dcsimg
GET MATCHED TO A SCHOOL
In Seconds
Where do you want to take classes?
Online
Campus
Either
When would you like to start?
What's your zip code?
GO ›
What degree are you interested in?
GO ›
You're almost there...
Processing your information

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:

Lpn Lvn Licensed Practical Nursing Licensed Vocational Nursing
  • 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.

Schools offering LPN Programs

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            4 Program(s) Found
            Fortis Institute , Westerville

            Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

            * Programs vary by location

            * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

            Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

            • Financial Aid
            4 Program(s) Found

            Baker College is the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. Our mission is to prepare you for meaningful employment.

            3 Program(s) Found
            Unitek College , Online (campus option available)
            • Offers programs in nursing, medical assisting, pharmacy technology, dental assisting, and more.
            • Six Campuses across Northern CA: Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, S. San Francisco, Hayward, and Concord.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, with programmatic approvals from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            3 Program(s) Found
            UEI College , Chula Vista
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
            • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
            • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found

            About Brightwood College

            Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

            About Education Corporation of America

            Education Corporation of America's institutions broaden access to postsecondary educational opportunities.