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.
- Classes include the fundamentals of nursing, adult health, psychology, and health and illness through the lifespan
- Small class sizes with excellent access to nursing faculty
- Take general education classes online
- Pathways to continue your nursing education: step towards the next level in nursing with an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
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.
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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.
Most courses are delivered on-campus in Tampa; you may complete general education courses online.
|Diploma in Practical Nursing - Tampa||12||1,350|
i. Average number of months for students to complete program
1,245 Clock Hours/35 Semester Credit Hours are required
The following nursing core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (76%) or better. Students who fail 2 or more core courses are subject to dismissal from the nursing program. Two withdrawals (W) are equivalent to one failure when determining academic progress. 75.00 clock hours/2 semester credits 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. 30.00 clock hours/1 semester credits are required.
Nursing Program Support Courses
Personal and Professional Development Courses
1,245 Clock Hours/35 Semester Credit Hours are required The following nursing core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (76%) or better. Students who fail 2 or more core courses are subject to dismissal from the nursing program. Two withdrawals (W) are equivalent to one failure when determining academic progress.
75.00 clock hours/2 semester credits 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.
30.00 clock hours/1 semester credits 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 the following criteria based on your cumulative GPA:
|Cumulative GPAi||Science Requirement||TEASii|
|3.00–3.49||"B" or better in Anatomy & Physiologyiii||None|
|2.00 and higher||None||Composite 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.
How to start your career as a practical nurse
Becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Florida requires taking these steps:
- Enroll in a practical nursing program
- Graduate and earn your diploma
- Take and pass the NCLEX-PN to get licensed
- 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).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to rise 9% from 2020-2030, 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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 PN program.
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 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).
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.
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 2020 to 2030.*
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:
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 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.
Accreditation & Disclosures
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. 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.