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
      • MSN-DNP Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
      • Master of Science -DNP Path Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
    Master's
      • Accelerated BSN to MSN
      • MS in Nursing - Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • Master of Science in Nursing - MSN/MBA Dual Degree Option
      • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Science - DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
    Associate's
      • Associate of Applied Science in Health ScienceNo Concentration
      • Associate of Applied Science in Health SciencePreprofessional
      • Associate of Science in Health ScienceNo Concentration
      • Associate of Science in Health SciencePreprofessional
    Certificate
      • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
      • Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate
      • Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
    Master's
      • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety
      • Bridge MSN Health Care Quality & Patient Safety
      • MS in Nursing: Public Health (Bridge)
      • MS in Nursing: Health Care Informatics (Bridge)
      • MS in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
      • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Informatics
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSNAGPC - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
      • MSNFNPA - Master of Science in Nursing With a Concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner-RN to MSN
      • MSNAGPCA - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP RN to MSN
      • MSNAGPC - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
      • MSNAGPCA - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP RN to MSN
    Bachelor's
      • BSNRN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing-RN
    Associate's
      • ASGSN - Associate of Science in General Studies - Pre-Nursing
    Certificate
      • PMCN - Post Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner
      • PMCFNP - Post Master's Certificate Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
      • PMCNLA - Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Administration
      • PMCNE - Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-BSN)
      • PHD: Nursing: Nursing Education
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences: General
    Master's
      • MA: Medical Sciences: Molecular Medicine
      • MS: Healthcare Administration: Project Management
    Certificate
      • CTG: Nursing Educational Leadership
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    5. Fortis

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate Degree in Nursing
      • Practical Nursing
    Certificate
      • Practical Nursing
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    7. University of Southern California

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSN for Aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership
      • EdD - Nursing Education
    Master's
      • MSN - Quality and Safety
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership and Administration
      • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

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)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Health ScienceNo Concentration
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Quality & Patient Safety
  • BS in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to BSN)

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Herzing University

  • MSNAGPC - Master of Science in Nursing with a Concentration in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • BSNRN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing-RN
  • ASGSN - Associate of Science in General Studies - Pre-Nursing
  • PMCN - Post Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner

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Liberty University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Post-BSN)
  • MA: Medical Sciences: Molecular Medicine
  • CTG: Nursing Educational Leadership

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Fortis

  • Associate Degree in Nursing
  • Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing

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Colorado Christian University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership

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University of Southern California

  • MSN for Aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners

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Columbia Southern University

  • MBA - Health Care Management

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