Licensed practical nurse

Explore career information by location


How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse

Training to become an LPN does not require a bachelor's degree, but it does require an education beyond high school. Most licensed practical nurse programs last 12 to 24 months and include both classroom training as well as clinical training. They are most often run at technical or community colleges. The coursework to become an LPN includes nursing fundamentals, nursing math, pediatric and geriatric nursing, surgical nursing, anatomy, physiology and nutrition. After completing that coursework, you also need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

What skills help Licensed Practical Nurses find jobs?

  • Medication Administration
  • EMR Systems
  • Nursing
  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Home Care
  • Tube Feeding
  • Vital Signs Experience
  • Nursing Home Experience
  • Catheterization
  • SCSS
  • Assisted Living
  • Growing Experience

Career progression for Licensed Practical Nurse

Education levels for Licensed Practical Nurses

0%0%9%26%65%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Licensed Practical Nurse job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience41k42k43k43k44kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Licensed Practical Nurse in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Licensed Practical Nurses

  • LPN
  • LVN
  • CPR Certification
  • RN
  • BLS Certification
  • IV Certification
  • Compact State Nurse License
  • AHA Certification
  • CNA
  • LSW
  • CRNA
  • First Aid Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Licensed Practical Nurse

What are some traits that are important for a licensed practical nurse to have?

Compassion is obviously key to a nurse's success. It's also important that you be organized since record-keeping is a critical part of successfully treating patients. Lastly, licensed practical nurses have to have a strong commitment to confidentiality, since this is a vital component of respecting the patients.

Was this answer helpful?