Is it possible to become an LPN through vocational school?

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I am really wanting to pursue into the health field. Currently I'm a Direct Care Staff for ResCare, and want to become an LPN. I was told I could become one through a vocational/technical school? Is this true? How would I go about finding one? I've been through just about every page on Google, and can't seem to find anything. I'd hate to go to my community college as the waiting list is very long. Thanks in advance!!

quiltynurse56, LPN, LVN

Specializes in LTC and Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience. 953 Posts

Are there any Community Colleges in your area? That is where many of us start out. My state has quite a network of Community Colleges.

Yes, but there are two. I've went to one before and left for the Army. I didn't like the instructors. I've heard some good things about Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana, but that's an hour away.

Fireflynurse

Fireflynurse

48 Posts

Hi, Maybe you can google LPN school in your state? that would pop up a few selections and that's how I found my LPN school. If you are located in IL, there are quite a few schools. Or you can go to the nursing board of your state to find the list of approved LPN school. I hope this helped.

quiltynurse56, LPN, LVN

Specializes in LTC and Pediatrics. Has 3 years experience. 953 Posts

Yes, but there are two. I've went to one before and left for the Army. I didn't like the instructors. I've heard some good things about Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana, but that's an hour away.

How long ago was that? Were you in nursing school at the time? Different departments are different and personnel do change over time. Why not get in contact with that nursing department of the school and take with them.

Here is a link with a list of schools in Indiana: http://www.in.gov/pla/files/Schools_of_Nursing_Approved_by_the_Indiana_State_Board_of_Nursing.pdf

Kaplan tends to be rather expensive so would suggest staying away from them. This was an easy google search.

Diane1025

Diane1025, LPN

Specializes in LTC. Has 4 years experience. 9 Posts

Do you have any technical high schools in your area? That's where I received my LPN (Connecticut) and paid less than 1/3 of what the private schools are charging right now. Mine was an 18 month, Monday through Friday daytime program.

NurseSpeedy, ADN, LPN, RN

Has 20 years experience. 1,599 Posts

If you go to your state board of nursing's website you can find a list of schools and their NCLEX pass/fail rates. It's somewhere to start atleast.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I was told I could become one through a vocational/technical school? Is this true?
I attended a program at a vocational school that resulted in licensure as an LPN. However, this route is not recommended if the tuition you'll pay will exceed the earnings you'll earn during your first year as an LPN.

LeChien, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Nursing, Pediatrics. Has 10 years experience. 278 Posts

I am really wanting to pursue into the health field. Currently I'm a Direct Care Staff for ResCare, and want to become an LPN. I was told I could become one through a vocational/technical school? Is this true? How would I go about finding one? I've been through just about every page on Google, and can't seem to find anything. I'd hate to go to my community college as the waiting list is very long. Thanks in advance!!

I went to a vocational school in Virginia for LVN. I do not recommend it if your ultimate goal is RN/BSN, as some credits may not transfer.

I moved back to my home state of Texas and was basically told nothing was equivalent and I would have to take every class over. It was ultimately a waste of time and money.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 226 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I went to a vocational school in Virginia for LVN. I do not recommend it if your ultimate goal is RN/BSN, as some credits may not transfer.
I was able to attain RN licensure and a BSN degree after having completed an LVN program at a vocational school. However, the clock-hour credits issued by the vocational school did complicate the process somewhat.

Many vocational schools issue credit in the form of clock hours, whereas most community colleges and universities issue academic credit in the form of semester hours or quarter hours. This can create problems for one who wishes to obtain transfer credit for previous credits earned at a vocational school.