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Indiana, IN - LPN Nursing Program Information

How to Become an LPN in Indiana

Prerequisite courses are the first step to becoming an LPN in Indiana. All education programs require some general studies, usually around 30 credits worth in base arts and science classes. Once prerequisites have been completed and, students then must apply directly to a college of nursing. Entry is competitive based on grades so it is advisable to do well. There are several options for pursuing an LPN: LPN-specific programs, or BSN/ADN programs with early exit LPN options.

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Once studies begin, LPN students work towards the culmination of the program: the National Counsel Licensing Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX-PN costs $200 to take, through exam administrators Pearson Vue, and requires at a cost of $50 to the Indiana State Professional Licensing Agency. Once passed, an Indiana LPN license will be issued and a newly graduated nurse can begin practicing.

Indiana LPN Salary, Hours and Duties

Licensed Practical Nurses have great job prospects in Indiana, where their average salary in urban areas like Indianapolis sits around $40,000 per year (according to BLS.gov), not including benefits. Most Indiana LPNs find employment in hospitals, but jobs are also available in retirement homes, doctor’s offices, and other health care institutions. Typical work focuses on caring for patients, by giving medicine, monitoring their status, and possibly helping them eat, bathe, and perform daily functions. While full time usually means forty hours per week, it can be spread out over nights, split shifts, and early mornings—it is not typically a nine-to-five job.