What Does LPN Training Consist of?


Once you have decided to train for your LPN certificate and you have applied to training schools, what should you expect to learn during your training? It is assumed that you have your high school diploma or GED. Some LPN training schools will give you a test to get an idea of your basic capabilities, called a Scholastic Level Exam. Others may make you take an introductory science class, called Essential Medical Bioscience.

Once you get started, LPN training is a mix of classroom learning and hands-on clinical practice, or supervised patient care. The classroom work can include the following, as these subjects relate to nursing care of patients:

  • Chemistry (the building blocks of both people and medication)
  • Biology (the science of studying living things)
  • Anatomy (the physical structure of the body)
  • Physiology and Pathophysiology (how things work in the body, and how they go wrong)
  • Nutrition (what we should be eating)
  • Pharmacology (medication)
  • Child Growth and Development (what is normal for children)
  • Death and Dying (the process and what to expect)
  • Common Medical Disorders
  • Diagnostic Tests

If you go to a private college, you can find facilities built especially for nursing training.

As you learn more about human health and disease, you will be moving out of the classroom and into clinical settings. You will be taught practical nursing skills. You need to see actual patients and practice what you will be doing in your job. Clinical training will include:

  • General Medical/Surgical Nursing (adult patients with illnesses or after surgery)
  • Pediatric Nursing (care of children)
  • First Aid and Emergency Medical Technology
  • Obstetrical Nursing (women giving birth)

LPN training is generally taught by registered nurses who may have advanced degrees in education. If you attend a community college, you may be taking classes in regular classrooms, and then going to a nearby hospital or doctor's office to do your clinical work. Class sizes can be big, with up to 75 students.

If you go to a private college, you can find facilities built especially for nursing training, which can include diagnostic labs, ultrasound labs, physical medicine labs, cardiovascular labs, and computer labs. There are programs with classroom sizes of 15 or less students. These programs may cost more.

If you have chosen a program that allows you to take classes evenings and weekends, you may have to switch to days for your clinical work, especially if it is in a doctor's office. There are some schools now that have made arrangements with hospitals so that you do your clinical work on the weekend. These programs take about 80 weeks to finish, as opposed to a year.

By the end of the training, you should be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam. You will have been taught the necessary information. Some schools will give you extra, for example a class specifically designed to help you pass the test. That would include not only the knowledge needed, but also test-taking skills. Some schools will also give you a class in how to apply for a job, write a resume, and present yourself for an interview.

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  • Part of the Lincoln Group of Schools.
  • Lincoln Group of Schools made over $12 million available through scholarships to qualified students in 2014.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media.
  • First campus was opened in 1946, now with 22 campuses across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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  • Part of the Lincoln Group of Schools.
  • Lincoln Group of Schools made over $12 million available through scholarships to qualified students in 2014.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media.
  • First campus was opened in 1946, now with 22 campuses across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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  • There are 100 campuses in the Everest Career Education Network, many of which are on or near public transportation routes.
  • Trained Student Finance Planners are available to assist students searching for financial aid.
  • Classes are built around small teams, so students get personal, one-on-one skills training.
  • Day, evening, and weekend  classes are available, depending on location.
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  • There are 100 campuses in the Everest Career Education Network, many of which are on or near public transportation routes.
  • Trained Student Finance Planners are available to assist students searching for financial aid.
  • Classes are built around small teams, so students get personal, one-on-one skills training.
  • Day, evening, and weekend  classes are available, depending on location.
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  • Financial Aid
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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Helping students prepare for careers in healthcare since 1967.
  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2008.
  • Offers 15 different programs with various degree levels in allied health, business & technology, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and nursing.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • 2 campuses located in Tri-County Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky, with online options as well.
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  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 2008.
  • Offers 15 different programs with various degree levels in allied health, business & technology, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and nursing.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • 2 campuses located in Tri-County Cincinnati, Ohio and Florence, Kentucky, with online options as well.
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  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  •  Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2014 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Students are admitted throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • All degree programs provide faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
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  •  Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Degree Programs in 2014 by the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Students are admitted throughout the year with quarterly start dates in January, April, July, and September.
  • All degree programs provide faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments.
  • Offers associate and bachelor degree programs in business, design, health, plus certificate programs in practical nurse, medical assistant, and more.
  • Preparing students for professional and personal success since 1931.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits