Hodges University to Offer Licensed Practical Nursing Program

Naples Campus

In an effort to address the workforce needs for health care personnel in the Southwest Florida community, Hodges University’s School of Allied Health is announcing the addition of a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) certificate program, which will begin May 2017.

“In health care, there is a move towards providing care in a variety of settings outside of hospitals. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are able to provide care and promote the health and wellness of individuals in long-term care facilities, practitioners’ offices, as well as in the individual’s own home,” said Dr. Holly Evans Madison, director of nursing at Hodges. As a result, additional health care providers and caregivers are needed to provide the necessary care for these individuals, which is why Hodges is responding to this need with its new LPN program.

The LPN certificate program will prepare individuals to take the Nursing Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) and become licensed practical nurses. LPNs fill a growing need in health care and are able to practice in a variety of settings.

“The demand for health care providers is continually increasing in Southwest Florida. At Hodges University, we are dedicated to working closely with area hospitals and organizations to determine ways in which we can meet their needs with workforce-related programming,” said Dr. Donald Wortham, president of Hodges University. “The addition of an LPN program to our School of Allied Health will allows us to provide students with the proper instruction and hands-on experience needed to become licensed practical nurses in our community.”

Approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, Hodges’ LPN certificate program is completed in 12-months. Offered on evenings and weekends at Hodges’ Naples campus, the program will combine in-class lectures, laboratory procedures and clinical experience. In addition, the program is designed to interface with other degree programs, allowing graduates to seek professional growth opportunities.

For more information, contact Hodges’ Office of Admissions at (800) 466-8017 or call Maria Vacca in the School of Allied Health at (239) 598-6285.

About the School of Allied Health:
The School of Allied Health at Hodges University provides a number of high-quality undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs to prepare students for entry into the exciting professional world of health care.

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