Lebanon County Career and Technology Center to add nursing course
The Lebanon County Career and Technology Center's newest nursing course is still three months away, and it's already full.
Following approval from the state Board of Nursing, LCCTC — as the center is commonly known — will add a full-time daytime practical nursing program beginning in February each year.
The new full-time February class will accept 35 new students each year, bringing the total number of students accepted into LCCTC's practical nursing program to 165 annually.
Thanks to the increased demand for licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, the February 2018 class is already filled to capacity, center officials said. LCCTC is still accepting applications for the July 2018 class, however.
There are 46,855 LPNs in Pennsylvania, LCCTC practical nursing director Jenny Neidigh said. Nonetheless, the state's burgeoning population of older adults means there simply aren't enough LPNs to meet the demand.
"This new class will allow us to increase the number of nurses our program produces which will help with the local shortage," Neidigh said.
The program will instruct students how to create plans of care, supervise nurse assistants, give direct care such as measuring vital signs, passing medications, administering IVs, wound care, and more, LCCTC officials said.
LPN students can earn a degree in as little as one year, and earn an average of $42,880 per year, Neidigh said.
"We at LCCTC realize that licensed practical nurses are very important to the community and the nursing profession," center administrative director Glenn Meck said, adding that job placement for LCCTC practical nursing graduates currently exceeds 90 percent.