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January 02, 2019

Finish in as few as

12 months1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Earning your Diploma in Practical Nursing can open up career opportunities by expanding your skills. This Nursing program is largely hands-on and campus-based, but with online coursework, onsite clinicals and career-focused nursing training that work alongside your busy schedule. This Practical Nursing program is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] Employment conditions in your area may vary.

After this credential

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

Sit for the NCLEX-PN Exam

Taught by experienced and skilled nurse faculty, our curriculum prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-PN national certification exam. That means you can earn the licensure you need to become a confident LPN.

Launch a Career as a Practicing LPN

Our LPN program graduates, upon licensure, are able to start their nursing career and work for leaders in the following industries: assisted living, clinics, home healthcare, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for licensed practical and vocational nurses is 12%.2 A Practical Nursing Diploma from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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What Skills Will I Gain?

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.

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 parents' health.

Experience Across Healthcare Settings

Gain valuable experience across a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, home healthcare, clinics, nursing homes and hospice care.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Will I Take?

    Introduction to Practical Nursing

    • PRN 1086
    • Hybrid
    • 2 Credits

    Emphasizes key concepts of practical nursing, including expectations and scope of practice in diverse healthcare settings. Includes aspects of patient-centered care based upon evidence and quality.

    Fundamentals of Practical Nursing

    • PRN 1192
    • Hybrid
    • 6 Credits

    Focuses on the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. Includes a theory, laboratory and clinical component.

    Family Nursing

    • PRN 1932
    • Hybrid
    • 6 Credits

    Imparts 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. Consists of both a theory and clinical component.


What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Entrance Requirements

To learn about entrance requirements and receive help planning your career path, attend a Nursing Information Session where you’ll learn about TEAS scores, background checks and immunizations.

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Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. A Nursing Information Session will review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money, expedite graduation.

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Help Paying for College

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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Class Locations

Where Will I Take These Classes?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.

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