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Kansas, KS | LPN Nursing Program Information

How to Become an LPN in Kansas

It takes around five courses of prerequisites before applying to a college of nursing in Kansas, in topics like physiology, psychology, and human development. Then, students submit an application to the college of nursing that they wish to enter for their LPN education program. Applications are evaluated largely based upon grades in prerequisites, making it important to excel in your first semester.

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LPN training then takes two semesters, or just under a year to finish. The culmination of the course is the National Counsel Licensing Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The Kansas State Board of Nursing regulates who can take the test, and application costs $50. It then costs $200 to take the test through national examiners Pearson Vue. Once passed, students are ready to enter one of the fastest growing occupations in Kansas and become a working Licensed Practical Nurse.

Kansas LPN Salary, Hours and Duties

Licensed Practical Nurses make close to $39,000 per year (according to BLS.gov) plus benefits in Kansas City, with starting salaries sitting around $36,000 (according to BLS.gov), and a bit less in smaller cities and rural areas. The majority of work for LPNs is in hospitals, but they also may find employment in nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and other health care facilities.

An average work day for a Licensed Practical Nurse in Kansas is focused on direct patient care. They monitor patient status, feed them, and even help Registered Nurses devise care strategies. Although a normal work week entails around 40 hours on the job, their hours may vary significantly from a normal nine-to-five schedule—patients need care at all hours of the day.