12 Month Diploma Program
What is a Licensed Practical Nurse?
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is an important part of any healthcare team. Many LPNs work in conjunction with an RN on patient care plans or they work independently providing essential care to sick or injured patients. LPNs provide support to RNs and Doctors to ensure records are kept up-to-date, the communication between doctor and patient are clear and consistent, and educate the patients and their families to understand procedures and how to care for sick relatives.
What does a Licensed Practical Nurse do?
The accelerated Practical Nursing program at MedQuest College provides our graduates with a diploma in Practical Nursing and the knowledge needed to take the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to become officially licensed. Licensed Practical Nurses have a variety of responsibilities from administrative tasks to patient care, including:
- Maintain records of patients’ history
- Provide routine patient care
- Observe and document the patient’s health such as vital signs and overall condition
- Assisting doctors and registered nurses with tests or procedures
- Assemble, use and sterilize medical equipment
- Start IV drips or give injections
- Consulting with registered nurses on patient care plans
- Communicating with patients and their families
Where does a Licensed Practical Nurse work?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of LPNs is projected to grow by 12% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all other occupations. This tremendous growth is due to the aging baby-boom population that requires medical attention as they live longer and experience more chronic health problems. As a professionally trained and educated graduate of MedQuest College’s Practical Nursing program, you can explore career opportunities at any of the following healthcare facilities:
- Long Term Care Facilities
- Correctional Facilities
- Public School Systems
- Physician’s Office
- Nursing Facilities
- Home Health Care Services
- Managed Care
The Practical Nursing program at MedQuest College requires students to complete 588 hours of lecture, 192 hours in the lab located on campus and 432 hours at an assigned clinical site. During this time each student will meet with the Director of Career Services for assistance with resume writing, preparation of cover letters, interviewing techniques and networking skills. The career services department provides job placement assistance for its graduates. Alumni in good standing may continue to use any and all placement resources indefinitely at no charge.
The Diploma of Practical Nursing program is designed to prepare students for successful careers as a Licensed Practical Nurse with knowledge in pertinent aspects of the healthcare field. Students will learn skills that prepare them to perform patient care pertinent to entry-level into the nursing profession. Students have the ability to apply in various healthcare facilities from physicians’ offices, education or corrections systems, home health, and short-term and long term care facilities.
Upon completion of the program and meeting all of the course requirements, students will receive a Practical Nursing diploma and will be prepared and eligible to submit their diploma and transcript to apply to take the national certification examination through the National Council for State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-PN®). Successful completion of the national examination allows students to apply for licensure in their respective state.
MedQuest College has provided high-quality instruction to students in Kentucky and Indiana since 1999. By providing Southern Indiana, Louisville and Lexington Kentucky, and surrounding areas with quality programs in medical assisting, dental assisting, diagnostic medical sonogoraphy, medical billing and coding, practical nursing and biomed equipment technology we are able to proudly say that MedQuest College has successfully employed hundreds of graduates in the medical fields. Our campuses are located in Louisville Ky and Lexington KY. We are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), a nationally recognized accrediting body.