Top Schools for Licensed Vocational Nurse Training

Read about programs for licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), or practical nurses, who provide care to patients under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) or physicians. Find information about the program options at three colleges and universities, as well as an overview of other top schools that offer programs for LVNs.

School Information

To become an LVN, students can complete certificate and associate's degree programs offered by community colleges and 4-year university nursing departments. Top programs can be found at Lewis-Clark State College, Lake Superior State University and Indian River State College.

1. Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID

School Highlight: Practical nursing program is the first in Idaho to award an Associate of Applied Science.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Lewis-Clark State College 3rd among public schools and 21st among regional colleges in the West. Lewis-Clark State College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing program. Students take courses in practical nursing theory, maternal and child health, anatomy and physiology. Laboratory sessions and clinical practicums are required as well. The college also offers an LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for licensed practical nurses who would like to become RNs.

2. Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI

School Highlight: Students can join the Lake State Student Nurses Association.

This school ranked 5th among public schools in the Midwest regional colleges category by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Students in its practical nursing certificate program can prepare for licensure by completing coursework and clinical requirements in pediatric and surgical nursing, pharmacology and nutrition, among other areas. The school also offers an Associate of Applied Science - Health Care Provider for practical nursing students who would like to prepare for BSN programs by enrolling in an additional year of coursework.

3. Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, FL

School Highlight: One of Community College Week's top 50 associate degree producers in all disciplines among 4-year schools for 2011.

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Indian River State College the 9th-best public school among regional colleges in the South. In the school's practical nursing certificate program, students learn about the fundamentals of practical nursing, the structure and function of the body and medical/surgical practical nursing. Program graduates can acquire advanced placement if they wish to enroll in the associate's degree program in registered nursing.

Top Licensed Vocational Nursing Schools

School Distinction Location
Bronx Community College - CUNY LPN certificate program can be completed on evenings and weekends Bronx, NY
Clarkson College First school in the state to focus solely on heath sciences education Omaha, NE
Cuyahoga Community College Offers online tutoring services to students enrolled in its practical nursing certificate program Cleveland, OH
Davenport University Nursing Association is one of many academic clubs available to students Grand Rapids, MI
Dickinson State University Students can receive course credit for participating in activities sponsored by the Nursing Students' Association Dickinson, ND
Farmingdale State College - SUNY Ranked 28th on U.S. News & World Report's list of regional colleges in the North for 2015 Farmingdale, NY
Weber University Offers the practical and registered nurse re-entry program to nurses who wish to reactivate their licenses Ogden, UT

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