Becoming an LPN in Wisconsin

Wisconsin is working to improve the health standard and availability of service for all people while preserving the integrity of their healthcare providers. As part of the Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, Wisconsin allows nurses from other NLC states to practice in the state without additional licensure. A rise in demand for nurses is being felt across the state, and a prediction from the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 5% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in Wisconsin by 2024.

  • LPN Programs in Wisconsin

    Blackhawk Technical College
    6004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546
    (608) 758-6900 Visit Homepage
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    College of Menominee Nation
    2733 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304
    (920) 965-0070 Visit Homepage
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    Fox Valley Technical College
    1825 N. Bluemound Drive, Appleton, WI 54912
    (920) 735-5600 Visit Homepage
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    Gateway Technical College
    3520 30th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53144
    (262) 564-2200 Visit Homepage
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    Lakeshore Technical College
    1290 North Ave, Cleveland, WI 53015
    (920) 693-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Mid-State Technical College
    500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
    (715) 422-5300 Visit Homepage
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    Moraine Park Technical College
    700 Gould St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
    (920) 887-1101 Visit Homepage
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    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
    2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307
    (920) 498-5400 Visit Homepage
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    Waukesha County Technical College
    800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072
    (262) 691-5566 Visit Homepage
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    Western Technical College
    400 7th St N, La Crosse, WI 54601
    (608) 785-9200 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • Wisconsin LPN Licensing Requirements

    Wisconsin requires LPN applicants to complete a state-approved nursing program as well as pass the required NCLEX-PN exam.

    While waiting for exam results, the graduate can apply for a temporary permit that is good for 90 days. If the graduate fails the exam, the permit is voided immediately. If the exam is passed a notarized application for licensure can be submitted along with the graduate’s official transcripts and certification of graduation.

    Wisconsin Licensed Practical Nurse Application Forms (

    The day-to-day demands of an LPN can be physically taxing—endurance and strength are necessary but may not be required during the application process.

    Wisconsin is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - which allows nurses to work in multiple states that are in the compact area without additional licensing. The LPN does, however, have to register a primary state of residence. LPNs working outside of the compact area will need to apply for licensure if wanting to practice in the state of Wisconsin—they must apply by endorsement. He or she will have to show proof of current licensure and graduation from a state-approved nursing program. Other requirements include:

    • Licensed in a state that is equivalent to Wisconsin.
    • Passed NCLEX.
    • Has no disciplinary action or terminated from any employment related to nursing in another state for reasons of negligence.

    Wisconsin allows foreign applicants with LPN equivalents to apply for licensure in the state, but he or she must submit approval from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - after they have evaluated the official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review. They must also prove their English proficiency via testing.

    Wisconsin LPN licenses April 30th of each odd-numbered year.

    Additional WI Nursing Resources

    Department of Safety and Professional Services 

    1400 E. Washington Avenue, RM 112
    Madison, WI 53708
    Phone: (608) 266-0145
    Fax: (608) 261-7083

    1. Wisconsin Nurses Association (


  • LPN Salary: Wisconsin vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    Wisconsin LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Wisconsin was $43,400; $200 more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Wisconsin ( published by, state and national trends predict a 5% increase in LPN jobs in Wisconsin by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 290 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (

    Wisconsin Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Wisconsin. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Milwaukee, Waukesha, West Allis2,180$22.18$46,140
    Green Bay670$18.97$39,450
    Eau Claire300$18.77$39,050
    Fond du Lac280$20.22$42,050
    Oshkosh, Neenah230$19.12$39,760
    La Crosse, Onalaska180$20.13$41,870
    Janesville, Beloit170$21.45$44,620