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january 04, 2021

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12 months1

learning includes

  • on-campus and online classes
  • field experience
  • flex choice® (optional)

rasmussen college is proud to be the #1 educator of practical nursing grads in florida and minnesota.4 earn your diploma in practical nursing and open up your career opportunities, where you’ll develop your skills and prepare for the nclex-pn® licensure exam. this nursing program is largely hands-on and campus-based, but with some online coursework and clinicals that fit into your busy schedule. and, at our tampa campus, in addition to weekday courses, evening and weekend options are also available. our practical nursing program is also available with flex choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and online self-directed assessments—a more affordable and efficient way to receive credit for what you already know.

our four start dates per year, no prerequisites and no waiting lists at many campuses means you can begin your education when it works for you. once you’re in, you’ll find a breadth of support services to guide you along the way to graduation, including academic advising, tutoring, and financial and tech support.

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after this credential

what will i be prepared to do when i’m done?

prepare to confidently sit for the nclex-pn® exam

develop and learn the skills and knowledge to earn the licensure you need to become a confident licensed practical nurse (lpn). our nursing courses are led by experienced faculty who provide essential, day-to-day applications to prepare you for real patients.

launch a career as a practicing lpn

upon licensure, our grads are able to start their nursing careers in environments including: assisted living, home healthcare, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, clinics and hospitals. plus, you’ll feel confident and comfortable within any environment thanks to the development of transferable skills that prepare you to confidently work in healthcare, from communication and critical thinking to diversity and teamwork.

pursue potential job growth

according to the bureau of labor statistics (bls), the projected job growth potential between 2018 and 2028 for licensed practical and vocational nurses is 12.3% in minnesota, 19.1% in florida and 11% nationally.5 a practical nursing diploma from rasmussen college can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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what skills will i gain?

compassionate patient care

our real-world partnerships help you succeed as a nurse through extensive hands-on clinical training as you earn your diploma.

healthcare industry insight

learn from experienced faculty and leadership who hold diverse backgrounds in education and direct care, providing you with a strong foundation for the medical field.

critical thinking and confidence

effectively gather data, contribute to diagnosis and patient care in order to think and act quickly in the interest of your patients' health.

experience across healthcare settings

gain clinical exposure in areas of potential employment opportunities in your location—such as clinics, long term care or acute care settings.

transferable skills

you’ll also develop the soft skills that you will transfer into your role. core courses develop your skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility. learn more about transferable skills.

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develop your skills as a licensed practical nurse and start making a positive impact on patients' lives.

sample courses

what types of classes will i take?

    practical nursing skills 1

    • prn 1150
    • on campus
    • 2 credits

    introduces the skills required for basic care and comfort of individuals experiencing alterations in skin integrity, nutrition and metabolism. demonstrates techniques for data collection, medical asepsis, standard precautions and universal precautions. accurate medication calculation and demonstration of safe medication administration are required.

    principles of gerontological nursing

    • prn 1253
    • on campus, clinical
    • 3 credits

    provides an overview of the practical nurse’s role when providing client-centered care for the older adult. focus on promoting a holistic approach to care for the geriatric client. examines basic pathophysiological, nutritional, pharmacology, psychosocial, and ethical and legal responsibilities associated with the care of the older adult client. a clinical component provides students with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in healthcare settings.

    principles of mental health nursing

    • prn 1562
    • on campus, clinical
    • 4 credits

    focuses on caring for clients with mental health disorders. emphasis is placed on foundations of mental health concepts, therapeutic environments, coordinated care and crisis management interventions. covers care of clients with substance abuse and various disorders. clinical component provides opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge in mental healthcare settings.


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what should i know before i enroll?

nursing information sessions

to learn about entrance requirements and receive help planning your career path, attend a nursing information session where you’ll learn about teas scores, background checks and immunizations.

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transfer student

we believe in giving credit where it’s due. review our credit transfer policies at a nursing information session or on our transfer policy page - we've designed them to maximize credits, potentially save money and help expedite graduation.

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help paying for college

higher education should be a manageable investment. talk to an admissions advisor and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with flex choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.

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class locations

where can i find an lpn program near me?

in order to help more inspirational nurses reach their goals, rasmussen college wants courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. our diploma in practical nursing program is a hybrid on-campus and online experience. click below to find an lpn program near you.

  1. completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. bureau of labor statistics, u.s. department of labor, occupational outlook handbook, [career information accessed may 1, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. according to 2016, 2017 and 2018 licensed practical/vocational nurse training conferrals as reported in ipeds.
  4. 18% of successful nclex-pn attempts in mn in 2019 were rasmussen college graduates.
  5. labor market employment outlook statistics reported through careeronestop, [employment information accessed august 10, 2020] florida: //www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=%20292061&location=fl. minnesota: //www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/StateAndLocal/ProjectedEmployment.aspx?soccode=%20292061&location=mn. projected annual job openings for the occupation listed refers to the average annual job openings due to growth and net replacement.
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