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Fortis Institute in Erie, PA: Practical Nursing (LPN)

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Gain the theory, laboratory and clinical experience for an entry-level career as a practical nurse. Care for patients of all ages, ethnicities, cultural groups and across all stages of wellness or illness in a variety of clinical settings.

Practical nurses provide basic nursing care to patients of all ages and stages of wellness/illness in a variety of clinical settings, while working under the supervision of a registered nurse (RN) or doctor.

While the specific duties performed and the amount of RN and physician supervision required will vary based on state regulations, the job of a practical nurse entails a variety of functions, some of which may include the following:

  • Maintaining records of patients' histories
  • Providing dressing and bathing assistance
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Assisting doctors and registered nurses with tests and procedures
  • Starting IV drips and/or giving medication
  • Monitoring medication(s) and patient responses to medication(s)
  • Caring for and feeding infants
  • Assembling, using, and cleaning certain medical equipment
  • Updating doctors and RNs on the status of patients

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow 16% over the next several years. If you are excited about pursuing this career path, now is the time to get your training so you can enter this important and rewarding profession!

FORTIS’ Erie, PA Nursing Programs

Nursing theory guides clinical practice. The clinical portion of our practical nursing (PN) program provides students with hands-on experience as they work with patients of all ages and stages of wellness/illness in hospitals and other healthcare agencies affiliated with FORTIS. In addition, the clinical atmosphere of the PN program enables students to observe first-hand the behaviors that are critical to employability in those agencies.

This is a hybrid program, which means that the majority of the program will be taken on campus but several courses within the program (less than 50% of the entire program) are taken online.* This blend of on-campus and online courses allows students to experience all the support and services our school has to offer, as well as the flexibility and convenience taking online classes provides.

Upon receiving their practical nursing degree in Erie, PA, students will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN examination to obtain licensure as a practical nurse.

* The number of classes taken online varies each term, and some terms in the program may be taught entirely on campus. Speak to one of our admissions representatives for more information.

Take the Next Step

If you want to become a practical nurse and are looking for Pennsylvania nursing schools, enroll at FORTIS! We are extremely proud of our nursing facilities and would love the opportunity to give you a tour of the local campus. Contact us today to learn more about our program, find out how you can get started, or to schedule a tour. We can be reached via phone, email, or live online chat.  

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