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Practical Nursing (LPN) Program (CA)

Job Description

Practical Nursing focuses on the performance of selected acts in the care of the ill, injured, or infirmed under the direction of a registered professional nurse. Upon completion of the program, the practical nurse becomes a skilled and knowledgeable technician.

Career Opportunities

Nurses work with people of all ages in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Offices
  • Home Health
  • Schools
  • Public Health
  • Military
  • Federal Government

Program Description

The program includes both classroom instruction and clinical practice in adult (including gerontological) health nursing, family health nursing, and mental health concepts.

Program Outcomes 2022-2023

NCLEX -PN Pass Rate (First time test takers)   15/16


Program On time Completion Rate    12/20
Program On time Completion Rate    3/4 
60% (Traditional PN students)          
75% (Medic to PN 1st Cohort)
Job Placement (TBD)



The Practical Nursing program at the College of Southern Nevada at the West Charleston campus, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulation, the most recent Board of Commissioners accreditation decision, which will be one of the following:

  • a.Initial Accreditation
  • b.Continuing Accreditation
  • c.Continuing Accreditation with Conditions
  • d.Continuing Accreditation with Warning
  • e.Continuing Accreditation for Good Cause
  • f.Denial of Continuing Accreditation

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Warning.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program on the ACEN website.

The Practical Nursing Program is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

Practical Nursing (CA) Requirements

Practical Nursing Advising Sheet
Practical Nursing Career Guide
Practical Nursing Selection Criteria

*See Medic to LPN Requirements for students who have successfully completed military health care training: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman Program (Navy and Air Force), Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician, or Army Health Care Specialist.

Note: Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these Essential Functions of Nursing Students. Students with documented need for accommodation are to meet with the Disability Resources Center.

Licensure as a Practical Nurse

Once you have completed the required courses, you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, and will then be eligible to apply for state licensure by examination. If you desire career mobility, you may elect to apply for advanced placement for LPN's in the Associate Degree (RN) Program.

In addition to successfully completing the prescribed course of study in an approved school of nursing, the Nevada Nurse Practice Act (NRS 632.140) requires that candidates for licensure be (1) of good moral character (2) in good physical and mental health. Prospective students are advised that if they have been convicted of a felony prior to admission to the program that this may preclude subsequent licensure to practice as a nurse in Nevada (NRS 632.320). If this is the case, it is suggested that the prospective student contact the Nevada State Board of Nursing prior to applying to the program.

Click here for information on Criminal Convictions for those seeking a Nursing Career in Nevada

Admission Requirements

This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. This material is reviewed using selection criteria and as set by the program. Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

TEAS Exam Information
Community Service Documentation Form
Health Care Experience Documentation Form
Evidence of Non-infectivity for Tuberculosis
Proof of Immunity to Select Infectious Diseases
Certified Background

Assessment Testing

NOTE: The Kaplan Exam must be taken prior to December 31, 2016 and will be accepted until December 31, 2021.  Kaplan Exams taken after December 31, 2016 will not be accepted.  TEAS or Kaplan Exam scores older than (5) years at the time of application will not be considered.  Students who have taken the TEAS or Kaplan exam from another state and/or institution must have all their scores officially transferred to CSN before their specified application deadline.  An unofficial copy must also be presented with the limited entry packet.

TEAS Exam Information

Accepted Students

Students accepted into the program will be required to show proof of CPR certification, health insurance, immunization against Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, Diphtheria and proof of a negative TB skin test.  A physical examination must also be completed.  This documentation is due at the mandatory advising session held during the week before classes begin each semester.

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Practical Nursing Program Guidelines 2023-2024

Student's First Checklist

New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Getting Started page. This page provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

Find out how to Transfer Credits to CSN from other colleges.

  • Charleston Campus: (702) 651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: (702) 651-4415, Main Building Room E204
  • Henderson Campus: (702) 651-3563, Building H Room 234