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How will your LPN education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your LPN education with LPN education around the nation. The US has 1,049 brick and mortar LPN schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have LPN programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. York College Pennsylvania - located in York, Pennsylvania
  2. The University of Montana - located in Missoula, Montana
  3. Saint Xavier University - located in Chicago, Illinois

Student Demographics

In 2010, 53,639 students earned certificates in LPN in the US. Of these students, 51,918 received certifications in nursing and 1,721 received an undergraduate degree in nursing.


Students can pursue education in nursing at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Nursing

During the course of their LPN education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Hygiene
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Verbal Communication


The average tuition at LPN schools around the nation was $13,068 per year in 2010. The following LPN schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Mercyhurst College - located in Erie, Pennsylvania, students paid $24,351
  2. Saint Xavier University - located in Chicago, Illinois, students paid $24,340
  3. Schreiner University - located in Kerrville, Texas, students paid $18,731

The LPN schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910
  2. The University of Montana - located in Missoula, Montana, students paid $5,330
  3. Farmingdale State College - located in Farmingdale, New York, students paid $6,030

How will your LPN job compare?

A large number of nursing majors become licensed practical nurses. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2010, 730,290 licensed practical nurses were working in the US. The states with the largest populations of licensed practical nurses are:

  1. Texas - 70,630 Licensed Practical Nurses
  2. California - 62,850 Licensed Practical Nurses
  3. New York - 45,100 Licensed Practical Nurses

Projected Growth

The projected growth for licensed practical nurses is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 40%
  2. Virginia - 28%
  3. Idaho - 26%


Licensed practical nurses in the US can make an average of $39,175 per year. However, factors such as experience, your exact job description, or professional associations and certifications can cause the salary for a licensed practical nurse to vary greatly. A licensed practical nurse in the US can earn anywhere from less than $18,990 per year to more than $74,570 per year. Licensed practical nurses in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Connecticut - $53,280 per year
  2. New Jersey - $50,950 per year
  3. Rhode Island - $50,900 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for licensed practical nurses:

  1. West Virginia - $32,750 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $33,900 per year
  3. South Dakota - $33,910 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 730,290 $41,360 2.9%