Licensed practical nurse, also known as LPN, courses can be taken online in the United States at the Florida Hospital College of Health Science; St. Joseph's College; South University; the California University of Pennsylvania; and Independence University. In addition to these schools, online LPN programs are also offered by many local community colleges, vocational schools, universities and private medical institutions, such as hospitals.
Online LPN courses are an option for those who want to pursue a career in nursing while working at the same time. Coursework is flexible and can be completed around schedules without leaving their homes.
Before enrolling in a LPN online program, make sure that the school has accreditation by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission. Schools offering LPN online programs also need to be recognized by a state's board of nursing in order for students to qualify for the licensure exam for LPNs, the NCLEX-RN.
The admission requirements for online LPN programs include a high school diploma or GED, a minimum GPA of 2.5, standardized testing, a background check, and some prerequisite coursework. Many programs require medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, biology, and other college freshman introduction classes.
One of the downsides of online LPN programs is that they don't include any clinical hours that are required for licensure.