Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
The Practical Nursing Education Program is a selective admission program. Approval for admission will be granted by the Practical Nurse Educators. Admission requirements must be met before acceptance into the program.
An acceptance form will be sent to those applicants selected and the form must be returned by the specified deadline to secure a position in the class.
The applicant will need to have a completed file to be accepted into the Practical Nursing program.
Please read and comply with the following admission requirements:
- Fulfill Mid-Plains Community College’s General Admission Requirements. (see college catalog)
- Complete application to Mid-Plains Community College specifying interest in LPN program.
- Submit official high school transcript or GED.
- Submit official college transcripts if other than Mid- Plains Community College.
- Complete COMPASS testing. Scores will be used to determine eligibility, remedial work may be required prior to admission. COMPASS Test Scores must meet the nursing criteria of: Pre- algebra 43; Reading 80; and Writing 74.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers and/or current employers.
- Must complete a math exam after completing the COMPASS exam.
- Must speak and understand the English language in order to communicate with patients and staff clearly.
- Once all of the above criteria are met, the applicant will be accepted into the first available class and receive written notification of acceptance. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the Nursing Department when the applicant thinks the file is complete.
The following must be complete by the first day of class:
- Immunizations must be current (refer to immunization form.)
- Current CPR card (2-man provider.)
- Criminal background check.
- Approval of Clinical facilities
- Must successfully complete a nursing assistant class within six months of beginning the LPN program, be currently employed as a nursing assistant, or complete a Nursing Assistant Skills Check Off the summer prior to beginning the program if not currently working as a nursing assistant.
The practical nursing program is a full-time, 12 month program leading to a diploma in practical nursing. It prepares students for licensure through the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN). The program meets the requirements for accreditation by the Bureau of Examining Boards, Board of Nursing of the State of Nebraska.
Graduates are prepared to provide nursing interventions for patients with commonly occurring health problems with predictable outcomes, under the direction of a licensed practitioner or registered nurse.
- Identifies basic physical, emotional, and cultural needs of the patient.
- Demonstrates the ability to develop a basic nursing care plan.
- Performs basic therapeutic and preventive nursing procedures to accomplish defined goals.
- Determine the extent to which the goals of care have been achieved.
- Demonstrate accountability by functioning within nursing’s ethical/legal framework.
- Prepare to pass the licensing examination (NCLEX- PN).
LPNs provide nursing interventions within the framework of their educational background under the direction of a licensed nurse. They practice in environments such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health and medical offices. Job openings are available throughout the country and in a wide variety of health care agencies. MPCC will assist the graduate in job placement. Salary levels will vary with the geographical area and the type of position.
- The median loan debt for the 2009-2010 school year was $8750.
- Program costs for LPN
- 42 hrs tuition and fees= $4818
- Books and supplies for 3 semesters= $2100
- Room and board for 3 semesters= $8790
- Estimated costs for LPN program= $15,708
- Graduation Rate within 100% (Fall 2009 cohort) = 38%
- Graduate Placement Rate (2009-10 graduates) = 100%
LPN’s may use their Practical Nurse education and experience to continue their education by completing the following:
- Receive advanced placement into RN programs (subject to the RN programs’ policies.)
- Complete an intravenous therapy postgraduate course for certification. (LPNC)