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PCC Awards 11 Practical Nursing Certificates on Jan. 15

January 13, 2014

Tucson LPNs have a higher median pay than the national median pay for LPNs


Tucson, AZ – The first group of Center for Training and Development Practical Nursing students to complete training in 2014 will be honored during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

Practical Nursing is one of nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs offered by CTD, which is based at PCC Desert Vista Campus.

On Jan. 15, 11 students who have earned certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing will participate in a Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, which includes a candle-lighting and recitation of the Nightingale Pledge.

Licensed Practical Nurses are employed in such healthcare settings as hospitals, physicians’ offices and outpatient clinics, as well as in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where demand especially is expected to rise.

Healthcare is the fastest growing industry in the country and prospects for LPN jobs are better than for most other Tucson jobs. According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLS), the 2012 median hourly wage for an LPN in the Tucson Metropolitan Area was $21.56. Compare that to the median hourly wage of $15.59 for all Tucson jobs, as well as the median hourly wage of $16.71 for all U.S. occupations. The median hourly wage for LPNs nationwide is $19.97.

Labor predicts that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses will grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

What: PCC Center for Training and Development’s Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony

When: 4 p.m., Jan. 15, 2014

Where: Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz

Details: 11 graduates; see the attached program

Info: 520-206-5100

Five of the students in this group received financial assistance and extra student services support through PCC’s federally funded Pathways to Healthcare Program. Pathways is a partnership between PCC and Pima County One-Stop and is designed to help recipients of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other low-income individuals get training and jobs in healthcare professions that do not have enough qualified workers to fill needed positions. Pathways is funded by a five-year, $18.5 million Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) grant from the Administration for Children & Families of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. For more information on enrolling in the program, call 206-5250.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850