Begin your journey toward a nursing career
Develop the skills and confidence to begin your nursing career in the Herzing University Practical Nursing Programs and prepare to earn your Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certification. Through classroom instruction led by nursing instructors with real-healthcare experience and practice in our simulation labs and hands-on clinical experience, you'll emerge from our program fully prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses exam (NCLEX-PN) and become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Becoming a LPN is a great way to start your career as a nursing professional and a step along the pathway toward earning your Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and even your Master's. Herzing's nursing faculty and dedicated support staff can help you from your first step and throughout your career.
How long will the LPN prep program take?
It typically takes students 12 months to complete the LPN program and earn the Diploma in Practical Nursing.
How can I take The Next Step?
Working as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
As a LPN, you will work closely with patients, Registered Nurses and physicians in a wide variety of healthcare settings; including hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, hospice, and urgent care clinics. LPNs have a lot of responsibility, which may include:
- Administering prescribed medications or starting intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.^
- Observing patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.^
- Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.^
- Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiration.^
- Provide basic patient care or treatments, such as taking temperatures or blood pressures, dressing wounds, treating bedsores, giving enemas or douches, rubbing with alcohol, massaging, or performing catheterizations.^
With a Herzing education you'll be on the pathway to further your education as a Registered Nurse (RN). Completing the LPN program also prepares you to move into the Herzing RN Program.
What You'll Learn
Courses in the LPN program include the fundamentals of:
- Adult Health
- Health and Illness Through the Lifespan
You'll develop a foundation of nursing skills, an understanding of ethical and legal issues, and the necessary skills for communication in a professional healthcare setting.
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Admission decisions vary by campus and program, but here are some of the firm requirements:
- Completion of high school or equivalency (Diploma, HSED or GED)
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.5 cumulative GPA)
- Take the TEAS and meet the minimum requirements
- Completion of one semester of high school- or collegiate-level math, biology, and chemistry with a grade of "C" or better