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Career Paths & Job Market

Students in NECC’s Practical Nursing Certificate Program graduate as competent nurses eligible and prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

Upon successful completion of NCLEX and ability to meet specific Nursing Board of Registration requirements, you are issued the title of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).

Job Opportunities

There is a growing market for LPNs. See the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information, including median expected salaries.

As working professions, LPNs may specialize in a particular disease, ailment or condition.

They can practice in a variety of settings and may specialize in a particular disease, ailment or condition or they may provide basic care to patients. Most LPNs work alongside registered nurses, physicians, surgeons, and other health care practitioners.

LPNs may practice in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Schools
  • Outpatient treatment facilities
  • Home health care agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Travel Corps
  • Summer Camps
  • Military

Transferring to a 4 year college

Students who complete a certificate program may choose to directly enter the workforce or they may further their education by transferring into an associate degree or bachelor’s degree program in preparation of their registered nursing licensing exam.

Please contact the Academic Advising Department for further information. Students may also refer to the Transfer Programs and Events page. Transfer information specific to the program

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