7 Important LPN/LVN Schools and Career Questions Answered
What careers can I pursue in nursing as an LPN?
Home health care settings and nursing facilities are popular settings for LPNs/LVNs, but hospitals and physician offices employ LPNs/LVNs too. If you’re interested in short-term assignments that take you to different parts of the country, travel nursing could be a good fit. LPNs/LVNs can also become trained as medics and work in military nursing.
What degree path can I take?
A college degree isn’t required to work as an LPN/LVN. However, aspiring LPNs/LVNs must complete a postsecondary non-degree program geared toward the LPN/LVN profession. Vocational schools and community colleges offer these licensed practical and licensed vocational nursing training programs.
How do I choose a specialization?
LPNs/LVNs are trained to work in just about all areas of health care, but some choose a specialization. It’s best to check with your state board since some don’t allow LPNs/LVNs to work in certain settings, such as emergency and high-risk care.
How do I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid options range from government aid (the most common) to scholarships and grants. However, before you can be considered for aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility is also based on whether the school or program you’re enrolled in is accredited. Other types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, private loans and PLUS loans. To better understand how to finance nursing school, read up on financial aid, grants and scholarships.
What type of accreditation should a nursing school have?
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredits LPN/LVN programs. Be careful not to confuse state board approval and accreditation. Some programs may be approved by your state, but not accredited.
How do I become licensed to work as a LPN/LVN?
You’ll need to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination for practical nurses (NCLEX-PN) in order to become licensed by your state board of nursing. Some states may have additional licensure requirements as well.
What continuing education requirements should I expect throughout my career?
LPNs/LVNs are typically required to earn continuing education credits every few years. Each state has a different amount of hours/units an LPN/LVN must fulfill in order to keep their license active. Your state board can provide you with the most up-to-date information.