Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Diploma Program

What Is Practical Nursing?

Practical Nursing, often referred to as Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN), is a very rewarding career and many are even considered as heroes in their communities. Practical Nurses have the power to change lives through their actions and are typically responsible for:
  • Providing basic nursing care and being responsible for patient comfort.
  • Checking blood pressure, changing bandages or other patient needs.
  • Monitoring and reporting patient vitals to doctors and other medical staff.
  • Under certain circumstances, administering medications.

What Career Options Are Available in Practical Nursing?

Practical Nursing offers a wonderful career and depending on your goals may be a stepping-stone to even more opportunities in the future. Licensed Practical Nurses may find employment in the following environments:
  • Nursing HomesPhysician Offices
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Clinics
  • And many more!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for Licensed Practical Nurses is expected to increase by 9% between 2020 and 2030.1

What You Will Learn in a Practical Nursing Program

One of the most common paths to become a Licensed Practical Nurse is through a diploma program. This approach provides invaluable lessons that aid in preparing for the NCLEX exam and help you launch a career in practical nursing. Our diploma program can be completed in just 14 months and has been carefully designed to:
  • Provide necessary training to pass the NCLEX exam.
  • Studies in anatomy, pharmacology and nutrition.
  • Course work in clinical skills, critical thinking, medical ethics and nursing care.
  • How to create a safe environment for patients, family and the community.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 14 months

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After you complete the Practical Nursing Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Healthcare Administration Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 21 months total to get an associate degree.

1, retrieved 1/10/2022.