Practical nurses, or LPNs, perform a broad range of duties in diverse health care settings, including caring for newborns, the aged, the home bound or the mentally ill. Under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse they prepare patients for examination, administer prescriptions, check patients’ vital signs and perform routine laboratory tests. They may handle clerical duties although their key responsibility is ensuring the comfort and welfare of their patients.

Technical Credit Certificate

Application Cycles

Applications for August 2018 admissions will become available on May 28 with the application period closing at 7:30 on June 13, 2018.

Applications for January 2019 admissions will become available on September 25 with the application period closing at 7:30 on October 15, 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of LPNs is projected to grow much faster than average, 22 percent between 2010 and 2020. Overall job prospects are expected to be very good, but job outlook varies by industry. The best job opportunities will occur in nursing care facilities and home health care services.

Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics, starting hourly wages for licensed practical nurses are $16.50. On average, a practical nurse can earn $20 per hour. Experienced professionals can earn a little more than $22 per hour.

Special Notice

  • Students entering this program should have basic computer skills
  • Clinical agencies require the student to submit a negative criminal background check and drug screening
  • In Fall the North Campus admits 36 students to the Day Program, and the West Campus admits 36 students to the Afternoon/Evening program.
  • In Spring, the Porter Campus admits 24 students to the Afternoon/Evening program and the West Campus admits 36 students to the Day Program.
  • The Afternoon/evening programs have classes from 3:00PM to 9:30PM. Clinicals are on alternate days, and may go later. The Day program has classes from 8:00AM to 2:00PM, and alternate-day clinicals will be all day (their exact length will vary by campus).
  • Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate is eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses in accordance with regulations set forth in the Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 464.008 and 464.108. A graduate is also eligible to apply for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing Program at the ADN-LPN entry point.