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Written by NS StaffJune 30, 2011
LPN Degree

LPN Degree Programs (LPN)

Licensed Practical Nurses ( LPNs ) and licensed vocational nurses ( LVNs ) work directly with patients in hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and in their homes. An LPN degree qualifies you to perform medical treatments that a certified nurses' assistant (CNA) isn't trained to do, including giving medication and administering injections. 

LPN programs take a year of training through a community college, trade school, vocational college, or your local hospital. Most licensed practical nursing schools provide classes on emergency care, biology, and physical education, followed by hands-on clinical work. Once you've completed your LPN training, you'll need to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination. 

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Schools to consider: 

You can find great LPN schools throughout the nation – from Carrington College in Portland, OR to the three Medical Careers Institute campuses in Virginia. If you can't find a practical nursing college near you, check out online nursing schools, like University of Phoenix, which offers bachelor's, master's, and associate's degrees in nursing, and Indiana State University/College Network, which offers bachelor's degree programs for licensed LPNs and LVNs. 

To find the nursing schools in your area, browse through the state-by-state listings below. Online programs are also available.