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Registered Nursing Program Information
Practical Nursing Program Information
A registered nurse (RN) and a licensed practical nurse (LPN) meet many of the same
fundamental nursing needs. Both types of nurses care for people suffering from illness
and injury, and provide medical and functional assistance to help them recover as
quickly and comfortably as possible. LPNs and RNs both perform work that can be mentally
and physically demanding, serving patients across the lifespan.
While LPNs and RNs differ in their scope of practice, their daily duties often overlap.
RNs usually have more autonomy, while LPNs primarily handle basic nursing care. Likewise,
RNs and LPNs usually work in different settings and hold distinct job duties and responsibility
RNs and LPNs have a lot of similar duties working to promote good health, comfort,
and prevent illness. However, their roles often differ, especially considering where
they work. In all situations, RNs have more responsibilities compared to LPNs.
In nursing care facilities, hospitals, and physician offices, LPNs serve as support
staff to assist RNs. LPNs work in teams under the management of RNs and physicians
to perform basic nursing care and support for patients and their families. Registered
nurses (RNs) work to educate patients and the public about various medical conditions,
treat patients and help in their rehabilitation, and provide advice and emotional
support to patients’ families. RNs use considerable judgment in providing a wide variety
The changing landscape of nursing has created an increased demand for RNs and LPNs,
primarily in settings that provide healthcare to aging populations and outpatients.
Healthcare industries in the U.S. employ about 3.1 million RNs and about 728,900 LPNs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many LPNs (about 38%) work in residential care facilities helping older individuals.
They also find jobs in state and local hospitals, physician offices, home healthcare
service, and government agencies.
Hospitals remain the largest industries of employment for RNs, with about 60% of the workforce. RNs also find work in ambulatory healthcare services, nursing care
facilities, government agencies, educational services, and many other settings.
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) vs. Registered Nurses (RN). (2020, October 15). NurseJournal.org
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Course Requirements After Formal Acceptance
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Registered Nurse Prerequisites
NRSG232 Foundations of Nursing
NRSG233 Foundations of Nursing Lab
NRSG234 Adult Nursing I
NRSG235 Adult Nursing I Clinical
previous nursing program coursework will be reviewed for equivalencies and substitutions
NRSG courses will be accepted and transferred.