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Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Orlando, FL

Calendar

CLASSES START
May 6th

12 Mo.

Program Length

37

Credits

On-campus

Format

Hands-on

Training

Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Orlando, FL

Earn a PN diploma in Orlando and become possible

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 27 approved credits
FormatOn-campus courses at our in Orlando, Florida campus
BenefitsLearn from experienced faculty with real-life experience in patient care; graduate and become eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam
QuickPathsPathways to further your nursing education (ASN, BSN, MSN); transfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University

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Join a vibrant class of students and faculty eager to help you find your way to a new career path.

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Winter Park, FL 32792
Practical Nursing (LPN prep) - Orlando

Practical Nursing Diploma Program - Orlando, FL

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 Orlando 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 May 6th

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Curriculum

Orlando practical nursing program classes & curriculum details

The practical nursing program at Herzing University in Orlando, Florida provides theoretical, academic and clinical instruction in many different types of nursing to bridge the patient lifespan, including mental health, pediatric, geriatric, obstetric and surgical care.

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.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Diploma in Practical Nursing - Orlando1237

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 March 4th

Waived Enrollment Fee

Natalie Hassan Became Possible

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

Careers

Enrolling in a PN 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 PN 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 Florida.

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 an RN.  Hospitals and medical facilities are more often recommending or outright requiring nurses to earn their BSN degree.

 

If you already have a bachelor degree in another field, you may be eligible for our accelerated BSN program in Orlando if you're serious about becoming a registered nurse (RN). That will be your fastest (yet most demanding) path.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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:

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).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earn an average salary of $55,860 per year ($26.86 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

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

Effective March 30, 2023, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on March 30, 2025.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
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 Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

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Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review by the ACEN

Herzing University wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for initial accreditation of its Practical Nursing and continuing accreditation of its Associate of Science in Nursing programs by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 3:00pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, in room 103 of the Herzing University located at 1865 State Road 436, Winter Park, Florida 32792

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:  

Dr. Kathy Chappell, Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
Or email: kchappell@acenursing.org 

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by February 19, 2024.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, 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 - Orlando

1865 SR 436
Winter Park, FL 32792
(407) 641-5227

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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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  Transfer Credits

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  Transfer Credit Hours
Practical Nursing (LPN prep) Orlando Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$18,315.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (27 x $495.00 )(-$13,365.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$4,950.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$400.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$530.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,860.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
32
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
3710
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$21,105.00$6,810.00
Estimated Savings*
$14,295.00

Available Scholarships & Loan Options

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
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

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply
  • ASN or BSN: Must have completed the TEAS Assessment Score of 78+ or Kaplan Test Score of 66+.
  • 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 3.8 GPA.
Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)

Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Orlando campus:

Sandra Swarts
Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
407-478-0500 x05806
sswarts@herzing.edu

Jocelyn O'Bannon
Director of Financial Aid
407-478-0500 x05202
jobannon@herzing.edu

DeBria Clark
Financial Aid Advisor
(407) 478-0500 ext. 05364
debclark@herzing.edu

Rosie Burgos
Financial Aid Advisor
(407) 478-0500
rburgos@herzing.edu

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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

2 

Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2023 semester.