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Practical Nursing (Certificate)

The Practical Nursing certificate program is designed to prepare you for a successful Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) career in the dynamic health care field.

The 12-month, full-time program provides an exceptional education, consisting of integrated lectures, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Studying in highly personalized classes, led by expert nursing professionals, you will receive the in-depth instruction and training you need to successfully pass the NCLEX to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Continue your education in our Allied Health program, and you can complete your associate degree in Allied Health-Practical Nursing.

As the population ages, the need for skilled LPNs increases, with a 16 percent job growth projected in the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In just one year, you can complete your Practical Nursing certificate and begin an exciting and rewarding nursing career.

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Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of this program of study, graduates receiving a Practical Nursing Certificate should be able to:

  • Utilize knowledge, skill, and abilities to provide nursing care for individuals and families under the supervision of an experienced RN, physician, or dentist
  • Use the nursing process as the framework to assist in identifying and meeting the basic needs of individuals and families with diverse needs across the lifespan
  • Function within the ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice for the practical nurse as developed by national nursing organizations and the state
  • Use effective therapeutic communication, and interpersonal and technological skills with individuals, families, and members of the health care team
  • Utilize basic critical thinking skills to provide safe, therapeutic nursing care to clients
  • Collaborate with other members of the health care team to meet the basic needs of clients
  • Assist in utilization of the teaching/learning process to promote, maintain, and restore health to individuals and families
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in the long-term care setting by organizing and delegating client care under the supervision of a RN
  • Function as a patient advocate
  • Establish a pattern of personal responsibility, self-development, and life-long learning
  • Sit for the NCLEX-PN®
  • Prepare for Success
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Prepare for Success
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As a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you will have the option of starting your career as a LPN or transferring your degree to a four-year college or university.

Student Success Story
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Caitlyn Schlesinger Allied Health – Practical Nursing Graduated: December 2013

Caitlyn came to P.I.T. to pursue her college degree while already working in the nursing and healthcare fields. She had attended college elsewhere, but wanted to attend a whole new school, and fully commit to a program. She selected P.I.T. for its size and personal feel. Caitlyn’s plan included graduating with an A.S. in Allied Health degree and then completing a Practical Nursing certificate from P.I.T. She plans to continue her nursing education once she graduates from P.I.T. Knowing that her credits will transfer to a four-year school was another factor in her choice to attend P.I.T. As an Allied Health student, Caitlyn stood out as a star student, earning a perfect grade point average!

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