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 sufficient theoretical knowledge and specialized practical skills to qualify for an entry-level position as part of a nursing team. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. To graduate from the program, the student must complete at least 52 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. Entry requires a high school diploma or GED, social security card, a criminal background check, a passing score on the entrance assessment, and immunization. Tuition for the program is $28,300. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,482.
- Website: http://www.concorde.edu/program/practical-nursing-kansas-city-missouri
- 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: 83.87%
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. Graduates are eligible to tale the NCLEX-PN. However, completing the program does not guarantee licensure from the Board of Nursing. Course topics in the 54.4-credit program include anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of practical nursing, pharmacology, mental health nursing, venous access and intravenous infusion, nursing of the adult, and personal and vocational concepts. Applicants must be submitted between March 1st and 15th for entry in the fall and September 1st and 15th for spring admission. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, official transcripts, and a passing score on the compass test and TEAS-V exam. Tuition for the program is $10,378. Books and supplies cost $2,500.
- Website: http://mcckc.edu/programs/practicalnursing/
- Address: 3200 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111
- Phone: (816) 604-1000
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 82.35%
Northland Career Center
Northland Career Center’s practical nursing program is an 11-month course of study that prepares students for state licensure. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN and function effectively as a caregiver, educator, patient advocate, and team member. The program is open for admission in August of each year and ends the following June. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Clinical times may vary. Course topics in the 1380-hour program include pharmacology, fundamentals of nursing, anatomy and physiology, personal and vocational concepts, pediatrics, obstetrics, medical-surgical nursing, and IV Therapy. Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid social security number, pass the Kaplan Entrance Exam, and satisfactorily complete a background and EDL check. Other requirements include an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers card, basic computer skills, three reference forms, and health requirements. Tuition for the program is $11,000. Other costs include textbook, uniform, enrollment fee, testing fee, and background check.
- Website: http://www.northlandcareercenter.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=129
- Address: 1801 Branch Street, Platte City, MO 64079
- Phone: (816) 858-5505
- Fax: (816) 858-3278
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 92.59%