Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Programs & LPN Courses | Fortis

Are you considering nursing as a career path and looking for a practical nursing program near you? At FORTIS you can pursue an education to prepare to become a Practical Nurse. If you want to attend nursing school in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Virginia, then we urge you to consider our practical nursing programs.

Practical Nursing Careers

LPNs are often frontline caregivers in a variety of health care settings, including nursing homes, extended and skilled care facilities, rehabilitation centers, community settings and numerous other types of environments. While LPNs often pursue careers in nursing homes, group homes, private homes, rehabilitation centers and extended care facilities, careers for practical nurses also include:

  • Emergency Room Nurse LPN
  • Labor and Delivery Nurse LPN
  • Oncology Nurse LPN
  • Pediatric Nurse LPN

LPNs frequently work under the supervision of an RN and/or doctor and may be responsible for the supervision of nursing aides. LPNs monitor and care for patients by performing a wide variety of roles. While specific job responsibilities will vary by state and place of employment, LPNs are often accountable for a range of patient care and administrative tasks, including:

  • Taking and recording patient’s vital signs
  • Administering medications
  • Collecting body fluid specimen samples
  • Performing standard lab testsNursing wounds
  • Listening to patient concerns and answering their questions
  • Assembling equipment such as catheters, gastrostomy (feeding) tubes, and oxygen supplies

Practical nursing is rapidly growing career that is expected to grow by over the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As baby boomers are reaching retirement age, even more LPN positions are expected to become available. LPNs will also find plenty of advancement opportunities as they progress in their careers.

FORTIS’ Practical Nursing Programs

The Practical Nursing program at FORTIS provides the theory, laboratory and clinical experiences to prepare students to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam and pursue an entry-level position in Practical Nursing. The clinical portion of the PN nursing curriculum includes hands-on experience providing nursing care to diverse patient populations in hospitals and other healthcare agencies. In addition, the clinical portion of the PN program will enable the student to observe first-hand the behaviors that are crucial to employability.

LPN students learn about various science and health topics, as well as math for medical professionals and pharmacology. LPN courses include the following:

  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency Care
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Obstetric Nursing
  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Pharmacology

Upon completion of the practical nursing (PN) program, students must apply to take the NCLEX-PN examination to obtain licensure as a practical nurse.

Take the Next Step

We are proud of our nursing facilities and would love the opportunity to give you a tour of a local campus. Request information to learn how to get started in one of our PN schools in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania or Virginia today!

Ruth W. - Nursing Grad, Fortis College, Norfolk VA