Practical Nursing

The Practical Nursing program is operated with the approval of the Idaho Board of Nursing. The course of study is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to function as a practical nurse. Classes consist of both theory and hands-on supervised experience. The supervised clinical experience is conducted at major health care facilities and agencies. Successful completion of the program requirements earns an Intermediate Technical Certificate in nursing and makes the student eligible to sit for the national licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) to become a licensed practical nurse.


95.26% - Average placement for graduates over the past five years


NOTICES: Applicants must now be a certified CNA to apply for the RN and LPN program.

  • Fall Application Period for LPN, Full-time RN, and Part-time RN — March 7th - 11th 2022
  • Fall Applications Available Online — October 3rd - 7th 2022

Notice of Application Changes

  • Proof of required immunizations and titers will now be required on an IRIS report with your application.COVID vaccine is required for nursing programs.
  • In-progress pre-requisite courses from outside institutions will no longer be accepted. You must be enrolled in a CEI course to apply with in-progress pre-requisite courses.

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Professional Licensure

This program might be right for you if you are:

  • Professional
  • Resilient
  • Confident
  • Adaptable
  • Empathetic and compassionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ethical
  • A team player

You should have:

  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Effective visual, listening, and speaking skills
  • Integrity
  • A strong work ethic
  • Physical endurance
  • The ability to stand for long periods of time
  • The ability to walk and move quickly
  • The capability to move, lift, and physically support patients
  • Mental endurance
  • The ability to think under pressure
  • The ability to work with difficult personality types
  • Time management skills

What do our student learn?

  • Administer oral and intravenous medications
  • Chart in the medical record
  • Take the patient's vital signs
  • Change wound dressings
  • Collect laboratory specimen
  • Monitor patients for changes
  • Perform CPR
  • Care for patients after procedures
  • Assess patients
  • Supervised by an RN

Why CEI's LPN Program?

  • Lowest cost statewide in Idaho
  • High NCLEX pass rates
  • 95% average pass rate one the licenses exam over the past 5 years
  • Take 2 classes at the RN level for an easier transition to the RN program
  • Over 300 clinical hours
  • PN to RN option
  • Currently 100% acceptance rate for qualified applicants

How Long Will It Take?

  • Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC) – 12 months total:
    • 2 semester pre-requisites (Can be completed while in High School.)
    • 2 semesters in the PN program

Where Are Our Graduates Working?

  • Regional Hospitals
  • Assisted living centers
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Urgent care centers
  • Specialty care centers
  • Home health care
  • Physicians' offices
  • County jail

How Much Do Our Graduates Make?

Over the last year our new PN graduates reported making on average of $20.31 per hour up to $38.46 per hour. In addition to this, Regional employers offer other benefits including: paying for advanced degrees, sign on bonuses, and health benefits.

Rebecca Killion
Health Professions Administrative Assistant
(208) 535-5437

(208) 524-3000 ext. 4