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Herzing University has developed a new practical nursing program that will train students to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs).
Herzing University has developed a new practical nursing program that will train students to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The 12-month diploma program at the Akron, Ohio campus is expected to help fill a significant workforce need in the region, according to the university.
The program will feature a nursing skills lab, a simulation lab, and required clinical experiences, which will all provide hands-on learning. Students will also receive classroom instruction from experienced nursing leaders. Once the program is complete, students will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
"The healthcare sector continues to be the top employer in Northeast Ohio, and our new LPN program makes it easier to get started in this growing field," said Herzing-Akron Campus President Bill Cassidy, in a statement. "These new LPNs will help our healthcare partners address staffing needs at skilled nursing facilities, physician's offices, and hospitals."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio is 1 of 5 states with the highest level of employment for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses. Nationally, the agency predicts employment for LPNs to increase by as much as 12% through 2026.
"It makes sense for us to continue to expand and invest in our nursing programs, especially as our population ages, and health management needs amplify," Cassidy said in a statement.
Registration for the new program is open. The practical nursing diploma program will launch Sept. 5, and the nursing skills lab is expected to open in 2019.
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In addition to theerzing's Akron campus offers an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree, which trains students to become registered nurses, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The university also offers programs in other nursing and healthcare specialties, including an online Master of Science in Nursing degree, and post-graduate certificate programs.
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