Practical Nursing : Emily Griffith Technical College

Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide hands-on care to patients under the supervision of Registered Nurses (RNs) and physicians. LPNs are in charge of basic bedside care for patients, including taking vital signs, treating bedsores, preparing and giving injections, applying dressings, monitoring catheters and more.

You will learn how to give direct patient care in a multi-disciplinary healthcare setting. You’ll start learning and practicing essential skills immediately in our nursing skills lab and then move on to 4 different clinical placement internships in local healthcare facilities, totaling 400-hours.

This program is eligible for Care Forward Colorado – meaning zero-cost to you! Learn more.

The Practical nursing program at Denver Public Schools is located in Denver, Colorado and is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Practical nursing program is continuing accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Students who complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN Examination). If you successfully complete the IV Therapy for LPNs course, you are eligible for IV certification by the Colorado State Board of Nursing. See Practical Nursing Student Learning and Program Outcomes.

Program Requirements: In order to apply for the Practical Nursing program, you will need to complete several prerequisite courses and submit an Admissions Portfolio. You must also already be certified as a Nurse Assistant (CNA) or have completed a CNA program within the last year or have completed a Medical Assistant (MA) program.

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Practical Nursing Certificate?

Graduates use their certificate to work as an LPN in:

  • Ambulatory Care Centers
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Hospital Systems
  • Correctional Care
  • Long-term Care Facilities

Students who complete their LPN can also go on to other careers in the healthcare field, including Registered Nurse (RN), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician’s Assistant (PA) and administrative roles. 

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