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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.

Career Opportunities

Licensed Practical Nurse

Mental Health LPN

Graduate Employers


Dove Healthcare

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Mayo Clinic Health System

Just the Facts

Practical Nursing (LPN)
32 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

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Program Location //
Eau Claire

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


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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   Financial Aid Eligible


   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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Estimated Total:  $6,479

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Program Courses

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

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.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

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. Learn more about Career Pathways.

Associate Degree


Practical Nursing (LPN) Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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88% of our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Practical Nursing (LPN) graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,409.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

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

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate Degree

Respiratory Therapy, Associate Degree

Surgical Technologist, Technical Diploma

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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