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California LPN Programs

Free guide to LPN training classes in California (CA)

Find approved LPN courses to earn your California practical nurse certificate

LPN Nursing Careers in California

If you are interested in careers in the health care industry, there are many different specialties to choose from. Becoming a licensed practical nurse, also known as a vocational nurse, can give you a career that you can rely on for life. Practical nurses are trained medical professionals that work under the supervision of doctors or registered nurses in virtually all types of health care facilities.

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Starting your career as a practical nurse in California requires only a high school diploma or GED. There are many private schools as well as community colleges that offer practical nursing programs. To find an accredited program in your area, review the currently approved training courses listed on this page. The cost of tuition is different for each program and most schools offer some sort of financial aid to help aspiring students pay for their education.

Upon enrollment in a California practical nursing program, you will receive training in a wide variety of procedures. You will learn how to take vital signs, give injections, perform lab tests, collect samples and update patient charts. There will also be training for basic care such as feeding, bathing and moving the patients. Just as there are many medical specialties, there are also areas of specialty within practical nursing, such as gerontology and pediatrics. It is best to explore different fields to find the niche that is most satisfying for you.

Once you have passed the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN, you will become a licensed practical nurse that can choose from a wide variety of LPN employment positions. Hospitals have many positions available for practical nurses in various departments and the demand for capable staff is always high. But that is only the beginning, because you can also choose to work for a private medical practice, hospice care center, nursing home or in-home care environment.

Becoming a practical nurse is just the beginning of your career in health care and your potential is unlimited. Your skills will be useful in all areas of medicine from patient care to management and you can always opt to receive more specialized training in the future. The average annual salary for a California LPN is nearly $50,000 so your education can pay for itself within a year. Combined with good benefits and the satisfaction of helping others, practical nursing is a career that will last a lifetime.

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California LPN Schools

Our directory lists all California schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The California state board of nursing is the regulatory organization in charge of approving LPN education programs. To gain approval, educational institutions must demonstrate to the board of nursing that their program sufficiently prepares students with the knowledge and skills expected of a licensed practical nurse. The on-going approval of a program depends largely upon their graduation rates and the NCLEX pass rates of their graduates. If a program starts to produce poor results in either of these two categories they can quickly lose their state approval or be placed on probationary approval status until their results improve.

Required LPN Classes in California

The specific course work required in practical nursing programs can differ from institution to institution. However, there are some subjects that are almost always included in most programs. Typical LPN classes include Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Nursing Skills, Nutrition, Math for Nurses, Psychology and Pharmacology. Topics covered within these subjects prepare students with the knowledge base required to perform the work of a licensed practical nurse.

How to Become an LPN in California

Start the process by researching available education programs to find one that suits your schedule and preferences. The next step is to enroll and complete an LPN training program that is approved by the California Board of Nursing. Most LPN programs take roughly one year to finish. Upon successful completion of all course requirements you are eligible to challenge the NCLEX-PN exam. After passing the test you can register with the state of California as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in California

When it comes time to challenge the practical nursing license exam it is advisable to prepare for the exam with a self-study program or classroom prep course. Knowing what to expect on the actual test and completing practice questions can increase your chances of passing. When you feel ready to take the test, apply for your practical nursing license with the California state board of nursing and register with Pearson VUE. There is a $200 fee required in order to register for the exam. The next step is to wait until you receive confirmation of your Authorization to Test (ATT). Once you receive your ATT you can schedule your NCLEX exam with Pearson VUE at a nearby testing center.

LPN Quick Reference Links

California Board of Nursing
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Pearson VUE – Official NCLEX Testing Provider
LPN/LVN Career Outlook – US Dept of Labor
Licensed Practical Nurse Wiki
National Association for Practical Nurse Education & Service (NAPNES)
National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses