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Practical Nursing LPN-Certificate

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Nursing is one of the most respected professions in the world. And Mercyhurst North East offers the most trusted and respected practical nursing program in the greater Erie area. With an experienced faculty and a strong reputation for producing highly qualified nurses, if you want to become a practical nurse, you'll want to choose MNE to make it happen.
This one-year certificate program prepares students for licensure as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). LPNs are vital members of healthcare teams, caring for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. Through classroom work, use of the on-campus nursing facilities, and clinical rotation at area healthcare facilities, students are prepared to provide basic bedside care to patients. This includes taking vital signs, giving injections, administering medication and immunizations, carrying out therapeutic treatments, and performing other basic medical procedures. In addition to providing routine beside care, LPNs in nursing care facilities help evaluate residents’ needs, develop care plans, and supervise the care provided by nursing aides. In doctors’ offices and clinics, they also may make appointments, keep records, and perform other clerical duties. LPNs who work in private homes may prepare meals and teach family members simple nursing tasks.

What can I do with this certificate?
Licensed practical nurses work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Private medical practices
  • Home hospice care
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Rehabilitation facilities

Some of our LPN alumni will return to complete the two-year LPN to RN Bridge program, earning them an associate degree in registered nursing. Students in this program are awarded at least 15 credits for their LPN experience. To enter this program, students must have worked as an LPN for at least six months.

What is the job outlook for this field?

According to the the U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, jobs in healthcare are steadily on the rise due to the aging world’s population. We are already seeing shortages of nurses, but by the year 2020, the nation will have a shortage of more than 800,000 nurses.

Nursing can be rewarding in more ways than one. Licensed practical nurses median average salary to be $39,030.


Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.

The Sister of Mercy Core Values are reflected in providing healthcare services to the disenfranchised. The mission of the Practical Nursing Program at Mercyhurst University North east is to empower our graduates to be socially merciful, provide compassionate care, insure excellence in practice and the delivery of high quality. Cost effective, accessible health care to a culturally diverse population. Philosophy Statement: Consistent with its Catholic Identity and Mercy Heritage humans are unique, biopyschosocial and spiritual beings who progress through physical and psychosocial developmental tasks throughout the life cycle. Humans are perceived as never separate from the influences of society and constantly adapting to changes in the environment. The Practical Nursing Program is socially merciful, globally responsible, compassionately hospitable, intellectually creative, reflectively aware and Ambassadors of Service. 

  • Incorporate theory from the physical, biological, social and behavioral sciences when providing nursing care
  • Communicate effectively with clients, families, significant others, and members of the healthcare team
  • Identify biopsychosocial needs of clients
  • Utilize the nursing process when providing care to meet identified needs
  • Apply ethical, moral, and legal standards in keeping with the Practical Nursing Code of Ethics and applicable nursing law.