Practical Nurse training program

The Practical Nurse certificate program at Dorsey Schools includes comprehensive classroom education and practical hands-on training designed to help our students prepare for rewarding careers in the medical field. Course topics include Computer Applications, Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Practical Nursing Fundamentals, Applied Math for Nursing/Dosages and Calculations, Pharmacology and Medication Delivery, Mental Health, Medical and Surgical Nursing, Maternal and Newborn Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, and more.

Practical Nurse – Michigan career training 

Training in this program includes:

  • Comprehensive coverage of cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral learning disciplines.
  • Practical nurse skills and responsibilities, including patient care, assist with patient education, managing team nursing care delivery, and the supervision of unlicensed assistive personnel.
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills, with a focus on legal, ethical, moral, and cultural issues in the current healthcare environment.
  • Students will be placed in a variety of clinical settings throughout their academic program, which will provide them with a range of experiences in diverse populations, organizations, and agencies.
  • Students who successfully complete this program will receive a Practical Nurse certificate and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-PN exam, they may become licensed as a Practical Nurse. Licensure as a Practical Nurse is required for employment by the State of Michigan.

LPN Program

The Practical Nurse certificate program is offered at the following Dorsey Schools campus locations:

Practical Nurse Career Outlook

Practical nurses are among the most in-demand positions in today’s healthcare field. These professionals, once licensed, provide direct patient care under the direction of registered nurses and doctors. Typical job responsibilities include taking vital signs, preparing and administering injections, collecting samples for testing, and a host of other practical nursing duties required by the healthcare facility’s leading physician or registered nurses. Once licensed, jobs in this field can be found in hospitals, outpatient facilities, long-term care facilities, clinics, home care services, and other healthcare facilities. According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 12% from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.a In addition, according to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is projected to grow 5.5% from 2014 to 2024.b

Practical Nurse Frequently Asked Questions

Want to learn more about:

  • What Practical Nurses Do
  • Becoming a Practical Nurse
  • The Dorsey Schools Practical Nurse program

Check out our Practical Nurse FAQ page!

Practical Nurse program – Gainful Employment Disclosures

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Additional Information

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm (visited November 25, 2017).

Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (SOC Code: 29-2061), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).

For your reference, we’ve included the links below of several very helpful websites where you can learn more about Practical Nurses, info pertaining to Jobs as a Practical Nurse, the work Practical Nurses do, etc.: