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Pharmacology Certification

Earning Your Pharmacology Certification

There are a number of very specific specializations that nurses choose to pursue once they have their LPN license. One of these additional qualifications that could result in a number of benefits for you is earning pharmacology certification. With pharmacology certification you will be in line for a number of excellent opportunities in terms of employment. A hardworking and dedicated student will not take long in earning this qualification and expanding their career horizons.

Why Should I Get Pharmacology Certification?

There are a number of excellent reasons why you should pursue pharmacology certification, some of which have been touched on already:

  • You will be able to earn more money as a nurse: every additional qualification that you strive towards as a nurse will mean that you stand a higher chance of being employed in more highly paid positions.
  • You will be more marketable: potential employers look for nurses who show a desire to pursue their education and do more than just the bare minimum in pursuit of career excellence. In addition it will mean that you can get a job with employers specifically looking for nurses that have this certification.

It is also often very easy to earn your pharmacology certificating, especially as a number of employers are more than willing to sponsor the certification in exchange for which you, as the nurse in the picture will agree to work for your employer for a set period of time.

One of the best organizations through which to get your pharmacology certification is NAPNES as this shows that your qualification is of good quality and increases your chances of employment.

Common Job Roles And Duties

There are a number of tasks that a nurse with pharmacology certification is expected to fulfill. These include attending to individuals who are sick, injured, or disabled, noting vital signs, assisting the patient with personal grooming and ambulatory problems, administering injections and enemas, dressing wounds, giving massages and alcohol rubs, monitoring patients for adverse reactions to medications or treatments and reporting on them if there are any, monitoring catheters, and recording food and fluid intake and output. Consequently it can be seen that nurses in this position tend to perform many of the same tasks as other nurses, with the addition of specific, pharmacological roles included. The job role is an extremely important one as it ensures that patients are receiving the appropriate level of care that they need in order to recover as efficiently as possible. Attention to detail is a very important aspect of the job as it is one of the primary roles of the pharmacology nurse to ensure that the patient is not reacting badly to any medication and to put a stop to that medication if an adverse reaction is observed. If you earn certification in this area of nursing you will be allowed to use the title or signature LPN, NCP.About Pharmacology Certification

About NAPNES

One of the best organizations through which to receive pharmacology certification is NAPNES. This stands for the National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services. In the NAPNES training program you will cover:

  • Pharmacological and medical administration principles
  • How Pharmacological and medical administration principles apply in the LPN profession
  • Drug classifications
  • Procedures for medical administration
  • Medication assessment
  • Dosage calculations

This training also counts towards your continuing education credits, counting as 45 hours in total. Belonging to NAPNES is not a prerequisite for earning pharmacology certification through this body (although there are many benefits to belonging to NAPNES, making it a viable option for most nurses to consider). NAPNES members will, however, be given a substantial discount on the study materials that are needed in order to pass the certification examination. In order to become a member with NAPNES there are a number of separate steps that you will need to follow and the entire process is distinct form the process of applying for pharmacology certification through the association. As with all associations and certification examinations there are a number of eligibility requirements that you have to meet.

Certification

Certification through NAPNES is one of the best choices you could make as it is a well known and nationally recognized certification body for this line of work. In fact many employers require that you have the NAPNES certification over other options as it represents a guarantee that you will be skilled in your role as a pharmacology nurse. It effectively allows you to:

  • Build skills
  • Measure your knowledge
  • Demonstrate your employability

The application form for certification can be found here. To apply you will need to begin by downloading the application package, make the necessary online payments for whichever certification or recertification option you are interested in pursuing, complete the application form, provide a copy of your license to be an LPN (Pharmacology, Long- Term Care, and I.V. Therapy Certifications require an LPN or LVN license in good standing), email or fax the necessary documentation to NAPNES, await your authorization letter, and then set a date to sit the exam. Once you have sat the examination and passed it you will need to print out the affidavit, have it notarized after you have filled it in, and send it to NAPNES. You will receive your certification in a few days following this.

Eligibility

There are a number of eligibility requirements that you will need to meet in order to earn pharmacology certification. To begin with you must have a current and unencumbered LPN/LVN license in the United States or in a U.S. territory. Alternatively you could simply meet the educational requirements for taking the NCLEX-LP examination (meaning that you do not have your LPN license yet, but that you are eligible to receive one soon). A signature from the program director will be required on your application for certification. In addition to this you will also need to, obviously, receive a passing grade on the NAPNES Pharmacology Certification Examination, a test that NAPNES provides study materials for. All certifications will require 24 contact hours of continuing education during the certification period to be eligible for re-certification. Once you receive certification you will be eligible to work as a pharmacology nurse for 3 years, at which point you will need to pursue recertification. 24 hours of continuing education over a period of three years is very little, and you may want to consider doing more than what is required in order to further boost your credentials and your confidence in your job.

Coursework

The coursework that you will be required to complete will consist of a number of topics, not least of which is dosage calculations of medications and intravenous fluid rates. In addition to this you will also be required to become well versed in the topics of medication assessment and procedures for administration, drug classifications and their effect on various body systems, and specific drugs in each classification that are emphasized according to expected effects, side effects, allergic and adverse effects. Because you will be closely involved in the administration of medication, you will also be provided with comprehensive information on the safety precautions, guidelines, and documentation. Last but not least you will study the human nervous system and the effects certain drugs have on the body and the routes of drug administration and variables that influence drug action. Based on this it becomes clear that there are two components of the course you will complete that are of paramount importance:

  • Medical math
  • Safety precautions

Safety precautions can be learned, but medical math will be easier if you already have a natural affinity for numbers as well as for making accurate calculations.

Costs

There are a number of costs that are involved in obtaining pharmacology certification, as you will most probably not be surprised to hear. The main costs that are involved in the process are:

  • $100 fee that is payable to NAPNES in order to register as a pharmacology nurse and which must be included with your application for certification
  • $60 must be paid to Castle Worldwide when you log on to their system in order to write the examination
  • An additional $50 must be paid to Castle Worldwide for every additional attempt that you make at the test should you fail to pass the first time round
  • NAPNES members pay $50 in order to obtain re-certification every three years
  • Non-NAPNES members pay $100 in order to gain re-certification every three years (meaning that it is cheaper to re-certify if you are a member)
  • $10 will be needed if you need to change your name along with a certificate of marriage or divorce
  • Additional costs may be incurred if you buy additional study materials, if you do not take your test within 60 days of applying for certification, or if you apply late for the renewal of your license

The Exam

Content Of Exam

The work that you will be assessed on in the examination will consist of many topics that you will have covered in basic LPN training. In addition you could complete a training program specifically aimed at preparing you for pharmacology certification and NAPNES provides optional study materials for you to use as preparation. You can take the exam if:

  • You have passed a training course, or
  • If you have prior training or work experience

You will receive login details from NAPNES which will expire within 60 days after your application. This means that you will need to login within 60 days to take the exam, so make sure that you are properly prepared when you apply for it.

You will need to answer 150 multiple choice questions to pass the exam. The exam is offered online and the questions appear one at a time on the screen. You cannot print these questions, and any attempt to do will result in immediate failure. You should also note that when the 2 hour time limit is reached, your test will be submitted for grading regardless of whether or not you have finished. The exam can be completed form anywhere.

Passing The Exam

It is your responsibility to ensure that you take the exam in a quiet location where you are unlikely to be disturbed by anyone or anything. This is something that you may have to think about or plan in advance. The exam can be taken from anywhere with an internet connection. If you can get your hands on official pharmacology certification exam study review guides you will find that you will be better prepared for taking the test. These guides not only prepare you for the content of the test but also tend to give you a fairly good idea of what the layout of the test will be and help you decide how long you can afford to spend on each multiple choice question. This will mean that the test will not present you with any surprises and you will be able to pace yourself well throughout the examination. Although different people study differently, it is interesting to note that many students find it easier to pass the certification examination after studying in a group than on their own. In addition attending a program or using the materials provided by NAPNES also tend to increase pass rates in students taking the exam.

Although this is not a qualification that suits everyone, pharmacology certification can make a substantial difference to your career and may result in a number of excellent career advancements and opportunities. Becoming a nurse with pharmacology certification will allow you to broaden your employment options as well as earn more respect in the workplace and within the nursing profession in general. Any further education that you pursue as a nurse will result in you being more marketable to potential employers, thereby making it a worthwhile goal to pursue. It also serves to cement your position in the healthcare industry, one of the most stable industries around.


IV Therapy Certification

Facts About IV Therapy Certification

IV stands for “intravenous” and it effectively refers to those aspects of healthcare that involve inserting a needle into a patient with the intention of removing blood or with the intention of administering medication or another form of treatment directly into the bloodstream. With IV therapy certification you may be eligible for a raise in salary as well as for more advanced job opportunities and a broader career outlook.

Educational Prerequisites

There are a number of educational and other prerequisites that are required in order to enter an IV therapy training program. In order to be accepted into an IV therapy course you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must be a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or a registered nurse (RN)
  • You must be CPR-certified at the Health Care Provider level
  • You must provide proof of current immunizations
  • You must provide proof of a negative TB test
  • You must provide proof of personal liability insurance
  • You must also submit to criminal background checks

Where To Get Training

You have three options in terms of where you can get your IV therapy certification training:

  • On The Job
  • IV Therapy Courses
  • IV Therapy Certificate Programs

IV therapy is a common task for nurses to perform; so on the job training is useful. Some hospitals offer validation of your IV therapy skills. This will allow you to go on to receive certification by taking the exam. You can also do an IV therapy course which will actually focus on teaching you specific skills related to IV therapy. IV therapy certification programs are similar to IV therapy courses expect that they are far more intensive.IV Therapy Certification Program

Course Topics

There are a number of course topics that you should cover in an IV therapy certification training course, including intravenous therapy maintenance, intravenous catheters, antibiotic therapy, pharmacology, infection control, legal documentation, fluid balance, safe fluid administration and allergic responses. There are, essentially, a large number of different skills and knowledge that you will need to learn in order to do a job like this well. The programs that you select in order to complete your IV therapy certification training should include comprehensive classes in all of these topics as well as in any additional subjects that may be useful for IV therapy certification in your particular state. Online courses should also include these topics.

Job Description

The following are the basic tasks that an IV therapy nurse performs:

  • You will insert intravenous needles
  • You will collect, handle and transport blood
  • You will conduct electrocardiography tests
  • You will administer parenteral nutrition
  • You will administer transfusions
  • You will administer antineoplastic agents.
  • You may work in a hospital, clinic, nursing home or rehabilitation center or provide home care for housebound patients
  • You will inform the patient about the procedure and the purpose of the IV drip
  • You will educate the patient to comply with directives of the treatment plan
  • You will monitor the rate of infusions and adjust the flow to meet the prescribed target rate
  • You will work with the physician and other health-care staff to monitor patient allergic reactions
  • You will work with the physician and other health-care staff to provide emergency care if and when necessary

Popular Career Options

There are a number of different places in which you can work as a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse with IV therapy certification. The most popular places include:

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Long-term care facilities

Essentially you work anywhere where IV therapy is likely to be administered to patients. IV therapy involves the use of needles, so it is necessary that you are not only comfortable with needles and the sight of blood, but also that you know how to deal with patients under you care who are not comfortable with such things and who need reassurance when undergoing IV therapy of whatever kind and for whatever reason.

Continuing Education And Certification Information

It is interesting to note that IV therapy certification can occur at state level, but also at national level as the Infusion Nurses Certification Corporation (INCC) offers national certification for registered nurses who pass the Certified Registered Nurse Infusion (CRNI) examination. Generally speaking it is a requirement that you are already an RN in order to receive certification of this kind. However, if you are an LPN who is enrolled in an LPN to RN program at the time that you apply for national certification, you will most likely also be permitted to write the certification exam and become certified to administer IV therapy across the entire country and not merely within your own state.

Summary: Steps To Becoming An IV Therapy Nurse

The following are the basic steps that you can follow in order to become an IV therapy certified nurse:

  • Finish high school and take as many biology, math and chemistry classes as you can while still in school
  • Take a nursing course an become a registered nurse
  • Get hand-son practical training as well as theory training as a surgical nurse
  • Go to a nursing school in order to attain additional training in anatomy and pharmacology to make it easier for you to understand the processes and so on involved in IV therapy
  • As you will need to train others, such as the families of patients, how to administer IV therapy, this is also a skill you should pick up

IV Therapy Certification Through NAPNES

NAPNES stands for “National Association for Practical Nursing Education and Services” and this is an association through which you can get your IV therapy certification. According to the association’s website “NAPNES Certification in Intravenous Therapy (IV Therapy Certification) allows LP/VNs to measure their knowledge against a national test and offers a national, post-licensure credential that many employers ask for by name”. This is definitely one of the better associations through which you can receive certification and the vast majority of employers look upon IV therapy certification from this particular source very favorably indeed. On the association’s website you can apply for certification and find out more about what it takes to become IV certified.

Cost

There are a number of fees that may be associated with receiving IV therapy certification through NAPNES. These include:

  • A $100.00 registration fee paid to NAPNES at the time you apply
  • A $60.00 paid to Castle Worldwide for the first try at the certification exam
  • A $50.00 for each additional attempt at the exam after your first try
  • You may purchase study materials at an additional cost to help you pass the exam
  • There are additional fees if you do not take the exam within 60 days of application
  • There are additional fees if a check you send to NAPNES bounces
  • There are late filing penalties in cases where you file for renewal of your certification late
  • A $100 registration fee paid to NAPNES for the IV Therapy exam is also required

Validity

The certification that you receive is only valid for three years at which point you will need to apply for re-certification. NAPNES does its best to inform those nurses who need to apply for re-certification that the date is coming up. They will inform nurses via email of this. However in many cases NAPNES does not have your email address. In this case the certification card that you were given the last time you certified will be your reminder. These cards contain an expiration date that you will have to be re-certified by.

Length Of Process

According to the NAPNES website the length of the certification process depends on and can be controlled by you: “Much of the time required will depend on you. Basically it takes NAPNES four to six weeks to process an application. You can reduce this time by using online payments, faxing or emailing applications, etc. DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. The process requires time as we conduct verifications on every application”. The bottom line is that, the sooner you start the application for certification process, the sooner you will be certified. When applying for re-certification make sure that you leave plenty of time for things to go wrong and that you are able to submit all paperwork before the due date.

Membership

NAPNES is a nursing association to which you can become a member. However, when it comes to IV therapy certification, there are a number of things to keep in mind:

– Becoming certified is not the same thing as becoming a member. You will need to go through an entirely different process in order to become a member of NAPNES.
– Becoming a member of NAPNES is highly recommended because you will be able to get discounts on study materials and other things.
– Being a member does, however, involve paying membership fees on a regular basis in order to adequately maintain your membership status with the association.

Raise

Although NAPNES admits that it is highly likely that you will be able to get a raise at your current job if you have IV therapy certification, there is no way that the association can guarantee that this will happen. It is, essentially, up to your employer. Some of them will give raises, others will not. However, with IV therapy certification, you will be able to apply for jobs that pay higher wages and you will also stand a higher chance of actually receiving those jobs. Even if you certification status does not make a significant difference in your current job it will open the door for you to apply to other jobs.

Test

NAPNES offers an online certification exam that will allow you to become an IV therapy certified nurse. There are a number of thing to keep in mind in relation to this exam:

  • The exam is online and can be taken from anywhere that has an internet connection.
  • There is a time limit on the exam.
  • Because you will need to control your own exam environment it is important that you try to find a computer that you can use in a quiet location.
  • In addition try to choose somewhere where you will not be interrupted while writing the exam.
  • In order to pass the exam you must get a score of 80% or higher.

Online IV Certification

IV certification can be earned online, which is very convenient considering that it is not always easy to give up your job in order to study further. There are a number of different associations and agencies through which you can receive certification. According to ehow.com “Those earning IV certification are often working professionals. Taking an online IV course offers scheduling convenience. It allows individuals to update their skills on their own time and with the ease of online accessibility”. Training courses of this kind are somewhere between $600 and $700 generally speaking and there are a number of offline and online options that you can make use of in order to adequately prepare yourself for the IV therapy certification exam through NAPNES or through another agency.

There are a number of advantages to becoming IV therapy certified, not least of which is the fact that you may get a raise if you do. In addition there are a number of job openings that you will stand a higher chance of being selected for if you have IV therapy certification. It is, essentially, a qualification that can open many doors for you and earn you a slightly higher degree of professional respect within the nursing industry, which is in itself a very meaningful reward. Different states have different rules regarding IV therapy certification, and it will be our own personal responsibility to look into the rules and regulations in your own state to determine whether you are eligible for the qualification.

LPN Tuition

Facts About LPN Tuition

One factor that frequently puts prospective students off the idea of becoming an LPN is the LPN tuition. For many people who would like to enter the nursing profession, the cost of the course is simply too steep. Closer examination of the course fees, however, as well as of the financial aid options available will make it clear that the course is in fact an affordable option for a wide range of people.

LPN Program Costs

An important thing to remember when considering LPN tuition is that the cost of the actual LPN course that you complete is not necessarily the final cost that you will pay overall. Costs can vary and there are a number of additional costs that many people overlook when considering how much their education will cost them, such as textbooks and accommodation (in cases where you are studying at a facility that is not near to your home and you are required to travel). The area that you plan to study in can have a major impact on the tuition fees that you pay. Consider, for example, the fact that, although the average cost for LPN programs across the country is about $10,000, you will pay much closer to $20,000 or $25,000 if you live in a major city. In addition this price does not take into account textbooks and other materials that you will need to buy which can be expensive depending on what resources the program conveners choose to use. In some cases these things will be provided by the school and the cost will be included in your overall tuition fees, but that is a very rare occurrence. Make sure that you are aware of all the additional (and in some cases the “hidden”) costs that each school you are interested in comes with.

There are general guidelines that can be referred to regarding why the cost of LPN programs can vary so dramatically, but at the end of the day you will have to do your own research at the schools in your area in order to determine what you are likely to be charged for an LPN program in your particular situation and in your particular state.Nurse Tuition

Average LPN Tuition Fees

The average LPN program cost is estimated to be between $10,000 and $25,000 in tuition fees, but there can be significant variations depending on a number of different factors:

  • Schools that offer accelerated programs tend to have extremely high tuition fees (these are the fees that will be closer to $25,000 a year).
  • Universities tend to have extremely high tuition fees (these are the fees that will be closer to $25,000 a year).
  • Community colleges have far lower tuition fees on average, ranging from $4,000 to $5,000 a year; this is the bottom end of the price range and therefore the more affordable of your many options.
  • Schools operated and funded by the state are also known for their low tuition fees.

It is important to keep in mind, if possible, that lower fees do not always mean good value for money. It is important that you take the quality of the school into account as far as possible, especially as the school that you choose to attend at this point in time will inform your career from this day forward and will leave an indelible mark on your resume. Financial aid options are available for nurses who would like to attend the more expensive schools but who cannot afford to pay for these schools. On the other hand it is equally true that a school that charges high tuition fees is not necessarily one of the best schools to attend. This is especially true of universities where nursing curriculums are late additions to the course work that they offer. In these cases the university may simply be trading on its already established good name and may not, in fact, offer the best LPN tuition that is available.

Why Costs Vary

There are several reasons why the cost of LPN programs may vary. One of the more obvious reasons is based on where you complete your program. There are several different facilities and institutes that offer LPN training programs. These include:

  • Hospitals
  • Community colleges
  • Vocational schools
  • Technical schools
  • Universities

Generally speaking you will need to pay more for an LPN course at a popular university than for an LPN course at your local community college, and consequently community colleges tend to be a little more popular with individuals interested in becoming licensed practical nurses. However there is an advantage to completing a program at a university, namely the fact that these universities tend to have a higher degree of prestige and a qualification from a university as opposed to a community college will look substantially more impressive on your resume. If you can afford to attend a university to complete your LPN training, then it is recommended that you do so. If you cannot, there are financial aid options available that you could make use of in order to be able to afford such an LPN tuition program.

Another factor which can cause varying costs in tuition fees is whether the program you attend is an online program or an offline program. Online programs are cheaper as you can study from home and you do not have to pay for transport costs and so on. However it is important to keep in mind that an LPN training program cannot be completed entirely online and you will need to take it upon yourself to find a facility where you will be allowed to complete your clinical training in order to receive your LPN qualification and become licensed as an LPN.

Additional Costs To LPN Tuition

There are a number of things that may be included under the heading of additional costs when considering LPN tuition fees. These include:

  • Books
  • Uniforms
  • Liability insurance
  • Background checks
  • Medical exams
  • Study guides
  • Travel
  • Medical equipment (like a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff)
  • Technology
  • Entrance exam
  • Graduation fees
  • Licensing fees
  • $200 examination fee for National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN)

Books are required in order for you to complete the theory side of your LPN training. There are a number of terms and medical definitions and procedures that you will need to learn about from your textbooks and study guides before you will be able to write the NCLEX-PN examination and become licensed as an LPN. These books cost, on average, about $1000. In addition there is also a clinical aspect to your training. This aspect will require that you wear the appropriate LPN uniform for the facility where you will be observing and practicing the skills that you read about in your textbooks. All nurses are required to have liability insurance, which basically covers them as well as the hospital where they work in cases where they make a mistake and a patient decides to sue. To ensure that you are fit to be an LPN there are a number of background and medical checks that you must undergo which often you have to pay for out of your own pocket. If you live far away from your school you need to factor in travel costs. You may also have to buy equipment as well as pay for any technological items used and provided by your facility. Licensing and examination fees are also possible additional expenses, but the actual amounts that you pay may vary depending on your state.

Other Important Considerations When Choosing An LPN Program

There are two very important considerations when choosing an LPN school or program based on the tuition that you expect to pay:

  • If you need to choose a program based on how cheap it is, remember to have a very close look at the various NCLEX-PN pass rates that each of the schools in your price range has. You will certainly save a great deal of money on a tuition program that is cheaper than average, but often the quality of these programs are not very good. It is essential that you choose a program that adequately prepares you to write and pass the NCLEX-PN examination. This information is available online. Speaking to students who have already been through the programs that you are interested in will also help you to determine whether or not the program is of good quality and can be trusted as the basis of your education.
  • The second important consideration is whether to enroll in an LPN training program, or an RN training program. Becoming an RN will immediately give you a position in a health care setting that is of an elevated status in comparison to LPNs, but the important thing to remember here is that the RN tuition programs that are available are invariably more expensive than the tuition programs. If finances are a serious concern for you, an LPN program is a better bet. Remember that your LPN qualification can be used as a stepping stone for becoming an RN later in life when you have the money to do so. Several LPN to RN programs exist which you should be able to take advantage of once you are ready to expand your education and become a registered nurse with the increased benefits (as well as responsibilities) that are included.

Financial Aid For LPNs

There are a number of financial aid options available for individuals interested in becoming LPNs but who do not have the resources available to pay for the courses. Scholarships and grants are one of the first options that you could consider. They are offered through a number of organizations, both governmental (usually requiring you to fill out the FAFSA application form) and nongovernmental. Scholarships and grants consist of monetary amounts that are given to you for the purpose of funding your studies. This money does not need to be repaid (although in some cases you may be required to work for a set amount of time at a specified facility in repayment). Scholarships tend to be awarded on the basis of academic merit, while grants tend to be awarded on the basis of financial need. If you do not qualify for grants and scholarships there are a number of student loans also offered through a variety of different organizations that you could take out. This financial assistance does have to be repaid. Government grants tend to come with lower loan repayment interest rates than private grants, but they are also far harder to qualify for. Private loans are easier to qualify for, but come with much steeper interest rates. The bottom line is whether or not you will be able to pay the interest rate offered. There are loan forgiveness programs available through which you can work at a set facility for a set amount of time, in return for which a portion of your loan will be repaid on your behalf. In some situations these loan forgiveness programs result in the complete repayment of your entire loan. The school where you would like to study is a good place to begin your search for appropriate financial aid to fund your LPN tuition fees.

When considering the ‘facts’ about LPN tuition you need to remember that these numbers will differ substantially from state to state as there are differing rules and regulations governing such things depending on which part of the country you plan to work in. Consequently the above facts and figures should be treated as guidelines. In addition to general state differences, different schools may also charge different fees for a variety of reasons. The topic of tuition is not clear cut and you will be required to do your own research into the specific programs in your area that you are interested in.

Kaplan University Review

Online LPN Program At Kaplan University

If you have been mulling over becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, then you should do some thorough research into the different LPN Programs that are on offer before making up your mind where to study. Online LPN Programs such as the one offered by Kaplan University are very popular due to the fact that they can be pursued whilst still continuing to raise a family or work.

When doing your research, look for institutions and programs that are accredited or you will basically just be wasting your time and money as you will not be able to register and without licensure you will have a very hard time finding employment.

This review strives to give you an insight into the program offered by Kaplan University so that you can see for yourself how a reputable institution offers online programs and hence what type of information you should be checking when doing your research.

College Information

Kaplan College is part of Kaplan Higher Education (KHEC), a division of Kaplan, Inc. It has a distinguished tradition as a career-maker and an academic pioneer since it was established as the American Institute of Commerce in 1937. KHEC is a foremost global provider of educational services for schools, businesses and individuals, and as such it serves in excess of one million students globally per year.

Kaplan Higher Education Campuses is a group of institutions with its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. KHEC is comprised of more than sixty schools nationwide. Each school is separately accredited by national or regional accrediting agencies as approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The university itself has its headquarters in Davenport, Iowa, U.S., but its formal administrative office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Kaplan University

By revenue, Kaplan, Inc. is the second largest education company in the United States. It is dedicated to educating in such a way that its graduates obtain employment in one of the fastest-growing occupations in theUnited States, as per the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kaplan’s mission is to instill a sense of ongoing learning in students by fostering their learning with opportunities that will launch, change or enhance their careers in a world that is global and very diverse. Kaplan has dedicated itself to a student-centered service and support approach, general education, and applied scholarship in a practical environment.

To this end, Kaplan has established a system wherein:

  • All their academic programs have been developed and assessed by faculty, staff, and members of educational, professional, and business communities.
  • It provides comprehensive and intensive instruction using both on-campus and online learning modes of delivery that strengthen student academic achievements.
  • It assists students to develop values, skills, professional attitudes, and strategies designed to foster success in their careers and in life in general.
  • It prepares students to meet the changing needs of their communities in the present and in the future.
  • It plans and provides resources and facilities that respond to the ever-changing needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • It instills in its students the value of lifelong learning by stimulating their creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and awareness of culture and diversity.

Physical address:

Kaplan University, Pembroke Pines
10131 Pines Blvd, Suite B
Pembroke Pines,FL33026

Program Information

Kaplan University School of Nursing is dedicated to assisting students to achieve only the best grades via their programs. Their programs are specifically aimed at instilling the requisite skills, knowledge and confidence needed to become a leader in this fast-growing industry.

Kaplan’s online LPN program allows you to study in the comfort of your own home and at a time that suits you so as not to interfere with other familial or work responsibilities you may have. Only practicing professionals dedicated to assisting students in preparing for the real-world challenges in nursing are employed at Kaplan University School of Nursing.  You will also have access to Academic Advisors and faculty mentors.

Kaplan’s online coursed are specifically designed to enhance communication skills, encourage critical thinking, and address the technical competencies required by nurses and other in the employ of healthcare institutions today.

Kaplan University School of Nursing’s online programs are designed around using enhanced delivery methods and advanced technology to make classes easy and accessible to all. Kaplan makes use of web field trips, video conferencing, live audio & video streaming facilities, discussion boards, e-mail, online quizzes, and various other means to make your online experience with them easy and informative, and to prepare you to take the LPN licensure exam, the NCLEX-PN which you need to pass in order to obtain licensure.

Kaplan also offers various library services, including an online library with access to over 50,000 e-books, which students may make use of. There is also an on-campus library which contains articles from scholarly, professional, and trade journals. The services offered by the Kaplan Online Library are unequalled at any other institution, wherein they also offer reference assistance via email, toll-free phone, and live chat; a book delivery service and interlibrary loan service; research collaboration with online library staff, and live chat; real-time and multimedia instructional materials.

Kaplan University online is dedicated to providing its students with a user-friendly online classroom environment that will make your learning interactive and enjoyable. They are also committed to providing you with online tools and resources, exceptional convenience, and an opportunity for you to achieve your professional and career goals.

The LPN/LVN program through Kaplan University will give you training and experience in Basic bedside nursing, data collection, medication administration and documentation, patient education, and tracheotomy care. Once you have completed this online LPN/LVN program you will be able to apply for entry level positions in the nursing profession as an acute care staff nurse, a home health nurse, a long-term care charge or staff nurse, a phlebotomy/blood bank nurse, a public school LVN/health clerk or a Licensed Vocational Nurse (same as LPN) once you have successfully sat for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam and applied for registration.

Admission Information

Kaplan University’s admission requirements are very well laid out on the website, and you will find a step-by-step description of how to go about applying to the college. The first step in applying for admission is to complete a request for information form and then to speak to an Admissions Advisor who will explain the process and assist you through each step.

Under Federal law, Kaplan is authorized to enroll non-immigrant and alien students. International students wishing to apply must be 18 years or older and must complete the admissions requirement and provide evidence of adequate financial resources and demonstrate a command of written and oral English language skills. All transcripts submitted must be translated into English and evaluated by an approved foreign credential evaluator prior to enrollment.

You can take a virtual tour of Kaplan’s online classroom environment so that you can see what lies ahead of you if you decide to do an online LPN program with Kaplan University.

Program Requirements

In order to study online, you will need a lot of self-determination and willpower as it is not easy for everyone to study when their friends are out having fun. It will also be difficult as you will need to find the time to complete your online LPN program as well as work, but it is also great that it is so flexible and this allows you to work your studying into your normal schedule.

You will need to have either access to a decent computer or laptop, or preferably have one of your own. You will need to be competent in computer use in order to get, complete and submit various assignments. Your computer should also be able to view online videos and allow you to join in on Live Chats and forums, so you also need a fast internet speed. You also need to have a current e-mail address or set one up especially for use with this program ands you will be corresponding with staff, faculty and fellow students via e-mail.

Admission Requirements

In order to register for the Online Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Program, you will need to first apply for admission to Kaplan Online University. Over and above what you need to do for registry to the university, you need to earn 110 credits.

You will also need the following in order to gain admission to the actual Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Program:

  • You must be a high school graduate, or in possession of a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • A Home Study certificate or transcript from a Home Study program that is deemed to be the equivalent of a high school level and which is recognized by your home state is also acceptable.
  • Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent must be presented to Kaplan University.
  • You must complete an Enrollment Agreement and all required documents.
  • You will need to complete an informational interview.
  • You may be required to take an entrance examination.
  • All monies must be submitted as outlined on the Tuition and Fees Schedule.
  • All courses are taught in English; therefore you must display Basic English communication competencies. This means that you need to be able to speak, read and write English fluently.
  • All financial arrangements must be completed prior to starting class, including applying for financial aid where applicable.

Plan Of Study

The degree course that you will be taking in order to become an LPN is the Associate of Science in Nursing. The Online LPN Program is a course designed for individuals that have absolutely no previous nursing education or experience.

You will be required to complete the following Core Subjects:

  • CS 118: Academic Strategies for the Nursing Professional
  • CM 108: College Composition; Effective Writing for the Nursing Professional
  • HS 200: Diseases of the Human Body
  • MM 212: College Algebra
  • NU 200: LPN Professional Role Transition
  • PS 124: Introduction to Psychology
  • SS 144: Sociology

Over and above the previously mentioned Core Subjects, you will have the opportunity to choose from various majors:

  • HS 120: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HS 130: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • NU 101: Nursing Fundamentals
  • NU 105: Pharmacology
  • NU 110: Medical-Surgical Nursing I
  • NU 120: Care of Special Populations-Obstetrics
  • NU 130: Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • NU 220: Care of Special Populations, Family Ii-Pediatrics
  • NU 240: Care of Special Populations-Mental Health Nursing II
  • NU 260: Medical-Surgical Nursing III
  • NU 270: Transitions Course-Issues and Trends
  • NU 299: Associate’s Degree Integrated Care Strategies Capstone

Tuition

Tuition for the Online LPN Program at Kaplan University is as follows:

Pre-admission Test Fee – $ 35

Technology Fee per term – $ 100

Clinical Fee per clinical course  (x8 courses) – $ 300

Loans and Scholarships

Kaplan’s tuition fees are very reasonable, but some individuals may still need some financial help. If you are in need of financial assistance in order to study, contact a Kaplan University Financial Aid Adviser to ascertain what options are available to you and what type of help you qualify for.

Financial assistance in the following categories is available to Kaplan students who qualify:

Loans

  • Pell
  • Stafford
  • PLUS
  • FSEOG
  • ACG

Scholarships

  • Kaplan University Accelerated Scholars Award
  • Kaplan University’s merit-based scholarship
  • Kaplan University Success Scholarship
  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Kaplan University also often offers aid in the following areas to those who qualify:

  • Employer reimbursement
  • Financial aid
  • Scholarships
  • Benefits for military personnel, spouses and veterans

As exemplified by the above, there is no reason that a lack of finances should stop you from achieving your dream to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. Contact an on-campus Financial Aid Adviser or complete an online FAFSA application at www.fafsa.edu.gov., which is free to do, and will grant you access to information regarding any state scholarships or grants for which you may qualify as a Kaplan University student. The priority deadline for FAFSA is March 10 each year.

Accreditation

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) www.ncahlc.org. If you have questions about their accreditation, you can call 954.515.3296.

Kaplan University Online is regionally accredited under the charter of Higher Learning Commission and is a lifelong member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

Kaplan University School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which endorses the nursing school’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

LPN Clinicals

Looking At LPN Clinicals

To become an LPN you have to do more than simply read a few books and memorize the information contained within. In order to become an LPN you also need to complete the required LPN clinicals. It is impossible to be an LPN if you do not, at some point in your training, engage in practice, hands-on clinical work to get the necessary experience you need to be a successful LPN.

Overview Of LPN Clinicals

Every nurse who aims to be an LPN has to do clinical work. There are several different areas that you could focus on when doing your LPN clinicals, but there are also a few topics and procedures that you will definitely cover regardless of what specialization you would one day like to hold as a nurse. These are general skills that you need to have in order to be an effective LPN. These include patient care, administration, gaining general experience, and learning what your professional duties and boundaries as a Licensed Practical Nurse will be.

Caring For Patients

This should seem like an obvious outcome of doing an LPN clinical. LPN clinicals are primarily aimed at ensuring that the nurses in an LPN program are able to effectively take the theory that they have learned and put it into practice in a real life situation. In LPN clinicals you will be repeatedly faced with the opportunity to actually deal with real live patients who need your care. This is the essential component involved in preparing you for a career in the field of licensed practical nursing. This part of your practical studies will occur in two parts:

  • Firstly you will closely observe nurses with current LPN licenses performing the daily patient care tasks that will one day be your responsibility.
  • As the training program progresses you will begin to take the reins and the responsibility for the patient and actually perform the patient care activities yourself.

Doing Administrative Work

Something that prospective LPNs often do not realize is that the job requires quite a lot of administrative work form your side. There is a lot of paperwork that goes into nursing and to a large degree this paperwork will be your responsibility. LPN clinicals will specifically train you to perform administrative duties in a medical setting. The tasks that you will be expected to become proficient in during your LPN clinical practice training will probably include some if not all of the following:

  • Filling out paperwork
  • Writing down medical histories
  • Maintaining medical records
  • Tracking inventory and supplies
  • Answering phone calls
  • Scheduling appointments

Administrative duties are a part of the nursing profession that you cannot hope to escape from, so it is important that you prepare yourself for a great deal of practical work in this area.

Getting Professional Experience

Clearly the main point of LPN clinicals is to provide you with a level of experience in the field of nursing that you otherwise would not have had. Specifically they aim to provide you with experience about how to behave in a professional healthcare environment. In your clinicals you may frequently be expected to work alongside healthcare professionals. This will help you to develop the necessary interaction and communication skills required for the profession. As an LPN you will have to deal with professionals on a daily basis, so this is a good practice. This will help you to:

  • Learn how to follow directions from RNs and doctors
  • Learn how to communicate with RNs and doctors
  • Become familiar with the required protocol and etiquette for a medical setting such as the kind you will encounter in your career as an LPN

Learning Specialized Duties

LPN Clinical
Your LPN clinicals are a perfect place for you to focus on acquiring skills for your future specialty as an LPN, or even as an RN. It is important that you try your best to take LPN clinicals that will help you prepare for the line of work that you would specifically like to become involved in. For example if you aim to one day work in a doctor’s office you should focus more intensively on the administrative duties that you will be required to do in an LPN clinical than on the emergency room skills that you will pick up on. In addition, if you want to work with the elderly try to do as many of your clinicals in retirement homes as you can so that you can gain as much experience with that portion of the population as you can.

Specialized LPN Clinicals

In addition to the general LPN clinicals that most LPNs do there are a number of what you could refer to as specialized LPN clinicals that are aimed at preparing you for a particular area of the healthcare domain that you would like to specialize in. In many cases you may not be able to choose which LPN clinical you can do, but if you are think carefully about whether or not you are interested in a particular aspect of nursing more than others and make an effort to do LPN clinicals that are specifically focused on that area of nursing.

Emergency Department

If you want to work in the emergency department of a hospital at some point in the future you should try for LPN clinicals that will prepare you for an emergency situation.

Important things that you will learn in an emergency LPN clinical include appropriate hand hygiene, how to check and monitor vital signs, the best methods of oxygen administration, how to conduct a head to toe assessment of a patient, how to take a patient history, the skills and procedures involved in catheterization, skills surrounding stitches, how to do IV insertions, how to draw blood, and, last but not least, learn how to set up hospital rooms.

Personality Requirements

Time is extremely important in these situations. One of the personality requirements you will need to have is an ability to manage your time well. You will also need to be able to keep a clear head.

Imaging

In the modern world we have many different ways of confirming or denying a diagnosis in patient, including things such as MRI monitors and CAT scans. Many LPN clinicals may focus on how to use these methods as well as how to operate the equipment required. In a real life situation LPNs are not responsible on their own for performing imaging procedures, but you may be required to assist. This is something that many LPNs find very interesting and you may therefore be interested in specializing in this area.

Personality Requirements

When it comes to imaging techniques and procedures one of the personality traits that could stand you in good stead is an attention to detail. As an LPN you will not be the primary person involved in imaging, but your input will be noted and you may be required to note your observations.

Medical Surgical Ward

If you want to work in the medical surgical ward you need to be prepared for hustle and bustle. The things that you may have to learn in this ward include: hand hygiene, how to assist with ADL’s, checking & monitoring VS, monitoring I&O, taking and observing daily weights, head to toe assessment, oxygen administration, giving subcutaneous injections, giving intramuscular injections, how to remove a nasogastric tube, how to discontinue an IV, how to do dry and wet dressing changes, how to engage in patient education, how to administer medications, how to use things like the E-MAR, how to help to discharge a patient, and how to create the necessary documentation.

Personality Requirements

Because this is usually a very busy floor to work on your ability to multi-task and not get flustered will stand you in good stead. Time management and organizational skills will allow you to get everything done that needs to be done.

Medication Observation

LPN clinicals will give you the opportunity to observe experienced nurses giving medications. In these clinicals you will learn about:

  • What medications need to be given to which situations and in what situations
  • How to crush the medication so that it is easier for the patient to take
  • How to change the taste of the medication in order to make it easier for a patient to take

This is one of the most important clinicals you will do as an LPN as the medication that you give to your patients is an essential part of the healing process and a mistake could be fatal.

Personality Requirements

Because a mistake can be so dangerous you will need attention to detail as well as the patience to take your time when administering medications so that you can stand a higher chance of avoiding errors.

Oncology

If you are interested in cancer and how to treat it, then you may want to focus on specialized LPN clinicals in the oncology ward of the healthcare facility where you are doing your practical work. In addition to many of the basic tasks that you will perform in most situations you will also have the opportunity to see things such as bone marrow biopsies, see how cancer patients receive chemotherapy via an IV, and, perhaps most importantly, learn ways to make chemotherapy easier for people.

Personality Requirements

Because chemotherapy is such a terrible ordeal to get through you will need to have a lot of empathy. In addition to this you will need to have good interpersonal and communication skills so that you can best serve the emotional needs of your patient during this difficult time.

Gerontology

Gerontology means working with the elderly. If this is an area that you are particularly interested in you should focus on LPN clinicals that involve the elderly and perhaps even try to do the clinical portion of your studies in a retirement home. In these homes you will learn appropriate hand hygiene, how to check and monitor vital signs, the best methods of oxygen administration, how to conduct a head to toe assessment of a patient, assist with ADL’s, administer medications to the elderly patients, give subcutaneous injections, help with feeding during meal times, do the occasional tube feeding, and do oxygen administration.

Personality Skills

To work in this area of healthcare you will need practically same personality skills and attributes as you would for cancer as these patients are also facing the question of inevitable death. A love for people in general and for the elderly in particular will stand you in good stead in this area of the health care profession.

Obstetrics And Maternity

This is a popular LPN clinical as it involves working with pregnant women and their babies. In a clinical in obstetrics or maternity up will learn how to check and monitor vital signs, give baby baths, help with a hearing tests, change diapers, help the mother with breast feeding, bring babies to and from their mothers, what is involved in a vaginal delivery of a baby, how a mother is stitched up after a c-section, how to do assessments for abnormalities, measure and record the baby’s height & weight, how to clean and prepare baby stations, now to view APGAR scoring, and how to use ABC’s.

Personality Requirements

You will need a love of children as well as a naturally caring personality in order to work as an LPN in this regard.

As you can see you may have the opportunity to have a fair amount of freedom in your choice of which LPN clinical you would like to do as an LPN in training. Just keep in mind that you will need to have a certain kind of personality for each of the different areas of specialization. If you are really set on a course of action make sure that you have clearly thought about what the position in that specialty will in fact entail in the long run. Your specialty is not a decision to be made lightly.

LPN Financial Aid

Financial Aid For LPN School

Becoming an LPN and entering the world of nursing should be a great experience, but for some it can be a terrifying ordeal, especially when the promise of a career is dampened by the lack of funds needed to study. However, LPN financial is available if you know where to look for it. If you have chosen to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will be pleased to know that once you complete your studies, you will be able to find a job quickly and make good money. However for some, the idea of trying to pay back college loans makes them think twice about their chosen careers.

If you are hoping to get into an LPN program, the first thing you need to do is check out what kind of aid you can get from a state college and what kind of federal aid is available to you. In many cases, you will find that it is possible to get a scholarship from an LPN college, or from a source you may not have thought of before.

And if you are thinking of completing your training online, you will be pleased to know that you can also apply for help financially in this field. This is because of an Act passed a long time ago called the Higher Education Reconciliation Act, which was established to recognize online schools as legitimate sources of training and degrees. This is great for those who have to work full time, or who simply can’t get to a college that offers LPN training.

LPN Financial Aid Programs

Some of the programs you’ll find if you do a little online research about LPN financial aid include:

  • The Pell Grant – this is a great source of financial aid and almost anyone can get a grant in this way. By qualifying for this grant, you will receive payment of a large portion of your costs. As many resources state, this is one of the easiest grants to get for those who need it.
  • FSEOG – The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, or FSEOG, is also a great one for those who cannot afford to study. Be wary though, since not all colleges work in conjunction with this grant, and only those that do will accept it.
  • AACN – the American Association of Colleges of nursing has a big role to play in LPN financial aid. As well as providing potential students with a wealth of information, they can also assist with grants and with applying for grants. The money that they find to assist students gets sent straight to the college and the student’s tuition is thus covered.
  • State Nursing Grants – these depend on the state in which the potential LPN student lives. They are generally given to students based on their need, and can be applied for at the college or school.

Of course before you even think about the college you will attend, you will need to visit each one’s financial aid office to see what options are available to you. You can discuss these options with the financial planners on campus, or even take the FAFSA4Caster, which is an online test that allows you to figure out just how much financial aid money you could qualify for.

For those already working as CNAs, you may find it even easier to get financial aid, since many colleges have good CNA to LPN programs. Of course, the benefits of completing this program are multiple, especially to your employers, and this is why it may be so much easier for you to find LPN financial aid.

Paying For Your Own Education

LPN financial aid is not too hard to come by but does take some work and determination. This means that for those who can, self-pay is an option, if they have access to student loans. Student loans allow LPNs to fund their own education, though these can come with very high interest rates. If you want to pursue this option, you need to go to a variety of financial services providers and ask them what options are available to you. Some will be happy to negotiate on interest rate, while others may help you with the terms of the loan, pushing them from 48 to 60 months, or even longer. Of course, if you can avoid getting a student loan, you should since the financial state of the economy is quite poor, and you may find yourself in a sticky situation.Financial Aid LPN

Some students apply for private loans rather than student loans, and this gives them access to a lower interest rate. Of course, with a personal loan and no collateral, assuming the age of the student applying is between 18 and 25, the loan amount you are granted will probably be quite small, and may not even cover your first year’s tuition.

Getting federal financial aid is actually one of the best ways of applying for money to assist with your studies, since this is based on specially compiled programs to help those who cannot afford their own studies. Many of these will even help you with loans, and allow you a certain grace period after you graduate, so that you do not have to sacrifice your first six month’s pay checks once you start working. Of course, these also come with certain conditions, such as a certain attendance level and even certain grades that must be maintained.

Some state programs can also help you get the money from a reputable lender, but this is also based on your need and the ability to pay it back. If you can get financial help from someone in your family or from a friend, this is preferable, since the interest rate will probably be lower, or non-existent, and you can pay it back as you are able to.

How To Apply For LPN Financial Aid

When applying for help with paying for your LPN studies, you may be required to fulfill certain criteria. This includes writing an essay to explain why you qualify for the aid, or why your need is greater than anyone else’s. In the essay, you should refer to your background and why you are in a situation that makes it impossible or very difficult for you to pay for your own studies. You should also explain why you want to study to become an LPN, and the contributions you think you will make by completing this course. There will be lots of other students who apply for these grants, so be sure to make your essay stand out. Proofread it to be sure there are no grammar or spelling errors and really think through why you deserve the grant.

Next, check which scholarships are available to you based on special need. You may find that your specific situation entitles you to a scholarship, such as if you are a single mother and you have to work part time to make ends meet. In some cases, minorities or certain ethnic groups are entitled to grants based simply on their backgrounds, especially since the US prides itself on being a melting pot of culture and diversity, giving everyone an equal chance at success. You might even be able to get a scholarship based on your high school grades if they are good, and in combination with having done some charity work and having participated in extra-curricular activities.

For some, an athletic scholarship is a possibility, especially if they excel in a popular sport such as baseball or lacrosse. Some religious groups are entitled to scholarships, because of their special requirements, and for some, an employer may be able to help you fund your studies, especially if it is in their vested interest to have you become more skilled than you already are. In this case, they may give you the financial help you need, and then ask you to sign a contract saying that you will stay with the company for a determined period of time.

For those who are able to get them, there are also scholarships available through private businesses. Usually, a private business will sponsor an education for a youngster, who will then work for them when they graduate. These could include large pharmaceutical companies or other private hospitals. Some businesses will also give out assistance as part of their corporate social investment initiatives, and for the PR.

When you first start looking for a program to apply for, look online. You will find that there is a lot of information out there. Look specifically on college forums so that you can see how others have gone about applying for scholarships and LPN financial aid. You might find some unexpected way of going about getting the aid that you would not have come across in any other way.

Terms And Conditions Apply

Some of the conditions that may be put to you when you are granted financial aid include:

  • You must have a certain amount of credits, either from your graduating high school or from a previous diploma or certificate that makes it possible for you to enter the LPN program.
  • You have to write an essay stating why you deserve the grant, as mentioned above.
  • You must have valid financial need. Do not try to defraud these financial aid givers as this is a federal offense, and takes resources out of the pool that could be used for other students who really need them.
  • You need to have an excellent attendance record and maintain certain grades, to show that you are serious about the career path you have chosen.
  • You should have a higher than average high school GPA.

When you are applying for financial aid, make sure you read all of the fine print. If you get a scholarship or grant and then lose it, you will have no one to blame but yourself. Also check the amount of the aid. It may be enough to cover your tuition, but what if it is not enough for living costs, books and other things you will need while you study? Remember too that just because a scholarship or aid is offered, doesn’t mean you are bound to take it.

The US government recognized the need for more experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the field of LPN, which is why they have set up so many programs to help prospective students. Just ten years ago, the Department of Health dispersed large sums of money into colleges and universities, simply so that prospective students would be able to complete medical programs, such as LPN. This type of LPN financial aid is exactly what makes it possible for those who have the ambition, the drive and the dream, to achieve it.

Achieving your dream of becoming an LPN is possible with the right LPN financial aid, but to get this aid, you will need to be very dedicated and do the research required. Financial aid is a resource that is both valuable and scarce given the ratio of money available to students who need it. This is why it is your responsibility to ensure that should you apply for LPN financial aid, it is because you really need it, and you really want to become an LPN. This is why so many programs ask you to complete the essay portion of your application, that is, so that they are sure that you are serious about it.

Once you have graduated from an LPN college or even an online school, you will find that there are many options available to you, and some day, you may be in a position to help others who, like you, need the LPN financial aid. While it may seem like a lot of effort to go to for the effort of studying to become an LPN, the long term rewards of completing this program without having to worry about huge student loans are vast. And for those who don’t see the benefits, then perhaps becoming an LPN is not the right career choice for you.

Online Dover Business College Programs

Online LPN Programs At Dover Business College

If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse, then one of the easiest ways to do so is to do an online LPN course such as the one offered at Dover Business College. Online LPN Programs are designed for the busy person who needs to either raise a family or continue working whilst studying to improve their education and job prospects.

The most vital thing about whichever institution you choose to study at is that it is accredited; if it is not you will not be able to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination, which means that you will not be able to obtain licensure and this will count against you when seeking employment.

When doing your research into which institution to attend, remember to also look at reviews posted by past students. These reviews will give you an inside track on the college, what the course is all about and whether graduates find employment easily after qualifying or not. Make sure that you read as many reviews as possible, as only two or three may give you a skewed insight.

This article serves to help you in your research by offering you some detailed and important information regarding the online LPN Programs at Dover Business College by putting all the pertinent information in one place. Do thorough research before deciding on which college is the best for your particular circumstances.

College Information

Dover Business College has been in the business of education for the past 53 years, and is a nationally accredited college. It has a proud history of successfully preparing students for professional careers and integrates general education, ethical practices, a career-focused education and professional competencies for a holistic teaching model.

Dover Business College prides itself on the welcoming environment that it has developed for its students, as the faculty believes that this type of welcoming and supportive environment is inducive to the achievement of great things for students of all backgrounds. Graduates of Dover Business College go on to become successful in their careers whilst living responsible and embracing lifelong learning.

Dover Business College strives to teach its students to develop critical thinking, communicate ideas effectively, achieve self-knowledge, distinguish among values and make relevant judgments, thereby equipping them with the ability to be able to function and adapt within a very diverse global environment.

Dover believes that its student-centered educational environment is supportive and best maximizes their ability to afford students the potential for achievement by offering constant accessibility to personal, academic, and career counseling.

Curricula and cocurricular activities are constantly reevaluated in order to provide a relevant and meaningful learning experience which will result in graduates being stimulated to continue a lifelong pattern of learning and personal and academic growth.

DBC also adapts to changing needs in the workplace and enhances the student experience by remaining current through its strategic alliances with corporate, community, and non-profit partners.

General Information: 1-866-GO DOVER (1-866-463-6837)

Email: info@Dover.edu

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DOVER CAMPUS
15 East Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
Telephone: 973-366-6700

CLIFTON CAMPUS
600 Getty Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07011
Telephone: 973-546-0123

Hours Of Operation

The Admissions Office at Dover Business College is open:

Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm

Saturday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm

Program Information

Graduates of Dover Business College’s online LPN programs are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure exam, the passing of which is required in order to become registered as a Licensed Practical Nurse. The college has a 94.7% NCLEX-PN first-time pass rate, according to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing.

The online LPN program offered by Dover Business College is designed to equip graduates to be able to work in various settings, including physicians’ offices, dental surgeons’ offices, nursing homes, home health care settings hospitals, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, urgent care centers, and more.Online Dover College

The Online LPN Program includes a certain portion of clinical work in an actual clinical setting. You will learn how to start intravenous fluids, observe patients, and prepare patients; measure and record patients’ vital signs such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, respiration, height, and temperature. You will also be taught how to answer patients’ calls and determine how to assist them, provide basic patient care and treatments, administer prescribed medications, and sterilize equipment and supplies using sterilizer, germicides, or autoclave. You will work as an important member of a health care team, collect samples, and assemble and use various pieces of equipment.

The placement rate for the Practical Nurse program is 80%, according to calculations done in accordance with ACICS reporting guidelines.

Admission Information

A GED or graduation certificate from high school plus an entrance exam are the basic requirements for admission into this college. It is strongly recommended that you go for a personal interview.

Dover maintains a rolling admission policy, which means that you should apply as soon as possible in order to gain access to your chosen online LPN course. Applicants are notified by the Committee on Admission as to their status, once all credentials have been evaluated.

Program Requirements

The great thing about online LPN programs is that you can study wherever and whenever it suits you to do so. There is a clinical portion of the course which is a hands-on training, and this can be completed in the on-campus nursing lab. This practical experience is very necessary in order to prepare you for clinical experience in the real world.

As with all online courses, you will need certain technological equipment in order to take part in the online LPN programs offered by Dover Business College. This includes access to a decent computer, ADSL or comparative Internet access, a fair amount of computer acumen, a current e-mail address, programs that can play online videos and a telephone.

Do not despair if you are not that great with all things technical though, as the college will provide you with all the information required to successfully study online.

Just because you are studying online does not mean that you will never have communication with your lecturers; Dover lecturers are responsible and attentive and always available to help you. You can contact them by telephone or e-mail, and you can also request face-to-face meetings should you so wish.

Admission Requirements

Apart from the usual admission requirements for High School, Transfer, and Adult students, Nursing applicants are required to:

  • Complete an essay, take an entrance exam and undergo a personal interview
  • Undergo a physical assessment by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant. This assessment must be submitted prior to enrolling in clinical courses
  • Provide a thorough history of immunization and communicable diseases as per the requirements of affiliating agencies and New Jersey regulations
  • Give written consent to the college to conduct a criminal history background check on you prior to registration

Contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of your choice to arrange for an appointment with an admissions counselor. You can also email the college at info@Dover.edu for further information or to arrange an interview.

Call 1-866-GO-DOVER (1-866-463-6837) today to make an appointment.

Plan Of Study

Unfortunately the Dover Business College website does not give information as to the curriculum of the Online LPN Program, but they do state what all you will learn, including:

Tools

You will be trained in various tools of the trade

  • Needles – the different type of needles and their uses
  • Nebulizers or accessories – different types of nebulizers and how to use them
  • Patient care beds or accessories for specialty care – when and how to use these
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories – when, why and how
  • Spirometers, accessories and supplies – various types and their uses

Technology

You will be taught how to use various types of software necessary to practice as a LPN:

  • Medical software – EMR software, PDA medical software, Telephone triage software
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software
  • Calendar and scheduling software — scheduling software

Knowledge

You will be given the basic knowledge needed to perform your duties and functions as an LPN

  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in production methods, resource allocation, human resources modeling, strategic planning, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.
    Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their cells, functions, tissues, interdependencies, and interactions with the environment and each other.
  • Customer and Personal Service – principles and processes for providing personal and customer services
  • English Language — Knowledge of the content and structure of the English language including rules of composition, the spelling and definition of words, and grammar.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, curriculum and training design, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of algebra, calculus, arithmetic, geometry, statistics, and their applications.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, drug properties and interactions, treatment alternatives and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in personality, ability, and interests; psychological research methods; learning and motivation; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of methods, principles, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental and physical dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Tuition

Tuition is payable in advance and may be made by mail or in person.  Payments are to be made to the Bursar, and you may make use of cash, checks, money orders, or credit cards. Tuition and fees are billed by the quarter, and it is your responsibility to obtain a quarterly bill from the Bursar.

Tuition and fees – $ 24 630

Books and supplies – $ 870

Testing fees for your first certification examination are included in the tuition.

Remember that although finances may be important to you, it is not wise to base your choice of school purely on the cost of the online LPN program. Not all schools that charge high tuition fees are the best, as you are sometimes just paying astronomical fees for the school’s reputation whilst that particular program may only be average. Some cheaper institutions, such as community colleges, may charge less because they receive state or federal funding yet may have some of the best programs.

Loans And Scholarships

Dover Business College affords you the opportunity to access various types of funding, including:

  • Benefits for Veterans
  • Grants
  • Federal Loans
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students
  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
  • Scholarships and Awards

In order to access any of the above you will need to complete and submit a free FAFSA form. This form can be submitted to the Dover Business College Financial Aid Office in person or it can be done online. Additional documentation to support your request for financial assistance, including signed copies of federal income tax returns may be requested of you by the Financial Aid Office.

All funding for this course, whether scholarships or loans must go through FAFSA, and students will need to apply every year for funding. Financial aid will be awarded based upon need.

Dover Business College aid is awarded by the Financial Aid Director, according to the institutional guidelines for each aid program.

There are also many employers who offer loans or a work program for their staff who seek to improve their knowledge by studying further, especially for accredited Online LPN Programs.

Accreditation

Dover Business College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award diplomas. ACICS is a nationally recognized accrediting agency as per the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Dover Business College campuses are also approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to operate as private vocational schools.

The Practical Nurse program is accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing.

If you have any queries regarding accreditation you can contact the relevant body:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
202-336-6780
www.acics.org

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

New Jersey Board of Nursing
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07120
973-504-6430
www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/medical/nursing.htm 

Online Ball State University Programs

The Online LPN Transition Track At Ball State University

When deciding to embark on a nursing career, it is wise to consider all avenues of study, including online LPN courses. Making use of the Internet to do your research saves a lot of time and travel. Find out what schools are near you, which options they offer and which will suit your circumstances. Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, offers a wonderful opportunity to apply prior coursework towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, otherwise known as a BSN. You can satisfy any non-nursing course requirements with transfer credit via online courses or courses through the Independent Learning Program offered by Ball State University.

The distinct advantages of going this route are that prior learning counts towards your BSN and you will be able to acquire your BSN without having to complete additional coursework. By taking advantage of the online LPN courses offered, you will be able to study in your own time and at your own pace, and will save money too.

College Information

Ball State University was officially established in 1965, and according to their website they are “more than just educators” – they are “educational entrepreneurs.” Ball State is a very reputable university, which The Princeton Review refers to as “one of the best in the Midwest.”

Ball State is passionate about education, and boasts a cornucopia of academic opportunities, including approximately 180 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs, and in excess of 100 master’s and doctoral degrees. They have an excellent and dedicated faculty, with more than 90% of the classes being taught by professors. Bell’s online master’s degree in nursing is constantly rated amongst the best in the US.

“Education Redefined” is a registered trademark of BSU, and they live this out in the way that they utilize emerging media in their immersive learning programs. Ball State provides an educational experience that integrates projects with community partners, research, and capstone experiences into the syllabus. The facilities are top-notch, and the university is continuously investing millions of dollars to ensure that students have the best technology available to them.

Bell State believes in the Indiana community and is an integral part of it via various projects and research to drive innovation and uplift the economy. BU partners faculty and students with local leaders on development projects as part of their Building Better Communities initiative, so that Indiana can become an ideal place in which to live, work and conduct business.

Online and Distance Education
Carmichael Hall, Room 200
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 1-800-872-0369 or 765-285-1581
Fax: 765-285-7161
E-mail: distance@bsu.edu

L.P.N. Transition Track Program Information

The L.P.N. Transition Track program begins with a summer semester that is designed to allow you to either demonstrate or acquire the knowledge and skills generally required of students by the end of their sophomore year in the traditional four-year baccalaureate program. This course is only offered if there is a minimum of ten students wanting to take it.

The L.P.N. transition track makes it possible for you to use previously earned general studies and science credits for the baccalaureate program. You can also transfer some elective credit hours and other required courses from other institutions. Ball State Core Curriculum or General Studies courses can be taken on campus or done via correspondence as independent learning courses through the School of Extended Education.Ball State University

The Associate Director of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program is available to work with you on a one-on-one basis in order to develop an individual plan of study for you. This will include advising you of the prerequisites that you need and determining the best way forward in order to complete the nursing sequence and university Core Curriculum requirements.

Admission Information

The application page on the Ball State University is simple and easy to use, whether you are a new student or one who wishes to transfer credits from another university or college. If you have any further questions regarding individual online and distance education programs, BSU offers a live informative session for which you can sign up, and chat in real-time with one of the faculty advisors.

For specific questions and more information on the L.P.N. Transition Track Program contact:

Baccalaureate Nursing Secretary
Room: CN 418
Phone: 765-285-5570

L.P.N. Transition Track Program Requirements

In order to study online you will need to be self-disciplined and have a high-speed Internet connection. You will never need to attend class on-campus, but will participate in online class discussions and submit all assignments via the Internet.

You will keep in touch with your instructors and classmates via e-mail, file sharing, online chats, web-page posting, discussion boards, and possibly even by phone. BSU offers all the technical assistance that you may need in order to accommodate online learning, so do not worry if you are not a computer genius.

BSU provides you with useful information to assist you with your online studies. This information can be found in various places on the BTU website, where you will be able to find out all you need to know about Blackboard Overview and Tech Support, Mediasite Classes, Web Conferencing Classes and Opening, Viewing and Attaching Files.

Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted into the L.P.N. transition track, you must complete an application and be accepted to Ball State University.

In order to qualify for admission you will need to:

  1. Submit an Indiana LPN license which is current and unencumbered, and be in good standing with the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
  2. Disclose any criminal background. Be aware that you may not be admitted if you have a criminal background.
  3. Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher in a minimum of 30 semester credit hours of required courses. All of your previously attempted undergraduate hours will be calculated into the GPA.
  4. Be in possession of credit with a grade of C (2.00) or higher in FCSFN 340, COMM 210,  EDPSY 250, EDPSY 355, HSC 180, or an equivalent transfer course.
  5. Have credit in PSYSC 100, CHEM 101, BIO 113, and SOC 100 with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
  6. Have credit in ANAT 201 and PHYSL 210 or 215/299x with a grade of C (2.0) or better or be enrolled to do these courses at the time of your application.
  7. Prerequisite courses for nursing may only be repeated one time in order to gain a grade of C (2.00) or above.

If you meet all the above criteria except for the GPA of 3.0, you may apply for provisional admission.

Applicants who are selected for admission to the baccalaureate nursing program and do not accept a space must reapply if they later change their minds and wish to enter the program.

All applicants must submit their applications plus sealed official transcripts for any and all undergraduate course work attempted from each institution, including BSU.

Plan Of Study

Prerequisite courses necessary for the L.P.N. Transition Track program include:

Core Curriculum
ENG 103 – English Composition 1 (3)
ENG 104 – English Composition 2 (3)
PEFWL – Physical Education (2)
MATHS 125 – Mathematics and its Applications (3)

Nursing Prerequisites
ANAT 201 – Fundamentals of Human Anatomy (3)
BIO 113 – Microbiology for the Health Sciences (5)
CHEM 101 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry for the Health Sciences (5)
COMM 210 – Fundamentals of Public Communication (3)
EDPSY 250 – Human Growth and Development (3)
EDPSY 355 – Adult Psychology (3)
FCSFN 340 – Principles of Human Nutrition (3)
HSC 180 – Principles of Community Health (3)
PHYSL 210 – Human Physiology 1 (3)
PHYSL 211 – Human Physiology 2 (3)
SOC 100 – Principles of Sociology (3)

Summer Semester (11 credit hours)
NUR 234 LPN – LPN Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing (5)
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Fall Semester (17 credit hour)
NUR 330 – Adult Health 1 (6)
SOC 382 OR PSYSC 241 – Social Statistics OR Statistics (3)
HIST 150 – Western Civilization (3)
Elective (2)
International / Global (3)

Spring Semester (18 credit hours)
NUR 340 – Adult 2 (6)
NUR 350 – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (4)
NUR 322 – Research in Nursing (3)
Fine Arts (3)
Elective (2)

Fall Semester (14 credit hours)
NUR 404 – Community Health (3)
NUR 406 – Nursing of Childbearing Families (4)
NUR 408 – Pediatrics (4)
Distributive Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 credit hours)
NUR 430 – Adult Health 3 (4)
NUR 425 – Leadership and Management (4)
NUR 423 – Seminar: Transition to Practice (2)
Elective (2)
Humanities (3)

Total = 126 Hours

Tuition

The fee structure for Online and Distance Education Students working towards their bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, undergraduate certificates, or taking 100- to 400-level courses is different to those studying. The following costs are purely to help you to estimate what your online L.P.N. transition track may cost.

Your total tuition as an online student will consist of:

  1.  Basic tuition or per-credit-hour fees
  2. Technology fee
  3. Program and/or course fees—applicable only for some courses or programs

1. Basic Tuition (Credit Hour Fees)

Online and Distance Education Undergraduate Tuition Per SemesterIndiana Residents: Online, Distance, or Online Independent Learning courses Out-of-State Residents: Independent Learning courses Out-of-State Residents: Online or Distance Education courses
1-11 credit hours
Most online and distance students take 3-9 credit hours per semester
$ 270 per credit hour$335 per credit hour$477 per credit hour
12-18 credit hours$3,512 flat rate$3,512 flat rate plus
$65 per credit hour
$3,512 flat rate plus
$207 per credit hour
19 or more credit hours$3,512 flat rate
plus
$270 per each credit hour over 18 hours
$4,682 flat rate plus
$335 per each credit hour over 18 hours
$4,682 flat rate plus
$477 per credit hour over 18 hours

2. Technology Fee

Credit HoursCost Per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
1-3 credit hours$58
4-6 credit hours$110
More than 6 credit hours$168

3. Program and Course Fees

CourseCost Per Semester for Indiana and Out-of-State Residents
Nursing majors• $125 program fee per fall and spring semesters; $75 per summer semester
• $3.50 for all clinical nursing courses with a lab to cover liability insurance
• $60 per clinical nursing course

Credit Card Fees

If you use a credit or debit card, an extra 2.7 % of your total bill will be charged to cover the fee passed on from the credit card companies to Ball State for processing.

Fees do not cover the cost of textbooks and other learning materials required in courses.

If you have any further queries about tuition or estimating your bill, you should contact the bursar’s office.

Loans And Scholarships

There are various loans and scholarships available to online students, including those offered by the universities themselves. Ball State University offers the following scholarships amongst others:

  • Academic Recognition Awards
  • Alumni Scholarships
  • Completion Scholarship
  • Departmental scholarships
  • Ellison Scholarship
  • Freshman scholarships
  • Nursing Scholarships
  • Presidential Room and Board Award
  • Presidential Scholarships
  • Scholarships for transfer students
  • Whitinger Scholarships

In order to apply for any of the above scholarships you will need to complete and file a FAFSA form, which can be completed online or downloaded at www.fafsa.edu.gov. Completing the FAFSA form does not cost anything, and it will also give you access to any state scholarships or grants for which you may qualify as a BSU student. The priority deadline is March 10 each year.

For any further questions regarding financial aid, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Accreditation

If you complete your studies at an institution that is not accredited, you stand the chance that prospective employers will not take your qualification seriously. You will also be at the back of the line when it comes to getting gainful employment. It is for this reason that you need to do thorough research into where you are going to do your online LPN course or the L.P.N. Transition Track program, to ensure that the institution is accredited.

Institutional accreditation is a voluntary initiative that institutions undertake to have done. Accreditation includes a comprehensive and critical self-assessment driven by five key criteria, being the institution’s vision, mission, goals, programs, and resources. This self-examination is also used by the institution as a means of ensuring accountability and to plan for improvement. The process takes approximately two years and culminates in a peer review team visit to the college or university campus.

Accreditation assures students and prospective employers alike that the university or college meets with the quality standards as established by an independent, non-governmental organization that is committed to the enhancement of higher education.

Reputable schools will usually have all the requisite information regarding accreditation on their website. Schools that do not have this information freely available on their websites should be treated with suspicion. You can contact them and enquire as to their accreditation status, but if it is not displayed on the website then they most probably are not accredited and should be avoided.

Ball State University currently holds a 10 year accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, awarded in 2004. BSU has begun the process of applying for continuing accreditation, which entails the appointment of a steering committee and five sub-committees; it demands campus-wide involvement, including representation from all areas of the university. Students, staff and faculty are given an opportunity to provide feedback and input as the self-study report is developed. The on-site visit by the peer review team is scheduled for 2013–14.

Facts about Getting An Online LPN Diploma

One of the most sensible things you can do if you want to get involved in the medical industry is to do an LPN diploma online. There are a few very good reasons for this:

Firstly, becoming an LPN does not take a lot of time and once you are an LPN you will have the opportunity to upgrade your qualification to another level. For example you could do an LPN to RN program or you could do an LPN to BSN program. It only takes about a year to complete an LPN diploma and then you will be able to advance your career even further.

Secondly, doing an online LPN diploma is one of the best ways to study. This is because an online program is flexible and you will be able to easily fit it into your busy schedule. There are no time constraints and an online LPN diploma will most likely be cheaper than doing it on campus. Note: you will have to do the clinical side of your training as well so make sure that the school that you choose to study through will provide adequate clinical experience for you to fully qualify as an LPN.

Finding an Online LPN Diploma

There are many different options to choose from when it comes to finding an online LPN diploma. Finding one that is of good quality may not be that easy. There are several aspects that you must consider when choosing the best LPN diploma for you.
Firstly it is essential that the online LPN diploma that you choose is accredited by the State Board of Nursing in the state where you are hoping to work as an LPN. If it is not accredited then you will effectively be wasting your time and your money.

You will find it very difficult if not impossible to find employment if your LPN qualification is from a school that is not accredited. Note that it is more likely that an online program will not be accredited than a face-to-face program. If you are choosing an online program, which is not a bad choice, you have to be extra careful to make sure that the program is accredited. Your State Board of Nursing should provide a list of accredited online schools for your state. If you already have a school in mind apply to your State Board of Nursing to find out if they approve of the school or not. If your school claims to be waiting for accreditation, be wary about beginning a qualification with that school. Query their claim with the State Board of Nursing and find out if they will be accredited in time for it to affect your qualification.

Another important consideration is the reputation of the school. You want to look for a school that has a good reputation in terms of how many students who went there were happy with the program. This personal opinion is very important, but it is also important that you get some facts from somewhere about how many students who studied at that school actually passed the examination. I cannot stress enough how important it is that you do an online LPN diploma that prepares you for the examination. If you are not prepared for the examination then you will again be wasting your time. You cannot become licensed as an LPN if you do not pass the exam.

Fees are also important. Different schools differ in terms of their fee structure. You will find that online LPN diplomas in particular are far cheaper. This is an important consideration to take into account, especially if you are from a financial background where you may struggle to pay for your studies. In this case it is very important to make sure that you find the optimum school, i.e. one that offers good quality but that also fits into your budget.

If you are changing schools then you will want to find an online LPN diploma where you will be able to transfer your credits so that your time will not have been wasted.

You should make sure that the online LPN diploma you choose will be able to adequately cover all of the important coursework that you will need to know in order to be well prepared not only for the LPN examination, but also for your working career as an LPN.

When choosing an online LPN diploma it would be better to choose ones that have a good record in terms of interactive education methods. You will be losing out quite a lot on the personal interaction that you would get in a face-to-face program. So, if the schools you are considering have videos and online podcasts as part of the curriculum as this will make it easier for you to learn.

Location may also be something that is worth considering. If you are hoping to save as much money as possible then you will definitely only want to apply at such schools that are close by in order to cut down on transport costs. However this should definitely not be your only or even your main criteria for choosing an online LPN diploma.

Remember that there are a number of specialties that you will be able to choose from in your nursing school. If you have a particular specialty in mind you will have to of course look for online LPN diplomas that specifically focus on the area you are interested in specializing in and that the school has a good reputation in regards to that specialty.

If you need financial aid in order to pay for your studies than you may want to focus on those schools that offer financial aid for their online LPN diplomas.

Look at every detail possible. This includes considering the class schedules offered by each school. You may, for example, be working at and studying at the same time in which case you will want to find a school where the schedule will be completely flexible for you.

Be fully aware of what the pass rated are for each of the schools you are considering. It is very important that you attend only those schools where you can be guaranteed of passing.

Why Should I get an LPN Diploma?

There are several very good reasons why you should consider doing an LPN diploma. They are:

It is a demanding and responsible position but it is also a very rewarding one where you will be able to work with patients viewing their vital signs and administering their medicine in order to speed up their recovery.

You will be able to work to help others. This makes an LPN diploma a great idea for anyone with a naturally caring personality to consider.

Where Can I Work With an Online LPN Diploma?

Once you have received your online LPN diploma there are many situations in which you will be able to work as an LPN nurse. The most common places to work as an LPN are:

  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • nursing homes
  • private homes

However LPNs are in demand in several specialized areas as well, such as in doctor’s offices and in obstetrics. This means that you should definitely be able to find a setting that you like to work in as an LPN.

What Can I Earn?

There are a great many reasons to become an LPN nurse. One of the most convincing arguments in favor of this qualification is related to the LPN salary that you will earn. Depending on which state you work in you could earn between $28000 and $40000 every year.

What Will I Learn?

In a good online LPN diploma you will be required to learn the following things:

  • Care of Elderly
  • Patient care
  • Communications
  • Food and nutrition
  • CPR
  • Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Nursing basics
  • Pharmacology
  • Mental health nursing
  • Dosage Calculation
  • Promotion of health

If your online program is not teaching you these things then you are not being adequately prepared for the LPN examination and you will effectively be wasting your time.

You will also learn a number of skills in an online LPN diploma. These skills will help you to do your job effectively. On top of that many of them are useful skills that you will be able to use throughout your life. These skills are:

  • Team work skills
  • Communications skills
  • Know how to take orders
  • Nursing skills
  • Observational skills
  • Teaching skills
  • First aid skills
  • Assessment skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Assessment, documentation and reporting skills

The growing medical industry is a great one to become involved in where your job security will be guaranteed. The best way to get into this fast growing industry is by becoming an LPN, and to become an LPN the best way is to get an online LPN diploma.

LPN Refresher Course

Have you been out of the nursing environment for some time, and want to come back? If you have not been practicing nursing for some time, you will need to take an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) refresher course in order to activate your license and get back to work as an LPN again.

Unlike the formal LPN course, the LPN refresher course is flexible and can comfortably be taken online. The refresher course contains both work in theory and clinical. The work and study relating to theory can be taken at home or any place you wish, while the clinical aspect of the work can be arranged in a hospital or nursing home near you.

Students usually try to arrange their clinical rotation in a hospital where they want to start work as soon as the course is completed. This bodes well for both the student and the hospital as the hospital gets a long look at the performance of the nurse before hiring, and for the nurse, enough time to familiarize her with the hospital and its rules and the duties expected of her. In the event the hospital wants to employ her right away after the course is completed, she need not be prepared and will already know what is expected of her. Most hospitals are happy to accept students to do their clinical rotation as long as they have space. If your timing is out, the space available may get filled up with fresh graduates from colleges. So keep this in mind when planning your LPN refresher course.

Preparing to Return as an LPN

  • Go over all the guidelines and paperwork on what you have written and studied before. This is perhaps one of the most important things to do as you might have forgotten much in the years you’ve been off – and there are sure to be new and updated information on many things. Check for updates.
  • If you have been an LPN before, you are sure to know some nurses at the place you’ve worked at. Ask one of your nursing friends to spend some time with you to update you on current nursing skills and things you should know, especially new guidelines and rules. Ask if it’s all right to spend time with her at the nursing home or hospital she is at. This may require permission, but it may also be allowed because you are an LPN, and not asking to be paid. It may even lead to a job.
  • Become acquainted with new technologies and new procedures. Knowledge regarding computers and technology is vital as we are as reliant on computers today as we are on electricity. Computer smarts gives you the tools to successfully compile reports, calculate statistics and search the internet for information on disease and treatment methods.
  • Ease your way into your work and achieve a renewed comfort level in the clinical environment.
  • Approach the hospital where you’ve worked at – it may be the most comfortable for you to ease yourself back in – and ask if they have an opening, or are expecting anyone to go on leave. Let them know you are available.
  • Be back on the floor with your colleagues and some of the people you’ve worked with. Be confident. Let them see that your time off has benefited you and that you are up to date on changes.
  • If you are really happy to be back and wish you could do more, think about doing an online program for a Registered Nurse (RN). Perhaps after your long absence, you want to move up and be involved in other disciplines.
  • Become part of the industry again by joining one of the fastest growing career fields, with job opportunities projected to increase 21% between now and 2018.

To get your license back in some states nurses may be required to produce CPR certification. The documents you need include professional liability insurance, current nursing license, or reinstatement of license, proof of current immunization, and you may also be required to do a drug screening test, and undergo a background check. Costs may be involved, so ask about it beforehand.

What is an LPN Refresher Course Comprised of?

  • Theory has five modules; nursing concepts, nursing skills, nursing interventions, adult health nursing, and mental health and aging. Modules focus on different cases to give a practical overview of the concept. Once you are finished with each module, you will be presented with an assessment test.
  • The last module is the practical aspect. The number of hours you may need for clinical rotation may vary from one course to the next, but a ball park figure would be about 120 hours. Once you are done with the course, you have to arrange for a proctor to supervise your final exam.

Most schools and colleges provide LPN refresher courses for less than $900. Remember that your course has to be with an accredited institution. This course is particularly attractive for people who want to study online and do the course in the comfort of their home, and at the pace they set for themselves. Cost shouldn’t be your first consideration. You want a program that can be tailored to meet your needs. Go on the internet and search for a list of state approved LPN schools to determine whether they have an LPN refresher course.

At Charter Oak State College, a course, NUR 021, is a non-credit, certificate refresher course designed by the Connecticut League of Nursing (CLN) to prepare inactive LPNs to return, after an absence of three years or more, to the practice of nursing in first-level, medical-surgical staff positions in hospitals, long-term care/sub-acute care facilities, home care, or in physician’s offices. The course is offered in two modules, the first of which is offered entirely online, for a total of 180 contact hours. The online module can be accessed at any time of the day or night. It is self-paced which means that you can register at any time, and have six months to complete the online portion of the course. The second module consists of a three-week supervised clinical practicum within a cooperating hospital, sub-acute care, or long-term care facility. Both modules have to be completed to earn the refresher course certificate. Should you opt to participate in only Module One for personal enrichment, you will earn the associated 90 contact hours. You have to provide proof that you hold a current LPN license before you can participate in Module Two.

Another institution you might like to check out is the NDNA which offers refresher courses in the nursing profession, for nurses seeking to reactivate their ND license. Nurses who come from other states who need to take a refresher course to obtain a ND license may take their course. They do not sign out-of-state clinical agreements, so the participant must secure a clinical site in ND. They will sign an agreement with the facility once they identify a site willing to work with the participant. The course meets the requirements set forth by the ND Board of Nursing.

A Brief Overview of the Refresher Course

  • Cost of $850 plus cost of textbooks, insurance, immunization update, TB test, CPR.
  • 100 hours of theory (includes case studies, closed book test) after being notified that you have successfully passed the theory portion, you may begin the clinical portion of your test.
  • 160 hours clinical. Before you begin, you must meet all facility requirements.
  • All required paperwork must be either by email, scanned or mailed to the course coordinator before successful completion of the course.
  • You must contact the ND Board of Nursing to complete reactivation paperwork.

At the BAPTIST HEALTH Schools Little Rock, for example, there is a completion policy which states that the participant is allowed a maximum of one calendar year to complete the LPN Refresher Course. If it is not completed after the one year period, a one time only six-month extension is available for an additional fee of $200, and that there are no extensions beyond the 18-month period. If the participant fails to finish the course in the time allotted, course status will be incomplete. Should the participant wish to finish the course after the first attempt, the process must be started over again, with the participant applying for enrollment in the course and again paying the current cost for the refresher course. The participant will then be considered a new participant, allowing one year for course completion. Tuition cost for the Refresher Course is $440 plus cost of required text books.

As you can see, laws vary from state to state, and nursing program courses vary from university to university. There are many things to compare. An item which should be established before you begin is whether the clinical portion of the test to be performed in a hospital setting is set up by you or the institution. It makes little sense to go through the whole process of doing the theoretical part of the course at an institution you like, but have no assistance on the part of the institution for the clinical part of the course. Choose a hospital for the clinical part of your program where you have assistance getting into a hospital afterwards.