Nursing is an in-demand career. Practical nursing programs prepare students for entry into the healthcare industry to function as indispensable members of the patient care team. Licensed practical nurses work under the direction of a doctor, registered nurse, or nurse practitioner, performing duties such as dispensing medication, taking patients’ vital signs, starting IVs, operating medical equipment, providing direct care to patients, and supervising unlicensed medical staff. LPNs work primarily in home health care, long-term care, home health care, but they may also work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, schools, insurance companies, and correctional facilities. LPN-to-RN or LPN-to-BSN programs at Kentucky colleges facilitate the development of current LPNs who wish to advance their careers by becoming registered nurses. The foundational principles provided by the practical nursing program and the real-world experience gained on the job help LPNs succeed in registered nursing programs.
Galen College of Nursing – Louisville
The practical nursing program at Galen College of Nursing prepares students to enter the high-demand, rewarding healthcare industry. The school offers full-time day and part-time evening schedules. Full-time students complete the course requirements in 12 months while evening students complete the program in 21 months. The curriculum comprises of 1,440 contact hours (600 hours of theory, 192 lab hours, and 648 hours at clinical sites). Course content includes integrated human services, nursing and healthcare, fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, mental health concepts, geriatric nursing, and integrated human sciences. The cost of attendance in $21,168 – includes books, immunizations, uniform, clinical supplies, and CPR.
- Website: http://www.galencollege.edu/campuses/2/Louisville/nursing-programs/1/I-am-new-to-nursing/6/Practical-Nursing-%28PN%29
- Address: 1031 Zorn Avenue, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40207
- Phone: (502) 410-6200
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 88%
Jefferson Community & Technical College – Louisville
Individuals interested in the Practical Nursing diploma program at Jefferson College must attend a nursing advising appointment and take unofficial college transcripts, a high school diploma, and evidence of KY State Nurse Aide Certification. Prospective students with no college experience must complete FYE 105 (First Year Experience) or an equivalent course.
Following admission, students must complete a criminal background check, a drug screen, Basic Life Support (BLS), immunization requirements (MMR, TB, Varicella, Hepatitis B, T-dap), and attend a mandatory orientation session. Graduates are awarded a diploma which makes them eligible to write the NCLEX-PN to become licensed practical nurses. Tuition for the 80-week program is $6,795 plus $1,500 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu/Academics/Programs_of_Study/Nursing-Programs.aspx
- Address: 200 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202
- Phone: (502) 213-5333
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96%
Brown Mackie College – Louisville
The principles and knowledge students learn at Brown Mackie College’s practical nursing program forms the basis for their success in the field of nursing. Theory and clinical instruction run concurrently, so students can put their classroom knowledge to work in practical settings. Graduates are prepared for success on the NCLEX-PN licensure exam. The course content includes geriatrics, pharmacology, obstetrics, medical-surgical nursing, maternal-child nursing, fundamentals of nursing, mental health concepts, and much more. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, pass the required entrance tests, obtain TB and criminal background clearance, and complete the immunization and prerequisite course requirements. Students can complete the course requirements for graduation in just 16 months. BMC also offers students the option to take one course a month – designed for professionals who must fit college into a busy schedule. Tuition is $31,236 plus $650 for books and supplies. Financing is available for qualifying students.
- Website: https://www.brownmackie.edu/areas-of-study/nursing/louisville-practical-nursing-diploma
- Address: 3605 Fern Valley Rd, Louisville, KY 40219
- Phone: (502) 968-7191
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 91%
ATA College – Louisville
ATA College offers a fast-track practical nursing program. The 15-month program has the approval of the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Experienced and qualified nursing faculty guide students through the curriculum in the classroom as well as 687 hours of hands-on practice at approved clinical sites. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN to become licensed practical nurses. The intensive curriculum is divided into six quarters of college coursework and includes numerous NCLEX preparation assessments to help students succeed on the state board exam. Courses such as introduction to practical nursing, maternal-newborn nursing, medical-surgical nursing, issues and trends in nursing, fundamentals of nursing, and mental health concepts help students develop critical thinking skills and confidence to function as effective members of a healthcare team. Tuition for the 60-week program is $28,985 plus $3,049 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.ata.edu/programs/practical-nursing/
- Address: 10200 Linn Station Rd, Louisville, KY 40223
- Phone: (502) 412-4028
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 86%