Nursing: Practical Nursing - Certificate of Achievement

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 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.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Care for sick or injured people
Stay busy and on their feet
Support other medical professionals
Care for the elderly
Build a practical skill set
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: Click Here
Out-of-district Tuition: Click Here
Average Length: 2.6 Years
Credits: 49*
Average Salary: $41,100*
Graduation Retention Rate: 85%*

Possible Careers

Licensed pratical nurse (LPN)
Nursing home LPN
Hospital LPN
Physician’s office LPN
In-home healthcare LPN
Care transition LPN

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Michelle Crum
Practical Nursing Program Director


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