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Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Nashville, TN

Calendar

CLASSES START
May 6th

12 Mo.

Program Length

37

Credits

On-campus

Format

Hands-on

Training

Diploma Program

Practical Nursing Program (LPN Prep)
Nashville, TN

Earn a nursing diploma with Herzing University in Nashville

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Transfer creditUp to 27 approved credits
FormatOnline general education classes + core on-campus courses at our Nashville, TN campus
PathwaysDegree pathways 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) - Nashville

Practical Nursing Diploma Program - Nashville, TN

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 Nashville campus program provides students with fundamental knowledge and skills in pharmacology for nurses, growth and development, medical-surgical nursing, introductory specialties, 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

Nashville practical nursing program classes & curriculum details

Over the course of the PN program, you will learn the basics of nursing procedures, measuring vital signs, administering medication, and developing communication skills necessary to collaborate with other healthcare providers.

Online and on-campus: The curriculum includes general education courses you can complete online, with required nursing courses you will complete at our campus in Nashville, Tennessee.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Diploma in Practical Nursing1237

i. Average number of months for students to complete program

Required Courses in Nursing

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.

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 at Herzing University - Nashville, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Meet a minimum composite score of 48 on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
  • Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor

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

Job outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of licensed practical and vocational nurses (LPN/LVN) is expected to rise 6% from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as 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.

Careers

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.

You can potentially transfer credit earned in the PN program into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the future.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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:

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 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.

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Herzing University - Nashville

100 Centerview Drive, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37214-3439
(615) 206-2858

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Accreditations

Disclosures & Accreditation

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

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

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credits.

  Transfer Credits

The program allows you to transfer up to credit hours.

  Transfer Credit Hours
Practical Nursing (LPN prep) Nashville 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

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 Nashville campus:

Millie Kelly
Sr. Financial Aid Advisor
milkelly@herzing.edu

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

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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.