Medical advancements prolong life and contribute to the nation’s rising senior population. The U.S. Department of Labor projects the need for nursing care and in-home health care will rise in response to the growing senior population. Choosing to become a Licensed Practical Nurse is an excellent choice as employment opportunities for these professionals increase in response to the population’s health care needs. LPNs work in a variety of medical settings, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, assisted nursing facilities, clinics, and home health care agencies. Practical nursing schools in Las Vegas help individuals obtain the knowledge and competencies required to provide direct patient care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. They assess and meet the physical, spiritual, and sociocultural needs of patients by providing basic bedside care, taking vital signs, recording food and fluid intake, collecting specimens and performing routine laboratory tests, and providing information to promote health and wellness.
The practical nursing training program at Kaplan College equips students with the job knowledge and experience to enter the health care industry as a practical nurse. Through 1320 hours of lectures, hands-on laboratory training, and clinical experiences, students will learn to deliver care to patients under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. The clinical experiences take place in acute and long-term care facilities to support the development of communication and leadership skills as well as the application of the nursing skills learned in the classroom. Specific tasks during the clinical experience include direct patient care, management of patient care, educating patients and caregivers, and working in collaboration with the rest of the healthcare team. Areas for development include nursing fundamentals, clinical pharmacology, pediatric nursing, medical surgical nursing, maternal infant nursing, geriatrics, and mental health nursing. Students who successfully earn a final grade “C” or above at the conclusion of the 55-week program will receive a Diploma in Practical Nursing, which will make them eligible to take the national licensing examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN). Kaplan will assist graduates with job placement. Tuition for the program is $27,911 plus $1,820 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.kaplancollege.com/programs/practical-nursing-diploma/
- Address: 3535 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102
- Phone: 702.368.2338
- Toll Free: 800.935.1857
NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.24%
Nevada Career Institute
The practical nursing program at the Nevada Career Institute prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the field of nursing. Instruction takes place in the classroom (365 hours), laboratory (270 hours), and clinical settings (540 hours) for a total of 1175 clock hours and 45 semester credit hours. Students must also commit an additional 337.5 hours for course-related activities. Course topics include stress and coping, clinical decision making, communication, caring interventions, data collection, metabolism and immunity, sensory perception, human development/pediatrics, role transition, spirituality, cognition, legal/ethical/advocacy, health promotion, informatics, and much more. Clinical practice requirements include a CPR card (AHA Health Care Provider Card/BLS), a physical exam (signed by a doctor and not older than 30 days), TB Mantoux/PPD 2-step or chest x-ray, MMR vaccine #1 and #2, Varicella vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Tdap, influenza vaccine, and proof of health insurance. Tuition for the 60-week program is $31,900 plus expenses for books, uniforms, and clinical supplies.
- Website: http://nevadacareerinstitute.com/programs/practical-nursing
- Address: 3231 N Decatur Blvd #201, Las Vegas, NV 89130
- Phone: 702.209.0030
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 62.50%
College of Southern Nevada
The College of Southern Nevada facilitates a Practical Nursing Certificate program that prepares graduates to provide nursing care to clients of all ages in various health care settings. Through a combination of classroom, hands-on laboratory, and clinical experiences, instructors help students develop sound judgment based on critical thinking skills and use of scientific principles. At the conclusion of the program graduates will be able to demonstrate the competency to use principles of psychological, biological, social, and nursing sciences to develop and implement patient care plans and the ability to practice within the legal and ethical framework of practical nursing. Topics in the 44-credit curriculum include human relations, communications, medical terminology, pharmacology for practical nurses, gerontological health care, family nursing, introduction to practical nursing, management concepts, and much more. Students must complete an approved nursing assistant course and have current CNA certification in Nevada by the start of the third semester. The average cost of tuition is $8,913 plus $3,060 for books and clinical supplies.
- Website: https://www.csn.edu/PDFFiles/Degree%20Sheets%202014-2015/Certificates/CA_Practical%20Nursing%20GP.pdf
- Address: 333 Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, Nevada 89144
- Phone: 702-651-4900
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 73.33%