Licensed Practical Nurse

The Licensed Practical Nursing Program is a twenty-two month Certificate in Applied Science evening and weekend program.  The LPN Program is offered at the Braxton County location ONLY. 

Program Purpose:

The mission of the Practical Nursing Program at Pierpont Community & Technical College is to provide opportunities for learning, training, and application of knowledge as it relates to the nursing care of individuals, families, and communities in health and illness.  Our mission is responsive to the emerging technologies in the field of healthcare and the changing health care needs of individuals, families, and communities.  Our goal is to prepare our graduates for successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. 

The licensed practical nursing program has been designed as a part-time five-semester certificate program.  The curriculum is divided into courses of study proceeding from the simple to the complex, including theory, college laboratory and clinical practice.   Hours and course design closely follow the West Virginia LPN Board’s suggested curriculum design.

Opportunities:

Career opportunities for a licensed practical nurse can be found in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, physician offices, and in home care.  According to the US Department of Labor, employment of LPN’s is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.  The US Department of Labor reports that as of May 2014 the median annual wage for LPN’s is $41,920.00. 

Graduates may continue in higher education toward an associate’s degree in nursing (ASN).

The Program is accredited by the WV Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses

101 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV 25311

(877)558-LPNS; www.lpnboard.state.wv.us

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

The LPN program graduated their first class in May 2014.  For July 1,2014- June 30, 2015  the first cohort NCLEX program pass rate was 90%, and 100% of the completers graduated on time and 60% of the completers are working in the field, and 30% are working on a Bachelors degree.

2013-2014 Tuition and Fee Cost for total program $7518 plus $120 new student fee. 2012-13 Tuition and Fee Cost for total program  $7014  plus $120 new student fee.

Fees and costs: e-learning course fee $25 per credit hr; $7 LPN fee per credit hr. TEAS test and NCLEX test costs, uniforms are also required for purchase, and transportation to clinical sites.

In addition to tuition LPN students should anticipate additional costs.  Some of the expenses include but are not limited to:

  • LPN course fee ($7.00 per credit hour)
  • Health physical including required vaccinations, titers and tests (varies, estimate $350.00)
  • Transportation to LPN practicum sites (varies)
  • Snacks or meals while attending LPN practicum (varies)
  • Background check for LPN Program (estimate $50.00)
  • Drug screening (estimate $60.00)
  • CPR Training (estimate $30.00)
  • Uniforms, name tag, school patch (estimate $200.00)
  • Stethoscope, watch and bandage scissors (estimate $35.00)

Books and Supplies: $918.82 - 583.14 depending on format (2013-14).

Room and Board: $7,228- $10280 if living in dorms. Program is located in Braxton County, and is intended to be an evening and weekend program, to be completed within 22 months (1300 hours) and requires 7 credit hours of prerequisites, TEAS test scores and background check to be submitted with competitive application to the program.

Job Outlook    WV job outlook

Currently, 63.3% of students taking out federal loans at Pierpont are successfully paying them back (3 yr cohort rate, 2011)


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