Practical Nursing – Diploma
Graduates of the Practical Nursing Diploma Program at Pioneer Pacific College pursue careers as healthcare team members within the rewarding discipline of nursing. Upon completion of this program, graduates care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses.
Practical Nurses enjoy caring for others, have a positive bedside manner, possess good communication skills, work well as a part of a team and enjoy working with others in a professional medical setting. Many nurses find their careers quite fulfilling because they enjoy knowing that what they do on a daily basis helps numerous people lead healthier and happier lives.
Students in this program learn not only in the classroom, but also in a laboratory that simulates the facilities, equipment and records found in both the clinical and administrative areas of ambulatory care centers.
During this program, students also gain practical experience in the clinical phases of nursing in a variety of interdisciplinary settings such as hospitals, long-term care and other community health facilities. Clinical work experience is conducted under the supervision of qualified nursing faculty.
To ensure a comfortable transition from training into the professional medical environment, training includes the practice of the following important areas:
- Physical Assessment
- Medication Administration
- Medical & Surgical Disorders
- Wound Care
- Urinary Catherization
- Preparation for the PN-NCLEX
After successful program completion, graduates are eligible to apply to the Oregon State Board of Nursing (OSBN) for the national licensure exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Once licensed, the graduate may be employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Following licensure, students may choose to apply for certification in Gerontology and IV Therapy, through the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. (NFLPN).
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Discover if Practical Nursing is the right career for you by calling one of our helpful Admissions Specialists at 1-866-772-4636, or fill out the simple Find Out More form on the right, and we’ll contact you to further discuss your interest in a Practical Nursing career.
Practical Nursing is offered at:
- 50 academic weeks
- Nursing Homes
- Doctor’s Offices
- Rehabilitation Facilities
- Home Healthcare
- Outpatient Care Facilities
How much will this program cost me?
- Tuition and fees: $29,320
- Books and supplies: $0
- On-campus room & board not offered
The cost of certain required books, tools and supplies is included in the lab fee. Once issued, these items become the property of the student and the lab fee cannot be refunded. Other fees may apply. Some books become the property of the student and others are loaned for the term(s) for which they are needed. All loaned books must be returned in good condition at the end of each term. Students who graduate or withdraw must within one week return all books or the appropriate replacement charge will be made against the student’s account.
What are my financing options to pay for the program?
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 94.37% of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates:
- Federal loans: $15,222
- Private education loans: $0
- Institution cust-info plan: $1,265
How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 50 academic weeks to complete. 88.03% of graduates from this program finished in this time.
What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who complete the program at the Health Career Institute, Wilsonville, is 80.46%. For Springfield students, the rate is 94.12%.
What type of jobs?
- Licensed Practical Nurse
Will I be able to pay back my student loans?
% (Not available) of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them.