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Licensed Practical Nurse

LPN Certification

Licensed Practical Nurses perform a variety of tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. They administer medicine and injections, and take vital signs. Starting your career as an LPN is a great way to become a registered nurse. It’s also a great alternative for those who want to become a nurse but do not want to be RNs.

Things You'll Do:

  • Keep records and medical histories
  • Perform CPR
  • Administer basic care

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Patient-facing
  • Behind-the-scenes

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Licensed Practical Nurse Certification (LPN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • Become a
    Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physician’s office
    • Outpatient care center

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $28K - $40K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • The transition to becoming an RN will be an easy one with experience as an LPN.

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