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LPN Nursing Schools - How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse

Written by NS StaffJune 30, 2011
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LPN Degree Programs (LPN)

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) works closely with patients in various health care settings to maintain and provide them basic medical care. They are generally supervised by registered nurses (RNs) as they assess patients, check routine vital signs, administer medication, and aid in other simple medical procedures.

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Become a Licensed Practical Nurse

You can complete your LPN training in as little as 7 months to 1 year for a hospital certificate, or you can obtain a LPN degree in two years from a community college or trade school. You will also need to pass the N-CLEX-PN certificate examination to become nationally certified. When comparing licensed practical nursing schools, it's a good idea to ask what sort of training the schools provide to prepare you for the LPN certification exam.

Schools to consider: 

As a licensed practical nurse (and vocational nurse), you can earn up to $35,000 a year upon graduation, depending on where you're located and what type of medical facility you work in. For example, salaries for licensed practical nurses in large metropolitan hospitals tend to be higher than salaries for LPNs in nursing homes. LPNs can also continue their studies to become a registered nurse, as many nursing colleges offer specialized LPN-to-RN degree programs.

Now you can find programs in your state as well as online programs. To learn more about how to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, request information from one of the LPN Schools listed below.