Practical Nursing – Springfield FAQs
What is a licensed practical nurse (LPN) ?
In Missouri, an LPN is a practical nurse who the Missouri State Board of Nursing licenses and recognizes.
How do I become an LPN?
In order to become an LPN, you must first complete a practical nursing program that is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing (MSBN), then you must pass a licensure examination.
What requirements are required to enter Practical Nursing education?
The OTC Practical Nursing program requires a high school diploma or GED before beginning. OTC offers an eleven-month course of study that is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
After satisfactorily completing the OTC Practical Nursing curriculum, you will then be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).
Please see section 335.066 of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act regarding grounds for denial to take the exam.
NCLEX-PN Age and Educational Requirements:
- Successful completion of MSBN approved practical nursing program and statement affirming the applicants education
- Good moral character
- Two years of high school or its equivalent
- At least 18 years of age
- Applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit evidence of English proficiency
What is a typical schedule?
Freshman first 8 weeks:
- The program holds classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Sometimes you may have to stay later on Friday afternoons.
Freshman second 8 weeks:
- The program holds classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will also have one day of clinical. The date of which will vary depending on the location.
- The program holds classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You will also have clinical 2 days a week. The date of which will vary depending on the location.
The program requires a flexible schedule because the program itinerary changes from time to time.
How long does it take to complete the PN program at OTC?
After the student completes the prerequisite general education courses, the actual length of the practical nursing program takes just under a calendar year to complete.
OTC Practical Nursing–Springfield has two concurrent classes. One begins in January and completes in December, and the other begins in August and completes in July.
OTC Practical Nursing–Table Rock has one class that begins in August and completes in July.
OTC Practical Nursing–Lebanon has one class that begins in January and completes in December.