Practical nurses are a vital part of the nursing care team. Under the direction of their registered nurse supervisors, they care for sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled patients. Practical nursing programs are an essential part of the preparation to become a licensed practical nurse as they equip students with the knowledge, competencies, and critical thinking skills needed to meet patients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Their duties include, but are not limited to, personal care activities, wound care, maintaining and moving equipment, administering treatment and medication, monitoring patients’ progress and response to treatment, and collaborating with the rest of the healthcare team for the overall good of all patients. Practical nurse graduates must apply for and successfully complete the NCLEX-PN for licensure in Oregon before practicing in acute care and long-term care facilities. The demand and overall job prospects for LPNs are excellent, with a projected 21 percent increase in the employment opportunities through 2020.
Concorde Career Institute – Portland
Students enrolled in the Practical Nursing Certificate program at Concorde Career Institute can complete the program in 13 months. The curriculum features hands-on education and one-on-one instruction in the classroom. Students are equipped with the educational tools to work as licensed practical nurses and are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN for licensure in Portland. In the classroom, students will develop a working knowledge of anatomy and physiology, disease control, laboratory procedures, critical thinking, mental health concepts, restorative nursing care, administration of medications, and interpersonal relations. The clinical practicum at a local healthcare facility will let students use the skills learned in the classroom. Under the direction of a faculty member, they’ll learn bedside manners, wound cleaning, recording patient data, administration of medication, and caring for patients of various ages. Tuition for the 50-week program is $27,568 plus $2,207 for books and supplies. Financial aid is available to qualifying students.
- Website: http://www.concorde.edu/program/practical-nursing-portland-oregon
- Address: 1425 NE Irving St #300, Portland, OR 97232
- Phone: (503) 281-4181
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 80.4%
Sumner College – Portland
The practical nursing program at Sumner College is a 50-week diploma program that prepares nurses for work in an acute care and long-term care facilities. At the conclusion of the program, students will have a broad knowledge of the issues shaping the industry and how they affect practice. The program is approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN), which makes graduates eligible to take the NCLEX-PN for state licensure. It is also accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent College and Schools (ACICS). Experienced course instructors emphasize the promotion of intellectual growth and development as they work closely with students and provide an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Individuals applying for the program must submit a completed application, have a high school diploma or GED, provide thoughtful answers to the essay questions, take a COMPASS test and obtain a score of 60 percent or higher, submit at least one letter of recommendation – ideally submitted on a professional letterhead, and attend a mandatory appointment with a program representative. All students must submit proof of immunization (MMR, TB, Tdap, and Hepatitis B), complete a drug screen, and pass a criminal background check. Students earn 70 quarter credits in the program’s 1095 contact hours. Tuition is $27,290 plus $975 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.sumnercollege.edu/practical-nursing-program/
- Address: 8909 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
- Phone: (503) 223-5100
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 79.8%
Pioneer Pacific College – Wilsonville
Pioneer Pacific College prepares practical nursing students to become members of a healthcare team within the rewarding profession of nursing. Successful graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN to care for the sick, injured, disabled, and convalescent in licensed health care facilities. Instructors emphasize the importance of a positive bedside manner, good communication skills, and compassionate care to all patients. Over the 50-week program, students also develop skills in wound care, medication administration, physical assessment, urinary catheterization, injections, medical and surgical disorders, and safety patient care. Preparation for the NCLEX-PN is a critical component of the program. Practical Nursing applicants must take the Compass test, complete the school’s application, provide two references, and submit three essays. The cost of tuition is $29,320 plus expenses for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.pioneerpacific.edu/programs/healthcare/practical-nursing/
- Address: 27501 SW Parkway Avenue, Wilsonville, OR 97070
- Phone: (503) 682-3903
- NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 78.4%