Aspiring LPNs may find training programs at junior and community colleges, technical schools and vocational schools.
Schools with LPN Programs
Below are a few schools that offer LPN training, the type of program they offer and their average tuition rates.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Austin Community College District||Austin, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,550 (in-district), $9,210 (in-state), $11,340 (out-of-state)|
|College of Central Florida||Ocala, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,570 (in-state), $10,126 (out-of-state)|
|Faulkner State||Bay Minette, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,320 (in-state), $7,770 (out-of-state)|
|New River Community and Technical College||Beaver, WV||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,706 (in-state), $4,834 (out-of-state)|
|Berkeley College||New York, NY||2-year, Private||Certificate||$24,300|
|Everest College||Everett, WA||2-year, Private||Diploma||$10,800|
|Pierpont Community and Technical College||Fairmont, WV||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,460 (in-state), $10,574 (out-of-state)|
|Herzing University||Brookfield, WI||4-year, Private||Diploma||$13,090|
|Lorain County Community College||Elyria, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate||$3,077 (in-district), $3,679 (in-state), $7,302 (out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
When selecting a program students should make sure the programs they are applying to will be able to provided them with the training and education needed to become a licensed practical nurse. Consider the following when looking for licensed practical nurse schools:
- Prospective LPNs should first seek out schools with the proper accreditation that will qualify them for licensure from such organizations as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).
- Potential students might also want to target a specialty area to suit their career goals, such as geriatric care, pediatric care, surgery and obstetrics.
- Students may want to check a school's pass-rate since students must ultimately pass the National Council Licensure Examination - Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN).
- Aspiring students seeking an eventual RN license will want to make sure the schools they choose offer the training needed to advance into higher educational levels.
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Certificate programs in practical nursing last three semesters, or one year, on a full-time schedule. Some schools may offer part-time or evening options for students who are working or with family during the day. Most programs offer advancement options for students who wish to go on to pursue an associate's degree in nursing so that they may become a registered nurse. A high school diploma or GED certificate is necessary for admission; candidates may need to also pass an entrance exam.
Students interested in LPN training can find certificate programs at a variety of accredited colleges across the nation. These programs help students prepare for LPN licensing exams and may offer specializations.