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.
Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $43,440on campus

Learning at Washburn Tech

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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. The program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Please read through the application process before applying. You will need to take an admissions test and the TEAS exam . 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.

Please note: Many of our clinical partners are requiring students to have the vaccine in order to complete clinical hours.  Due to accrediting body and program clinical requirements, Washburn Tech cannot guarantee that requirements for program completion can be met when a student is not vaccinated.


Washburn Tech's Practical Nursing program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Jobs and Salaries

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
The data below refers to surveyed wages and average annual job openings in the state of Kansas due to growth and net replacement. SOURCE: klic.dol.ks.gov

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Schedule Options

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


1 year

Every January and August

MON - FRI; 8am-2:55pm


1.5 years (includes one summer)

Every third semester in January or August

MON - THU; 5-9pm

Program Cost

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify, and have a high school diploma or GED. To set-up an appointment with a financial aid counselor, call 785.670.3360.
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