In our Practical Nursing program, you'll prepare to become an LPN in as few as 12 months.1 You’ll learn from compassionate experts who have centered their working lives around helping nurses grow and succeed—from faculty members and academic advisors to tutors, financial aid experts and 24/7 tech support.
Our job is to support you from your very first step, including:
With a mix of online courses, on-campus lab simulations and clinical experiences, you’ll develop the knowledge you need to take the NCLEX-PN®3 licensure exam and become a safe, practicing Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The Practical Nursing Diploma program is a great way to get into a nursing role. Many LPNs are satisfied with their careers as a hands-on care provider; however, if you decide to advance your education to increase your scope of practice, our Practical Nursing program will provide the foundation for you to prepare for a role as a Registered Nurse.
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Taught by experienced faculty, our Nursing program prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-PN®3 national certification exam and become a confident LPN.
Our grads are prepared to start their careers in a wide range of environments, including assisted living and long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, clinics, hospitals and more.
The projected job growth for licensed practical nurses between 2016 and 2026 is 12% in Minnesota and 19% in Florida, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s much faster than the national average!4
"It is an amazing college. For single moms or people who have barriers, it is not just catered to one group. I believe anyone could come in and fit at Rasmussen."
Graduate, Practical Nursing Diploma
You’re interested in patient care and want a quick entry into the field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with opportunities for career advancement.
(median annual wage by industry)5
You want to become a registered nurse (RN) and leverage your practical nursing diploma through the LPN to RN Bridge.
You want to begin your nursing career as a registered nurse by earning your ADN.
12 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
Or 18 months (ADN/RN)1
(median annual wage by industry)6
You’re ready to earn your BSN, want to become a Bachelor-prepared registered nurse and are looking for opportunities to advance your career.
You want to begin your nursing career as a BSN-prepared registered nurse. Choose from two pre-licensure entry tracks—standard and second degree.
12 to 18 months (RN to BSN)1
33 months (BSN Standard Degree)*
18 months (BSN Second Degree)
*Already an LPN? Our LPN to RN Bridge helps LPNs become RNs faster, further decreasing your time to program completion.
(median annual wage by industry)6
Prepare for healthcare today and in the future as a nursing leader. A choice of three specializations allows you to define your career course.
A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy—the definitive terminal degree for nurse leaders.
Choose the specialization that best aligns with your interests and career goals:
With eight start dates a year and a total of 15 courses—each 11 weeks in length—full-time students can finish in as few as 12 months for as low as $23,555.
$335 cost per credit
x 56 total credits
$18,760 total tuition
+ $4,795 total fees
$23,555 estimated total program cost
This reflects pricing for Florida students. Please speak with an admissions advisor or use the tuition estimator tool to calculate your costs.
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our Practical Nursing program is designed to be more affordable with transfer credits, self-directed assessments, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.
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To learn about Rasmussen nursing programs and entrance requirements and to receive help planning, attend an online Nursing Information Session where you’ll learn about TEAS scores, background checks, immunizations and more.
You’re not alone figuring out how to pay for college. Our admissions advisors can help you find ways to save through self-directed assessments, loans, scholarships and more.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Review our credit transfer policies at a nursing information session or on our transfer policy page—we've designed them to help you maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite your graduation.
You’ll find the support you need to grow as a nurse from mentors and faculty in this program. Our library services, academic support and career planning teams are ready to help.
Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The practical nursing program at Rasmussen University at the:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for these practical nursing programs is Initial Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at