Earn a PN diploma in Akron and become possible
- Program length: as few as 12 months
- Transfer up to 27 approved credits
- Take hands-on, practical classes on-campus in Akron, Ohio
- Graduate and become eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam
- Pathways to further your nursing education (ASN, BSN, MSN)
What you'll learn in the Herzing University PN diploma program
The practical nursing program at Herzing University in Akron, Ohio provides theoretical, academic and clinical instruction in many different types of nursing to bridge the patient lifespan: including surgical, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric, and mental health.
Over the course of the program, you will learn the basics of nursing procedures, measuring vital signs, administering medication, and develop communication skills necessary to easily collaborate with other healthcare providers.
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*Average number of months for students to complete program
Required Nursing Courses
A minimum of 28.00 semester credit hours is required.
Required General Education Courses
Students enrolled in this practical nursing program must complete a minimum of 8.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines.
The following nursing support course must be completed with a grade of "B" (80%) or better. Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.
Personal and Professional Development Courses
1.00 semester credit hours are required.
To be considered for admission into the Practical Nursing program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and meet any of the below requirements:
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and meet the minimum composite score on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS score must be from within three years of anticipated date of matriculation
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a minimum score of 19 on the ACT
- Cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher (no entrance test!)
* Students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with a GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
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Enrolling in a LPN program is step #1 to starting your new career
Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse happens in 4 steps:
- Enroll in the Herzing University practical nursing program
- Graduate and get your PN diploma
- Take and pass the NCLEX-PN to get licensed
- Find your first job!
How long does it take to become an LPN?
The Herzing University LPN program can take as little as 12 months to complete. After your training and earning your PN diploma, all that’s left for you is passing the NCLEX-PN exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in the state of Ohio.
How much do LPN's make in Ohio?
Licensed Practical Nurses in Ohio earn an average annual salary of $43,430 per year ($20.88 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LPN’s in the top 10% of the profession on average earn $55,680 and up. The job outlook in the coming years is looking positive, with a projected increase in employment of 12% from 2016-2026. Learn about how much an LPN makes and compare against other similar positions in healthcare.
Becoming a LPN now puts you in position to be very qualified for a career in high demand for the years ahead.
I want to become a registered nurse (RN). Do I need more than a diploma in practical nursing?
Yes—you’ll need at least an associate’s degree in nursing to become a registered nurse, although we encourage you to pursue a bachelor's degree if you’re serious about becoming a RN. Hospitals and medical facilities are more often recommending or outright requiring nurses to earn their BSN degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Quite simply, yes! A PN diploma and a job as a LPN is a great way to quickly get involved in the nursing profession and get a better feel for what it means to be a nurse. Earning your diploma helps get you into a career with above average pay, and can springboard you into the next level of nursing education should you choose to continue advancing your education and career.
We can help you come to a better determination. Send us a request for more information and we can answer any questions you have about the LPN program, and discuss how beneficial it can be for you to become a LPN.
You may find some programs offering 6 month or 9 month paths to a PN diploma. Be mindful that accelerated diploma/degree programs aren’t for everyone and such a fast track can be overwhelming. If you’re considering a few months’ difference in time as a tipping point in your decision, remember the quality of your education is most important!
Herzing University’s 1-year PN diploma program gets you an excellent hands-on education in a short amount of time. You’ll learn the foundational concepts and skills in nursing needed to excel in your new career as an LPN.
No, there are no accredited LPN programs that are 100% online. LPN programs describing themselves as “online” will offer a hybrid option where you can take some classes online to supplement your primary classroom coursework.
Students enrolled in the Herzing LPN program may complete general education courses online—but the bulk of the coursework must be completed on campus.
Ultimately there is no replacement for real hands-on clinical experience, practice in simulation labs and direct in-person support from nursing instructors with real healthcare experience. Learning the skills required to become an LPN requires the live educational experience to become an excellent Licensed Practical Nurse.
Because many hospitals are upping their educational requirements for nurses in general, the demand for LPNs in hospitals is falling relative to registered nurses with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
However, any claim they are being “phased out” isn’t accurate. LPNs remain in demand in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care and many other environments. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job opportunities for LPNs will rise approximately 11% from 2018 to 2028.
The landscape is changing, but LPNs remain a vital contributor in the nursing community.
Considering a career as an LPN?
Your first step is to get a hands-on education to learn the fundamentals of nursing in a career-focused program. Herzing University's practical nursing program combines classwork with clinical experiences to help you earn your diploma and prepare you to become an LPN in as few as 12 months. Our program is available at five of our ground campuses:
Although the majority of LPNs work in nursing homes, retirement communities or assisted living facilities, many LPNs work in:
- Physician's offices
- Insurance carriers
- Home care
- Community food and housing
You can see a full industry profile for Licensed Practical Nurses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Potential employers may prefer a candidate with experience as a CNA, but it’s not necessarily a requirement for getting a job as an LPN.
There is no prerequisite to be a CNA before enrolling in the Herzing University LPN program.
While RNs and LPNs often work together in collaboration in hospitals and other healthcare facilities, their roles and responsibilities are very different. Learn more about the biggest differences between practical nurses (LPN/LVN) and registered nurses (RN).
LPN coursework is meant to be challenging, but not impossible. As a Herzing student you’ll find support every step of the way, from faculty, staff, instructors and other students enrolled in the program. You’re never alone—and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
Learn more about how hard nursing school is at Herzing University, and read some testimonials from former students describing their experience.
Come visit our Akron campus for a personalized look at our LPN program to get a feel for the school and our learning environment. We are located on the south side of Akron just west of the airport.
1600 South Arlington St, 100
Akron, Ohio 44306
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