Practice a variety of health care processes, techniques and procedures in a high tech simulated lab with direct application to the live clinical practice experience.
Perform nursing procedures while utilizing principles of therapeutic communication, critical thinking, and nursing process to provide quality patient care in a variety of health care settings as a key member of the health care team.
Complete a rigorous curriculum with relevant theory, lab skills and clinical instruction to prepare for a lifelong career or a stepping stone for articulation and further education.
The HPTC Practical Nursing program is approved by Oklahoma Board of Nursing and Oklahoma Department of Career & Technology Education. It is designed for adults who want a challenging career full of opportunities. The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the supervision or direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist.
Clinical practice is correlated with classroom theory and skill practice. Clinical experience includes supervised practice, observation, and participation in various health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, home health, clinics, etc. Graduates acquire a wide range of skills that are easily transferred from one type of nursing to another. Some nursing programs in higher education offer direct articulation or advanced standing for the LPN to acquire an Associate Degree (ADN) or Bachelor of Science (BSN).
Graduates are eligible to apply to Oklahoma Board of Nursing to take the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status.
Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-PN, graduates may work in many states. There are excellent opportunities for employment in hospitals, home health, long term care facilities and clinics. This program prepares for a lifelong career as an LPN or as a stepping stone for articulation and further education.
Must be 18 years of age by the time the NCLEX exam is taken. The application process includes but may not be limited to the completion of practical nursing program application and all required documentation, pre-entrance testing and submitted references. Program expenses include tuition as well as program fees.
Financial aid is available for qualified students. Call HPTC Financial Aid office at 580.571.6177 to make an appointment.
To apply for the program, call High Plains Technology Center Practical Nursing at 580.256.6618. Applications are available beginning in mid-January for the class beginning in mid-July.
Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 16 percent within the next 10 years, must faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs will be needed in many different areas of practice.
Job placement rate for those who completed this program is 90% according to Student Followings: ODCTE.
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