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Licensed practical nurses, or LPNs, are critical to the medical field. Responsible for patient care, these skilled workers are essential team members in clinics, hospitals and medical centers, doctors' offices and long-term care facilities. As medical generalists, LPNs use diverse abilities to offer and assist with patient care in these and other settings.

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LPN Schools and LPN Programs

Licensed practical nurse training is available in such settings as technical, vocational and community colleges, as well as some universities. The following 5 LPN schools offer training programs that educate students in the skills necessary for passing the certification exam, called the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX-PN Exam.

  • Cleveland Community College: Located in Shelby, North Carolina, this community college offers a practical nursing program which lasts one academic year and makes sure students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN Exam.
  • New Mexico State University: The Carlsbad campus of New Mexico State University offers an associate of nursing and a certificate in practical nursing.
  • Northland Community & Technical College: This college is based in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, but some courses in the practical nursing program can be completed online.
  • Rasmussen College: Offering an online practical nursing diploma, this school teaches real-world skills to help students pass their certification requirements.
  • York County School of Technology: This tech school in Pennsylvania's practical nursing program can take 11 months to complete and prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-PN Exam.

Licensed Practical Nurse Education Requirements

Becoming a licensed practical nurse is often just a first step in a long career in nursing. In general, licensed practical nurse education requirements include:

  • Completing an accredited nursing training program
  • Passing the NCLEX-PN Exam

In most cases, LPN education requirements can be completed in as a little as one year. Most states also typically include both classroom study and clinical work. Classroom courses include anatomy and physiology; medical and surgical nursing; an overview of nursing specialties, such as pediatrics and obstetrics; pharmacology; nutrition; and first-aid. Clinical training usually takes place in a hospital, but can include other areas of supervised patient care.

LPN Training

A major component of LPN training is ensuring students can pass the NCLEX-PN exam to obtain licensure. Developed and proctored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the computer-based exam is divided into four major parts:

  • Safe and effective care environment
  • Health promotion and maintenance
  • Psychosocial integrity
  • Physiological integrity

Testing and licensure requirements can vary by state, so before you apply to take the NCLEX-PN, be sure you have completed the appropriate LPN education requirements where you plan to practice.

There are also a number of NCLEX-PN test preparation programs available online and on campuses. NCLEX-PN prep courses aren't required, but can offer additional opportunities to review material to better prepare you for the test.

Resources for Licensed Practical Nurses

Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Licensed Practical Nurse, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm
  2. Cleveland Community College, http://www.clevelandcc.edu/index.php?page=practical-nursing
  3. New Mexico State University, https://carlsbad.nmsu.edu/departments/academics/programs-of-study/nursing/
  4. Northland Community & Technical College:, http://www.northlandcollege.edu/programs/nursing/program_detail.php?program_code=467
  5. Rasmussen College, http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/practical-nursing/
  6. York County School of Technology, http://www.ytech.edu/nursing/practical_nursing_program

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 3160 $38,730
Hoover 3160 $38,730
Mobile 1140 $36,210
Tuscaloosa 1050 $35,980
Montgomery 1030 $37,740
Huntsville 940 $36,180
Dothan 580 $31,160
Gadsden 370 $36,290
Muscle Shoals 360 $33,670
Florence 360 $33,670
Fairhope 330 $34,980
Daphne 330 $34,980
Foley 330 $34,980
Opelika 300 $35,580
Auburn 300 $35,580
Decatur 270 $35,300
Anniston 230 $33,670
Oxford 230 $33,670
Jacksonville 230 $33,670
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 290 $50,790
Fairbanks 100 $53,910
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 4150 $52,950
Phoenix 4150 $52,950
Scottsdale 4150 $52,950
Tucson 1050 $48,900
Prescott 310 $48,030
Lake Havasu City 250 $37,020
Kingman 250 $37,020
Yuma 160 $52,660
Sierra Vista 70 $46,540
Douglas 70 $46,540
Flagstaff 40 $51,830
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 3500 $39,200
North Little Rock 3500 $39,200
Little Rock 3500 $39,200
Jonesboro 770 $34,810
Pine Bluff 420 $33,060
Hot Springs 410 $36,620
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 28340 $50,390
Long Beach 28340 $50,390
Anaheim 28340 $50,390
Riverside 7680 $49,120
Ontario 7680 $49,120
San Bernardino 7680 $49,120
San Francisco 7380 $58,640
Oakland 7380 $58,640
Hayward 7380 $58,640
San Diego 5180 $54,380
Carlsbad 5180 $54,380
Arcade 2650 $56,720
Arden 2650 $56,720
Sacramento 2650 $56,720
Roseville 2650 $56,720
San Jose 2180 $59,220
Sunnyvale 2180 $59,220
Santa Clara 2180 $59,220
Fresno 1420 $48,300
Bakersfield 1210 $54,940
Stockton 1120 $53,970
Lodi 1120 $53,970
Thousand Oaks 1050 $54,990
Oxnard 1050 $54,990
Ventura 1050 $54,990
Modesto 880 $49,340
Vallejo 860 $55,610
Fairfield 860 $55,610
Santa Rosa 840 $55,660
Salinas 730 $57,900
Porterville 640 $47,290
Visalia 640 $47,290
Santa Barbara 520 $55,640
Santa Maria 520 $55,640
Chico 450 $51,060
Santa Cruz 430 $51,020
Watsonville 430 $51,020
Redding 340 $47,860
Hanford 310 $55,600
Corcoran 310 $55,600
Madera 260 $55,600
Yuba City 250 $50,190
Merced 190 $52,480
El Centro 170 $55,600
Napa 160 $55,990
San Luis Obispo N/A $51,730
Paso Robles N/A $51,730
Arroyo Grande N/A $51,730
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2250 $51,230
Denver 2250 $51,230
Lakewood 2250 $51,230
Colorado Springs 760 $43,660
Fort Collins 310 $47,680
Boulder 310 $51,370
Pueblo 270 $46,900
Grand Junction 240 $45,840
Greeley 170 $46,870
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 2760 $56,570
West Hartford 2760 $56,570
Hartford 2760 $56,570
Stamford 1840 $57,010
Norwalk 1840 $57,010
Bridgeport 1840 $57,010
New Haven 1330 $56,760
Waterbury 490 $53,980
Danbury 340 $55,670
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 450 $45,950
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 10600 $44,550
Miami 10600 $44,550
Fort Lauderdale 10600 $44,550
St. Petersburg 7240 $43,630
Clearwater 7240 $43,630
Tampa 7240 $43,630
Kissimmee 4780 $40,900
Orlando 4780 $40,900
Sanford 4780 $40,900
Jacksonville 4050 $42,940
North Port 1880 $44,770
Sarasota 1880 $44,770
Bradenton 1880 $44,770
Deltona 1590 $39,700
Ormond Beach 1590 $39,700
Daytona Beach 1590 $39,700
Lakeland 1590 $41,410
Winter Haven 1590 $41,410
Fort Myers 1420 $43,000
Cape Coral 1420 $43,000
Titusville 1130 $42,010
Palm Bay 1130 $42,010
Melbourne 1130 $42,010
Ferry Pass 1120 $37,470
Pensacola 1120 $37,470
Brent 1120 $37,470
Port St. Lucie 1000 $44,250
Naples 930 $45,240
Immokalee 930 $45,240
Marco Island 930 $45,240
Tallahassee 880 $39,170
Gainesville 790 $43,470
Ocala 740 $39,070
Panama City 710 $36,850
Homosassa Springs 560 $40,370
Punta Gorda 540 $42,120
Fort Walton Beach 500 $36,940
Destin 500 $36,940
Crestview 500 $36,940
Sebring 260 $41,870
Sebastian 210 $39,500
Vero Beach 210 $39,500
The Villages 190 $39,820
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 11940 $43,500
Sandy Springs 11940 $43,500
Atlanta 11940 $43,500
Savannah 1150 $39,630
Macon 970 $39,330
Gainesville 650 $40,970
Warner Robins 590 $40,220
Athens 410 $42,720
Clarke County 410 $42,720
Valdosta 380 $37,460
Rome 370 $36,960
Dalton 350 $35,750
Hinesville 160 $39,670
Brunswick 150 $37,410
Albany N/A $34,760
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 810 $49,890
Lahaina 160 $45,760
Wailuku 160 $45,760
Kahului 160 $45,760
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 970 $42,580
Idaho Falls 370 $36,590
Coeur d'Alene 190 $43,840
Pocatello 180 $42,220
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 830 $44,730
Springfield 680 $42,140
Rockford 580 $47,420
Urbana 430 $42,970
Champaign 430 $42,970
Marion 390 $37,590
Carbondale 390 $37,590
Decatur 370 $46,260
Kankakee 250 $46,550
Bloomington 150 $46,340
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 4880 $43,200
Anderson 4880 $43,200
Carmel 4880 $43,200
Fort Wayne 1310 $40,880
Terre Haute 540 $40,370
Bloomington 360 $36,790
Goshen 340 $42,150
Elkhart 340 $42,150
Lafayette 340 $43,940
West Lafayette 340 $43,940
Muncie 330 $41,090
Kokomo 170 $43,650
La Porte 110 $38,480
Michigan City 110 $38,480
Columbus 100 $39,410
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 950 $43,540
Des Moines 950 $43,540
Cedar Rapids 450 $41,980
Cedar Falls 410 $38,590
Waterloo 410 $38,590
Dubuque 220 $43,400
Iowa City 170 $42,130
Ames 100 $40,220
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 1470 $40,950
Topeka 920 $42,950
Manhattan 170 $37,790
Lawrence 120 $39,790
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 1120 $41,830
Lexington 1120 $41,830
Owensboro 260 $44,080
Bowling Green 240 $37,140
Fort Knox 170 $39,640
Elizabethtown 170 $39,640
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 4650 $39,810
New Orleans 4650 $39,810
Baton Rouge 3320 $38,140
Shreveport 2660 $37,450
Bossier City 2660 $37,450
Lafayette 2200 $35,720
Monroe 1110 $36,790
Alexandria 1080 $36,410
Lake Charles 970 $34,250
Thibodaux 750 $37,060
Houma 750 $37,060
Hammond 390 $36,490
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 370 $45,970
Portland 370 $45,970
Auburn 180 $44,430
Lewiston 180 $44,430
Bangor 130 $45,000
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 6560 $51,670
Towson 6560 $51,670
Columbia 6560 $51,670
Lexington Park 160 $47,170
California 160 $47,170
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 790 $51,680
New Bedford 340 $50,930
Pittsfield 330 $50,310
Gardner 280 $53,030
Leominster 280 $53,030
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 5610 $51,570
Detroit 5610 $51,570
Warren 5610 $51,570
Grand Rapids 2190 $44,310
Wyoming 2190 $44,310
Ann Arbor 620 $50,160
Flint 550 $49,540
Portage 470 $45,490
Kalamazoo 470 $45,490
Saginaw 430 $44,920
Battle Creek 390 $45,940
Muskegon 320 $41,910
Benton Harbor 320 $43,920
Niles 320 $43,920
East Lansing 300 $44,380
Lansing 300 $44,380
Jackson 240 $47,130
Bay City 200 $45,760
Midland 80 $39,520
Monroe N/A $37,170
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 1100 $41,970
Rochester 810 $46,560
Mankato 300 $43,860
North Mankato 300 $43,860
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 2220 $37,230
Pascagoula 850 $38,740
Biloxi 850 $38,740
Gulfport 850 $38,740
Hattiesburg 410 $34,950
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 1210 $37,160
Columbia 480 $37,790
Joplin 430 $35,920
Jefferson City 400 $35,950
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 530 $41,200
Missoula 360 $38,140
Great Falls 300 $42,210
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 800 $39,620
Grand Island 290 $37,890
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1990 $53,230
Henderson 1990 $53,230
Las Vegas 1990 $53,230
Reno 350 $50,340
Carson City 80 $56,660
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 530 $52,630
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 1030 $54,710
Atlantic City 530 $46,740
Hammonton 530 $46,740
Vineland 330 $56,880
Bridgeton 330 $56,880
Ocean City 200 $52,430
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 960 $48,390
Las Cruces 280 $45,770
Farmington 110 $52,420
Santa Fe 100 $47,140
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 4170 $39,930
Buffalo 4170 $39,930
Cheektowaga 4170 $39,930
Rochester 3520 $40,480
Albany 2740 $41,150
Schenectady 2740 $41,150
Troy 2740 $41,150
Syracuse 2440 $38,550
Rome 1570 $37,650
Utica 1570 $37,650
Glens Falls 710 $42,150
Binghamton 700 $39,600
Fort Drum 550 $38,580
Watertown 550 $38,580
Kingston 490 $44,040
Elmira 350 $35,560
Ithaca 200 $39,330
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 1420 $43,930
Winston 1420 $43,930
High Point 1310 $42,550
Greensboro 1310 $42,550
Raleigh 1300 $44,500
Fayetteville 1290 $43,680
Asheville 1140 $42,010
Chapel Hill 860 $46,210
Durham 860 $46,210
Wilmington 660 $41,150
Greenville 640 $42,530
Lenoir 610 $43,480
Hickory 610 $43,480
Morganton 610 $43,480
Rocky Mount 290 $42,330
Goldsboro 260 $40,300
New Bern 220 $38,250
Burlington 160 $45,620
Jacksonville 80 $37,290
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 410 $45,790
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 6900 $44,800
Cleveland 6900 $44,800
Columbus 5610 $41,250
Dayton 3350 $43,740
Akron 2400 $39,000
Toledo 2070 $43,220
Canton 1450 $37,190
Massillon 1450 $37,190
Lima 500 $39,160
Springfield 480 $36,480
Mansfield 420 $37,340
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 3720 $39,710
Tulsa 2230 $40,790
Lawton 470 $36,580
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 420 $48,580
Eugene 350 $47,050
Medford 150 $53,150
Albany 90 $49,130
Redmond 60 $48,330
Bend 60 $48,330
Grants Pass 50 $47,580
Corvallis 30 $49,470
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 6460 $44,070
Scranton 2520 $43,530
Wilkes 2520 $43,530
Barre 2520 $43,530
Hazleton 2520 $43,530
Lancaster 2020 $43,010
Carlisle 1820 $46,100
Harrisburg 1820 $46,100
Hanover 1110 $43,900
York 1110 $43,900
Reading 980 $45,820
Erie 890 $37,770
Altoona 620 $40,360
Lebanon 580 $42,240
Williamsport 540 $39,640
Chambersburg 470 $43,830
Waynesboro 470 $43,830
Johnstown 450 $35,290
State College 410 $39,900
Bloomsburg 390 $38,650
Berwick 390 $38,650
East Stroudsburg 270 $45,510
Gettysburg 230 $45,160
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 3260 $21,810
Caguas 3260 $21,810
San Juan 3260 $21,810
Mayag�ez 310 $18,830
Ponce 260 $22,680
Arecibo 240 $19,130
Aguadilla 200 $19,730
Isabela 200 $19,730
San German 90 N/A
Guayama 60 $20,990
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 1780 $42,920
Mauldin 1540 $39,710
Greenville 1540 $39,710
Anderson 1540 $39,710
Charleston 1540 $42,010
North Charleston 1540 $42,010
Florence 720 $38,720
Spartanburg 640 $39,440
Beaufort 370 $37,140
Hilton Head Island 370 $37,140
Bluffton 370 $37,140
Sumter 160 $42,270
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 710 $36,520
Rapid City 310 $37,940
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 6460 $39,060
Franklin 6460 $39,060
Davidson 6460 $39,060
Nashville 6460 $39,060
Knoxville 2800 $36,810
Johnson City 1260 $35,590
Jackson 980 $33,570
Morristown 490 $34,970
Cleveland 310 $36,350
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 15740 $46,450
Fort Worth 15740 $46,450
Arlington 15740 $46,450
Houston 12820 $48,520
Sugar Land 12820 $48,520
The Woodlands 12820 $48,520
New Braunfels 6560 $45,110
San Antonio 6560 $45,110
Austin 3850 $46,410
Round Rock 3850 $46,410
Mission 2650 $44,360
Edinburg 2650 $44,360
McAllen 2650 $44,360
Lubbock 1710 $44,690
El Paso 1700 $44,840
Port Arthur 1650 $40,940
Beaumont 1650 $40,940
Corpus Christi 1530 $43,710
Tyler 1320 $40,390
Killeen 1220 $43,940
Temple 1220 $43,940
Wichita Falls 1010 $38,810
Harlingen 960 $43,670
Brownsville 960 $43,670
Longview 950 $43,120
Abilene 810 $38,460
Waco 710 $47,080
Sherman 640 $39,060
Denison 640 $39,060
Amarillo 630 $45,620
Victoria 550 $36,900
College Station 460 $40,040
Bryan 460 $40,040
Laredo 460 $56,570
San Angelo 420 $43,300
Midland 410 $45,120
Odessa 280 $47,660
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 610 $46,520
Clearfield 450 $45,560
Ogden 450 $45,560
Orem 410 $39,740
Provo 410 $39,740
St. George 110 $25,860
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 470 $51,640
Burlington 470 $51,640
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 4530 $39,900
Roanoke 1180 $40,640
Lynchburg 780 $38,600
Charlottesville 660 $44,210
Blacksburg 420 $36,390
Christiansburg 420 $36,390
Radford 420 $36,390
Staunton 420 $43,300
Waynesboro 420 $43,300
Harrisonburg 300 $39,190
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 3740 $52,960
Tacoma 3740 $52,960
Seattle 3740 $52,960
Spokane 690 $47,840
Spokane Valley 690 $47,840
Bremerton 400 $48,020
Silverdale 400 $48,020
Yakima 320 $45,020
Bellingham 310 $45,160
Olympia 240 $49,400
Tumwater 240 $49,400
Kennewick 200 $48,940
Richland 200 $48,940
Mount Vernon 170 $46,270
Anacortes 170 $46,270
Longview 120 $47,680
Wenatchee 110 $44,530
Walla Walla 90 $43,170
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 800 $36,240
Beckley 580 $32,810
Morgantown 460 $36,050
Vienna 190 $33,740
Parkersburg 190 $33,740
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 2220 $45,820
Waukesha 2220 $45,820
Milwaukee 2220 $45,820
Madison 910 $45,490
Green Bay 540 $39,430
Fond du Lac 360 $45,130
Eau Claire 340 $44,020
Appleton 240 $42,620
Racine 210 $44,630
Sheboygan 200 $44,240
Neenah 190 $41,390
Oshkosh 190 $41,390
Beloit 150 $46,150
Janesville 150 $46,150
Wausau 120 $42,550
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 150 $43,800
Casper 120 $46,990

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

To find out more about building a career as Lpns, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Nursing And Residential Care 256,050 35% $40,440
Hospital 180,930 24% $38,210
Medical Office 175,030 23% $37,080
Government 46,950 6% $39,440
Office Services And Staffing 45,970 6% $44,390
Education 13,020 1% $32,820
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  • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
  • Offers scholarship opportunities for students wo qualify.
  • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
  • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
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Vacaville
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Programs
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • PhD - Addictions
  • PhD - Gerontology
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Programs
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
  • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
  • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
  • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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Panorama City
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Programs
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Health Science
  • Allows students to transfer credits from non-U.S. colleges and universities after evaluation.
  • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
  • Its main campus is located in Fort Lauderdale, with campuses located throughout the State of Florida and internationally. 
  • Provides a Department of Student Services and Resources that assists students with résumé preparation, interviewing skills coaching, mock interviewing, professional development workshops, and more.
Programs
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP)
  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses.

Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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