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Technical Diploma

Practical Nursing (LPN)

Practical Nursing (LPN) Overview

The Practical Nursing (LPN) one-year program prepares students for jobs in nursing and healthcare. This program offers in-depth training, immediate job openings, and is a seamless pathway from practical nursing to associate degree nursing.

LPNs provide basic hands-on medical and nursing care for patients in various settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and physician’s offices. LPNs assist nurses with health assessments, medication administration, ensuring the comfort of patients, and more.

In this program, students will learn:

  • Direct patient care
  • Collecting assessment data
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Medication administration
  • Basic wound care

Courses during the first year of the statewide curriculum provide the knowledge, skills and values for dependent nursing practice.

Part of a career pathway, the Practical Nursing (LPN) technical diploma credits apply toward the Nursing associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

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Just the Facts

Practical Nursing (LPN)
32 Credit Technical Diploma

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August

 

Financial Aid Eligible

 

Professional Licensure & Certification Disclosure

 

Non-Traditional Occupation

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

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Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

Learn more about the cost of attendance.

Term 1

$

3,476

Term 2

$

2,418

Materials

$

480

Books

$

707

License, Certificate, or Credential

$

257

 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $7,338

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Career Opportunities

Disease Investigator

Licensed Practical Nurse

Medical Coder

Graduate Employers

Chippewa County

Dove Healthcare

Eau Claire Fire Department

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Mayo Clinic Health System

Tomah Health

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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$56K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates reported an average starting salary of $55,997.

 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates got a job in the industry.

 

40
Regional Jobs

There are 40 job openings in the CVTC district for the Practical Nursing (LPN) industry.

Transfer

Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

Sample Courses

Nursing Fundamentals
This course focuses on basic nursing concepts that the beginning nurse will need to provide care to diverse patient populations across the lifespan. Current and historical issues impacting nursing will be explored within the scope of nursing practice. The nursing process will be introduced as a framework for organizing the care of patients with alterations in cognition, elimination, comfort, grief/loss, mobility, integument, and fluid/electrolyte balance..

Nursing Pharmacology
This course introduces the principles of pharmacology, including drug classifications and their effects on the body. Emphasis is on the use of the components of the nursing process when administering medications.

Nursing Health Alterations
This course elaborates upon the basic concepts of health and illness as presented in Nursing Fundamentals. It applies theories of nursing in the care of clients through the lifespan, utilizing problem solving and critical thinking. This course will provide an opportunity to study conditions affecting different body systems and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. It will also introduce concepts of leadership, team building, and scope of practice.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

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Getting my degree from CVTC meant that I had the hands on skills as well as the soft skills to be ready to enter the workforce right away.

Alicia

Practical Nursing Graduate

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Nursing, Associate Degree

Nursing Assistant (CNA), Technical Diploma

Paramedic Technician, Associate Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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A Program You Can Trust

Program Accreditation

The Practical Nursing (LPN) program at Chippewa Valley Technical College at the Health Education Center located in Eau Claire, WI and River Falls, WI is accredited by the:

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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
www.acenursing.org
Phone: (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing (LPN) program is initial accreditation.
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Admission Requirements

Each program requires specific requirements a student must meet to be considered for admissions to this program.

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Advising Tips

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