Practical nursing is one the most in-demand professions in the field of health. A licensed practical nurse cares for patients under the direction of a registered nurse or physician. Duties include wound care, dispensing medications, taking vital signs, collecting samples for testing, and feeding and assisting patients with personal care. Practical nursing programs prepare students for success on the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) – a requirement for licensure in Michigan. Those who successfully pass the exam and meet the requirements for state licensure – including criminal background clearance – are eligible to practice as an LPN in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, outpatient facilities, home health, and other healthcare settings. The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% growth in employment for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses from 2014 to 2024 – a rate that is faster than the average for all occupations. The State of Michigan DTMB also projects a positive outlook for practical nurses with an expected 5.5% growth from 2014 to 2024.
The Practical Nursing diploma program at Everest College provides students with the didactic and hands-on instruction to prepare them for a career as a practical nurse. The introductory courses enables students to become competent practitioners in the ever-changing field of nursing. Areas of study include pharmacology, infection control, anatomy and physiology, fundamental principles, asepsis, the nursing process, health care through the life span, medical surgical nursing, maternal-infant nursing, and mental health nursing. Students will also complete a clinical rotation to use the skills gained through practice in the school’s clinical lab. Instructors will assess students’ clinical skills competency at every level of the program. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and complete the enrollment agreement upon acceptance. Practical nursing applicants must also pass a nursing admission exam (A2) HESI, complete an assigned essay and personal interview, pass a physical exam, provide proof of examination, possess current BLS CPR card, and pass a criminal background check. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and assume an entry-level position as a practical nurse upon state licensure. The practical nursing program covers 92 credit units. Tuition costs $28,495. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,736.
- Website: http://www.everest.edu/campus/southfield/program/practical-nursing
- Address: 21107 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI, 48033
- Phone: (248) 799-9933
- Fax: (248) 799-2912
Detroit Business Institute-Downriver
The practical nursing certificate program at the Detroit Business Institute is both challenging and rewarding. Through classroom lectures and practical training experiences, students gain the proficiency to care for patients in a variety of settings. Course modules include medical surgical nursing, maternal child nursing, gerontology, dosages and calculations, pharmacology, the fundamentals of nursing, medical terminology, transition and roles of the LPN, and nutrition. The program covers a total of 1096 classroom and clinical hours for a total of 57.5-quarter credit hours. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass a drug screen and criminal background check, provide documentation of current immunizations and negative TB test, provide two letters of recommendation, attend a personal interview, and pass the ATI entrance exam. Students must complete the prerequisite courses Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, Math, and English Composition. Students who complete the program’s requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for licensure in Michigan. Tuition for the 45-week program is $27,400.
- Website: http://www.dbidownriver.edu/practical-nurse
- Address: 19100 Fort Street, Riverview, MI 48193-6799
- Phone: (734) 479-0660
Dorsey Schools prepares practical nursing students for a rewarding career in healthcare. The curriculum includes both practical and didactic instruction in the areas of medical terminology, computer applications, anatomy and physiology, practical nursing fundamentals, applied math, dosages and calculations, mental health, pharmacology, and medication delivery. Students also learn medical surgical nursing, pediatric nursing maternal and newborn nursing, geriatric nursing, and transition to practice. Students will complete supervised clinical experiences in a variety of settings that will provide real-world opportunities to apply the principles learned in the classroom and clinical lab. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent, attend a career planning session, challenge the ATI TEAS V test, submit a 500 word essay, provide three references, meet the admissions panel for a personal interview, complete the required information for financial aid, sign a criminal background check authorization, and submit to a drug screen. Students must meet all the health requirements include CPR/BLS certification, up-to-date immunizations, and negative TB test. Graduates will receive a practical nursing certification and will be eligible to sit the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. Tuition for the program is $29,304.
- Website: http://www.dorsey.edu/practical-nursing/
- Address: 31739 John R Road, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071
- Phone: 248-588-9660
The practical nursing program at Baker College is developed and taught by experienced nursing professionals who aim to equip students with the educational preparation that are essential to nursing practice. The comprehensive curriculum includes class work, practical lab, and hands-on experiences in a clinical setting. Areas of study include human anatomy and physiology, health assessments, psychology, pharmacology, medical surgical nursing, mental health, maternal child nursing, fundamentals of nursing, dosage calculations, medical terminology, gerontology, and transition to practice. A clinical experience will provide real-world patient care opportunities. Students care for patients in long-term care and acute care settings under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The classroom and clinical sessions help students develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills to function as competent providers of care. Graduates are eligible to sit the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Application to the limited enrollment program requires proof of immunization, negative TB test, criminal background clearance, a drug screen, and CPR/BLS card. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Tuition for the program is $17,280. Books and supplies cost an additional $3,600.
- Website: https://www.baker.edu/programs-degrees/nursing/nursing-practical-nurse-pn/
- Address: 4500 Enterprise Drive, Allen Park MI 48101
- Phone: (313) 425-3700
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