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Practical Nursing (PN) Program
Tampa, Florida

Become a Practical Nurse with Herzing in Tampa

  • Program length: as few as 12 months
  • Practice in simulation labs
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience
  • Preparation for the NCLEX-PN exam
  • Work with credentialed nursing instructors with real experience
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 11th
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Earn a PN diploma and start your nursing career

Looking to quickly enter the field of nursing? Practical nursing can be an excellent place to start.

The Herzing University Practical Nursing program in Tampa, Florida provides a hands-on education that prepares you to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), become an LPN and apply for your first job as a nurse.

Earn a well-rounded education that not only helps you qualify for your first entry-level job as a nurse, but serves as an excellent steppingstone to furthering your education and career.

With Herzing University your new exciting and rewarding career path IS possible.

Classes Start September 2021

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"I have three kids, I work part-time and I go to school full-time. The Herzing staff were very helpful -- the flexibility with my schedule, help with my financial aid, even if I needed a shoulder to cry on!"

Curriculum

PN diploma program classes & curriculum details

The practical nursing program at Herzing University in Tampa, Florida provides instruction in many different types of nursing to cover the patient lifespan, including theoretical, academic and clinical training.

You will learn the fundamentals of basic nursing procedures, administering medication, measuring vital signs and the communication skills necessary to collaborate with a healthcare team.

Program Months* Clock Hours
Diploma in Practical Nursing - Tampa 12 1,350

*Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses

All courses, 1,245.00 clock hours, are required.

Nursing Program Support Courses

75.00 clock hours are required. The following nursing support courses 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

30.00 clock 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 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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Careers

How to start your career as a practical nurse

Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florida requires taking these steps:

  1. Enroll in a practical nursing program
  2. Graduate and earn your diploma
  3. Take and pass the NCLEX-PN to get licensed
  4. Find your first job!

As a practical nurse you will earn valuable experience in a healthcare environment, helping you develop the skills necessary to pursue further career opportunities.

Practical nursing can be an excellent steppingstone to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN).

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to rise 9% from 2019-2029, faster than the average across all U.S. occupations.

Now is an excellent time to earn the education you need to join a healthcare career poised for excellent growth.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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).

There is no prerequisite to be a CNA before enrolling in the Herzing University LPN program.

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).

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 9% from 2019 to 2029.

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 six of our ground campuses:

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.

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.

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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.

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses earn an average salary of $48,500 per year ($23.32 per hour).* Discover the average salary for a licensed practical nurse broken down by state.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.

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.

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