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Top-Rated LVN Schools: List of Top Schools

Learn about education programs that will help you become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Find out about the schools, locations, rankings and degrees to make an informed education decision.

School Overview

Working as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), also called a licensed practical nurse (LPN), requires licensing by the state; to achieve licensing students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is administered by National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Most programs are offered at the associate degree and certificate levels. Two good schools for LVN training are described below, and a broader list of options is also provided.

1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

School Highlight: This college's School of Health Sciences offers four separate nursing majors, one of which is a major in Practical Nursing.

The School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Health Arts with an emphasis in practical nursing. Students spend 17 months in classes and field clinics to prepare for the NCLEX-PN and their future nursing careers. Exam eligibility can also be achieved through the school's 3-semester certificate in practical nursing program.

2. Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND

School Highlight: Two nursing degree programs at this university are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and both are have gained approval from the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

This university offers an Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Program, of 67-credit hours and fosters a limited enrollment of 43 students. There is also a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program, of 133-credit hours and a limited enrollment of 32 students.

Top Vocational Nursing Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Lewis-Clark State College Offers the state's only Associate of Applied Science for practical nursing Lewiston, ID
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith A Practical Nursing (PN) Technical Certificate has both classroom and clinical experiences; graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam Fort Smith, AR

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