Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): Career Diploma Summary

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Getting your Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Diploma will allow you to find employment caring for patients in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and private residents. Courses that you may be required to take include nutrition, pharmacology, promotion of health, CPR and anatomy. Read the following article to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Diploma:

Individuals with a Licensed Practical Nurse diploma will be working on the front lines. You will be caring for the patients in hospitals or nursing homes as they get better. Duties include taking vital signs, attending to dressings on wounds, feeding patients and maintaining medical records. The position of licensed practical nurse is very demanding and responsible yet very rewarding. If you enjoy helping and caring for others in a hospital, nursing home, convalescent or acute or extended care setting, then consider getting your LPN diploma. Once you fulfill the requirements of the diploma, you have to meet the requirement of the State where you wish to work (www.ncsbn.org). Lastly, you have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®)-PN. A good diploma course will prepare you for this exam.

Career Opportunities

LPNs work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or even in private homes.

Occupational Outlook

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, licensed practical nurses will be in great demand over the next few years due to the rising number of elderly people who will need full-time medical care. Once a nurse has been licensed, they will be able to work in many different areas of nursing within the state where they live. If they move to another state, they will have to be licensed for that state.

Salary Information

Those who earn a licensed practical nurse diploma can expect to earn between $28,000 and $40,000 annually, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to PayScale, www.payscale.com, LPNs earn between $15 and $17 per hour.

Coursework Requirements

The basic courses required for this diploma program include:

  • CPR
  • Anatomy
  • Medical terminology
  • Nursing basics
  • Care of Elderly
  • Patient care
  • Communications
  • Food and nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Mental health nursing
  • Dosage Calculation
  • Promotion of health

Skills that you will learn

Graduate with a LPN diploma may be skilled in the following areas:

  • Observational skills
  • Teaching skills
  • First aid skills
  • Assessment skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Team work skills
  • Communications skills
  • Know how to take orders
  • Nursing skills
  • Assessment, documentation and reporting skills

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
    Master's
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science - DNP Adult Nurse Practitioner
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Independence University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
      • MS in Nursing (from RN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing - Bridge for Registered Nurses - Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
      • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (dual degree)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing: Nursing Education
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Educator
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
      • B.S. in Professional Studies - Nursing Home Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Education Specialist - Nursing Education
    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting
  • Online Programs Available
    9. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate Degree in Nursing
    Certificate
      • Practical Nursing
      • Vocational Nursing

Featured Schools

Purdue University Global

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Accelerated BSN to MSN
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)

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Independence University

  • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)

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Walden University

  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
  • MS in Nursing (from RN) - Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing
  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

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Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • MBA and MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing (MSN) - Nurse Leadership & Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Northcentral University

  • Education Specialist - Nursing Education
  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Herzing University

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
  • Diploma: Medical Assisting

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