Mohave Community College is expanding the Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN, program to offer classes on all campuses starting in January of 2019.
The LPN certificate program will also be offered twice each year and is being updated to meet the changing needs of today’s health care system.
“We are very excited about these positive changes,” said June Weiss, MCC director of nursing programs. “We are introducing high fidelity simulation as part of the practice experience for students, which provides a more realistic learning environment for students.”
Another change is that students will now be able to finish the program in less than a year.
“This means our LPN students can get started in the workforce sooner and help fill positions that are in high demand,” said Weiss.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts over the next six years the healthcare industry will need nearly 90,000 more Licensed Practical Nurses. That outpaces the average occupational growth rate by nearly two to one. The average salary for an LPN in America is $45,030.
LPNs play a vital role in the delivery of long-term care services. More than one-third of LPNs are employed in nursing homes and long-term care. Many LPNs also provide long-term care services in home health care, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living facilities, according to the American Nurses Association.
In addition, Mohave County has several outpatient clinical facilities, correctional facilities, and home hospice options for LPNs.
To be part of the next class of MCC LPN students, you must fill out an application by October 1, 2018. The next LPN classes begin in January 2019.
More information about the program, admission requirements, and the admission process is available on the MCC Practical Nursing page, or call 1-866-MOHAVECC.