Licensed Practical Nursing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Licensed practical nurses can complete their education in about a year. They can continue on to become registered nurses or stay LPNs once they complete their certification and licensing requirements.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick and disabled by gathering information, taking a patient's vitals, and preparing and delivering injections. The training required to work as a licensed practical nurse also includes clinical practice, which can entail hands-on experience at a hospital or similar healthcare facility.

10 Schools with LPN Programs

These ten schools can be found in Texas, California or Nevada, and they offer licensed practical nursing certificates and/or degrees. Compare details of each school, such as school type and tuition fees, listed in the table below.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $1,632 (in-district)
$3,360 (in-state)
$3,756 (out-of-state)
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $1,504 (in-district)
$3,184 (in-state)
$3,544 (out-of-state)
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,834 (in-state)
$9,661 (out-of-state)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Certificate $2,805 (in-state)
$9,450 (out-of-state)
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,426 (in-state)
$7,366 (out-of-state)
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $2,550 (in-district)
$9,210 (in-state)
$11,340 (out-of-state)
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,598 (in-state)
$7,554 (out-of-state)
Long Beach City College Long Beach, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,182 (in-state)
$7,398 (out-of-state)
Pasadena City College Pasadena, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,152 (in-state)
$6,180 (out-of-state)
Sacramento City College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,104 (in-state)
$7,440 (out-of-state)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for LPN schools:

  • Students should decide how much time and money they want to spend on their education; certificate programs tend to be shorter and less expensive than associate's degree programs.
  • Some schools offer both certificates and degrees, so students can complete a certificate program, start working and then enroll in a degree program.
  • There are some programs that can be found partially online, which may benefit students who desire a more flexible program to fit their schedules.
  • While some schools have limited-entry to their programs and only start one time per year, others have open enrollment, which allows students to apply and start the program at any time throughout the year.

Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate and Diploma Programs

The minimum education required to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is either a certificate or diploma. To prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), these programs typically provide lecture-based courses in basic medical and scientific concepts alongside supervised clinical training. In total, these programs take about a year to complete. It is important to note that in California and Texas, these programs are called licensed vocational nurse (LVN) programs, but they provide the same education.

Licensed Practical Nursing Associate Degree Programs

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Practical Nursing programs can prepare students for LPN licensure. In addition to the conceptual coursework and hands-on training included in a certificate or diploma program, students in associate degree programs must also complete general education requirements. For instance, they may choose courses in elective areas such as communication, human relations and US cultures, which can provide a broader educational background that may be beneficial for future LPNs.

Licensed practical nursing (LPN) programs are commonly found at the certificate level. The ten schools profiled here are all public schools, and their tuition ranges from $1,104 to $11,340, depending on a student's residential status.

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