How do I choose a good LPN program?
Here are some of the most important things you need to do
when you compare the available LPN programs in your area.
Now, first things first, is to visit your state board's
You wanna look for the best NCLEX pass rates.
Now, the school's pass rate should be posted
and they should be the same or higher than the national
Now if their past rate is lower than that national average
for more than a year,
this could be cause for concern.
The NCLEX PN is what you will need to pass to gain a
license, so you can practice as a nurse.
Don't forget to make sure that the LPN program is
accredited, this is so very important.
So let's take a moment to talk about that accreditation.
Now the main accrediting organization is the National League
of Nursing Accrediting Agency,
otherwise known as the NLNAC.
Now this accreditation status means that the school meets
the standards for LPN set by the agency.
So this is important for you as a student because if you
decide to pursue your RN degree
and maybe get your bachelor's or master's in nursing later,
they require that you were graduated from an accredited
You also want to see if they are online or in-person classes
for the program.
Now, if you know you're not that person who's super
disciplined with studying on their own,
online can be very challenging.
And is the location of the program convenient for you? Where
do they do clinicals?
Some LPN schools have to go to sites that are more than an
this could be a potential issue for you, so wanna take a
look at that.
And importantly, what are the entrance requirements?
Now, when you compare schools, if a school has very few
compared to maybe the others you looked at, it's maybe a red
And, again, don't forget to check if it's accredited.
And what about the community reputation of the school?
Have you heard friends, family, maybe just someone you know
who went to the school;
or someone or a colleague that goes there. Easy thing to do
is to visit the site.
Do they have nice facilities? Can you do a tour?
What's just the overall feeling of the place?
You know, when you walk in somewhere and people greet you
and they smile, that's a good thing, that's a good feeling.
Can you meet some of the faculty or program coordinators
or maybe the directors. This is also a great sign.
Are they willing to talk to prospective students and answer
Now most of these questions, if they're a yes, this could be
a great fit for you.
Now, lastly, let's talk about progression policies of the
What is the program's stance on the readmission of students?
So if you have to wait for an entire year to get back in,
if you're not successful on the course. This may not work
for you, something to consider.
And if you aren't successful on the course, what's the
Now example of this, is that some institutions
do not allow you to advance from one clinical rotation until
you pass the other in the same course.
For example, you may have to pass the first part of the
in order to go on to the last part of the course. This will
delay your progression through school.
So don't forget to compare and research LPN programs to sure
it's the right fit for you.