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Licensed Practical Nursing Program in Lafayette

The goal of Delta College’s practical nursing classes in Lafayette is to prepare you to take and pass the Louisiana Practical Nursing Exam and obtain your license so that you can begin practicing as an LPN. Your time at Delta College in Lafayette will be focused on gaining employment as a Licensed Practical Nurse after graduation. Come see why so many LPN nursing students choose to enroll at Delta College in Lafayette.

Approximate completion time: Day—16 months / Night—24 months

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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.

Take the Next Step!

If you are interested in becoming a practical nurse or in getting a diploma in Practical Nursing in Lafayette, Delta College would love to help you. You can train for a new career in just sixteen months!

Practical Nurse Occupation Information

See each topic below for more information about the potential of being a Practical Nurse.


  • Nature of the 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.

  • 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.

  • Earnings

    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

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