The nursing workforce is critical to the maintenance of national health. As caregivers, managers of care, advocates, and counselors they are unrivaled. So critical and valued is their role that Gallup polls have consistently placed them on top to the most-trusted profession list. Licensed practical nurses are a key part of the nursing care team. They work primarily under the direction of a registered nurse. The training required for this profession requires a one-year commitment to develop technical competencies to promote health and prevent disease. LPN programs of necessity include classroom theory and opportunities to apply the theoretical instruction in a simulation lab and real-world health care settings. Students will participate in clinical rotations where they will care for patients under the guidance of a registered nurse instructor. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Missouri State Board of Nursing to take the National Council Licensure Exam to work practice in clinics, birthing centers, hospitals, ambulatory centers, home health, and long-term care facilities.
Jefferson College facilitates a Bi-level nursing program where students begin at Level I to prepare for licensure as a Practical Nurse and progress to Level II for licensure as a Registered Nurse. The curriculum will require the attendance of on-campus lectures and clinical rotations at various health care facilities. Course topics will include Fundamentals of Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical, Personal Vocational Concepts, Introduction to Nursing Pharmacology, Maternal Child Nursing/ Clinical, Life Span Human Development, Pharmacology I, Medical Surgical Nursing I, Medical Surgical Nursing Clinical, Pharmacology II, Medical Surgical Nursing II, Medical Surgical Nursing II Clinical, Anatomy and Physiology II, Mental Health, Capstone Practical Nursing Clinical. PN day and evening schedules are available. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 56.5 credit hours to receive a Practical Nursing Certificate and take the NCLEX for Practice Nurses. Licensed practical nurses who are practicing may apply for admission. However, there is limited admission due to space availability. Students who complete Level I must meet the progression requirements for admission to Level I. Admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum grade C – Anatomy and Physiology I and General Psychology
- Obtain satisfactory scores on the HESI A-2 exam – minimum 85% in three of four areas and 80% in a fourth area – Vocabulary and General Knowledge, Basic Math, Grammar, and Reading Comprehension. Scores are valid for two years.
- Complete the clinical/immunization requirements before the first day of class – Tdap, Varicella, Hepatitis B series, MMR
- Documentation of a negative TB blood test, negative TB skin test, or negative chest x-ray
- Provide documentation of a completed medical history and examination form by a medical professional
- Documentation of current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.
Tuition for the program is $10,348, including fees. Books and supplies cost an additional $2,071.
- Website: https://www.jeffco.edu/
- Address: 1000 Viking Drive, Hillsboro, MO 63050
- Phone: 636-481-3000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.62%
Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center
The Practical Nursing program prepares students for state licensure and practice as an entry-level nurse. The curriculum will include theory and hands-on work in a simulation lab and health care facilities. Course topics include Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Growth and Development, Fundamentals of Nursing, Fundamentals of Nursing Clinical, IV Therapy, Nursing of Adults, Nursing of Adults I & II, Pharmacology, Administration of Medications, IV Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Maternal & Newborn Nursing, Nursing of Children, Nursing of the Elderly, Nursing Management, and Career Observation. In the final semester, students will complete clinical rotations for Administration of Medications, IV Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Maternal and Newborn Nursing, Nursing of Children, Nursing of the Elderly, Nursing Management, Home Health/Hospice, Phlebotomy, and preparation for the NCLEX-PN. Day and evening classes are available. The day class meets Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm for 12 months. The evening program meets Tuesday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm for 24 months.
- Must be 17 years or older
- Be a high school graduate or have passed the GED exam
- Submit a completed application and fee of $20
- Provide a copy of a valid social security card
- Attend an interview with the Admission Committee
- Submit copies of any college or any health-related certificates – CNA, EMT, CMT
- Take and pass the ATI TEAS – a computerized pre-entrance test. Must earn a minimum score of 58% adjusted individual total score
- Provide the names and addresses for three work references
- Must take and pass a criminal background check and/or felony history
Tuition, fees, books, supplies, and background check will cost $9,424.75. Other expenses include uniform and shoes, health physical and vaccinations, licensure application, and testing fees.
- Website: https://capectc.capetigers.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=206328&pageId=2285447
- Address: 1080 South Silver Springs Road, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
- Phone: (573) 334-0826
- Fax: (573) 334-5930
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97%
Washington School of Practical Nursing
The Practical Nursing program at Washington School of Practical Nursing features 1364 hours of theory, lab, and clinical instruction. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Practical Nursing and work in long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, school nursing, prisons, home health care, and physicians’ offices. Course topics include orientation, anatomy and physiology, fundamentals and nursing, personal and vocational concepts, growth and development across the lifespan, orientation to clinical, nursing of adults I, nursing of adults II, nursing of adults clinical, administration of medications, maternal and newborn nursing, nursing of children, nursing of the elderly clinical, mental health concepts, and observational rotations. The duration of the program is one year. Candidates are selected in May and classes begin in August. Day classes meet Monday through Thursday.
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Submit a completed application with the fee of $5
- Register for the TEAS and pay the testing fee of $60. Pass the Basic Level of all four parts of TEAS test (Math, Science, Reading and English)
- Write and submit an essay with the title “Why I Want to be an LPN.”
- Submit professional and personal references
- Submit high school and college transcripts
- Attend an interview with a WSPN Administrator
- Pay the non-refundable $100 deposit on or before the New Student Orientation
- Obtain a clean background check and urine drug screen
- Pay the tuition or make financial aid arrangements
- Submit documentation of updated immunizations – MMR, Varicella, Tdap, Hepatitis, Flu
- Obtain BLS/CPR certification by the first day of class
- Pass a physical exam from a medical professional
- Submit a negative urine drug screen
- Provide proof of negative 2-step Mantoux TB test or chest x-ray
- Obtain a Healthcare Provider card
Tuition costs $15,750 for the school year.
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonschoolofpracticalnursing/
- Address: 1978 Image Drive, Washington, MO 63090
- Phone: 636-231-2100
- Fax: 636-239-0791
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.63%
St. Louis College of Health Careers
St. Louis College of Health Careers’ Practical Nursing program helps adults develop the competencies and confidence to care for culturally diverse patients of all ages. The comprehensive curriculum covers basic therapeutic, preventative, and rehabilitative care. Students will learn how to take vital signs, administer injections, apply dressings, maintain medical records, assist patients with the activities of daily living, develop and implement plans of care, and perform clerical duties. Course topics include Professional Development, Algebra & Mathematical Functions, Anatomy and Physiology I Theory, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, Medical Terminology Basics, Nutrition, Critical Thinking, Nursing Fundamentals Theory, Nursing Fundamentals Lab, Anatomy & Physiology II Theory, Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, Pharmacology for Nurses, IV Certification, Personal and Vocational Concepts, and Human Growth and Development. The final two semesters will cover Nursing Care of the Adult I, Nursing Practicum I, Mental Health Nursing, Pharmacology for Nurses II, Nursing Care of the Geriatric Client, Nursing Care of the Adult II, Leadership and Management Skills for Nursing, Nursing Care of the Maternal/Child, Nursing Practicum II, and Nursing in Review. Graduates will be eligible to take the NCLEX for licensure as a Practical Nurse and will be poised for a wide variety of opportunities in nursing homes, home health care, and residential care facilities. The duration of the program is 60 weeks or 4 semesters. Day and evening schedules are available.
- Submit a completed application for admission
- Attend an admission interview
- Provide proof of graduating from high school or high school equivalency
- Submit high school and any applicable college transcripts
- Fill out financial aid forms
- Sign the Student Statement of Acknowledgement
- Complete a background screen and Employee Disqualification List screening
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Complete HESI Entrance Exam – obtain a minimum cumulative score of 74% in Math and 80% in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Vocabulary
- Submit a completed essay according to provided instructions
- Submit three letters of reference
Tuition and fees cost $29,759 for in-state students. Books and supplies will cost an additional $2,572.
- Website: https://slchc.edu/academics/programs/diplomas/practical-nursing-diploma/
- Address: 909 South Taylor Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
- Phone: (314) 652-0300
- Fax: (314) 884-2838
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91.67%
St. Charles Community College
The Missouri State Board of Nursing approved practical nursing program at St Charles Community College prepares students with the competencies to provide direct care in geriatric and other health care settings. Students learn through instruction on campus, hands-on activities in the lab, and off-site training in the hospital and other medical settings. Students must complete 50 credit hours to graduate from the program. Required courses include English Composition I, Introduction to Psychology, Gerontology, Aspect of Aging, Psychology of Aging, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Personal and Vocational Concepts, Fundamentals of Nursing, Maternal Child Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing I, and Medical Surgical Nursing II. Graduates will be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX for Practical Nurses. Completing the program does not guarantee licensure by the state. Those who pass the exam and obtain licensure from the Board will qualify for employment in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and physicians’ offices. The program includes intravenous therapy, so graduates will also be eligible for employment as IV-certified LPNs.
- Attend a scheduled appointment with an allied health counselor
- Complete the SCCC assessment tests or submit transcripts of college-level English and math courses passed with a grade C or higher
- Submit official transcripts of any developmental courses completed
- Submit official college transcripts of any other college courses
- Submit a copy of ACT scores taken within the last five years or complete 15+ college-level credits with a minimum GPA of 2.7
- Take and pass the HESI A2 exam with a minimum of 70% in each subsection – Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Math, and Anatomy and Physiology,
- Complete Anatomy and Physiology with a grade C or better
- Submit the results of the criminal background check and drug screen
The cost of attendance is approximately $9,202, including tuition for in-state students, admission assessment test, criminal background check, insurance fee, technology fee, and incidental expenses.
- Website: https://www.stchas.edu/
- Address: 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376
- Phone: 636-922-8000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%