LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) is an entry-level job in the nursing profession. LPN is the term used in much of the United States and most Canadian provinces. LPNs function as the registered nurses’ (RN) helper, delivering basic nursing care to a large variety of clienteles. The LPN’s main duty is to provide essential care to the patients, such as assisting them during feeding, ambulation, bathing, and grooming. They can also carry out immediate-level tasks, such as monitoring the patient’s vital signs, collecting routine laboratory examinations, and in certain states, to administer medications. LPNs usually undergo a comprehensive 12-month training that covers the following subjects: fundamentals of nursing, basic health care, nutrition, and poison control. After completion of the program, students will have to take a licensure examination to be eligible to practice in the state.
Must have a High School Graduation/GED/Equivalent Certification.
Must not have any criminal record
Must not be drugs or alcohol addicted
Must have good grades in subjects such as biology, psychology, mathematics.
The duration of the LPN program is one year in general but through an associate degree program it is of two years. The student can however give the exam of NCLEX-PN, the certification examination of LPN conducted by Pearson-VUE, after completion of his first year. There are LPN-to-RN bridge programs in the training schools that may assist you in becoming a Registered Nurse. The fee of the NCLEX-PN exam is $300 and tuition fees for the course of LPN Program is different in every school. The list of schools that provide the training for LPN programs and are accredited by the nursing board or some accreditation council is as under:-
Arkansas Northeastern College, Blytheville
Arkansas State University, Beebe
Arkansas State University, Main Campus
Arkansas State University, Newport
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville
Black River Technical College Pocahontas
Cassatt Community College of the University of Arkansas, De Queen
National Park Community College, Hot Springs
North Arkansas College, Harrison
Ouachita Technical College, Malvern
Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Helena
Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock
Rich Mountain Community College, Mina
Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff
Southern Arkansas University Tech, Camden
University of Arkansas at Monticello
University of Arkansas Community College, Hope