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How will your LVN education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your LVN education with LVN education around the nation. There are 1,049 traditional LVN schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had LVN programs were:

  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 LVN 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

Lvn students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying LVN:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Taking Vital Signs
  • Hygiene


On average in 2010, LVN schools in the US charged $13,068 in tuition per year. The LVN schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  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 LVN schools that charged students the lowest tuition rates 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 LVN job compare?

A large number of nursing majors become licensed vocational nurses. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 730,290 licensed vocational nurses working in the US. The largest numbers of licensed vocational nurses work in the following states:

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

Projected Growth

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

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


On average, a licensed vocational nurse earns a salary of $39,175 per year in the US. However, factors such as your exact job description, location, or your previous performance reviews can cause the salary for a licensed vocational nurse to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of licensed vocational nurses earn less than $18,990 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $74,570 per year. Licensed vocational 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 vocational 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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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%