Licensed Practical Nursing


Blue Cliff College’s Licensed Practical Nursing diploma program prepares students in the cognitive, psychomotor, and behavior learning domains in preparation for a career as a Practical Nurse. The curriculum is designed to challenge students to problem solve, develop critical thinking skills, and to understand the legal, ethical, moral, and cultural issues of today’s health care communities.

The LPN diploma program prepares the graduate to pursue entry-level positions in the following healthcare facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, mental health institutions, private homes, community health clinics, and public health departments.

What Does A Licensed Practical Nurse Do?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Licensed Practical Nurses perform various tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Licensed Practical Nurses may perform some or all of the following duties¹:

  • Monitor patients’ health—for example, by checking their blood pressure
  • Administer basic patient care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
  • Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

The Practical Nurse works under the direction of the Physician or Registered Nurse to provide patient care to assist with patient education, manage team nursing patient care delivery, and supervise unlicensed assistive personnel.

How Long Is the Licensed Practical Nurse Program?

The normal completion time for the 90 Quarter Credit Hour Licensed Practical Nurse Diploma program is 15 months.

What Will You Learn In the Licensed Practical Nurse Program?

Training in our Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program in Louisiana includes:
  • Introduction to Practical Nursing
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1
  • Anatomy and Physiology 2
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Computer Applications for Allied Health
  • Medical Terminology 1
  • Medical Terminology 2
  • Ethics of Patient Care
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Practical Nurse Fundamentals
  • Practical Nurse Fundamentals Lab
  • Pharmacology and Medication Delivery
  • Applied Math for Nursing -Dosage Calculations
  • Geriatric Nursing
  • Geriatric Nursing Clinical
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 1
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 1 Clinical
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 2
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 2 Clinical
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 3
  • Medical Surgical Nursing & Pathophysiology 3 Clinical
  • Maternal & Newborn Nursing
  • Maternal & Newborn Nursing Clinical
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing Clinical
  • Pediatric Nursing Capstone
  • Principles of Mental Health Nursing
  • Principles of Mental Health Nursing Clinical
  • IV Therapy
  • Professional Development
Upon successful completion of the program and all other graduation requirements, a diploma in Practical Nursing will be awarded and graduates will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PNTM exam.

Where Do Licensed Practical Nurses Work?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Licensed Practical Nurses typically work full time². The top five employers of Licensed Practical Nurses are:
  • 38% – Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
  • 14% – Local, Private, or State Hospitals
  • 13% – Physician’s Offices
  • 12% – Home Healthcare Services
  • 7% – Government

What Is The Job Outlook For Licensed Practical Nurses?

The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Licensed Practical Nurses to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030³.

Campuses in Louisiana with the Licensed Practical Nursing Diploma Program

The Licensed Practical Nursing diploma program is available at the following Blue Cliff College campus locations:

More About Careers In Licensed Practical Nurse

For more information about a career in Licensed Practical Nursing, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

Standard Occupational Code (SOC): 29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP): 51.3901 Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

Learn more about Licensed Practical Nurse programs in Louisiana and licensing requirements here: Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

Program Specific Application Requirements

In order to be admitted to the LPN program at Blue Cliff College, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Provide a High School Diploma or GED Certificate. Transcripts are required.
  • Provide a certified copy of their birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, permanent resident card, or naturalized certificate.
  • Complete a personal interview with an Admissions Representative and appointed PN program faculty
  • Be in good health and physically able to perform the duties and techniques required for employment in the student’s field of interest
  • Have the financial resources necessary to complete the program of study
  • Disclose any and all felony convictions and/or professional license revocations or suspensions to the college during the application process; additional information may be required
  • Not currently serving under any court-imposed order of supervised probation, work-release, school release or parole in conjunction with any felony conviction(s), plea agreement or any agreement pursuant to the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure (Article 893)
  • Acceptable placement exam score from one of the listed placement exams.
  • Be fingerprinted
  • Provide proof of health insurance

Licensing Information and Accreditation

Blue Cliff College maintains current certification and accreditation so you know you’re learning skills that are valued in your field. We are:

  • Licensed by Mississippi Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration, License No. C–110
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the US Department of Education.

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