Practical nurses play a vital role in the field of health care. Under the supervision of registered nurses or other health professionals, they provide health care that helps sustain the well-being of the patient. There are a number of licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs available that can be completed in just 10 months. These accelerated programs allow nursing students to learn the essential skills needed for the field and quickly transition to the workforce.
North Shore Community College
North Shore Community College in Danvers, Massachusetts, is one LPN training program that allows students to obtain their nursing education in 10 months. The program is accredited by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and requires 40 weeks of classroom instruction and training. Areas of study covered by the program include fundamentals of practical nursing, medical and surgical nursing, maternal child health, life continuum nursing, nutrition, pharmacology for practical nursing and vocational trends and adjustments for practical nursing. The program also takes advantage of clinical and laboratory experiences as part of its curriculum.
North Shore Community College 1 Ferncroft Road Danvers, MA 01923 978-762-4000 www.northshore.edu
Pensacola Junior College
Pensacola Junior College in Pensacola, Florida, also offers a 10-month option for its practical nursing program. Students holding certification as a certified nurses aide (CNA) are given the opportunity to apply for advanced standing in the program, which allows for the 10-month timeframe for completion. Areas of study include foundations in nursing, AIDS/OSHA for nurses, pharmacology and medical terminology, structure and function and interpersonal relationships for nurses.
Pensacola Junior College 1000 College Blvd Pensacola, FL 32504 850-484-1000 www.pjc.edu
Southern Westchester BOCES School of Practical Nursing
The Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services is an education service in the state of New York that was established to provide vocational and other adult education courses to students living in the Westchester area. The LPN program is offered in two formats, a 20-month evening program or a 10-month accelerated program that meets during regular business hours. Acceptance to the program requires that students pass a preparatory exam. A course is also offered to prepare for this exam. The program is accredited by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and by the state education department. Areas of study include gerontology, nutrition, oncology, end of life care, perioperative nursing, maternal and child health and nursing care of various populations such as those with mental disorders or those with reproductive disorders, among others.
Southern Westchester BOCES 17 Berkley Drive Rye Brook, NY 10573 914-937-3820 www.swboces.org
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