Course Description
The Practical Nursing program is an 11-month program for those having a high school diploma or equivalent. Classes meet five days a week, seven hours a day during regular school hours. Their clinical hours vary.

Course Title Credits Hours
Trimester 1
NSG 101 Personal and Vocational Concepts 2 41
NSG 104 Anatomy and Physiology 6 95
NSG 110 Fundamentals of Nursing 10 228
NSG 106 Nutrition 3 50
NSG 105 Growth, Development, and Maturation throughout the Life Span 3 50
NSG 108 Administration of Medications 2 72
NSG 109 IV Therapy 2 48
Trimester 2
NSG 120 Nursing of Adults I (Nursing of Elderly integrated) 8 210
NSG 122 Pharmacology 3 50
NSG 128 Maternal and Newborn Nursing 4 84
NSG 125 Mental Wellness/Illness 3 66
Trimester 3
NSG 130 Nursing of Adults II (Nursing of Elderly integrated) 8 210
NSG 132 Nursing of Children 4 79
NSG 131 Leadership and Management 2 92
NSG 134 Nursing In-Service/Review 7 115
Total Program Credits/Hours: 67 1,490

Job Placement
Once you’ve learned the skills, our team of instructors and placement specialist will assist you in landing that first job in the nursing field. Our placement record for LPNs since the school opened in 1973 has been excellent. See below for our recent placement results.

  • 2009 – 95%
  • 2010 – 96%
  • 2011 – 100%
  • 2012 – 91%
  • 2013 – 95%
  • 2014 – 82%
  • 2015 – 93%
  • 2016 – 100%

Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
The scope of practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse focuses on meeting the health care needs of patients/clients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices and in the home. Licensed Practical Nurses work under the direction of the professional Registered Nurse and/or a licensed physician.

Purpose
The purpose of practical nurse education is to help the student acquire those attitudes, skills and knowledge essential to the role of a competent practical nurse.

Missouri Job Outlook
Employment for LPNs is projected to increase to 16,837 by 2018. It is estimated that an average of 925 openings will be created largely by persons leaving the workforce and 320 new positions..

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level LPNs in Missouri is $31,560 ($15.17/hr.) to an average of $41,790($20.09/hr.) for experienced LPNs.

Selection

All interested persons must first schedule and successfully pass the HESI Admission Assessment Exam at Pike-Lincoln. An admissions packet including an application, official transcripts, three (3) references, immunizations, etc. must be completed and reviewed by the admissions committee for acceptance into the program. Each candidate’s file is evaluated to determine if criteria have been met. Candidates with completed files may be scheduled for an interview with the admissions committee. Students are selected each June for the program beginning that August. Therefore, interested parties are encouraged to contact the LPN department as early as possible to schedule the admissions test.

Career Opportunities in the Nursing Field

LPN employment opportunities are available in long-term care facilities, home health care, hospitals, clinics, Doctors’ offices, correctional facilities, schools and with insurance and pipeline companies.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Satisfactory performance on Pre-entrance assessments.
  • Completed admission application
  • Three (3) completed reference forms
  • Resume
  • Admissions worksheet
  • Copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and Drivers License
  • Satisfactorily pass criminal background check and Division of Aging Disqualification List as required by Missouri Revised Stature 609.317.
  • Approval by members of the admissions committee

In addition to the above, the applicant must be of good character with physical and mental capacity to perform the essential functions of a student nurse.

NO student will be admitted after five (5) class days have elapsed.

State Board & Department Approved Program
The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the State Department of Education. After successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to write the State of Missouri Licensure for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN). The State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Section 335.066, provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensing exam. Satisfactory performance on this examination will qualify the student for licensure as a Practical Nurse.

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