Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Take the leap into your new career as a nurse

One of the quickest ways to start your career in nursing is earning your diploma in Practical Nursing. The Herzing University LPN program provides a hands-on education preparing you to become a LPN and get your first job as a nurse.

How long is the Herzing University LPN program in Brookfield?

You’ll build the real-world skills and confidence to be on your way to a nursing career in as few as 12 months (1 year), fully prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses exam (NCLEX-PN) and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

As a Herzing University practical nursing student, you will:

  • Practice in simulation labs
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience
  • Learn from nursing instructors with real healthcare experience

Herzing University Brookfield staff & faculty actively support you every step of the way. Our mission is to empower you to become better at what you do, earn your PN diploma and find success in your new career.

Classes start May 5.
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Careers

Enrolling in a LPN program is step #1 to starting your new career

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse happens in 4 steps:

  1. Enroll in the Herzing University practical nursing program
  2. Graduate and get your PN diploma
  3. Take and pass the NCLEX-PN to get licensed
  4. 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 Wisconsin.

How much do LPN's make in Wisconsin?

Licensed Practical Nurses in Wisconsin earn an average annual salary of $45,290 per year ($21.77 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LPN’s in the top 10% of the profession on average earn $57,460 and up. The job outlook in the coming years is looking positive, with a projected increase in employment of 12% from 2016-2026. Learn more about how much licensed practical nurses can make and how it compares to 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. If you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you may consider our accelerated BSN program in Brookfield if you're serious about becoming a registered nurse (RN).

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Curriculum

What you'll learn in the Herzing University PN diploma program

The practical nursing program at Herzing University in Brookfield, Wisconsin provides theoretical, academic and clinical instruction in many different types of nursing to bridge the patient lifespan:

  • Surgical
  • Obstetric
  • Pediatric
  • Geriatric
  • Mental health

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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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Requirements

Applying for the PN Program at Herzing University in Brookfield

Here are the requirements to be considered for admission into our Brookfield Practical Nursing program:

  • Completion of high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, high school equivalency (HSD or GED) or college cumulative GPA of 2.0 with 12 or more college credits
  • Take the TEAS and achieve the minimum composite score
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:

Apply now!

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

Although the majority of LPNs work in nursing homes, retirement communities or assisted living facilities, many LPNs work in:

  • Physician's offices
  • Hospitals
  • Colleges
  • 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.

Answer:

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:

Answer:

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.

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at the Brookfield Campus is approved to admit by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing (1400 East Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53703, 608-266-2112, https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/BoardsCouncils/Nursing/Default.aspx). Consequently, graduates of the Practical Nursing program are eligible to apply for authorization to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at the Brookfield Campus does not have specialized programmatic accreditation. New and current students should not plan on the program having said accreditation at the time they graduate. Some employers may prefer applicants from programs that have programmatic accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decisions.

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Come visit our Brookfield campus for a personalized look at our LPN program to get a feel for the school and our learning environment. We are located near Milwaukee, about 20 minutes west of downtown just north of I-94.

Brookfield Campus

15895 W. Bluemound Road
Brookfield, WI 53005

 (262) 457-7624

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