Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) preparation is offered by a number of schools in the form of certificate programs. Graduates are prepared for the licensure exam offered by the state's board of nursing.
Schools with LPN Programs
This table presents information on several schools across the country offering vocational nursing or practical nursing certificate programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Houston Community College||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||$1,632 in-district
|Lone Star College System||The Woodlands, TX||2-year, Public||$1,504 in-district
|College of Southern Nevada||Las Vegas, NV||4-year, Public||$2,805 in-state
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||$2,550 in-district
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||2-year, Public||$1,598 in-state
|Long Beach City College||Long Beach, CA||2-year, Public||$1,182 in-state
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||$2,830 in-state
|El Paso Community College||Jacksonville, FL||2-year, Public||$2,386 in-state
|Metropolitan Community College||Kansas City, MO||2-year, Public|| $2,880 in-district
|Mt Hood Community College||Gresham, OR||2-year, Public|| $4,841 in-state
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following tips and information when looking for LPN schools:
- Prospective students should ensure that their program of choice meets the licensure requirements set forth by the state in which they plan to work.
- It can be helpful to find out what the pass rate is for graduates of the program on the NCLEX-PN exam.
- Aspiring LPNs may want to find out where clinical training takes place, making sure that they will be able to gain experience in a setting where they might like to get a job in the future, such as a hospital or nursing home.
- For those who might want to continue their education in the future through an LPN-to-RN or LPN-to-ADN program, it is important to make sure that the credits they earn can be applied to a degree at the school of their choice.
Postsecondary programs for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) consist of a combination of classroom-based courses and supervised clinical training. In the classroom, students take basic biomedical courses in anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, as well as more career-focused classes in nursing theory and patient care. Upon completion, graduates are prepared for the NCLEX-PN exam. It is important to note that in Texas and California, LPN programs are called licensed vocational nursing (LVN) programs, but they provide the same education. LPN and LVN programs usually take one year to complete, but some take longer.
Prospective students can prepare for licensure in practical nursing by enrolling in a certificate program. These programs are offered by both 2- and 4-year colleges, and students may want to look for schools where most graduates pass the LPN exam on the first try.