Practical Nursing


Practical Nurse Training for a Brighter Future

Train to become a nurse in as little as 13 months.

With medical advancements helping people live longer, the nation's aging population is increasing. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that opportunities for nursing professionals, such as nursing care and in-home health care service providers, will grow.* Choosing the Practical Nursing Diploma program at Brightwood College could be a good first step toward becoming one of the individuals that can help fill this need.

If you are interested in touching lives every, practical nurse training could be a good place for you to start. At Brightwood College, we can help you train to become a practical nurse (PN) in as little as 13 months. We can show you how to care for patients, assist doctors and potentially be the bright spot in patients’ days.

A Career-Focused Practical Nursing Program

Our practical nurse training program is designed to help you gain the hands-on learning and clinical experience that you need to enter the medical field. Through group discussions, interactive labs and a clinical externship, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the nursing skills that could help you stand out in the job market and make a difference in patients’ lives.

Combining classroom learning with training in laboratory and clinical settings, our nursing program is designed to prepare you to deliver care to patients under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. Instruction includes helping you develop professionalism, effective communication, and competence in the application of clinical skills.

Our instructors help you prepare for real clinical settings and patient care. They support you as you work through nursing courses, coaching you to apply nursing science in clinical simulations.

Gain Actual Nursing Experience with a Clinical

Mastering clinical skills is an important part of working towards a career in nursing. As a part of our Practical Nursing Diploma program, students will complete a clinical working in a real medical setting. A clinical offers real-world training where you can practice daily nursing duties and gain on-the-job experience.

In your clinical, you will work in a healthcare setting under the supervision of a physician, registered nurse (RN), or other healthcare professional. This is an opportunity for you to apply the skills you’ve learned in your nursing classes to real-world scenarios.

How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

You must be licensed to work as a practical nurse. This is why we strongly encourage qualifying students to take the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX-PN, students may apply for a state license to work as an entry-level LPN.

Our practical nursing program is designed to prepare eligible graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to qualify for a license as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or vocational nurse (VN).† Information about the NCLEX can be found at

What Do Practical Nurses Do?

Practical nurses work under the supervision of doctors or registered nurses (RNs) to provide care to patients. Our goal is to equip you with the clinical and professional competencies that you will need on the job. When you earn your Practical Nursing Diploma, you should be able to perform a variety of nursing duties including:

  • Providing basic bedside care
  • Taking vital signs
  • Preparing and giving injections
  • Performing routine laboratory tests
  • Recording food and fluid intake and output

How Much Do LPNs Make?

Nursing is a growing field, but what makes working as a nurse rewarding is the opportunity to brighten patients’ lives and make a difference. According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses make an average salary of $43,170 per year.*

Take the First Step to a Nursing Career

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a nurse, we’d love to hear from you. Fill out our information form or give us a call to learn more about our nurse training programs. 

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, (accessed March 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.

In the state of Indiana, the Board of Nursing requires licensure to work as a practical nurse. An application must be submitted to the Indiana Board of Nursing Professional Licensing Agency. The submission fee for the application is paid by the College. Applicants also must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Information is available at

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