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Utah, UT | LPN Nursing Program Information

How to Become an LPN in Utah

In most cases, application to a Licensed Practical Nurse education program must be preceded by around five courses in general studies, which usually include things like psychology, physiology, and biology. Once admitted, students spend a year learning extensive patient care skills and gaining the knowledge required to pass the National Counsel Licensing Examination-Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). The licensure exam costs $200, which is paid to administrators Pearson Vue, and also requires application to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing for $95, which includes fingerprinting and an FBI criminal background check. Once the test is passed (pass rates are above 90 percent) a student is licensed and ready to enter the world of Utah health care as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Utah Licensed Practical Nurse Salary, Hours and Duties

Most Licensed Practical Nurses in Utah are employed in hospitals, although they can also find work in clinics and nursing homes. The reason that most LPNs work in hospitals is that they are trained to directly care for patients by monitoring their health, giving medicine and, in conjunction with nursing assistants, helping feed and bathe patients under their care. While LPNs in Utah sometimes work weekends, nights and holidays—patients need care 24 hours a day—they are rewarded well for their efforts, with an average annual salary of $39,000, plus benefits (according to BLS.gov), in urban areas like Salt Lake City.