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.
2017 Best LPN Programs in Wisconsin
Are you thinking about studying to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state of Wisconsin? To acquire an LPN license in the state, you must first attend an approved nursing program. There are about 20 schools: vocational, private, and community colleges across the state offering approved LPN curriculum. Picking a school can be difficult. We collected state exam data and compiled a list to help you out, ranking the top 5 LPN schools in the state of Wisconsin.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)1800 Main St, Pewaukee, WI 53072 - (262) 691-5566 -
Follow the link to learn more about the Waukesha County Technical College nursing program.26004 S County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546 - (608) 758-6900 -
Learn more by visiting the Blackhawk Technical College nursing website.32733 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay, WI 54304 - (920) 965-0070 -
Learn more by visiting the College of Menominee Nation nursing website.4500 32nd St N, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494 - (715) 422-5300 -
Check out the official Mid-State Technical College nursing program.5700 Gould St, Beaver Dam, WI 53916 - (920) 887-1101 -
Moraine Park Tech College (MPC), located in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has more than 100 career options, as well as a variety of online and blended education options, making it easy for students to earn a degree, certification, or career advancement. Moraine Park strives to meet the needs of the students as well as the demands of the community.
Continued List of All Programs in Wisconsin
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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 (http://220.127.116.11/Default.aspx?Page=ffd1f27a-42f8-417b-af1a-8675a0b169d5)
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 - https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm) 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 - http://www.cgfns.org/) 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.
Learn more about Wisconsin LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.
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 (http://www.wisconsinnurses.org)