The Associate of Occupational Studies in Practical Nursing program combines classroom learning with hands-on training in onsite labs and real-world clinical rotations–helping you start your nursing career much sooner than most traditional programs.
Upon completion of our Practical Nursing program, you will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and work in settings such as private medical and nursing care facilities, home health care organizations, public hospitals, and more.
With small class sizes that provide individual attention to each student, convenient class schedules, industry-experienced instructors, and career services to help you secure a new job, Platt College is ready to help you gain the skills needed to start a new career as a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse.
Training to Become a Practical Nurse
In the Practical Nursing program, you can learn how to become a vital member of a healthcare team, and develop the skills to work in such settings as private medical and nursing care facilities, home health care organizations, public hospitals, and more. Some of the courses that you may expect include:
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Human Development
- Medical Terminology
What Does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?
Licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Upon completion of our Practical Nursing program, you may be eligible to sit for the NCLEX exam and work in settings such as private medical and nursing care facilities, home healthcare organizations, public hospitals, and more.
- Maintain patient health records
- Monitor and notate a patient’s progress
- Report patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses and doctors
- Review patient information to assess their condition and adjust treatment as needed
You may work with the office manager on a daily basis to ensure the administrative functions of the medical office remain up-to-date. You may also be required to use specialized software to run equipment or to electronically record tests results and other information in the patient’s charts.
- Measuring vital signs
- Interview and examine patients
- Administer basic patient care including changing bandages and inserting catheters
- Collect samples for testing
- Do routine laboratory tests
Licensed Practical Nurses and Licensed Vocational Nurses duties may vary based on work environment.
- Feed patients who need help eating
- Provide basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress
- Discuss the care they are providing with patients and listen to their concerns
- Reiterate how family should care for a relative
LPNs play a crucial role in delivering effective healthcare services. They are the smiling faces and caring hands that often serve as the main point of contact for patients in hospitals and physicians’ offices around the country.
Practical Nursing Requirements
In order to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse, you must complete an approved educational program and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). You must pass the exam to get a license and work as an LPN or LVN.
Is Practical Nursing a Good Career for me?
How do you know if a career as a Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurse is good for you? Here are some things to consider:
- Are you compassionate and patient?
- Are you detail oriented?
- Do you enjoy interacting with people?
- Are you comfortable standing or bending over patients for long periods of time?
If you answered yes, then training as an LPN/LVN may be a good career choice for you.
How Much Money Do Licensed Practical Nurses Make?
According to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses earn a median salary of $46,240. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $33,680, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,160*. These wages can vary based on your position, your schedule, and your individual duties in the office.
The Platt College Practical Nursing program can prepare you for an entry-level position. Additionally, you might be eligible for a variety of benefits, such as vacation or sick time, flexible working hours, insurance, and a stable work/life balance. Each Practical Nursing position is different so it is a good idea to weigh all your options when presented with a position so that you accept an offer in a setting you will be successful in.
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse Career Outlook
Practical Nursing is a fast growing field and according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey, expected growth in the field is 12% from 2016 to 2026*. This growth is faster than the average for all occupations.
With the population aging, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. The demand for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses may increase primarily in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients.
LPNs and LVNs may be needed to assist and care for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, as they have become more prevalent in recent years.
Where Can Licensed Practical Nurses Work?
As a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse, you have the potential to work anywhere in the country. You may find employment in:
- Nursing facilities
- Residential care facilities
- Physician offices
- Home healthcare services
As a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse, you need to be able to stand for long periods of time as well as work some evenings, nights and weekends depending on where you are employed.
Oklahoma Practical Nursing Program Locations at Platt College
Are you ready to enroll in our Practical Nursing program? You can find classes at:
- Tulsa, OK
Get Started Today!
Turn your passion for helping people into a career with our Practical Nursing program. Our small classes, industry-experienced instructors, and externships allow you to gain the skills you need to be successful in this growing field. To get started, call 877-392-6616 or request information to speak with an Admissions Representative, who can answer your questions about our Practical Nursing program.
Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See the school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses