Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) are entry-level nurses who provide direct patient care in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and physicians’ offices. This position is popular among those who wish to enter the nursing profession, but don’t want to go through the 2-4 years of schooling required to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

As is the case with many healthcare professions, demand for LPNs and LVNs is particularly strong in the labor market. According to the latest figures available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an increase of approximately 12% (almost 89,000 jobs) in new practical nursing positions through 2026.

What does an LPN do?

While working under the direct supervision of either a Registered Nurse (RN) or physician, practical nurses and vocational nurses perform a variety of direct patient care tasks. In cases where an LPN has acquired specialized certifications and training, this list of responsibilities can be greatly expanded.

Typical LPN duties

  • Monitor the health of patients by performing routine tests (e.g. checking vital signs)
  • Report patient status to the supervising RN or physician
  • Maintain accurate, updated records on patient health and status
  • Provide essential patient care (e.g. bathing, changing dressings, changing catheters, etc.)
  • Administer medication
  • Collect tissue and bodily fluid samples for testing

 

What is the process to become an LPN?

The process for becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse can be broken down into the following five steps.

  1. Meet the entry requirements for formal LPN training
  2. Choose the type of credential you want to earn (certificate/diploma or associate’s degree)
  3. Enroll in a state-accredited LPN program
  4. Pass the NCLEX-PN exam
  5. Receive your license and apply for jobs

Step 1: Meet the entry requirements for formal LPN training

All formal LPN and LVN programs have a basic, minimum requirement that applicants have a high school diploma or G.E.D. If you intend to pursue a career in practical nursing, you must first ensure that you can meet this prerequisite.

Some programs also have academic prerequisites that applicants must meet. These typically come in the form of courses that need to have been completed in high school, and minimum GPA requirements from these classes.

Step 2: Choose the type of credential you want to earn

Before becoming eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam and test for your license, you must first earn a credential from an accredited LPN program. There are two primary types of credentials that these programs offer. You should choose the one that best fits your career goals.

Certificates and Diplomas

Programs that offer certificates or diplomas in practical nursing focus entirely on preparing students to take the NCLEX-PN exam. As a result, these programs are usually quicker (many can be completed in as little as 12 months) and less expensive to complete than associate’s degree programs.

Students who earn a certificate or diploma are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN at the end of their training, and can perform all of the same duties as students with associate’s degrees.

Associate’s Degrees

Associate’s degree programs are considerably longer than certificate or diploma programs, with most lasting two years as opposed to one. The extra study time is dedicated to providing students with a broader set of skills beyond just those required to perform the daily responsibilities of a practical nurse.

The advantages that associate’s degrees offer are that they are usually preferred by employers, and that they give the student academic credit that can be applied to an LPN to RN bridge program at a later time. This is obviously important if you are planning on eventually becoming an RN or other advanced nursing professional.

Step 3: Enroll in a state-accredited LPN program

Once you have decided on the type of credential you want to pursue, the next step is finding an accredited program that offers it. The key here is that the program must be accredited, as only graduates from accredited programs are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam needed to earn your license.

Each state has its own individual accrediting body that oversees practical nurse training, although many of them defer this responsibility to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). In any case, you should check with your state board of nursing to find out who the accrediting body is in your state for LPN programs. Below we list all the certificate programs, associate degree programs and bachelors degree programs for LPNs and LVNs.

Accredited LPN Certificate Programs

Praxctical/Vocational Program NameSchool Address
Academy for Careers and Technology2697 E Hwy 76, Mullins, South Carolina 29574-6009
Academy of Careers and Technology390 Stanaford Rd, Beckley, West Virginia 25801
Access Careers474 Fulton Avenue, Suite 201, Hempstead, New York 11550-0000
Adult and Community Education-Hudson2323 Lexington Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Akron School of Practical Nursing630 Mull Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44313
Albany BOCES-Adult Practical Nursing Program900 Watervliet Shaker Rd, Albany, New York 12205
Albert I Prince Technical High School401 Flatbush Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Altierus Career Education-Southfield21107 Lahser Road, Southfield, Michigan 48033-4400
American Career College-Lynwood3680 E. Imperial Highway, 5th Floor, Lynwood, California 90262
American Educational College45 Santa Cruz Street, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00961
AMG School of Licensed Practical Nursing147 Prince Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201-1728
Angeles Institute17100 PIONEER BLVD, SUITE 170, ARTESIA, California 90701-2713
Annenberg School of Nursing19300 Sherman Way, Reseda, California 91335-5426
Apollo Career Center3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, Ohio 45806-1497
Applied Technology Services12721 West Watson Road, Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Assabet Valley Regional Technical School215 Fitchburg St, Marlborough, Massachusetts 01752
Athena Career Academy5203 Airport Hwy, Toledo, Ohio 43615
Auburn Career Center8140 Auburn Rd, Concord Twp, Ohio 44077
B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing800 Wheeling Ave, Glen Dale, West Virginia 26038
Baldy View Regional Occupational Program1501 Bon View Avenue, Ontario, California 91764-5500
Beaumont Adult School1575 Cherry Ave, Beaumont, California 92223
Best Care College68 South Harrison, East Orange, New Jersey 07018-1703
Big Bend Technical College3233 South Byron Butler Parkway, Perry, Florida 32348
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District65 Pleasant St, Upton, Massachusetts 01568
Blake Austin College611 Orange Dr Ste K, Vacaville, California 95687
Blue Hills Regional Technical School800 Randolph St, Canton, Massachusetts 02021
Broome Delaware Tioga BOCES-Practical Nursing Program435 Glenwood Rd, Binghamton, New York 13905
Buckeye Hills Career Center351 Buckeye Hills Road, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674-0157
Bullard-Havens Technical High School500 Palisade Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610
Butler Technology and Career Development Schools101 Jerry Couch Boulevard, Monroe, Ohio 45050
CAAN Academy of Nursing4747 Lincoln Mall Dr. - Suite 420, Matteson, Illinois 60443-3821
Cabell County Career Technology Center1035 Norway Ave, Huntington, West Virginia 25705-2827
Caddo Kiowa Technology Center1415 N. 7th Street, Fort Cobb, Oklahoma 73038-0190
CALC Institute of Technology200A North Center Dr, Alton, Illinois 62002
California Career Institute12141 Brookhurst Street, Garden Grove, California 92840-2816
California Nurses Educational Institute5200 E. Ramon Rd. Suite I-1, Palm Springs, California 92264
Canadian Valley Technology Center6505 E Hwy 66, El Reno, Oklahoma 73036-9117
Canton City Schools Adult Career and Technical Education2800 13th Street S.W., Canton, Ohio 44710
Cape Coral Technical College360 Santa Barbara Blvd North, Cape Coral, Florida 33993-2479
Capital Area School of Practical Nursing2201 Toronto Rd, Springfield, Illinois 62712-3803
Career Care Institute43770 15th Street West Ste 115, Lancaster, California 93534
Career Center of Southern Illinois6137 Beck Rd, Red Bud, Illinois 62278
Career Development Institute Inc1830 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90035
Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County3201 Rockwell Ave, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508
Carthage R9 School District-Carthage Technical Center609 River Street, Carthage, Missouri 64836-1332
Cass Career Center1600 E Elm, Harrisonville, Missouri 64701-2024
Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES-Practical Nursing Program1825 Windfall Rd, Olean, New York 14760
Cayuga Onondaga BOCES-Practical Nursing ProgramCenter for Learning 12 Allen Street, Auburn, New York 13021
Center for Instruction Technology & Innovation (CiTi)179 County Route 64, Mexico, New York 13114
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology540 N Harrison Rd, Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania 16823
Central School of Practical Nursing1330 N Millitary Hwy, Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Central School of Practical Nursing4700 Rockside Road, Independence, Ohio 44131-0000
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit LPN Career1339 Saint Mary Street Suite 2, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837
Central Technology Center3 CT Circle, Drumright, Oklahoma 74030
CES College401 S. Glenoaks Blvd. Suite 211, Burbank, California 91502-2750
Charles H McCann Technical School70 Hodges Cross Rd, North Adams, Massachusetts 01247-3999
Chester County Intermediate Unit443 Boot Road, Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335
Chisholm Trail Technology Center283 State Highway 33, Omega, Oklahoma 73764-6335
Choffin Career and Technical Center200 E Wood St., Youngstown, Ohio 44503-1600
Clarion County Career Center Practical Nursing Program490 Career Lane, Shippenville, Pennsylvania 16254-8975
Clearfield County Career and Technology Center1620 River Road, Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
Clinton Technical School602 S. Fifth St., Clinton, Missouri 64735
Clovis Adult Education1452 David E Cook Way, Clovis, California 93611
Colegio Educativo Tecnologico Industrial Inc#68 Calle Puro Girau, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00612
Colegio Mayor de Tecnologia Inc151, Morse Street, Arroyo, Puerto Rico 00714-0270
Colton-Redlands-Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program1214 Indiana Ct, Redlands, California 92374
Columbia Area Career Center4203 S Providence Rd, Columbia, Missouri 65203-7199
Columbiana County Career and Technical Center9364 St Rt 45, Lisbon, Ohio 44432
Community Services Division-Alliance City500 Glamorgan St., Alliance, Ohio 44601
Compass Career College42353 Deluxe Plaza, Suite 16, Hammond, Louisiana 70403
Crawford County Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program860 Thurston Rd, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335
Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute1620 Newcastle Road, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335-0925
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, Ohio 44141-1296
CyberTex Institute of Technology6300 La Calma Dr. Suite ,350, Austin, Texas 78752
Delaware County Technical School-Practical Nursing Program85 North Malin Road, Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008
Delta College Inc19231 N. 6th Street, Covington, Louisiana 70433-8947
Delta College of Arts & Technology-Lafayette Campus200 Republic Ave., Suite F, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508
Detroit Business Institute-Downriver19100 Fort St, Riverview, Michigan 48193
Diman Regional Technical Institute251 Stonehaven Rd, Fall River, Massachusetts 02723
Dorsey Business Schools-Dearborn18660 Ford Rd, Detroit, Michigan 48228
Dorsey Business Schools-Madison Heights31739 John R Road, Madison Heights, Michigan 48071
Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville31522 Gratiot Ave., Roseville, Michigan 48066
Dorsey Business Schools-Southgate15755 Northline Rd, Southgate, Michigan 48195
Dorsey Business Schools-Waterford Pontiac440 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, Michigan 48341
Dorsey Business Schools-Wayne35005 Michigan Avenue, Wayne, Michigan 48184
Dutchess BOCES-Practical Nursing Program5 BOCES Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601-6599
East Valley Institute of Technology1601 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology3075 Terwood Rd, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090
Eastern Suffolk BOCES100 Second Avenue, Brentwood, New York 11717
Eli Whitney Technical High School100 Fairview Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06514
Emily Griffith Technical College1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80203
Erie 1 BOCES355 Harlem Rd, West Seneca, New York 14224
Erie 2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES-Practical Nursing Program8685 Erie Rd, Angola, New York 14006
Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program175 Georges Fairchance Rd, Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401
Fayette Institute of Technology300 West Oyler Avenue, Oak Hill, West Virginia 25901
First Coast Technical College2980 Collins Ave, Saint Augustine, Florida 32084-1919
Four Rivers Career Center1978 Image Drive, Washington, Missouri 63090-4235
Francis Tuttle Technology Center12777 N Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73142-2789
Franklin County Career and Technology Center2463 Loop Road, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202
Franklin Technology-MSSU3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
Fred W Eberle Technical Center208 Morton Ave, Buckhannon, West Virginia 26201
Garnet Career Center422 Dickinson St, Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Genesee Valley BOCES-Practical Nursing ProgramAdult Education Office 8250 State St Rd, Batavia, New York 14020
Greater Altoona Career & Technology Center1500 Fourth Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16602-3616
Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center445 Schoolhouse Rd, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904-2998
Greater Lowell Technical School250 Pawtucket Blvd, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts 01879
Green Country Technology Center1100 OK-56 Loop, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447-1217
Greene County Career and Technology Center60 Zimmerman Drive, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370-8281
Hannah E Mullins School of Practical Nursing230 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 3, Salem, Ohio 44460-2906
Harmony Health Care Institute10 Al Paul Lane, Suite 204, Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054-0000
Hazleton Area Career Center1451 West 23rd Street, Hazle TWP., Pennsylvania 18202
Henrico County-Saint Marys Hospital School of Practical Nursing7850 Carousel Lane, Henrico, Virginia 23294
Herkimer County BOCES-Practical Nursing Program77 E. North St., Ilion, New York 13357
High Plains Technology Center3921 34th St, Woodward, Oklahoma 73801
Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center11893 Technology Drive, Mill Creek, Pennsylvania 17060
Indian Capital Technology Center-Sallisaw401 Houser Industrial Blvd., Sallisaw, Oklahoma 74955
Indian Capital Technology Center-StilwellHwy 59 N and Maryetta Road, Stilwell, Oklahoma 74960
Indiana County Technology Center441 Hamill Rd, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701-1465
Infinity College117 West Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501-8833
Institute of Technology4700 Silverton Road NE, Salem, Oregon 97305
Integrity College of Health1460 N Lake Ave Suite 102, Pasadena, California 91104
Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing1630 Portland Ave, Rochester, New York 14621
J Renee College415 Airport Road, Elgin, Illinois 60123
James Rumsey Technical Institute3274 Hedgesville Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25403-0259
Jefferson County Dubois Area Vocational Technical Practical Nursing Program576 Vo-Tech Road, Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania 15851
Jefferson Lewis BOCES-Practical Nursing Program20104 State Route 3, Watertown, New York 13601-9509
John D Rockefeller IV Career Center80 Rockefeller Circle, New Cumberland, West Virginia 26047
Kiamichi Technology Center-Atoka1763 West Liberty Road, Atoka, Oklahoma 74525-0240
Kiamichi Technology Center-Hugo107 S 15th, Hugo, Oklahoma 74743
Kiamichi Technology Center-Idabel3205 Lincoln Road NE, Idabel, Oklahoma 74745-2415
Kiamichi Technology Center-McAlester301 Kiamichi Dr, McAlester, Oklahoma 74501
Kiamichi Technology Center-Poteau1509 S McKenna, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953
Kiamichi Technology Centers-Talihina Campus13739 SE 202 Road, Talihina, Oklahoma 74571
Kiamichi Technology Center-Stigler1410 Old Military Road, Stigler, Oklahoma 74462-9601
Kirksville Area Technical Center1103 S Cottage Grove, Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Knox County Career Center308 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Lake Technical College2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, Florida 32726
Lebanon County Area Vocational Technical School833 Metro Dr, Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Lenape Technical School Practical Nursing Program104 Armstrong Street, Ford City, Pennsylvania 16226
Lex La-Ray Technical Center2323 High School Dr, Lexington, Missouri 64067-1525
Liceo de Arte-Dise-O y Comercio42-49 Acosta St, Caguas, Puerto Rico 00725
Lincoln Technical Institute-Iselin675 US Route 1 South, 2nd Floor, Iselin, New Jersey 08830
Lincoln Technical Institute-Moorestown308 Route 38 W, Moorestown, New Jersey 08057
Lincoln Technical Institute-New Britain200 John Downey Dr, New Britain, Connecticut 06051
Lincoln Technical Institute-Paramus240 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, New Jersey 07652-5002
Lincoln Technical Institute-Shelton8 Progress Drive, Shelton, Connecticut 06484
Lively Technical Center500 N Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Madison Oneida BOCES-Practical Nursing Program4937 Spring Rd, Verona, New York 13478-0168
Marian Health Careers Center-Los Angeles Campus3325 Wilshire Blvd Ste 1010, Los Angeles, California 90010
Marian Health Careers Center-Van Nuys Campus5900 Sepulveda Blvd Ste 101, Van Nuys, California 91411
Marion S Whelan School of Nursing of Geneva General Hospital196 North St, Geneva, New York 14456-1651
MDT College of Health Sciences325 Alpha Park Dr, Highland Heights, Ohio 44143
Medical Allied Career Center12631 East Imperial Highway Bldg D-108, Santa Fe Springs, California 90670-4710
Mercer County Career Center776 Greenville Rd, Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137
Mercy Hospital School of Practical Nursing-Plantation General Hospital3663 S Miami Ave, Miami, Florida 33133
Miami Valley Career Technology Center6800 Hoke Rd, Englewood, Ohio 45315
Mid-America Technology Center27438 State Hwy 59, Wayne, Oklahoma 73095-0210
Mid-Del Technology Center1621 Maple Dr, Midwest City, Oklahoma 73110-4825
Mid-EastCTC-Adult Education400 Richards Rd, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology700 Pitt St, Lewistown, Pennsylvania 17044-1697
Mildred Elley-Pittsfield Campus100 West Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201-5300
Mineral County Vocational Technical Center981 Harley O Staggers Sr Dr, Keyser, West Virginia 26726
Mingo Extended Learning Center165 Bulldog BLVD, Delbarton, West Virginia 25670-9797
Monmouth County Vocational School District4000 Kozloski Rd, Freehold, New Jersey 07728-5033
Monongalia County Technical Education Center1000 Mississippi Street, Morgantown, West Virginia 26501-6841
Monty Tech1050 Westminster St, Fitchburg, Massachusetts 01420
Morris County Vocational School District400 E Main St, Denville, New Jersey 07834
Nevada Regional Technical Center2015 North West Street, Nevada, Missouri 64772
Northcoast Medical Training Academy1832 State Route 59, Kent, Ohio 44240
Northeast Technology Center-Afton19901 S Hwy 69, Afton, Oklahoma 74331
Northeast Technology Center-Claremore1901 N Hwy 88, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017
Northeast Technology Center-Kansas450 N Hwy 59, Kansas, Oklahoma 74347
Northeast Technology Center-Pryor6195 W Hwy 20, Pryor, Oklahoma 74361
Northern Career Institute34050 Glen Drive, Suite 2, Eastlake, Ohio 44094
Northern Tier Career Center120 Career Center Lane, Towanda, Pennsylvania 18848-9731
Northland Career Center1801 Branch, Platte City, Missouri 64079
North-West College-Glendale221 North Brand, Glendale, California 91203
North-West College-Pomona170 W Holt Ave, Pomona, California 91768
North-West College-Van Nuys14540 Haynes, Van Nuys, California 91411
Northwest Technical Institute709 S Old Missouri Rd, Springdale, Arkansas 72764
Northwest Technology Center-Alva1801 11th St, Alva, Oklahoma 73717
Norwich Technical High School/Adult Licensed Practical Nurse Program7 Mahan Dr, Norwich, Connecticut 06360-2425
Ocean County Vocational-Technical School137 Bey Lea Rd, Toms River, New Jersey 08753
Ogden-Weber Technical College200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah 84404-4089
Ohio Institute of Allied Health6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424-3646
Onondaga Cortland Madison BOCESMain Campus, Liverpool, New York 13088
Orange Ulster BOCES-Practical Nursing Program4 Harriman Drive, Goshen, New York 10924
Orleans Niagara BOCES-Practical Nursing Program3181 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, New York 14132
Otsego Area BOCES-Practical Nursing Program31 Center Street 3rd floor, Oneonta, New York 13820-1142
PCCTI IT and Healthcare2625 Butterfield Road, Ste 102E, Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-1234
PiBerry Institute30356 Old Dixie Hwy, Homestead, Florida 33033-3215
Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District1410 Industrial Drive, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601-1038
Pike-Lincoln Technical Center342 Vo-Tech Rd, Eolia, Missouri 63344-0038
Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater6100 154th Avenue North, Clearwater, Florida 33760-2140
Pioneer Technology Center2101 N Ash, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74601
PITC Institute827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote, Pennsylvania 19095
Pontotoc Technology Center601 W 33rd, Ada, Oklahoma 74820
Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center3203 Oak Grove Rd, Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901-8960
Portage Lakes Career Center4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, Ohio 44685
Porter and Chester Institute of Branford221 W Main St, Branford, Connecticut 06405
Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford670 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, Connecticut 06615-7158
Prism Career Institute-Cherry Hill3 Executive Campus Rt 70, Suite 280, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002
Prism Career Institute-West Atlantic City8025 Black Horse Pike Bayport One Suite 250, West Atlantic City, New Jersey 08232
Putnam Career and Technical Center300 Roosevelt Boulevard, Eleanor, West Virginia 25070-0640
Putnam Westchester BOCES-Practical Nursing Program200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598-4399
Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center144 Vocational Road, Three Mile Curve, Stollings, West Virginia 25646
Randolph Technical Center200 Kennedy Drive, Elkins, West Virginia 26241-9527
Red River Technology Center3300 W Bois D Arc, Duncan, Oklahoma 73533
Ridge Technical College7700 State Rd 544, Winter Haven, Florida 33881-9518
Rio Grande Valley College5419 North Cage Boulevard, Pharr, Texas 78577-2106
Rockland County BOCES-Practical Nursing Program65 Parrott Rd, Bldg 3, West Nyack, New York 10994
Saline County Career Center900 W Vest, Marshall, Missouri 65340-1698
Salter School of Nursing and Allied Health670 N. Commercial St. Suite 403, Manchester, New Hampshire 03103
Sandusky Career Center2130A Hayes Ave, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Schuyler Steuben Chemung Tioga Allegany BOCES459 Philo Road, Elmira, New York 14903
Schuylkill Technology Center101 Technology Dr, Frackville, Pennsylvania 17931
Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, Ohio 45648-0766
Shawsheen Valley School of Practical Nursing100 Cook St, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821-5499
Sikeston Career and Technology Center1002 Virginia, Sikeston, Missouri 63801-3347
Somerset County Technology Center281 Technology Dr, Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501-4309
South Central Career Center407 W. Thornburgh, West Plains, Missouri 65775
Southeastern Technical Institute250 Foundry St, South Easton, Massachusetts 02375
Southern Oklahoma Technology Center2610 Sam Noble Parkway, Ardmore, Oklahoma 73401
Southern Westchester BOCES-Practical Nursing Program450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, New York 10528
Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District57 Old Muggett Hill Rd, Charlton, Massachusetts 01507-1331
Summit College851 S. Cooley Dr, Colton, California 92324
Suncoast Technical College4748 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Florida 34233-1798
Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center2380 Elk Lake School Road, Springville, Pennsylvania 18844
Texas Health School11211 Katy Fwy Ste 170, Houston, Texas 77079
The Vocational Nursing Institute Inc11201 Steeple Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77065
Tooele Technical College88 South Tooele Blvd., Tooele, Utah 84074-2093
Traviss Technical College3225 Winter Lake Rd, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Treasure Coast Technical College4680 28th Court, Vero Beach, Florida 32967-3527
Tri County Regional Vocational Technical High School147 Pond St, Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
Tri-Rivers Career Center2222 Marion - Mt. Gilead Rd, Marion, Ohio 43302-8914
Uintah Basin Technical College1100 E Lagoon St 124-5, Roosevelt, Utah 84066
Ukiah Adult School1056 North Bush Street, Ukiah, California 95482-3865
Ulster BOCES School of Practical Nursing727 Grant Avenue, Lake Katrine, New York 12449
United Technical Center251 Marietta Street, Clarksburg, West Virginia 26301-6313
Unitek College21615 Hesperian Boulevard, Hayward, California 94541-7026
Unitek College257 Longford Drive, Rm 5, South San Francisco, California 94080-1005
Universal Training Institute174 Jefferson Street, Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861-4106
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, Massachusetts 02532
Upper Valley Career Center8811 Looney Road, Piqua, Ohio 45356
Valley Grande Institute for Academic Studies345 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco, Texas 78596
Veeb Nassau County School of Practical Nursing30 East Cherry Street, Hicksville, New York 11801-4302
Venango County Area Vocational Technical School1 Vo-Tech Dr, Oil City, Pennsylvania 16301
Virginia Beach City Public Schools School of Practical Nursing2925 N Landing Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-2499
W F Kaynor Technical High School43 Tompkins St, Waterbury, Connecticut 06708
Warrensburg Area Career Center205 S. Ridgeview Dr, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
Washburn Institute of Technology5724 SW Huntoon, Topeka, Kansas 66604-2117
Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES-Practical Nursing Program1051 Dix Avenue, Hudson Falls, New York 12839
Wayne County Schools Career Center518 W Prospect St, Smithville, Ohio 44677
Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES-Practical Nursing Program131 Drumlin Ct, Newark, New York 14513-1863
Waynesville Career Center400 G. W. Lane, Waynesville, Missouri 65583
Wes Watkins Technology Center7892 Highway 9, Wetumka, Oklahoma 74883-6155
Western Area Career & Technology Center688 Western Avenue, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania 15317
Western Technology Center621 Sooner Drive, Burns Flat, Oklahoma 73624-1469
WestMed College3031 Tisch Way 100 PE, San Jose, California 95128-0000
Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing350 Jumper Rd, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania 18705-0699
Wood County School of Practical Nursing300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104
Xavier College School of Nursing1340 North El Dorado Street, Stockton, California 95202-1017
York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing Education2179 S Queen St, York, Pennsylvania 17402-4696

Accredited LPN Associate Degree Programs

Practical/Vocational Nursing Program NameSchool Address
Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations5154 Okeechobee Blvd Ste 201, West Palm Beach, Florida 33417
Allan Hancock College800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454-6399
Anoka Technical College1355 Highway 10 West, Anoka, Minnesota 55303
Arkansas Tech UniversityAdministration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
ATA College10200 Linn Station Rd Ste 125, Louisville, Kentucky 40223
Bates Technical College1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, Washington 98405
Bismarck State College1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, North Dakota 58506-5587
Blackfeet Community College504 S.E. East Boundary, Browning, Montana 59417-0819
Butte College3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, California 95965-8399
California Career College7003 Owensmouth Avenue, Canoga Park, California 91303-2006
Caribbean University-Bayamon167 Ave. Km 21.2, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960-0493
Caribbean University-CarolinaCalle Ignacio Arzuaga #208, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985
Caribbean University-PonceAVE. EDNITA NAZARIO #1015, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-7733
Caribbean University-Vega BajaCarr 671 K.M. 5, Sector El Criollo, Bo. Algarrobo, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 00964
Carrington College-Sacramento8909 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California 95826
Carrington College-San Jose5883 Rue Ferrari, Ste. 125, San Jose, California 95138
Centralia College600 Centralia College Blvd., Centralia, Washington 98531-4099
Cerro Coso Community College3000 College Heights Blvd, Ridgecrest, California 93555-9571
Chaffey College5885 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, California 91737-3002
Citrus College1000 W Foothill Blvd, Glendora, California 91741-1899
Coastal Bend College3800 Charco Rd, Beeville, Texas 78102
College of the Desert43-500 Monterey Ave, Palm Desert, California 92260
College of the Redwoods7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, California 95501-9300
College of the Siskiyous800 College Ave, Weed, California 96094-2899
Colorado Mountain College802 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601-0233
Copper Mountain Community College6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree, California 92252
Cuesta CollegeHighway 1, San Luis Obispo, California 93403-8106
Dakota County Technical College1300 145th Street East, Rosemount, Minnesota 55068-2999
Del Mar College101 Baldwin Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
Dickinson State University291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota 58601-4896
Feather River Community College District570 Golden Eagle Ave, Quincy, California 95971-9124
Flathead Valley Community College777 Grandview Dr, Kalispell, Montana 59901
Fortis Institute-Erie5757 W 26th St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16506-1013
Fortis Institute-Scranton517 Ash Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509-2903
Gavilan College5055 Santa Teresa Blvd, Gilroy, California 95020
Great Falls College Montana State University2100 16th Ave S, Great Falls, Montana 59405
Green River College12401 SE 320th St, Auburn, Washington 98092-3622
Hacienda La Puente Adult Education14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, California 91746-0002
Harrison College-Indianapolis550 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
Helena College University of Montana1115 N Roberts Street, Helena, Montana 59601
Hennepin Technical College9000 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota 55445
Heritage University3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, Washington 98948
Idaho State University921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Imperial Valley College380 E. Aten Road, Imperial, California 92251-0158
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-AguadillaCarr. 459 Int. 463, Barrio Corrales Sector Calero, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 00603
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-AreciboHwy 2 Km 80.4, Bo San Daniel Sector Las Canelas, Arecibo, Puerto Rico 00614
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-BarranquitasBo Helechal Highway 156 Intersection 719, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico 00794
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon500 Carr. Dr. John Will Harris, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00957-6257
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-GuayamaBo Machete Highway 744 Km 1.2, Guayama, Puerto Rico 00784
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-MetroHighway #1 Km 16 3 Corner Francisco Sein St, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Ponce104 Turpeaux Industrial Park Rd1, Mercedita, Puerto Rico 00715-1602
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-San GermanRd. 102 Km. 30.6, San German, Puerto Rico 00683
Lake Superior State University650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 49783
Lewis-Clark State College500 8th Ave, Lewiston, Idaho 83501-2698
Long Beach City College4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach, California 90808-1706
Merced College3600 M St, Merced, California 95348-2898
Minnesota State Community and Technical College1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537-1000
MiraCosta CollegeOne Barnard Drive, Oceanside, California 92056-3899
Mission College3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054-1897
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College51 Main Street, Perkinston, Mississippi 39573
Monroe County Community College1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Michigan 48161-9746
Montana State University Billings1500 University Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-0298
Napa Valley College2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy, Napa, California 94558-6236
National University11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037-1011
New Mexico Junior College5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
New Mexico State University-Carlsbad1500 University Drive, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
New Mexico State University-Dona Ana2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011
North Dakota State College of Science800 N 6th St, Wahpeton, North Dakota 58076-0002
North Seattle College9600 College Way North, Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
Northland Community and Technical College1101 Hwy One East, Thief River Falls, Minnesota 56701
Northwest Technical College905 Grant Avenue SE, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601-4907
Owens Community College30335 Oregon Rd, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Pacific College3160 Red Hill Ave, Costa Mesa, California 92626
Pasadena City College1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91106-2003
Pennsylvania College of TechnologyOne College Ave, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17701-5799
Pennsylvania Institute of Technology800 Manchester Ave, Media, Pennsylvania 19063-4098
Pima Community College4905C East Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Arizona 85709-1275
Platt College3801 S Sheridan, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145
Platt College-Anaheim1551 South Douglass Road, Anaheim, California 92806-5949
Platt College-Central OKC309 S Ann Arbor, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73128-1112
Platt College-Lawton111 S.W. C Ave., Lawton, Oklahoma 73501
Platt College-Los Angeles1000 South Fremont Avenue, A10, Alhambra, California 91803
Platt College-Moore201 N. Eastern, Moore, Oklahoma 73160
Platt College-Ontario3700 Inland Empire Boulevard, Ste 400, Ontario, California 91764
Platt College-Riverside6465 Sycamore Canyon Blvd Ste 100, Riverside, California 92507
Rasmussen College-Minnesota226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
Reedley College995 N Reed Ave, Reedley, California 93654
Rio Hondo College3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, California 90601-1616
Riverside City College4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, California 92506
Sacramento City College3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, California 95822-1386
Saint Paul College235 Marshall Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102-9808
San Joaquin Delta College5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95207
San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia8344 W Mineral King Ave, Visalia, California 93291-9283
Santa Barbara City College721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93109-2394
Santa Rosa Junior College1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395
Sinte Gleska UniversityE. Highway 18, 101 Antelope Lake Circle, Mission, South Dakota 57555-0105
Sitting Bull College9299 Hwy 24, Fort Yates, North Dakota 58538-9721
Snow College150 E College Ave, Ephraim, Utah 84627
South Central College1920 Lee Blvd, North Mankato, Minnesota 56003-1920
Southwestern College900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista, California 91910-7299
St Cloud Technical and Community College1540 Northway Drive, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56303-1240
The University of MontanaMissoula, Montana, Missoula, Montana 59812
Treasure Valley Community College650 College Blvd, Ontario, Oregon 97914
Turtle Mountain Community College10145 BIA #7, Belcourt, North Dakota 58316
United Tribes Technical College3315 University Dr, Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
University of Rio Grande218 N College Ave, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674
Western Dakota Technical Institute800 Mickelson Dr, Rapid City, South Dakota 57703-4018
Wharton County Junior College911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas 77488
Yuba College2088 N Beale Rd, Marysville, California 95901

Accredited LPN Bachelors Degree Programs

Practical/Vocational Nursing Programs NameSchool Address
Ashland University401 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Barry University11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33161-6695
Caribbean University-Bayamon167 Ave. Km 21.2, Bayamon, Puerto Rico 00960-0493
Caribbean University-CarolinaCalle Ignacio Arzuaga #208, Carolina, Puerto Rico 00985
Caribbean University-PonceAVE. EDNITA NAZARIO #1015, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00716-7733
Caribbean University-Vega BajaCarr 671 K.M. 5, Sector El Criollo, Bo. Algarrobo, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 00964
Emory University408 Administration Building, 201 Dowman Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Holy Names University3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, California 94619-1699
Lincoln Memorial University6965 Cumberland Gap Pkwy, Harrogate, Tennessee 37752-9900
National Louis University122 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60603
National University11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037-1011
New York University70 Washington Sq South, New York, New York 10012-1091
Oklahoma Christian University2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond, Oklahoma 73013
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1503
Saint Xavier University3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, Illinois 60655
Southern Nazarene University6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008
St. Joseph's College-Long Island155 W Roe Blvd, Patchogue, New York 11772
St. Joseph's College-New York245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205-3688
Unitek College4670 Auto Mall Pkwy, Fremont, California 94538
University at Buffalo12 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260-1660
University of Nevada-Las Vegas4505 S Maryland Pky, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154

About online LPN programs

Many institutions offer online LPN programs as a convenient alternative to campus-based courses. These distance learning options are popular with students who work, have family commitments, or do not live close to a school that offers training.

It is important to note that, although it is possible to complete many of the academic components of an LPN program online, you will still be required to complete your clinical trials and training hours in a specific location.

For more in depth detail see our guide to Online LPN schools.

Step 4: Pass the NCLEX-PN exam

All 50 states require anyone employed as an LPN or LVN to have passed the NCLEX-PN exam. A passing score on this test is required in order to become nationally licensed.

The exam is made up of four sections, each of which focuses on a specific area of the practical nursing profession. The list below displays each of these four sections and roughly what percentage of the total exam they represent.

  • Health promotion and maintenance (12%)
  • Safe care environment (21-33%)
  • Physiological integrity (43-67%)
  • Psychosocial integrity (12%)

Unlike most exams, the NCLEX-PN is scored using what is known as a “logit”. A logit is a unit of measure that compares a student’s answers against the difficulty of the questions answered. The result of this is that, according to the NCSBN, a passing score on the NCLEX-PN is actually 0.00 logits.

To clarify what this means, a student must correctly answer approximately 50% of the questions of each difficulty level in order to secure a passing score.

Step 5: Receive your license and apply for a job

The final step in the process of becoming an LPN is to receive your license and start looking for your first job.

After you take the NCLEX-PN exam, you should receive your test results within as little as 48 hours. Your local State Board of Nursing will usually then send your license to you via mail within two weeks or less.

Once this formality is concluded, you’ll be able to start applying for jobs as a newly-minted Licensed Practical Nurse!

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LPN/LVN Information by State

How much do LPNs make?

The median annual salary for Licensed Practical Nurses in the United States was $45,030 in 2017. As the following tables show, this figure varies considerably according to geography however. Other factors that influence your pay are your experience and the type of employer you work for.

LPN salary by state

StateAVG Hourly wageAVG Annual Salary
Alabama9.6320020
Alaska16.0033290
Arizona11.5524030
Arkansas9.5319820
California14.0529210
Colorado13.0227080
Connecticut13.2227490
Delaware15.0431290
Florida13.3327730
Georgia11.2523410
Hawaii10.3821590
Idaho12.7826590
Illinois10.6422120
Indiana11.4623840
Iowa10.9722820
Kansas12.9726990
Kentucky11.5323980
Louisiana12.3625710
Maine9.5319820
Maryland11.8724690
Massachusetts12.0625080
Michigan14.0429200
Minnesota10.8522560
Mississippi12.6926390
Missouri10.1921200
Montana10.7922440
Nebraska11.4923900
Nevada11.9224790
New Hampshire13.8628840
New Jersey13.3527780
New Mexico11.1723230
New York11.2923480
North Carolina11.6124150
North Dakota9.7020170
Ohio15.9533170
Oklahoma10.3121450
Oregon11.9124770
Pennsylvania11.5223960
Rhode Island11.2223340
South Carolina9.0018720
South Dakota13.1427330
Tennessee9.9620710
Texas13.3227700
Utah9.9320660
Vermont9.8820550
Virginia12.8026620
Washington13.2227500
West Virginia10.8822640
Wisconsin12.3325640
Wyoming9.6420060

Source: www.bls.gov

Salary by employer type

WorkplaceAverage Pay
Nursing care facilities (skilled nursing facilities)$23,570
Continuing care retirement communities and assisted living facilities for the elderly$22,860
Residential intellectual and developmental disability facilities$22,510
Services for the elderly and persons with disabilities$22,410
Home healthcare services$22,390

Source: www.bls.gov

What is the job outlook for Licensed Practical Nurses?

As discussed earlier in this guide, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly 89,000 new LPN jobs will be added across the country by 2026. This equates to a 12% increase, which is well above the national average for all positions.