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The New LPN Apprenticeship Program Creates Pathways to Opportunity

Licensed practical nurses play essential roles in Ochsner clinical and hospital facilities, and there is an ongoing need to develop and train more individuals to meet our staffing needs today — and far into the future.

In 2019 Ochsner celebrated the first class of 12 graduating LPN nurses at a traditional nurse pinning ceremony.

That’s why Ochsner partnered with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and Northshore Technical Community College (NTCC) to develop and implement a new Registered Apprenticeship program to prepare individuals with healthcare backgrounds for careers as licensed practical nurses (LPNs). In May 2019 we were excited to honor the first class of 12 graduating nurses at a traditional nurse pinning ceremony.

Education has been a cornerstone of Ochsner since our founding in 1942, and we are proud to offer the nation’s first program that provides students the opportunity to advance their careers from medical assistants (MA) to LPNs. The Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program was supported by a 2016 federal grant awarded to the LWC to increase the state’s number of Registered Apprenticeship programs. The grant program came about as a direct response to the need for LPNs at Ochsner and throughout the healthcare industry.

In May 2019 Ochsner was excited to honor the first class of 12 graduating nurses at a traditional nurse pinning ceremony

The pilot LPN apprenticeship is accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. The 12-month program offered through NTCC features both classroom and clinical components. Upon completion, graduates earn a technical diploma in practical nursing. The entire inaugural class completing the program passed the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurses. Each graduate is now employed by Ochsner in hospitals and clinical facilities across the system.

We’re gratified to partner with the State of Louisiana and NTCC in this innovative program that addresses our system’s staffing needs while enriching the professional opportunities of students. Notes LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie, “Our partnership with Ochsner has made significant strides toward diversifying career pathways in Louisiana, and the cultivation of this LPN apprenticeship is no exception. It speaks to the desire of many healthcare professionals to advance their careers, and we look forward to witnessing the countless success stories that this program will undoubtedly generate.”