Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing

The goal of the Bilingual ESL Nursing Program (LPN) is to prepare ESL-level (English as a Second Language) students to enter the healthcare field as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). The program provides a unique learning environment where students learn the English medical terminology they will need to effectively communicate with medical personnel and patients. Students train in a specialized lab setting designed to emulate the conditions and procedures they will encounter when they start their careers. Skills covered include vital signs, physical assessment, and medication administration. The 18-month program includes 600 hours of ESL in addition to the curriculum and training necessary for graduates to take the NCLEX-PN licensing exam. Offered in: Eastwick College – Hackensack | Catalog Excerpt The objective of the Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing Science program is to prepare students who speak English as a second language to enter the medical field in the capacity of an entry-level licensed practical nurse (LPN). Opportunities exist in the hospital setting, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, subacute facilities, school nursing, adult day health care centers, and home care. Upon successful completion of the program, Eastwick College will award the student a diploma in Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing. [1] While we strive to provide students with the best tools to prepare for their careers, we cannot and do not guarantee employment.


Frequently asked questions about Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing What is Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), under the direction of Registered Nurses provide basic nursing care in work settings such as nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected employment of LPNs to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations (BLS, 2017). With the aging of the baby-boom population plus the approaching retirement of baby-boom LPNs, the overall need for healthcare services is expected to increase. LPNs will be needed in residential care facilities and in home health environments to care for older patients (BLS, 2017).

What do students learn for Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing?

  1. Thinking critically – critical thinking is the disciplined, intellectual process of applying skillful reasoning as a guide to belief or action (Paul, 1990; Norris & Ennis, 1989)
  2. Practicing professionalism – communicating clearly and respectfully with patients and other members of the health care team, either in oral or written form
  3. Monitoring patients’ health— example: checking blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, temperature, intake and output, weight, Basic Metabolic Index (BMI) among other things
  4. Administering basic patient care – example: wound care, changing bandages and inserting urethral catheters
  5. Providing basic comfort measures such as assisting in bathing, positioning, transferring
  6. Collaborating with patients they are providing care for and listening to their concerns – example therapeutic communication
  7. Reporting patients’ status and concerns to registered nurses (RNs) and doctors – using the ISBAR model (I-dentify, S-ituation, B-ackground, A-ssessment, R-ecommendation)
  8. Keeping records of patients’ health – documenting care provided
  9. Helping deliver, care, and feed infants and developmentally delayed children
  10. Collecting specimens, example: urine, stool, sputum, wound drainage for testing
  11. Feeding patients who need help eating via NGT/gastric/jejusnostomy feeding routes, and/or those patients with aspiration risk
  12. Administering oral, topical, subcutaneous, intramuscular, rectal medications
  13. Assisting in the initiation, monitoring, and care of intravenous therapy
  14. Supervisory and management skills – efficient use of time and material resources

What type of places or positions do Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing students work in after graduation?

Nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices, and private homes.

What certifications and affiliations are offered through the Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing program?

Upon completion of LPN curriculum, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for PN (NLCLEX-PN). Passing the NCLEX-PN grants the graduate the authority to practice LPN in the State where they applied licensure for. Eastwick College provides Basic Life Support (BLS) classes while students are completing the program. Most employers require job applicants to hold current BLS cards.

What kind of person is a good fit for Bilingual Licensed Practical Nursing?

Responsible and detail-oriented; problem-solver; caring and emotionally mature; life-long learner; independent learner

Other information

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.