Top-Rated LVN Schools: List of Top Schools

Learn about education programs that will help you become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Find out about the schools, locations, rankings and degrees to make an informed education decision.

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School Overview

Working as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), also called a licensed practical nurse (LPN), requires licensing by the state; to achieve licensing students 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. Two good schools for LVN training are described below, and a broader list of options is also provided. Read on for more information!

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 is 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. Exam eligibility can also be achieved through the school's 3-semester certificate in practical nursing program.

2. Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND

Dickinson State University, which is part of the North Dakota University System, 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.

Colleges with Practical or Vocational Nursing Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Bismarck State College Eight prerequisite credits plus the 40 credits for the first year of the nursing program result in a Practical Nursing Certificate Bismarck, ND
College of Southern Nevada This school's Practical Nursing (LPN) Certificate of Achievement is accredited; a LPN to RN bridge program is also offered Las Vegas, NV
Davenport University This school's College of Health Professions offers a 46-credit diploma for practical nursing at both the Warren and Midland campuses Grand Rapids, MI
Lewis-Clark State College This school's offers the state's only Associate of Applied Science for practical nursing Lewiston, ID
Pennsylvania College of Technology The practical nursing certificate at PCT requires three semesters; admission to the program is contingent on an admissions ranking process Williamsport, PA
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith A Practical Nursing (PN) Technical Certificate has both classroom and clinical experiences; graduates are eligible for the NCLEX-PN exam Fort Smith, AR
The University of Montana An Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Practical Nursing is available through this university's Missoula College (formerly known as the university's College of Technology) Missoula, MT
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