How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse
The amount of schooling required to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) falls in between the amount needed for a certified nurse assistant (CNA) and for a registered nurse (RN).
A high school degree is usually required, and there may also be a few prerequisite courses required before a student can enroll in an LPN program.
In order to become a licensed practical nurse, the student must complete a state-approved nursing program (ranging from 7 to 24 months) and then pass a licensing examination, the NCLEX-PN. Courses can be taken in junior colleges and career schools, and occasionally in hospitals.
Typical subjects covered in a licensed practical nurse program include:
- Medical-surgical nursing
- Psychiatric nursing
- Administering drugs
- First aid
Some LPNs eventually choose to become registered nurses, which requires further education.