Why Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse?

If you want a career helping others in healthcare, there's great news. Careers in nursing are skyrocketing according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Recession Proof

Jobs for licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses are projected to grow 25% from 2011 to 2022.

Career Mobility

LVNs are needed in settings including hospitals, outpatient care facilities, private practices, and residential care facilities.

High Demand

Demand for LVNs will increase as baby boomers age and due to growing rates of conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

Financial Rewards

The median salary of LVNs is $41,540. Your salary will be based upon specialization, years of experience, and location.

Emotionally Rewarding

If you love helping others, becoming an LVN will allow you to have an emotionally rewarding career experience.

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse

Let us guide you through the steps to becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse.


1. Join an LVN Program

Choose an LVN program at your local community college, vocational school, or university after high school.


2. Pass Your NCLEX Exam

After you complete the program, you must pass the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nursing.


3. Get Your LVN License

Complete the requirements specified by the state you intend to work in for licensure as a vocational nurse.


4. Become an LVN

Begin your rewarding career as an LVN by choosing a job working with your ideal patients in your preferred settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to commonly asked questions about LVN courses.

  • What are LVN courses?

    LVN courses will vary based on the college, school, and program you choose. Generally, LVN courses will cover subjects including human anatomy and physiology, algebra, English composition, psychology, health careers, pharmacology, nutrition, conditions and diseases, and nursing with focus on infants, children, adults, and the elderly.

  • Where can I find LVN courses?

    LVN courses are offered in a variety of settings including local community colleges, four-year universities, vocational schools, nursing schools, and online colleges. You will be able to find LVN courses that are available during the day and the evening to meet your needs to help you complete full-time or part-time LVN programs.

  • What can I expect in an LVN school?

    As a student in an LVN program, you can expect to be fully prepared for licensure as a licensed practical nurse. You will learn all of the skills necessary to work with patients of all ages and stages in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private practices, and in-home residences.

  • What do you learn in an LVN school?

    In addition to basic courses in math, science, English, and humanities, you will learn about anatomy and physiology, psychology, pharmacology, nutrition, growth and development, educating patients, communicating with patients, conditions and disease, and nursing as it applies to patients of all ages, mental health, surgery, and rehabilitation.

  • What is the cost of LVN courses?

    The cost of LVN courses depends on a variety of factors including the college or school you have chosen, whether you are considered a resident of the state your college or school is located within, and whether you have chosen an accelerated, full-time, or part-time program. You may also be eligible for financial aid to offset the costs.

  • What are the requirements of LVN courses?

    Entry requirements into an LVN program vary based on the college or school you choose. General requirements include being 17 years of age or older, graduating high school or receiving your GED, passing an entrance exam, demonstrating mental stability and overall good health, and completion of prerequisite courses.

  • How long are LVN classes?

    LVN classes vary in length based on the subject. Some classes require a combination of lecture, lab, and clinical hours. For example, a medical terminology class may have a total of 16 lecture hours; a basic nursing skills class may have a total of 140 lecture and lab hours; a clinical nursing class may have a total of 192 clinical hours.

  • What is the level of difficulty for LVN courses?

    Courses within an LVN program do require a lot of study. Each course will build upon previous courses, so the level of difficulty will continue to increase throughout the program. This is especially as you complete your hands-on lab and clinical hours. The LVN program is, on a whole, less difficult than the RN program.

  • What happens after the completion of LVN courses?

    After you have completed your LVN courses, you will be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nursing, or the NCLEX-PN. Once you have passed this test, you will be ready to apply for licensure as an LVN in the state you intend to work. Licensure requirements vary by state.

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