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As a vital part of health care, a licensed practical nurse cares for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Our diploma will prepare you for your license exam and qualify you for work toward a degree, if you’d like.
In hospitals, you provide bedside care, evaluate client needs, plan and implement care, and supervise nursing assistants. Duties include taking vital signs, applying dressings, and administering medicines.
In offices and clinics, you may make appointments, keep records, and perform various medical duties. In homes, you may provide complex care and teach families simple nursing tasks.
We emphasize maintenance of health, prevention of illness, observation and care of persons experiencing changes in their health, and evaluation of health practices of patients.
In the classroom, you learn theory and basic nursing skills. Outside it, you gain valuable experience in a variety of health care settings and community agencies, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and child care centers.
In a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, acute and long-term care facilities, home health agencies, clinics, schools, doctors' and dentists' offices, industrial settings, nursing homes, and rehabilitation agencies.
Jobs are projected to grow faster than average. Overall prospects are expected to be very good, but openings will vary by industry. The best opportunities will occur in nursing care and home health care.
Certificate and diploma credits can be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science degree in General Occupational/Technical Studies (GOTS) (188.8.131.52), consistent with the objectives of the student's individual plan of study.
GOTS students work closely with an advisor and are able to combine certificates and diplomas from different disciplines. This lets you create unique job-skill combinations to meet the changing needs of the profession.