Working under the supervision of registered nurses or doctors, LVNs provide basic medical care. Public 2- and 4-year schools commonly offer training programs that can prepare graduates for careers in this field.
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 for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN), which is administered by National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Most programs that prepare students for licensing as LVNs are offered at the associate degree and certificate levels.
Three good schools for LVN training are described below and one additional option is also provided. These schools' programs stand out by offering hands-on training in a variety of clinical settings as well as opportunities for nurses to continue their education.
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 12-month certificate in practical nursing program.
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 have gained approval from the North Dakota Board of Nursing.|
This university offers a 67-credit-hour Associate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing Program that limits enrollment to 43 students. There is also a Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program consisting of 133 credit hours and a limited enrollment of 32 students.
Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID
|School Highlight: This school offers the state's only Associate of Applied Science program for practical nursing.|
This is a 60-credit-hour program that takes 16 months to complete. Classroom and clinical training includes instruction in long-term care and acute-care in addition to intravenous therapy and management. Nursing and healthcare scholarships are available.
One Additional Vocational Nursing Program
The University of Arkansas in Fort Smith offers a Practical Nursing (PN) Technical Certificate that requires both classroom and clinical experiences to complete. Graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam.
Depending on the program offered, it can take 1-2 years to complete the training that can qualify you to sit for the NCLEX-PN, which is required to practice as an LVN. Schools may also offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree-completion programs to LVNs who want to continue their education.