How Do You Become an LPN?


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To become an LPN, graduate from high school or obtain a GED, choose a nursing program offered by an accredited school, get accepted into the program, and complete the program. Upon graduation, apply for a license from the state in which you want to work, and pass the test.

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  1. Complete high school

    Obtain a high school diploma or GED. Schools make this a requirement for acceptance into most nursing programs.

  2. Choose a nursing program

    Choose a school that offers an acceptable program, and apply for admission. Ensure the program is one accepted by the state in which you want to practice.

  3. Get accepted to the program

    Get accepted into the program by meeting the school's requirements. These requirements can vary but often include a clean background check and the ability to provide at least one professional reference.

  4. Complete the program

    Finish the program, and meet all supervised clinical practice requirements.

  5. Apply for a license

    Upon completion of the program, apply for a license from the state in which you intend to work. The State Board of Nursing issues test times and dates.

  6. Pass the state test

    Take the state test at the scheduled test time, and answer enough questions correctly to score a passing grade.

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