Becoming an LPN in Delaware

The state of Delaware promotes nursing and the welfare of the public by making sure that every healthcare provider is trained and licensed. While seeking to build collaborative relationships between healthcare professionals, the state focuses on providing safe, quality service for the entire community. While there are about 10 schools offering LPN programs throughout the state, Delaware is slated to see an increase of 10% in LPN jobs by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This prediction will likely cause an influx in program enrollment and licensing across the state. Out-of-state LPN's may either apply for a license by endorsement, or if he or she is licensed in another Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state, no additional licensing is required.

  • LPN Programs in Delaware

    Delaware Institute of Health Sciences
    4708 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE 19808
    (302) 633-4010 Visit Homepage
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    Delaware Skills Center
    1300 Clifford Brown Walk, Wilmington, DE 19801
    (302) 654-5392 Visit Homepage
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    Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) – Owens
    21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947
    (302) 259-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) – Terry
    100 Campus Drive, Dover, DE 19904
    (302) 857-1000 Visit Homepage
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    Delcastle Technical High School
    1417 Newport Rd, Wilmington, DE 19804
    (302) 995-8100 Visit Homepage
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    Polytech Adult Education
    823 Walnut Shade Rd, Dover, DE 19901
    (302) 697-4545 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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  • Delaware LPN Licensing Requirements

    Delaware applicants for LPN licenses must first complete a Board-certified nursing program and sit for the NCLEX before he or she can practice in the state. In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit a notarized application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript, showing date and degree received sent directly to the Board office from the nursing school.
    • Fingerprinting and criminal background check.
    • Driver’s license copy or official identification card.
    • Completed Nursing Reference Form.
    • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.

    Forms for Licensed Practical Nurses (

    Delaware is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact—1 of 24 states allowing nurses to work in multiple NLC states without additional licensing as long as they have registered a primary state of residence (See: LPN's for states outside of the compact area can apply for a Delaware license by endorsement, submitting a notarized application and providing the following:

    • Proof of active license in another state.
    • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
    • Proof of passing the NCLEX.
    • Driver’s license copy or official identification card.
    • Criminal background check.
    • Foreign applicants must also submit an evaluation of their official transcripts—a full course-by-course review by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

    Delaware LPN licenses expire Feb 28th every even-numbered year and require the nurse to either work 1000 hours in the past 5 years, work 400 hours in the past 2 years, or complete continued education requirements.

    Learn more about Delaware LPN Jobs, Salary, and Employment Outlook.

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    Delaware Board of Nursing

    861 Silver Lake Blvd
    Cannon Building, Suite 203
    Dover, DE 19904
    Phone: (302) 739-4522
    Fax: (302) 739-2711

    1. Delaware Nurses Association (

    For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Delaware LPN to RN programs page.