Practical Nursing

WHAT DOES A PRACTICAL NURSE DO?

Take your passion of helping others to the next level by choosing a career as a practical nurse.  As a licensed practical nurse, you will provide direct care for the sick and injured or people with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes or other medical settings. Often, you will be assisting registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, chiropractors or dentists. Join one of the fastest growing career fields by enrolling in our practical nursing program.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Washburn Tech houses one of the premiere nursing schools in Kansas. Our practical nursing program is designed for post-secondary students. Instruction includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities needed to practice safely and effectively as an entry-level practical nurse. Approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing, the program is one of five PN programs in the state approved by the *Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Please read through the application process before applying. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time evening students can finish in three semesters and a summer. Upon completion, you will earn a 48 credit hour technical certificate, and be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses. Many options exist for career advancement in practical nursing including registered nursing at Washburn University and other health care fields.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

This career forecast is bright. Employment of LPNs is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The boost is a reflection of an aging population and increased demand for health care services.  According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for an entry-level LPN in 2013 was $16.44 an hour or $34,202 annually. The average wage was $18.32 an hour or $38,115 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $34,202 $16.44
Average $38,115 $18.32

CERTIFICATIONS

NCLEX-PN

SCHEDULE

This is a competitive program. You must be an adult student when starting the program, and prerequisites begin in January, June and August.

Our day program begins every January and August.

  • 1 year in length

Our evening program begins every third semester, either January or August.

  • 4 semesters in length including summer
  • starts January 2016, August 2017 and January 2019

Daytime Option:
M-F 8:00a-2:55p (1 year pathway)

Evening Option:
M-TH 5:30-9:30 (1.5 year pathway)