WMMC Partnership with WACC Provides New Practical Nurse Career Pathway

LPN Training Program
Kawwana Ancar (left), Licensed Practical Nurse at Family Practice of Central Missouri – Warrensburg, performs a blood pressure screening.

Warrensburg, MO – Western Missouri Medical Center has partnered with the Warrensburg Area Career Center (WACC) to provide a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Career Pathway that includes hands-on training, clinical experience and financial support for students pursuing a career in nursing.

Through this partnership, Students enrolled in WACC’s LPN program complete a PRN minimum work requirement of one day per month at the hospital or WMMC’s clinic locations, working alongside providers and healthcare staff to perform a variety of nursing and administrative duties. Students receive a monthly stipend of $750 while participating in the program.

Participants who complete the LPN program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) exam will earn their LPN licensure and will immediately begin a three-year work commitment at WMMC that includes three $5000 bonuses awarded upon the completion of six months, 18 months, and three years of employment.

Justine Worley, Director of Ambulatory Care and Community Affairs at WMMC, believes the new career pathway will not only change lives by investing in students, but will also benefit WMMC patients and the community as a whole.

“This partnership between WMMC and WACC is another step towards our goal to find, grow, and invest in people who are passionate about healthcare and the quality of care available to our community,” said Worley. “Finding good talent and connecting with people who are enthusiastic about healthcare is something I’m really passionate about. There are so many smart, eager people that want to work in healthcare but don’t have the financial support to go to school full-time. This program gives them the financial flexibility to launch their careers.”

Students interested in participating in the LPN training program must complete the online application. Applicants will be interviewed for their consideration into the program. The application deadline for this program is April 1, 2024.

LPNs serve a critical role in healthcare systems by providing basic nursing care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses or physicians. Due to their versatile skillset, nearly every healthcare facility employs LPNs to provide the support necessary for registered nurses and doctors to meet the needs of patients.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of LPNs is projected to grow 5 percent from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations.

For more information about the LPN Career Pathway, visit wmmc.com/lpn-training.