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LPN Programs

Directory of US Practical Nursing Programs

Browse state board of nursing approved LPN schools in every state

The Practical Nursing programs listed on this Website are drawn from the State Board of Nursing for each US state. Programs with initial accreditation and programs currently on probationary status will not be listed. If you notice a program that falls under one of these categories or a listing that needs updating, please send an email and let us know so that we can make the necessary changes.


Practical nursing programs prepare an individual to become a licensed practical or vocational nurse commonly referred to as an LPN or LVN. Most LPN programs take between 10-12 months to complete. There is no minimum number of education hours required across the board. Instead of having a national regulatory policy regarding LPN training, each individual state board of nursing is responsible for governing the educational institutions within their jurisdiction to ensure that they are providing adequate LPN education to their students before they graduate. After successful completion of the practical nursing education requirement the student is eligible to enroll to take the NCLEX-PN exam. The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) is the final step in becoming a licensed practical nurse. After passing this exam the individual can register as a Practical Nurse with their state nurse registry and begin work as an LPN.

Advantages of LPN Programs

The primary benefits of becoming an LPN are the ability to work in a booming sector of the US economy (health care) and to earn a substantial wage. The average LPN salary in the US is around $45,000 per year according to a recent survey of current LPN job postings on Indeed dot com. This is almost 10% higher than the national average wage of US workers according to the 2009 data gathered by the US government. Additionally, the job security is greater than usual due to the fact that the health care industry is amongst the fastest growing sectors of our economy. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for licensed practical nurses is expected to grow at a faster rate during the next decade than most other industries.

LPN Program Requirements

Most states require that students have a minimum high school diploma or GED before enrolling in an LPN training program. Beyond the educational requirements, LPN candidates should have a passion for caring for patients and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. Future LPNs should be prepared for a challenging work schedule including 12-hour shifts, 4 consecutive work days in a row and possibly working night shifts. Practical nurses should not be easily upset by seeing people who are sick and have various diseases and conditions. The role of an LPN is to provide support and care for ailing patients and it takes a strong individual to perform these tasks.


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