Licensed practical nurses provide bedside care for people who are injured, sick, disabled or convalescent. They may function as a charge nurse in long-term care facilities where they supervise nursing assistants, use their nursing skills in a clinical setting to start and monitor IV fluids, administer medication via different routes, educate patients and their families, administer palliative care, and participate in the development of patient care plans. LPN programs include classroom theory and practical instruction to prepare students for such a vital role. Programs typically last one year with full-time attendance and cover leadership, anatomy and physiology, and nursing care for different groups. The clinical externship will require students to meet the health and background check requirements. Graduates must take the NCLEX-PN to qualify for licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Concorde Career College
The practical nursing program at Concorde College prepares students to become a vital member of the healthcare team. Students receive theoretical knowledge and specialized practical skills to qualify for an entry-level position as part of a nursing team. To graduate from the program, the student must complete at least 59.50 credits. The curriculum covers 788 theory hours, 210 lab hours, and 613 hours for a clinical externship for a total of 1,611 hours. Course topics include personal and vocational concepts, foundations of nursing, college mathematics, pharmacology, nutrition, mental health nursing, respiratory nursing care, human growth and development, gastrointestinal nursing, community health nursing, endocrine nursing, leadership, and reproductive nursing. An NCLEX review is also included in the program. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. The duration of the program is 50 weeks full-time and 80 weeks part-time.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED
- Provide a copy of government issued photo ID and social security card
- Must pass a criminal background check
- Complete a 10-panel drug screen
- Take and pass the entrance assessment
- Must have a current negative TB test or chest x-ray – within one month of the program
- Provide documentation of immunization – Tdap, hepatitis B, MMR, varicella
Tuition for the program is $32,725. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,268.
- Website: https://www.concorde.edu/
- Address: 3239 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO 64111
- Phone: (816) 531-5223
- Fax: (816) 756-3231
- Toll-free: 1-800-693-7010
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100%
Metropolitan Community College
Through one year of theoretical and practical instruction, students enrolled in the practical nursing program at Metropolitan College gain the skills to enter the nursing profession. The program is conditionally approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Core courses include personal and vocational concepts, fundamentals of nursing, applied pharmacology, mental health nursing, the child bearing family, venous access and intravenous infusion, nursing of the adult, and leadership. Prerequisite courses are introductory chemistry for health sciences and anatomy and physiology or human and human physiology. Students will receive hands-on experience and instruction in the state-of-the-art institute. The program covers 52.5 to 56.5 credit hours. Graduates are eligible to tale the NCLEX-PN. However, completing the program does not guarantee licensure from the Board of Nursing.
- Submit an application to MCC
- Submit official transcripts for all courses eligible for college credit and completed outside of MCCKC
- Take and pass the Accuplacer – this must be completed regardless of previous college coursework. Test scores must be less than three years old and must exceed the required scores in all three sections: Algebra (237), Reading (256), and Writing (246)
- Complete the prerequisite courses with a minimum 2.75 GPA. Each course must be completed with a minimum grade C and must have been completed less than 6 years by the deadline
- Take the ATI TEAS exam and score 68% or higher
- Provide documentation of CNA certification – for one extra point in the selection process
The total program for in-district students is $11,468 and $15,992 for out-of-district students. It includes tuition, clinical lab fees, background check, NCLEX fee, books supplies, evaluation fee, Family Safety Care Registry, and supplies.
- Website: https://mcckc.edu/
- Address: 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Phone: (816) 604-1000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 90.48%