No institutions offer strictly online licensed practical nursing programs, says PracticalNursing.org. This is because students are required to complete the lab and clinical requirements of LPN programs in person. As an alternative, some colleges offer hybrid LPN programs. Hybrid LPN programs combine online learning with on-site lab and clinical experiences. Prospective LPN students can contact their local community colleges or local vocational-technical institutions to find out which ones offer hybrid LPN programs.
Once enrolled, students in hybrid LPN programs can elect to take core curriculum requirements, such as English and math, and nursing theory courses online. LPN students are required to complete specific numbers of lab and clinical hours and must participate in these experiences in person, both on campus and at a local health care facilities specified by their school. The number of lab and clinical hours an LPN student must complete to graduate from a program is set by state boards of nursing.
Some LPN programs offer flexible scheduling to students on the hybrid track. This allows students to participate in lab and clinical experiences on evenings and weekends. Admissions requirements and academic progress requirements are the same for LPN students on the hybrid track as students on the traditional track.