LPN Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for ill or injured people in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor's offices and home health agencies. Clinical training and classroom education are components of all state-approved LPN programs.

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

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.

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