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Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

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What can I do with a Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)?

Licensed Practical Nurse Home Healthcare Provider Travel Nurse Assisted Living Nurse Rehabilitation Center Nurse

28%* Estimated Job Growth

Keys to Success

Nursing is an art and a science with caring and service as core concepts. The role of the Licensed Practical Nurse is to facilitate the optimal independent functioning of persons, alone or in groups, through the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. The professional nurse will utilize critical thinking and the nursing process to plan and implement care.

Students are expected to value confidentiality, respect, accountability, people’s differences, and preparation to ensure safe clinical practice.

Licensed Practical Nurse at South College

Continuing Education

Additional Information

  • Licensure
    • Upon completion of certificate requirements, each student enrolled in the PN program must make application to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Practical/Vocational nurses are prohibited in all states from practicing nursing until the examination is successfully completed and licensure has been granted. Specific information regarding licensure will be provided to the student during the last quarter of the nursing program. Background Check: Students are required to sign an acknowledgment form that they understand that our school background check may not revel potential barriers to licensure in each state. Each Board of Nursing conducts extensive background checks upon application for licensure with that state. Graduation from this program, does not specifically guarantee licensure in each state.

Accreditation or Approval

South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South College. Various programs have earned programmatic accreditation or approval as well.
Total Program and Degree Length
Total Program Credits*: 60
Program Length: 12 months full-time enrollment
*South College operates on the quarter system, offering the possibility for more flexibility and more options for our students.
Program Tuition Rate
$5,400/quarter
South College offers flat-rate tuition, which provides students the opportunity to take more hours for a lower cost. 10-18 hours is the same cost regardless of how many hours are taken.

Amounts for tuition, fees, books, and supplies are subject to change. Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program can be found here. South College follows the required methodology provided by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission for the reporting of employment information for graduates. This information is compiled on an annual basis and submitted to the Commission by October 15 each year for graduates during the most recently completed reporting year (July 1-June 30). For more detailed information related to the calculation of graduate employment rates, please click here.

*The career options listed above are a small sample of potential job titles, and are not meant to be comprehensive. Students may or may not find employment in these positions. Job growth statistics are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014–2024 projections. Note that the Bureau does not publish estimates for all job titles, so in some cases these numbers are an approximation based on similar job titles.

Success at South College

South College Knoxville

You never feel like part of a headcount, and you can have conversations with your professors. I don’t think other schools give you the personal touch South College does.

- Lisa Farmer, Bachelor in Nursing (BSN- Accelerated)
Stephanie Sienkiewicz, OTA program at South College

South College is providing me the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful program and receive the education and training I need to be a successful occupational therapy assistant.

- Stephanie Sienkiewicz, Occupational Therapy Assistant
South College Knoxville

It was not something I needed to learn to do, it was something I was supposed to do [becoming a nurse]. After 38 years it was just something that was kicking in.

- Charlie Lee, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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