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Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Madison, WI

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CLASSES START
Sep 4th

12 Mo.

Program Length

37

Credits

On-campus

Format

Hands-on

Training

Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Madison, WI

Earn your practical nursing diploma with Herzing University in Madison

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 27 approved credits
FormatOnline general education classes + core on-campus courses at our Madison, WI campus
PathwaysPathways to further your nursing education (BSN, MSN)
QuickPathsTransfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University

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Practical Nursing (LPN prep) - Madison

Practical Nursing Diploma Program - Madison, WI

The Diploma in Practical Nursing is a 37-credit career diploma program which prepares you to begin your nursing career as a practical nurse. 

The Madison campus program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in medical-surgical nursing, growth and development, pharmacology for nurses, and practical hands-on experience.

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Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

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Flexible schedule

We work hard to help you maintain school-life balance, striving to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

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Experienced faculty

Get face-to-face instruction from experienced and credentialed faculty with real-world success in the field.

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Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

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Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start September 4th

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Curriculum

Madison practical nursing program classes & curriculum details

Utilizing theoretical, academic and clinical instruction, our practical nursing program prepares you with the skills and knowledge need to sit for the NCLEX-PN and become an LPN. 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 collaborate with other healthcare providers.

The curriculum includes general education courses you can complete online, and required nursing courses you will complete at our campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Diploma in Practical Nursing1237

i. 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.

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

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 the following criteria based on your cumulative GPA:

Cumulative GPAiScience RequirementTEASii
3.50–4.00NoneNone
3.00–3.49"B" or better in Anatomy & PhysiologyiiiNone
2.00 and higherNoneComposite TEAS of 48

i. Students with 18 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Otherwise, the high school GPA will be used.

ii. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI).

iii. Students in the 3.00-3.49 GPA range who do not meet this requirement must earn a composite score of 48 on the TEAS.

Classes Start September 4th

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Career Pathways

Discover career pathways in nursing

Licensed practical nurses provide basic nursing care under the direction of Registered Nurses (RN) and physicians in hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and other types of healthcare facilities. Your duties include taking vital signs, changing bandages, updating patient records, keeping patients comfortable, and other tasks as permitted by the regulations in your state of practice.

LPN represents an excellent starting point for students looking to begin working as a nurse fast and build a strong foundation to pursue future career opportunities, including RN.

How can I go from LPN to RN? We offer multiple pathways for LPNs to bridge to RN, a career for which you need to earn either an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. You may go from LPN to BSN with Herzing University - Madison and decrease the time you need to earn an undergraduate nursing degree and qualify for the NCLEX-RN.

Job outlook

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of licensed practical and vocational nurses (LPN/LVN) is expected to rise 9% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.*

Now is an excellent time to pursue a degree qualifying you for jobs in a growing field with numerous opportunities for career advancement.

Natalie Hassan Became Possible

Experienced PN program faculty helped Natalie both professionally and personally, changing her life for the better in many ways.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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 5% from 2022-2032.*

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 several 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
  • 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.

Apply now!

You may find some programs offering 6 month or 9 month paths to a PN diploma to become an LPN. 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.

While Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) 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).

No, there are no accredited PN 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 PN 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.

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 PN program, and discuss how beneficial it can be for you to become a LPN.

PN program 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.

While practical nurses (LPN) and medical assistants often perform similar tasks, there are a few key differences to be aware of, including:

  • Educational requirements
  • Average salary
  • Scope of practice
  • Ongoing career opportunities
  • Future outlook for jobs

Learn more about the difference between practical nursing and medical assisting and how to go from MA to LPN.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earn an average salary of $60,790 per year ($29.23 per hour).* Discover the average salary for a licensed practical nurse broken down by state.

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 (same goes for going from CNA to RN).

You aren't required to go from CNA to LPN and there is no prerequisite to be a CNA before enrolling in the Herzing University PN program.

Disclosures

Accreditations

Accreditations & Disclosures

The Diploma in Practical Nursing program at the Madison location is approved 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 are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing the exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a licensed practical nurse.

Effective January 24, 2023, this practical nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on January 24, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000; View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.com/candidates/candidacy.asp. Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissions granting initial accreditation.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

View Herzing University Accreditation and Approvals

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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Herzing University - Madison

5218 E Terrace Dr
Madison, Wisconsin 53178
(608) 807-1909

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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Practical Nursing (LPN prep) Madison Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$525.00
Base Tuition$19,425.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (27 x $525.00 )(-$14,175.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$5,250.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$800.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$545.00
Estimated Total Fee*$2,690.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
32
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3710
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$23,460.00$7,940.00
Estimated Savings*
$15,520.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants who attended a college or university that closed within the last 12 months and were attending within 120 days of the school closure date

Requirements

Must be enrolled in a comparable program at Herzing University, submit a copy of an official transcript from the closed school, and complete the Closed School Discharge Disclosure

Who Can Apply

The Crisis Support Grant is an emergency grant for active students experiencing a financial crisis

Requirements

GPA requirements must be met. All applicants must be actively enrolled in a degree-seeking program, have a record of good conduct, and financial standing with the university

Who Can Apply

All Herzing University students are eligible to apply via the formal application process outlined below. Students must apply prior to the start of either semester in their last academic year before graduation. The application period is open during the summer semester.

Requirements

An application including a personal statement, letters of recommendation, and examples of community service is required. In addition, the scholarship review committee may review GPA and unmet financial need as part of eligibility criteria.

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need and are unable to cover the cost of attendance with alternative resources in their final academic year

Requirements

Must submit an application and have used all financial resources in the final academic year resulting in a gap in financial resources

Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Dean's List and President's list students

Requirements

Must be enrolled in an Associate or Bachelor program, on the Dean's or President's list, and submit an application.

Who Can Apply

This program designed to provide financial supprot to nursing students while in school that are williing to work in a critical shortage facility after graduation.

Requirements

Must be a U.S. citizen (born or naturalized), a national, or a permanent resident; accepted or enrolled as a student in a nursing degree program at a United States accredited school of nursing; begin classes no later than September 30; do not have any federal overdue federal loan debt, judgment liens, or existing service commitment.

Who Can Apply

Must be a Herzing graduate who has re-enrolled in a higher-level degree and remain enrolled in the desired program

Requirements

Must be enrolled at least half-time for the duration of the program

Who Can Apply

Must be an international student attending HU through an agreement with a school/agency in your home country

Requirements

Must either be attending a resident campus as F-1 student or enrolled in an online modality study through an established school partnership

Who Can Apply

Must be an eligible AmeriCorps Alumni who is enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree seeking program

Requirements

Must submit a payment request for an eligible institution through their individual account in 'My AmeriCorps'

Who Can Apply

Yellow ribbon may be given to veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate for Post-911

Requirements

100% CH 33 eligible

Who Can Apply

Honorably discharged veterans, severely injured servicemembers, family members of Active Duty Servicemembers and Severely Injured Servicemembers, active duty servicemembers in graduate-level programs, dependents of deceased servicemembers, public safety and first responder personnel

Requirements

Proof of Veteran (DD-214), Active Duty, or injured status is required. 

Proof of active and current employment as public safety personnel or first responder

Who Can Apply

Active Duty Servicemembers in undergraduate programs and National Guard or Reserves activated or actively training and drilling in preparation for potential activation

Requirements

Proof of active duty status is required

Who Can Apply

ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment with a score of 78+ MSN: must have a 3.8+ GPA upon entering the program.

Requirements

Applicants in the ASN and BSN, must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled. 

Applicants in the MSN program must maintain a 3.5 GPA.

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program.

Requirements

Proof of active and current employment or association with partner organization

Who Can Apply

Recipients must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program for the Fall with a Herzing University campus located within Wisconsin.

Requirements

Applicant's background must reflect one or more of the components as determined by the UPS Foundation and CIC's First Opportunity Program: first generation student, low-income, minority; or new American student.

Who Can Apply

The program is designed to provide financial support for women that demonstrate leadership potential, initiative, and excellent communication skills and are pursuing a career or have an interest in public service, government, and/or the political process.

Requirements

To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must be actively enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student in good academic standing and plan to enroll in the Fall. In addition, an applicant must be a female resident of Wisconsin and have a financial need as determined by Herzing University based on eligibility for the Pell Grant.

Who Can Apply

Rath Distinguished Scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, merit, and leadership.

Requirements

Must be an actively enrolled student in good standing. If an entering first year student, the scholarship applicants must have graduated among the top 25 percent of their high school class. If a sophomore, junior, or senior, applicants must have demonstrated academic excellence by maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent). In addition, scholarship recipients are to demonstrate strong campus and community leadership. Applicants must be enrolled through the Fall semester. Scholars must be U.S. citizens; Wisconsin residents preferred.


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Current tuition rates for all programs are effective through the Summer 2024 semester.