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Licensed Practical Nursing


Programs in licensed practical nursing prepare people to work as LPNs or vocational nurses under the supervision of a doctor, registered nurse, or dentist.

Licensed practical nursing programs include topics such as:


Many career and technical schools as well as many community colleges and two-year schools offer certificate programs in licensed practical nursing. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Admission to licensed practical nursing programs is competitive, so make sure to get good grades.

Additional requirements at most schools include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Nearly all licensed practical nurse programs require you to participate in several clinical and laboratory rotations. This means that you work and study in hospitals and medical centers under the supervision of doctors, nurses, and professors. Typically you "rotate" through different hospital units, such as pediatrics, maternity, and surgery. Students learn practical skills firsthand while also learning what it's like to be a licensed practical nurse. They learn to apply their course work to real-life situations. Rotations also give students valuable experience that they can apply to their work after they complete their degree.

Things to Know

After you graduate you need to pass an exam to become licensed to provide nursing care in your state.

Many licensed practical nurses (LPNs) decide to study an additional year to become a registered nurse (RN). Others decide to get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This degree allows you to advance to supervisory positions.

Many employers will pay for some or all of your tuition if you are working for them as an LPN and decide to enroll in an RN program.


King-Snohomish Area

Edmonds Community College

Green River College

Kitsap Area

Olympic College

Spokane Area

Spokane Community College

Tacoma Area

Bates Technical College

Clover Park Technical College

West Side Area

Grays Harbor College