Top-Rated LVN Schools: List of Top Schools

A licensed vocational nurse (LVN), also called a licensed practical nurse (LPN), provides basic care for the sick and invalid, performing services such as bathing, dressing wounds, feeding and collecting samples for tests. LVNs and LPNs are licensed by their state and must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN), which is administered by National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Most programs are offered at the associate degree and certificate levels.

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Good Practical Nursing Programs in the U.S.

1. Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA

Also known as Penn College, the Pennsylvania College of Technology offers associate and bachelor's programs to about 6,400 students each year. In 1989, the school became an affiliated college of the Pennsylvania State University system. Penn College enjoys the 31st-place ranking among Northern U.S. schools by U.S. News & World Report in its 2011 publication of America's best colleges

Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the School of Health Sciences offers a program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Health Arts with an emphasis in practical nursing. Students spend 17 months in classes and field clinics to prepare for the NCLEX-PN and their future nursing careers in such settings as extended care facilities, home health agencies or the armed services. Exam eligibility can also be achieved through the school's 3-semester certificate in practical nursing program.

Contact Information

  • Address: One College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701
  • Phone Number: (570) 326-3761

2. Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND

Dickinson State University, which is part of the North Dakota University System, is located in a small town of 16,000 people. The 4-year baccalaureate school was named the 66th best Midwestern college in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 list of the nation's top schools.

The NLNAC-accredited Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing program offers 66 semester hours of courses and clinics to prepare students for their roles as LPNs. After successful completion of the curriculum, which includes topics in anatomy, nutrition, mental health counseling and pharmacology, graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN. The North Dakota State Board of Nursing offers a Nursing Education Loan of $2,000 for students of associate practical nursing programs.

Contact Information

  • Address: 291 Campus Dr., Dickinson, ND 58601
  • Phone Number: (701) 483-2507

Colleges with Practical or Vocational Nursing Programs

School Name Total Student Enrollment Address Phone Number
College of Southern Nevada 42,108 6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 651-5000
Weber State University 23,001 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, UT 84408 (801) 626-6000
Madison Area Technical College 16,610 3550 Anderson St., Madison, WI 53704 (608) 246-6100
The University of Montana 14,921 Missoula, MT 59812 (406) 243-0211
Idaho State University 13,493 921 S. Eighth Ave., Pocatello, ID 83209 (208) 282-2700
Davenport University 11,507 6191 Kraft Ave. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (616) 698-7111
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 7,335 5210 Grand Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72913 (479) 788-7000
Mesa State College 7,042 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501 (970) 248-1020
Farmingdale State College 6,988 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, NY 11735 (516) 420-2000
Pennsylvania College of Technology 6,409 One College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701 (570) 326-3761
Lewis-Clark State College 4,200 500 Eighth Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 792-5272
Bismarck State College 4,022 1500 Edwards Ave., Bismarck, ND 58506 (701) 224-5400
Sul Ross State University 3,047 400 N. Harrison St., Alpine, TX 79832 (432) 837-8011
Dickinson State University 2,767 291 Campus Dr., Dickinson, ND 58601 (701) 483-2507
Our Lady of the Lake College 1,870 7434 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (225) 768-1700
Pennsylvania State University - Hazleton 1,245 76 University Dr., Hazleton, PA 18202 (570) 450-3000
Heritage University 1,115 3240 Fort Rd., Toppenish, WA 98948 (509) 865-8500
Clarkson College 934 101 S. 42nd St., Omaha, NE 68131 (402) 552-3100
Pennsylvania State University - Lehigh Valley 840 2809 Saucon Valley Rd., Center Valley, PA 18034 (610) 285-5000
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