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Idaho LPN Programs

Directory of state-approved LPN training classes

Idaho LPN Practical Nursing Careers

There are many reasons that people decide to follow the path toward a career in nursing. Many individuals choose to become nurses because of the stability of working in health care, the above average salary and benefits and the passion for caring for others. Being a health care worker can be very demanding both emotionally and physically.

There are two very common types of nurses; Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The RN is the more advance of the two and requires more schooling. An LPN does not require a Bachelor’s degree, but there are still specific education and training requirements to enter the profession. A Licensed Practical Nurse provides basic medical care while working closely with patients. LPNs are generally supervised by a Registered Nurse while checking routine vital signs, administering medication and aiding in basic medical procedures. One can obtain a hospital certificate in as little as seven months or complete LPN training through a community college or trade school in 1-2 years. Schools generally provide classes on emergency care, physical education, biology, and hands-on clinical work.

Once certified as an LPN one can start looking for practical nursing jobs. The average LPN salary in Idaho is currently $35,000/year. LPNs can work in hospitals, clinics, or even work directly with patients in assisted living facilities or home care situations. If an LPN wished to advance their career in the medical field, they could work towards completing their Bachelor’s degree to become an RN. There are a number of online and classroom-based LPN to RN programs available to make the transition. An RN can become a clinical nurse specialist, nurse-midwife or pediatric nurse to name a few. The medical field is very stable compared to many other sectors of the US economy. With the many different opportunities for advancement and variety of job opportunities, practical nursing can provide an excellent career choice for certain people.

List of LPN Programs in Idaho (ID)

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Idaho LPN Schools

Our directory lists all Idaho schools that currently offer approved practical nursing programs. The Idaho 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 Idaho

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 Idaho

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 Idaho 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 Idaho as a licensed practical nurse and begin searching for employment.

Taking the NCLEX-PN Exam in Idaho

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 Idaho 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

Idaho 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