Practical Nursing


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.

Practical Nursing Diploma Program

At Brightwood College, our practical nursing training program could help you acquire the relevant job knowledge and experience to enter this rewarding field. Through group discussions, lectures, and hands-on laboratory training, you'll have a chance to develop the 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.

Nursing Licensure

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may enable graduates to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) to qualify for a license as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) or vocational nurse.† Information about the NCLEX can be found at

Professional Responsibilities

As a graduate of our practical nursing program, you may assume the following duties in the nursing field:

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


Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Healthcare Occupations, (accessed March 2016). Expected national 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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