Eleven nursing students who started the program last May are expected to graduate from South Central Area Health Education Center on August 24th before taking the state’s LPN exam.
The school offers the LPN course in addition to a nursing certificate program for nurse aides that have been hugely successful since its 2003 inception, graduating over 600 students from the certificate program. The nursing students graduating in August should be able to license and find job opportunities fairly easily in the region due to the need for LPNs in the area.
Some students may return to another college, however, to continue their education in pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse. Their licensed practical nursing education and licensing will allow them to relocate to several in- and out-of-state nursing schools in the area.
The nursing school at SCAHEC is a non-prerequisite program that draws in students because no other formal college education is necessary to being nursing classes at the school. Students learn all that they need to know about medications, vitals, care, and assessment to begin a career as a licensed practical nurse in the state. Licensing is also equivalent to several other states’ regulations in the area, allowing the students some mobility with their new diploma.
The program at the nursing school can be completed in just fifteen-months, which is another major draw for the area’s aspiring nurses. To complete nursing classes, graduate, and license in that amount of time, students must attend classes and complete clinical work on a full time schedule consisting of working 5-days each week and some evenings.