Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate


The goal of the Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing is to produce graduates who are ready to perform entry-level nursing duties, demonstrating appropriate clinical knowledge, patient service, and ethical integrity.

We provide quality training and hands-on experience through classroom instruction, laboratory experiences, and clinical training. In addition, we prepare students for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination before graduation.

About This Program

Want to start your nursing career? Salem International University can help. Our Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate program can prepare you to provide patients with basic medical care and enter the nursing profession at the entry level.

Our courses teach topics including:

  • Anatomy
  • Principles of pharmacology
  • Nursing considerations for specific populations, such as mental health and geriatric patients
  • Practical skills, e.g., how to draw blood or prepare samples
  • Dietary and nutritional considerations

Earning your LPN takes one year. Your courses will take place on campus in West Virginia with extensive laboratory and clinical experience work. After you graduate, you will need to take and pass the NCLEX-PN examination in order to gain licensure to practice.

Career Opportunities

When you earn your LPN certificate with us, you’ll be prepared pursue entry-level nursing roles with:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Long-term care or rehabilitation facilities
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home nursing agencies

As an LPN graduate, you will work under the supervision of Registered Nurses, physicians, and other health care practitioners, performing duties such as:

  • Taking medical histories and vital signs
  • Collecting specimens from patients for laboratory tests
  • Helping patients with eating and bathing

Please note: Qualification for licensure depends on your passing the NCLEX-PN and other factors, depending upon which state you plan to practice in.

Program of Study

In our program, you’ll learn important health science concepts, plus clinical skills at a basic level. To earn your LPN with us, you’ll complete 1,352 instructional hours, divided into 704 clinical hours and 648 classroom and lab hours.

  • LPN101 Introduction to Nursing
  • LPN102 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 1
  • LPN103 Fundamentals of Practical Nursing 2
  • LPN104 Pharmacology, Medication Math & Nutrition
  • LPN105 Medical-Surgical Nursing 1
  • LPN106 Medical-Surgical Nursing 2
  • LPN107 Medical-Surgical Nursing 3
  • LPN108 Nursing Care of Older Adults
  • LPN109 Mental Health Nursing
  • LPN110 Nursing Care of the Family
  • LPN111 Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • LPN112 Practice, Issues & Trends

It takes three consecutive academic semesters of 12 semester credit hours each or 3 credit hours per month to complete the program—about one calendar year.

Course Format

SIU offers the LPN on campus in West Virginia. You’ll have access to new laboratory and classroom facilities designed to give you hands-on experience before your clinicals begin. We offer you:

  • Practical, professional nursing education curriculum
  • Accelerated course progressions that offer intense engagement with content
  • An opportunity to connect with our diverse, supportive learning community


Admission Requirements

Anyone who wishes to apply to our Certificate of Licensed Practical Nursing program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • High school graduate or equivalent (such as a GED or international secondary institution);
  • Complete an entrance interview, including verification of health insurance, immunizations, criminal background check, and a drug screening.

High school transcripts (and/or college transcripts for transfer students) must be provided before the end of the first semester of study. International students will need to provide results of credential evaluation and English language capability. Please see the application page for more details.

A Career that Cares

Ready to enroll in an LPN training program? Contact Salem International University today!