RN)

    Start here if:

    You want to become a registered nurse (RN) and are looking for ways to leverage your LPN license, or want RN to be your first nursing credential.

    Earn in as few as:

    12 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
    Or in as few as 21 months (ADN/RN)1

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hospitals
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Clinics
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Nursing (RN to BSN or BSN)

    Next step:

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

    View RN to BSN details >

    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.

    View BSN details >

    Finish in as few as:

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

    *Already an LPN? Our LPN to RN Bridge program helps LPNs become RNs faster, further decreasing your time to program completion.

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hospitals
    • Clinical Practice
    • Administration
    • Nursing Education
    • Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Degrees: Nursing (MSN & DNP)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    You want to influence present and future healthcare as a nursing leader. You have the choice of three MSN specializations that allow you to define your career course:

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

    We also offer an online MSN Nurse Practitioner (NP) program if you're interested in making a positive impact as a nurse practitioner with the choice of four specializations:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in the healthcare system, public health care 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

    View DNP details >

    Career Opportunities:

    MSN:

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

    DNP:

    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nursing Administrator
    • Director of Public Health and Policy
    • Government or Policy Activist

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 months1 for an estimated $24,335. You could also save up to $2,000 with the LPN Care Grant.2

$345 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
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$19,320 total tuition
+ $5,015 total fees
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$24,335 estimated total program cost
$2,000 LPN Care Grant
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$22,335 estimated total program cost with grant

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

Learn more about the financial aid cost of attendance (COA).

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our hybrid on-campus and online LPN program is designed to be more affordable with transfer credits, self-directed assessments, loans and grants like the LPN Care Grant, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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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 take a look at some of the common skills and responsibilities of this role along with places they might work. Read more

Admission Requirements

At Rasmussen University Nursing school, there are no prerequisite courses in order to apply and there are no wait lists at many campuses. Students will need to pass the TEAS entrance exam or have a conferred Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree with a GPA of 2.25 or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning as recognized by the US Department of Education or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. 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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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Nursing Information Sessions

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

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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 self-directed assessments, loans for those who qualify, scholarships and more.

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 you complete the national council licensure examination to help you become a practical nurse.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

ACEN requires that student achievement data be made publicly accessible. The published data is consistent with the ACEN Criterion, ACEN Accreditation Manual Glossary and the program’s expected level of achievement (ELA).

View Student Achievement Data below. Data includes each campus' NCLEX-PN Pass Rate and Program Completion Rate.

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    Practical Nursing Outcomes Rates at Rasmussen University campuses

    Campus and ProgramNCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a Program Completion Rate 2a
    Campus and Program: Rasmussen University – Central Pasco Practical Nursing Diploma 7 NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a : 100.00% Program Completion Rate 2a : 13.6%
    Campus and Program: Rasmussen University – Eagan Practical Nursing Diploma 8 NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a : 65.15% Program Completion Rate 2a : 29.6%
    Campus and Program: Rasmussen University – Mankato Practical Nursing Diploma 9 NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a : 88.24% Program Completion Rate 2a : 24.2%
    Campus and Program: Rasmussen University – Moorhead Practical Nursing Diploma 10 NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a : 65.00% Program Completion Rate 2a : 20.0%
    Campus and Program: Rasmussen University – St. Cloud Practical Nursing Diploma 11 NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 1a : 75.00% Program Completion Rate 2a : 30.0%
    • 1a NCLEX Pass Rate is based on First-Time Candidates taking the licensure exam in 2023.
    • 2a Program Completion Rate reflects students who completed the program in no more than 100% of the stated program length beginning with the enrollment in the first nursing course taken between October 2021 and July 2022.

Where Can I Find an LPN Program Near Me?

Our Diploma in Practical Nursing program is a hybrid on-campus and online LPN program experience offered in Florida and Minnesota. Click below to find an LPN program near you.

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 2020 to 2030; with a national projected job growth of 9%, which is much faster than average and translates to an estimated 65,700 new jobs.5

  • What is the NCLEX-PN® exam?

    The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a nationwide licensing exam for nurses, and the NCLEX-PN®3 is the examination for practical nursing that students must successfully complete in order to start working as licensed practical nurses.

    Upon completion of the program, students can pursue the national council licensing exam and pursue a practical nurse career or additional education.

  • Where can I work as an LPN?

    As an LPN, you can work in long-term care settings, assisted living centers, in-home health care services, 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 usually earn an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN). They typically have a greater variety of job opportunities in the work environment by passing the NCLEX-RN and becoming registered nurses (RNs). 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.

    Both practical nurses and registered nurses need to successfully complete the national council licensure examination.

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

  • What kind of student support services are available?

    At Rasmussen University, we’re here to help. Support services include academic advising, tutoring, financial aid for those who qualify, 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 and student body 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.

  • What are the prerequisites for the program?

    You need a high school diploma, but unlike many other nursing schools, there are no prerequisite courses in order to enroll. There are also no wait lists at many campuses for qualified applicants. 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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