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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Practical Nursing (LPN)
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Licensed Practical Nurse
Eau Claire Fire Department
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Mayo Clinic Health System
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.// Program Scorecard
Our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates reported an average starting salary of $55,997.
100% of our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates got a job in the industry.
There are 40 job openings in the CVTC district for the Practical Nursing (LPN) industry.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.// Explore Continuing Ed Opportunities
Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.
A Program You Can Trust
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:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
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.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.