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Practical Nurse

The goal of the Lafayette Practical Nursing program is to prepare the graduate to take and pass the Louisiana Practical Nursing Exam, thus gaining their license, and gain employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Delta College in Lafayette’s practical nursing classes are held to a high standard. Over the years, our practical nursing classes have graduated many students who now work at companies, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and medical facilities all over Louisiana.

The practical nursing program in Lafayette also offers both day and night classes. The day classes take 16 months to complete, the night classes require 24 months. We know this flexibility is important for many students. Call us if you have any questions regarding when classes start or end.

Approximate completion time: Day—16 months / Night—24 months
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Nature of Licensed Practical Nursing Work

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic medical care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

Duties. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses typically do the following:

  • Monitor patients’ health – for example, by checking their blood pressure.
  • Administer basic nursing care, including changing bandages and inserting catheters.
  • Provide for the basic comfort of patients, such as helping them bathe or dress.
  • Discuss health care with patients and listen to their concerns
  • Report patients’ status to registered nurses and doctors
  • Keep records on patients’ health

Experienced licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses oversee and direct other LPNs or LVNs and unlicensed medical staff. Graduates of Delta College’s practical nursing school in Lafayette will be trained to perform all of these tasks and more.

LPN Job Outlook

Employment of licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As the U.S. population ages, the overall need for healthcare is expected to increase. A large number of licensed practical nurses are expected to retire over the coming decade. Job prospects should, therefore, be excellent for licensed and experienced LPNs.


The median annual wage of licensed practical nurses was $41,150 in May 2011. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than the amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,650, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57080.

*Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2013-2014

Delta College in Lafayette Advantages:

  • Job Placement Assistance
  • Quality Instructors
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Day and Evening Classes
  • Clinical Experience at Local Health Care Facilities
  • Licensed by the LA Board of Regents
  • Accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
  • Financial Aid available to those who qualify
  • TOPS Tech Eligible

Practical Nursing School – Delta College in Lafayette, LA

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Gainful Employment Disclosure

Major Occupations For Which Graduates Will Be Qualified:

O*NET Code Title of Occupation Title

Practical Nursing School Costs:

Registration Fee:
$ 100.
Tuition through Graduation:
$ 27,800.
Books and Supplies:
Total Cost:
Required Fees paid to Outside Entities:
Admissions Requirements:
Fingerprint fee (LA St. Pol.)
$ 26.
Fingerprint Processing fee
$ 10.
State Board of PN Eval fee
$ 50.
Pre-Licensing and Related Fees:
FBI Record Request Fee
$ 18.
Fingerprint Processing Fee
$ 10.
NCLEX Registration Fee
$ 200.
LA State Board of PN Examination Test Fee
$ 100.
*All required textbooks, workbooks, software, lab supplies, two sets of uniforms, etc. needed to complete the program are included with tuition. Incidentals such as notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. are not included and must be provided by the student. For more information of tuition policies and additional charges see the college catalog.