Practical Nursing School
Fast-track your practical nursing career
AIAM takes a holistic approach to educating our practical nursing students. As you learn the skills you need to become an LPN, you will also learn basic massage techniques for clinical settings, as well as explore the importance of the mind-body connection in patient health. This unique curriculum helps our nurses better connect and interact with their patients on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.
As one of the shortest programs of its kind in Ohio, our Licensed Practical Nursing program provides students with both classroom learning and real-world experience. You’ll work beside medical professionals at clinical sites across central Ohio and be eligible to earn your PN license in just nine short months.
Our thorough PN program offers small class sizes, one-on-one time with professors, a holistic approach to patient care, and an acute focus on patient psychomotor skills. It’s a program that produces strongly skilled, well-rounded, and compassionate nursing professionals.
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This is a nursing school that is going to give you an understanding of medicine that’s not just ‘superficial.’ It’s going to change the way that you look at medicine.
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The role of an LPN is at the patient bedside. LPNs provide routine care, maintain medication and treatments for clients, collect data, and teach healthy lifestyles within physicians’ offices and clinical settings. LPNs can work in various care settings including doctors’ offices, long-term care facilities, and private residences.
No matter where, when, or how you practice, there will always be patients in need of quality, holistic care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected the demand for licensed practical nurses to increase by 12% between 2016 and 2026. There is work available whether part-time or full-time, day or night, working with every type of patient imaginable.
According to a report by Indeed, LPNs working in the United States can expect to earn an average of $53,000 per year. Being a medical professional also comes with potential for tuition reimbursement and other handsome benefits.
AIAM Licensed Practical Nursing
- 9 months, 3 quarters
- Must have a high school diploma or GED recognized by the Department of Education OR officially evaluated foreign equivalent
- Graduates of the program are awarded a diploma and will be well-prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure PN (NCLEX-PN) exam to earn their license and begin practicing as an LPN
Practical Nursing Program Admissions Requirements
- Complete a personal tour and interview with an AIAM admissions enrollment coach
- Submit official transcripts of earned HS diploma or official HS diploma or official GED recognized by the Department of Education (or foreign equivalent) or official transcripts of earned Baccalaureate Degree or higher from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education (or foreign degree equivalent that has been officially evaluated).
- Complete HESI entrance test with minimum identified standard met or exceeded for consideration OR be a graduate of the AIAM Medical Assisting program (HESI must be taken at AIAM). The requirement on the HESI exam is 70% English Language Composite Score. $65 testing fee per attempt must be paid by the prospective student. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are exempt from this requirement. Exam results for PN admitting students must be from within 24 months of the start date of the entering quarter.
- Complete application form with $125 enrollment fee (can be paid at enrollment)
- Meet with Financial Aid office to discuss payment options
- Complete enrollment agreement and accompanying paperwork
- Demonstrate personal laptop computer meets specifications required for online learning or laptop computer will be issued and charged to student account at AIAM
- Complete the Distance Education Assessment
Frequently Asked Questions
How to become an LPN?The path to becoming an LPN is a straightforward one. However, that doesn’t mean that there might not be challenges along the way. To land an LPN position as an applicant, you need to meet some specific criteria: Meet the education and training requirements: Just as with any other medical profession, becoming an LPN requires the completion of an accredited PN program. Such a program can be completed in as little as nine months. Enrolling in a PN program requires a high school diploma, a GED recognized by the Department of Education, or an officially evaluated foreign equivalent. As a graduate of the program, you’ll obtain a diploma and be well-prepared to sit for the National Council Licensure PN (NCLEX-PN) exam. Obtain licensure: After getting your diploma, the next step includes gaining proper licenses or certifications from the state where you intend to work. To begin working as an LPN, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Our PN program prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure PN (NCLEX-PN) exam, earn your license, and begin practicing as an LPN.
How long does it take to become an LPN?As one of the shortest programs of its kind in Ohio, our Licensed Practical Nursing program can be completed in just nine short months and will prepare you to sit for the National Council Licensure PN (NCLEX-PN) exam, earn your license, and begin practicing as an LPN.
What does an LPN do?Being in the front line of nursing, practical nurses are the patient’s first contact. The job description is quite broad, but to put it simply, practical nurses care for sick or injured patients. They’re responsible for a range of duties, including: Monitoring patients, Checking their vital signs and medical history, Inserting IVs, Reporting to RNs and doctors, Performing routine assessments, Changing bandages, Ensuring patient comfort, etc. The details of the job responsibilities can depend on the work setting and “scope of practice” state regulations. However, you can expect to provide similar hands-on patient care regardless of your employer or location.
What is the difference between an LPN and an RN?A practical nurse (PN) and a registered nurse (RN) are both healthcare professionals, but there are some key differences between the two—they have different levels of education, training, and responsibilities. A PN typically has a shorter education and training than an RN. A practical nurse is educated and trained to perform routine, standardized tasks under the supervision of an RN or a physician. They may care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or homes, and their responsibilities include administering medication, monitoring vital signs, and providing basic bedside care. A registered nurse, on the other hand, has a higher education and training level. An RN typically has a college degree in nursing and must pass a national licensure examination to practice. RNs have a more advanced understanding of nursing theory and the nursing process and are responsible for more complex patient care tasks. They may also have supervisory responsibilities over practical nurses and other healthcare workers. RNs may practice in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, and patient homes. To sum up, PNs are more focused on hands-on care and implement care plans set up by RNs and physicians, while RNs have a more advanced understanding of nursing theory, are responsible for more complex patient care tasks, and have a supervisory role over LPNs and other healthcare staff.