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Practical Nurse

Become a Licensed Practical Nurse

You aspire to help people in need. Choose a full- or part-time program at Johnson County Community College to learn the clinical skills you can use to launch your healthcare career as a licensed practical nurse.


LPN students learning CPR on a simulated patient

Choose JCCC's Practical Nurse program for its sophisticated hands-on learning, and in nine short months (or 14 months part time) you could be eligible to take the National Council of Licensure Exam–Practical Nursing. 

At JCCC, you'll take what you learn in the classroom and put it to use in real-life settings at the fully equipped Healthcare Simulation Center. Classes are held in the Olathe Health Education Center, right next to Olathe Medical Center.

Gain confidence by using patient simulators programmed to exhibit hundreds of symptoms. Improve and grow with feedback from your instructors. Sharpen your skills by performing such procedures as:

  • Medication pass
  • Catheterization
  • Assessment
  • Equipment placement
  • Blood glucose monitoring

You’ll use the same equipment and supplies used in hospitals, including Gaumard® Victoria®, a fully interactive birthing experience that demonstrates live birth. Other simulators will mimic patient experiences that will occur regularly in practice. You’ll learn how to manage post-surgical patients and those congestive heart failure, paralysis or mental illness.

Two paths to become an LPN

Choose the program that best suits your needs.

Full time (weekdays, Monday through Friday):

  • Complete in nine months
  • Limited to 32 students
  • Starts in August
  • Best for students who have financial support or work part time

Part time (evenings and weekends):

  • Usually completed in 14 months
  • Limited to 24 students
  • Starts in June
  • Best for students who need a less-strenuous schedule or work full time

Your future as a nurse

Demand for skilled nurses continues to grow. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates there will be 88,900 new LPN jobs by 2026, with earnings potential of $45,030*. Once you pass your LPN licensing exam, you can help patients in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Health clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Private home care

In some facilities, LPNs may supervise Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Medical Assistants and other healthcare team members.

*Nationwide average, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2016-2026

Start your nursing career today

Get real-world experience working with the hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities that partner with JCCC and can open doors to begin your LPN career. Or take you skills to the next level and become a Registered Nurse when you enroll in JCCC's LPN to RN Bridge Program.

You must meet certain criteria in order to apply for the practical nursing program. The application deadline is March 15.


Gainful Employment Data for the Practical Nursing Certificate

JCCC's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Graduates of JCCC's Practical Nursing program consistently exceed the national average pass rate for the National Licensing Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The job outlook for LPNs is very promising and employment of LPNs is expected to grow faster than the average for other occupations.

Kansas State Board of Nursing
900 SW Jackson St.
Suite 1051
Topeka, KS 66612-1230
Main: 785-296-4929
Fax: 785-296-3929
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