It only takes about a year through an accredited educational program to become an licensed practical nurse or licensed vocational nurse. Community colleges and technical or trade schools usually offer LPN/LVN programs. Students generally start working within two years of beginning their schooling. Use the search to find local and online courses.
The program field “Licensed Practical Nurse” in the search application above includes both the LPN and LVN program types depending on your State.
“How Do I Become an LPN or LVN?”
Livensed Vocational Nursing programs are a blend of classroom and clinical. Classroom courses will include subjects such as biology, pharmacology and nursing. Once their nursing program is complete the student then will take the licensing exam called National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses. From there, once they have completed their degree and license.
For many, becoming an LPN/LVN is a stepping stone used toward career advancement and furthering their education by becoming registered nurses and beyond.
Schools Offering LPN/LVN Courses
Sample of colleges offering vocational nursing.
- Ashland University
- New England Institute of Technology
- Southern Technical College
- Fortis Institute
- Daymar College
- Midwest Technical Institute
- Virginia College
- Florida Career College
“When you’re just starting out, your income will be more than $32K annually, but you can work your way up to a salary of more than $60K per year. You’ll find that the top-paying industries for LPNs are the government, nursing, and residential care facilities as well as home healthcare service, while the lower-paying options for employment are private practices and hospitals.”[csn]
“The board of nursing in each state defines the scope of practice for a licensed practical nurse/licensed vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) and registered nurse (RN). The title LPN or LVN is used depending on the state in which the nurse practices.”[altierus]