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LPN Programs in California

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are in high demand, with options to work anywhere in the US. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an experienced nurse, we can help you start your career.

The following sections provide information about certification programs and what you need to become certified in California. Check out our list of schools to find a program that aligns with your plans.

What Should I Expect from an LPN Program in California?

Graduates must have a solid education in a variety of subjects. The curriculum includes classes on:

  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacology
  • Basic Nursing Skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Terminology

LPN programs usually include a certain number of hours of hands-on training. This allows students to get used to the real-world work environment and helps them build the necessary skill set. 

Becoming a licensed practical nurse can take anywhere from one to two years, depending on the program’s requirements. Every student must pass a background check and a drug test to enroll. Be sure to check each school’s individual requirements.

Accredited programs cost between $100-$200 per credit hour, not including books, supplies, and other fees. 

LPN Classes in California

We have gathered a list of state-approved schools in California. Make sure to contact the school if you can’t find answers to all your questions. 

LPN School Locations

California’s State Requirements

Once you have met all of the requirements, you will be able to apply for a license and start working. 

  • Finish an LPN program and register with Pearson VUE.
  • Pass the NCLEX-PN.
  • Submit a license application to the California Board of Nursing. 

A temporary permit lets recent graduates work under the title of Nursing Graduate – PN while their tests are being processed. Permits last for six months. If you don’t pass the test on your first attempt, your license will become invalid and you’ll need to schedule another exam. 

LPNs with an out-of-state license moving to California must fill out an application for licensure by endorsement.

What are the Details of the LPN Exam in California?

The exam consists of a written and clinical portion. The registration fee for the NCLEX costs $200. Pearson VUE will help you schedule a test after reviewing your information.

What are the Regulating Bodies for LPNs in California?

The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is responsible for registering nurses in the state and ensuring that they meet the required standards of practice.  

What Should I Expect Working as an LPN?

The duties of a practical nurse vary depending on the setting in which they work. For example, geriatric LPNs care for elderly patients. Pediatric nurses specialize in caring for infants, children, and adolescents. LPNs may also specialize in areas such as wound care, IV therapy, substance abuse, and hospice care.

LPNs work around 40-50 hours per week, and their shifts are typically around 8-12 hours long.

How Much Do LPNs Get Paid in California?

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that LPNs in California make $31.32 per hour and $65,140 per year on average.

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