Practical Nursing

Course Description
The Practical Nursing program is an 11-month program for those having a high school diploma or equivalent. Classes meet five days a week, seven hours a day during regular school hours. Their clinical hours vary.

Units of StudyClock hours
Personal and Vocational Concepts25
Anatomy and Physiology95
Growth, Development, & Maturation Throughout the Life Span50
Fundamentals of Nursing180
Administration of Medications I40
Nursing of Adults (Nursing of Elderly Integrated)180
IV Therapy40
Maternal & Newborn Nursing60
Nursing of Children55
Mental Health50
Leadership and Management20
Nursing Inservice/Review115
Clinical Experience/Conference480

Job Placement
Once you’ve learned the skills, our team of instructors and placement specialist will assist you in landing that first job in the nursing field. Our placement record for LPNs since the school opened in 1973 has been excellent. See below for our recent placement results.

  • 2009 – 95%
  • 2010 – 96%
  • 2011 – 100%
  • 2012 – 91%
  • 2013 – 95%
  • 2014 – 82%
  • 2015 – 93%
  • 2016 – 100%

You CAN Afford Pike-Lincoln!
You know that training and education are the best possible investment you can make for a secure, comfortable future. But did you know that at Pike-Lincoln we have ways to help you reduce the cost of that investment? Financial Aid is available to all qualifying students regardless of financial status, race, creed, or sex. You can afford Pike-Lincoln! Read our Financial Aid page which explains in detail the various ways of paying for your education. Keep in mind that many students who thought they couldn’t afford additional education are now attending our school, with one or more forms of financial aid. There’s no reason you can’t do the same!

Tuition & Student Fees
Tuition is reviewed and set annually. A $150 tuition deposit is required when the student is accepted in the program to hold a position in the next year’s class.

Refund Policy
Refunds will not be made to any student whose date of withdrawal is after the 60 percent point of the semester. After completing 60 percent of the semester, a student’s account will be charged the full tuition for that semester.

Refunds to a student or funding agency, will be calculated using the “Return to Title IV” process. Refund of charges assessed to the student by the institution, will not exceed the portion of the payment period for which the student has been enrolled and remains unused on the last day of recorded attendance by the student. Refunds will be rounded downward to the nearest 10 percent of that period less any unpaid charges owed by the student for the payment period for which the student has been enrolled, and less an administrative fee of $150.00. Refunds will not be made until at least 30 days after withdrawal.

Students will not be charged for books, supplies or fees for which costs have not been incurred, if the books are returned unused, and in excellent condition, within 10 days of withdrawal from the programs.

Refunds will be credited to the Title IV Programs in the following order:

  1. Federal Stafford Loans
  2. Federal Pell Grants
  3. FFEL Plus Loans

Scope of Practice for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
The scope of practice for the Licensed Practical Nurse focuses on meeting the health care needs of patients/clients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, doctors’ offices and in the home. Licensed Practical Nurses work under the direction of the professional Registered Nurse and/or a licensed physician.

The purpose of practical nurse education is to help the student acquire those attitudes, skills and knowledge essential to the role of a competent practical nurse.

Missouri Job Outlook
Employment for LPNs is projected to increase to 16,837 by 2018. It is estimated that an average of 925 openings will be created largely by persons leaving the workforce and 320 new positions..

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level LPNs in Missouri is $31,560 ($15.17/hr.) to an average of $41,790($20.09/hr.) for experienced LPNs.


All interested persons must first schedule and successfully pass the HESI Admission Assessment Exam at Pike-Lincoln. An admissions packet including an application, official transcripts, three (3) references, immunizations, etc. must be completed and reviewed by the admissions committee for acceptance into the program. Each candidate’s file is evaluated to determine if criteria have been met. Candidates with completed files may be scheduled for an interview with the admissions committee. Students are selected each June for the program beginning that August. Therefore, interested parties are encouraged to contact the LPN department as early as possible to schedule the admissions test.


Career Opportunities in the Nursing Field

LPN employment opportunities are available in long-term care facilities, home health care, hospitals, clinics, Doctors’ offices, correctional facilities, schools and with insurance and pipeline companies.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Satisfactory performance on Pre-entrance assessments.
  • Completed admission application
  • Three (3) completed reference forms
  • Resume
  • Admissions worksheet
  • Copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security Card and Drivers License
  • Satisfactorily pass criminal background check and Division of Aging Disqualification List as required by Missouri Revised Stature 609.317.
  • Approval by members of the admissions committee

In addition to the above, the applicant must be of good character with physical and mental capacity to perform the essential functions of a student nurse.

NO student will be admitted after five (5) class days have elapsed.

State Board & Department Approved Program
The program is approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the State Department of Education. After successful completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to apply to write the State of Missouri Licensure for Practical Nurses (NCLEX_PN). The State of Missouri Nurse Practice Act, Section 335.066, provides additional criteria for eligibility to apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse. Successful completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensing exam. Satisfactory performance on this examination will qualify the student for licensure as a Practical Nurse.

Applicants for admission and employment, employees and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District have assured they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in their programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District compliance with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is directed to contact the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Superintendent of Schools, Pike R-III School District, (573-485-2488).

LPN Gainful Employment Information