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How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

In 2009, approximately 1,200 State-approved programs provided training in practical nursing. Most training programs are available from technical and vocational schools, or from community and junior colleges.Other programs are available through high schools, hospitals, and colleges and universities.

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

Although each state has its own requirements for nurses, in general, one should have a high school diploma and no criminal record before pursuing an LPN program. A high school diploma or its equivalent usually is required for entry, although some programs accept candidates without a diploma or are designed as part of a high school curriculum.

Most practical nursing programs last about 1 year and include both classroom study and supervised clinical practice (patient care).

Classroom study covers basic nursing concepts and patient care-related subjects, including anatomy, physiology, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, obstetrics, psychiatric nursing, the administration of drugs, nutrition, and first aid. Clinical practice usually is in a hospital, but sometimes includes other settings.

All States require LVNs to pass a licensing examination after completing a State-approved vocational nursing program.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates receive a certificate or diploma in practical nursing; they then sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-PN).

Throughout their careers, LPNs must renew their license through continuing education courses.

Licensed practical nurses can take extra courses to specialize in one field, such as the care of newborn infants. With further training, they may become registered nurses.

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6 Responses to “How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse”

  1. Anonymous says:

    will i be able to enroll in a LVN program W/ a misdemeanor on my criminal history? If yes, will The state License me?

  2. daphne delaney says:

    will i be able to enroll in a LVN program W/ a felony drug possision chage that occured over 30 years ago? If yes, will The state License me?

  3. F.R. Robinson says:

    I am almost at the end of a diploma LPN course and will be migrating to NY. How can i finish my training and what will be required by the institution?

    Thank you for your assistance

  4. viktoria aquino says:

    i am a graduate of bachelor of science in nursing, but I am not certified/ licensed nurse in my state. If i got the chance to go in state of california should I be qualified to take exams for Licensed Practical Nurse?
    Thank you

  5. juxc says:

    i am a registered nurse in the phils as well as in singapore and working for almost 6 years as a nurse and i wanted to become an LVN/LPN, INTRAVENOUS NURSE. what will i do first in order to qualify as such. thanks


    iam a graduate of practical nursing here at philippines. i just wanna ask if do we have a center here at phils were to take NCLEX-PN?

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