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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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