This program prepares students to seek licensure and employment as a practical nurse (LPN). LPNs perform a variety of routine medical care duties such as recording patients’ vital signs, helping them dress for the day and creating a plan of care with the help of a registered nurse (RN). Many students work as an LPN before pursuing a registered nursing degree. The Practical Nursing Program emphasizes bedside care with students receiving valuable practice from clinical rotations. This program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. To view application details, visit otc.edu/alliedhealth. Graduates can apply to write the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse. LPNs can be found in many healthcare settings but often find work at nursing homes, in-home healthcare providers or general physicians’ offices.
The Practical Nursing Program is accredited by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.