In-depth review of 3 LPN schools in Los Angeles, CA
Written by Nurses Link on November 5th, 2012
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) programs are found at 2 and 4 year colleges and universities and vocational training centers. An LPN works under the director of a Registered Nurse or a Physician and deliver care to people who are ill, injured, convalescing or disabled. LPN’s are required to take and pass a nursing exam administered by the state department of nursing in order to work in a health care environment. For anyone living in California considering a career as an LPN, here are three schools in Los Angeles that should be considered.
CBD College, Los Angeles
CBD College was established in 1982 and has grown into one of Los Angeles best academic resources for vocational training, especially for LPN students. In 1997, the school received National Accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.
The LPN program at CBD College takes 14 months to complete, and students are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam. 94% of the students in this program finish within the 14 month time period and 71% of the graduates find employment within 3 months of becoming licensed.
Students must be at least 17 years old to enroll in the LPN program and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Each applicant must have an interview with an admissions representative and pass the CPAtACT test. High school classes should include concentration in math and science classes.
The LPN program includes classroom and hands on, clinical experience in affiliated health care facilities. The program course of study includes physiology and anatomy, communicable diseases, critical thinking, fundamentals of nursing, maternity and pediatric nursing, the nursing process, pharmacology and psychology.
The cost of the program is currently $28,000, in addition to registration and application fees, books, uniforms and ID badge, CPR and fire safety training and ATI testing. Applicants will also have to supply fingerprints and a background check.
American Career College
American Career College (ACC) has been training students in a variety of careers including that of Licensed Practical Nurse for the past 30 years. Founded in 1978, the school only offered optical dispensing, but eventually grew to include a variety of health care programs.
Applicants must be a high school graduate and at least 18 years old to apply for admission. Applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent must take the CPAt entrance evaluation exam and the HES exam.
The program takes 13 months to complete the day program and 20 months to complete the evening program and students will be prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam. In 2011 84% of the American Career College students who took the NCLEX-PN exam passed.
Some of the course offered at ACC includes physiology and anatomy, the respiratory system, musculoskeletal system, endocrine system and the gastrointestinal system. In addition, students will study patient interaction, nursing supervision and leadership and effective communication.
Tuition for the LPN program is $34,200 and does not include books and materials, registration fee or background check fee. Financial aid is available through the school and private funding sources.
Preferred College of Nursing
The Preferred College of Nursing, PCN, began as a dream and finally became a reality in 1996. The school has grown to offer a variety of career driven programs, including a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program.
PCN offers day and evening programs, making it very convenient pursue an education no matter what their schedule. Currently the LPN program tuition is $23, 235 and includes lab and badge fees, testing fees, books and equipment and STRF fee. 75% of the graduates find employment within three months of licensing.
Students will take classes that include Nursing care and supervision, anatomy, biology, physiology. Pharmacology, geriatric, pediatric and obstetric care and a variety of liberal arts related electives. Upon graduation from the program, students are prepared to take the NCLEX-PN exam.
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