Practical Nursing

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Technical Diploma

Program Number: 

315431

Credits: 

32.00
Financial Aid Available

Nursing is a profession that demands the right combination of compassion and technical skill. As a licensed practical nurse (LPN) you will care for patients in a clinic, hospital, or other care facility under the supervision of a registered nurse. Your responsibilities will include observing the patient and documenting the treatment, carrying out physicians’ orders, and planning and evaluating nursing care. General education courses complement nursing science courses to provide a well-rounded education. Highly individualized learning activities and valuable field experiences provide an opportunity to demonstrate the skills that are learned. Many of the classes are available online, through Interactive Television, and in blended formats in addition to the traditional classroom format.

This program is approved by the State of Wisconsin Board of Nursing. All practical nurses are required to take a national exam to obtain a license to practice. Compared with all programs nationwide, Western graduates have been consistently successful in passing the exam.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Practical Nursing

This program will cost about $4,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Practical Nursing 2014-2015 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates82
Graduates Responding71
Employed in Related Occupation33
Employed in Non-related Occupations3
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education35
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Responding1018
Average Hours Per Week2241
Median Hourly Wage$15.53 $26.33
Hourly Wage Range$12.00 - $26.00$15.85 - $32.00
Median Annual Salary$17,529.00 $50,319.00

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • CNA; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • CNA; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Critical Care Technician; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • LPN; Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, La Crosse, WI
  • LPN; Divine Savior Healthcare, Portage, WI
  • LPN; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • LPN; Morrow Home Community, Sparta, WI
  • LPN; Onalaska Care Center, Onalaska, WI
  • Medical Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Nursing Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Resident Care Coordinator; Bluff View Memory Care, Holmen, WI
  • RN; Unknown
  • RN; Benedictine Living Community, La Crosse, WI
  • RN; Black River Falls Memorial Hospital, Black River Falls, WI (3)
  • RN; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI (2)
  • RN; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI (4)
  • RN; Mulder Health Care Facility, West Salem, WI
  • RN; Nancy Long Henry, Greensburg, WI
  • RN; Reedsburg Area Medical Center, Reedsburg, WI
  • RN; Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Tomah, WI
  • RN; Wellington Place, Decorah, IA
  • RN; Western Wisconsin Cares, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Licensed Practical Nurse

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Implement one's role as a nurse in ways that reflect integrity, responsibility, ethical practices, and an evolving identity as a nurse committed to caring, advocacy, and quality care while adhering to evidence-based practice
  • Demonstrate appropriate written, verbal, and nonverbal communication in a variety of clinical contexts
  • Integrate knowledge of social, mathematical, and physical sciences, pharmacology, and disease processes while participating in clinical decision making
  • Provide patient centered care under supervision by participating in the nursing process across diverse populations and healthcare settings
  • Minimize risk of harm to patients, members of the healthcare team, and self through safe individual performance and participation in system effectiveness
  • Collaborate as an active member of the multidisciplinary health care team to provide effective patient care throughout the lifespan
  • Use information and technology to communicate, manage data, mitigate error, and assist with decision-making

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

Application
$30 Application Fee

Program Specific Requirements

Writing/English: 

ACT: 19
COMPASS: 75
ACCUPLACER: 76

Reading: 

ACT: 20
COMPASS: 84
ACCUPLACER: 72

Math/Pre-Algebra: 

ACT: 19
COMPASS: 58
ACCUPLACER: 82
Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Practical Nursing program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions.  You can find a link to this document below.  In addition, you must complete General Anatomy and Physiology and its prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better, complete a Wisconsin Department of Health Services-approved Nursing Assistant course, and demonstrate satisfactory performance on the Nursing TEAS V Pre-Admission Examination.  Please see the details below.

  • Nursing Essential Functions
  • General Anatomy and Physiology Prerequisites
    • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Biology
    • One year of High School or one term of Developmental or College Chemistry
  • General Anatomy and Physiology (10806177)
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services-approved Nursing Assistant Course
    (Note: This requires a minimum of 120 hours of instruction and must include a clinical component.)
  • Nursing TEAS V Pre-Admission Examination
    (Note: Do not take this test until you have completed the placement testing requirements for the College.)

Gainful Employment

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Sally Davis
Program Chair, Nursing
608-785-9283
DavisS@westerntc.edu

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

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