Posted by Debra Puckett on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8:25 PM
A Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) program is a 12- to 13-month educational program that aims to gear up students to have the necessary knowledge and skills to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination – Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), and to prepare them for their future professions in the health care setting. Being an essentially medical course, it is expected that the cost for an LVN program is at a higher level than non-medical courses. They are, however, offered at a cheaper cost in community colleges. Financial aids are also made readily available in almost all schools for financially-challenged students. However, certain facilities make it possible to offer LVN programs free of cost.
How does it work?
Free LVN programs work in the premise that individuals who avail the privilege are to work in exchange of the free education. These are offered in selected medical facilities, such as:
- Long-term care facilities
- Hospice care institutions
- Rehabilitation centers
- Tertiary and secondary medical facilities
Interested individuals need to apply bearing the same basic requirements as of a usual LVN program: (1) being 18 years of age, (2) to present a high school diploma or GED certificate, (3) a GPA of at least 2.0 from a scale of 4.0, (3) interview, and (4) entrance examination.
Successful applicants are to undergo the usual 12-month coursework. The program is the same as with the usual program, dividing the coursework to the didactic and internship portions. The internship, however, is exclusively dedicated to the respective facility offering the free LVN program. Afterwhich, graduates of the LVN program are to take and pass the NCLEX-PN to acquire their LVN license.
Usually, individuals who have signed up for the free LVN program are required to have a closed contract with the respective facility (or in other words, his future employer). The facility is basically investing on continuing education for their employees, giving financially-challenged nurse aspirants the chance to have a free education and a sure-way employment after graduation.
Free LVN programs are a limited offer, thus one must be keen enough to seek opportunities in medical facilities. However, it is important to note that some facilities may require additional standards for the free program, such as maintaining a certain GPA on top of the closed-contract agreement.