Becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) can offer the opportunity to provide patient care in a variety of settings. Licensed practical nurses work in nursing facilities, hospitals, clinics, community centers, health departments, the armed services, outpatient care centers, private homes and many other settings.
In 2010, the job outlook for LPNs was strong, with projected job growth of 22 percent from 2010 through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). The mean annual wage nationally for LPNs was $42,040, or $20.21 per hour in 2011 (bls.gov/oes, 2012).
To become a licensed practical nurse, students must graduate from a formal nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN), the exam required to obtain a license to practice. There are several LPN nursing programs to choose from, including LPN diploma programs, LPN certification programs or the LPN associate degree. Those who have already earned their LPN can further their education with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in the LPN to BSN bridge program or Registered Nurse (RN) certification in the LPN to RN bridge program. Since admission expectations can vary from one school to another, it can be valuable to do in-depth research into potential programs to determine the exact requirements.
The state pages listed here offer aspiring students the opportunity to search LPN programs by state. Each page lists schools that offer LPN nursing programs, as well as important information on the state requirements to become an LPN. If more information is needed, the state pages offer contact information for each school, as well as contacts for the state board of nursing. Comparing programs carefully can help students decide whether a certificate, diploma, associate or bachelor's degree meets their personal goals and educational needs.
"Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses," Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
"Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses," Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012-13 Edition), Bureau of Labor Statistics
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