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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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About the Program

The goal of the Practical Nurse Program is to prepare the graduate to take and pass the NCLEX-PN Exam, thus gaining licensure and enabling the graduate to gain employment as an entry-level Licensed Practical Nurse. We believe that practical nursing is both an art and a science whose purpose is fourfold: to promote health, to prevent illness, to restore health, and to alleviate suffering. We believe that practical nursing is an essential component of the health care team. The opportunity to prepare for a career in practical nursing at the college is available to all individuals who meet our admissions criteria regardless of race, color, creed, or gender.

The curriculum follows the Louisiana Board of Practical Nurse Examiners (LSBPNE) guidelines for the education of practical nurses and is planned related to the practice of nursing focusing on direct patient care. We seek to provide each student with both the technical skills and knowledge, which will enable them to join the nursing community as competent, compassionate, caring practical nurses.

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 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, 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 $48,820 in May 2020. 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 $35,570, and the top 10 percent earned more than $65,520.

    *Information taken from the Occupational Outlook Handbook on the internet 9/15/2021

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