Everything a student needs to know about becoming a Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)

The road to nursing school can be bumpy. There's the application process, deadlines to remember and the cost. How much does it cost? We asked Metro Tech Nursing Coordinator Doris Mahan - a former Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse - to answer the most frequently asked questions we receive. 

What's the difference between an LPN and a Registered Nurse (RN)?

An LPN provides basic medical and nursing care and may administer medications, whereas an RN coordinates care, administers medications and analyzes information. You can read about the differences in duties, education and licensing here. Metro Tech offers an LPN Program and a One Plus One Nursing Program.

What are the basic requirements to apply for the LPN Program at Metro Tech?

A student must be at least 18-years of age; a high school graduate; have completed Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology by the first day of class (grade no lower than a C in the last five years). 

I meet the basic requirements. What is my next step?

The Metro Tech website page for Practical Nursing has everything a nursing applicant needs to know. Click here.

First, you'll need to attend Health Careers Orientation, an informational session that is required for application to the program. Dates can be found here

Read through the Practical Nurse Information Guide here

If I decide to apply, what is the application deadline for 2016?

For an October 2016 program start date, the application deadline is August 12, 2016. 

How much does the program cost? Do I have to pay up front?

Total tuition for the LPN Program is approximately $5,200 and includes tuition, books, uniforms and an iPad. Payments can be arranged or Metro Tech offers financial aid for those who qualify. Metro Tech is one of few schools that offers all-inclusive tuition AND financial aid

How much does an LPN get paid?

Entry level LPNs make $12-18 per hour and with experience, $14-24 per hour. Oklahoma City and surrounding areas still have a high demand for nurses! 

Still have questions about becoming an LPN? More frequently asked questions are located here

Doris Mahan is the Metro Tech Nursing Program Coordinator, and she has been with Metro Tech since 2004. She is a former intensive care unit (ICU) nurse who holds a bachelors and masters degree in nursing. A former probation officer, Ms. Mahan's nursing experience includes the director of ICU, cardiology nursing, and she developed health management curriculum and taught nursing courses as adjunct faculty. Ms. Mahan is an admitted foodie who loves photography, traveling the world and painting with water colors.