Becoming an LPN in Indiana

With the growing demand for nurses, entering the healthcare field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) couldn’t be more prudent. LPNs enjoy the rewards of helping others, while in an industry that’s poised to grow. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects a 12% growth in the field through the year 2026. LPNs in Indiana have the added bonus of earning an average hourly wage of $19.97, which equates to an annual salary of over $41,000. To join the ranks of LPNs in the state, you must first enroll in an accredited LPN program.


2017 Best LPN Programs in Indiana

Indiana has many options if you're considering becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the state. Community colleges, vocational schools, and private career schools in cities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Bloomington-across the entire state you can a variety of options. Currently Indiana has about 20 LPN schools offering state-approved curriculum-we've reviewing NCLEX-PN pass-rates for them all, tabulating a list of the top 10. For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page.

To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Indiana click here.

Details on Indiana LPN Schools & Classes

Indiana is home to a variety of schools that offer LPN programs. From community colleges to vocational schools, prospective students in the state have a bounty to choose from. Both full-time and part-time program options are typically available, and most students can complete the program in 1-2 years.

Indiana LPN schools consist of a mix of entry-level nursing courses and labs. Course titles may include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing


A properly accredited LPN program signifies quality and academic integrity. A good accrediting organization to look for when researching LPN programs is the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, a national organization committed to nursing education excellence. Your school of choice may hold smaller regional accreditations as well. It’s also a good idea to see if your program is approved by the Indiana Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

While each school will differ slightly on requirements, students who are serious about entering an LPN program in Indiana should ensure that they meet the following:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Must have completed any/all prerequisite courses
  • Proficient level or higher on TEAS exam
  • Must submit a completed application and pay any fees

Tuition and Costs

Thinking about paying for LPN school is enough to make some people break into a sweat, but it’s actually more affordable than you might think. Students are expected to cover the costs of tuition, mandatory fees, textbooks and other course materials, and more. For example on costs, in-state tuition and fees for the LPN program at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana is approximately $6,587, with an estimated $1,794 additional needed for books and supplies. For students worried about paying for an LPN program, many schools offer financial aid, scholarships, and other resources to those who qualify.

Indiana LPN Licensing Requirements

The first step to becoming an LPN in the state of Indiana is to attend a state-approved nursing program. After coursework is complete, the graduate must then sit for and pass the required NCLEX exam.

In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit the proper application along with a certificate of completion from their state-approved nursing program.

Physical strength as well as endurance may be a factor in hiring in the state—physical abilities are not limited to lifting patients and machinery or standing and walking for extended periods of time.

Indiana LPN licenses expire October 31st every even year and do not require continued education for renewal. They do, however, require continued education in certain instances.

For licensure by examination in Indiana information see:

NCLEX Exam Information

The NCLEX-PN is the exam that every student must take and pass in order to gain official licensure as a practical nurse. This test can be taken once a student graduates from an accredited LPN program. For more information about the NCLEX-PN exam, check out our guide here. It’s also a good idea for students to take an NCLEX-PN practice test to get an idea of what the real test is like.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

Indiana is not a current Nursing Licensure Compact state, so the new Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) does not apply here.

LPNs from other states can receive an Indiana license by endorsement. Along with the endorsement application, the applicant must also submit:

  • A professional headshot (passport-style photo) approximately 2 x 3 inches.
  • $50 application fee payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.
  • Proof (verification) of license from another state.
  • Documentation from completed state-approved nursing program.
  • Criminal background check.

Applicants from foreign countries must submit his or her official school transcripts--both high school or equivalent as well as any nursing program attended. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools must perform a full course-by-course review and evaluate the credentials.

For detailed information about LPN endorsement by application in Indiana check out:

LPN Salary in Indiana By Area

The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Indiana. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indianapolis, Carmel, Anderson4,980$19.97$41,540
Fort Wayne1,300$19.76$41,110
South Bend, Mishawaka680$19.75$41,090
Terre Haute540$19.17$39,870
Elkhart, Goshen370$19.42$40,390
Lafayette, West Lafayette360$20.44$42,510
Michigan City, La Porte140$18.47$38,410

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

Top Ranked Indiana LPN Programs


Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne

3800 N. Anthony Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805 - (260) 482-9171 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College is the only full-fledged community college in Indiana with many campuses across the state. At Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne, nursing students are offered hands-on experience with some of the state’s most advanced technologies and training facilities.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Fort Wayne

Ivy Tech - Terre Haute

8000 South Education Drive, Terre Haute, IN 47802 - (812) 299-1121 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College in Terra Haute is part of the largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the entire country. Ivy Tech offers students a range of associate degree and transfer programs, as well as career certification programs and workforce development programs.

Overall Score: 100.00

Ivy Tech - Greencastle

915 South Zinc Mill Road, Greencastle, IN 46135 - (765) 653-7410 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College in Greencastle is part of the largest public post-secondary institution in Indiana. The college was originally founded in 1963 as Indiana Vocational Technical College. Since then, it has expanded to become a diverse institution offering more than 150 programs.

Overall Score: 100.00

Ivy Tech - Evansville

3501 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN 47710 - (888) 489-5463 - Visit Homepage

At the Evansville campus, Ivy Tech Community College students are pushed to excel to reach their highest potential. Ivy Tech delivers personal attention to students, offering a large number of programs including associates degrees, transfer education, career certification, adult learning, and workforce development.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Evansville

Ivy Tech - Lafayette

3101 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN 47905 - (888) 489-5463 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College's Lafayette campus offers affordable degree and certification programs. Training is aligned with the community's needs, as well as courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and workforce development for occupational advancement.

Overall Score: 99.77 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Lafayette

Ivy Tech - Sellersburg

Ivy Tech - Sellersburg, Sellersburg, IN 47172 - (812) 246-3301 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College students at the Sellersburg campus are prepared to live, learn, and work in a diverse and globally competitive environment. Students are provided with professional, technical, transfer, and life-long learning educational options.

Overall Score: 99.54

Ivy Tech - Indianapolis

50 W Fall Creek Pkwy. N. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46208 - (888) 489-5463 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis is part of the greater Ivy Tech public community college institution in Indiana. With locations throughout the state, Ivy Tech offers more than 150 programs in the divisions of health, technology, business & public services, as well as university transfer programs.

Overall Score: 99.34 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Indianapolis

Ivy Tech - Valparaiso

3100 Ivy Tech Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383 - (219) 464-8514 - Visit Homepage

In Valparaiso, Ivy Tech students are given the same state of the art resources as other Ivy Tech campuses across the state. Ivy Tech's curriculum is planned with the needs of local communities in mind.

Overall Score: 99.26

Ivy Tech - Gary

1440 East 35th Avenue, Gary, IN 46409 - (219) 879-9137 - Visit Homepage

In Gary, Indiana, Ivy Tech students have the option to participate in associate degree programs, transfer programs, as well as career certification programs. Ivy Tech is considered to be a true engine of Indiana’s workforce, training Hoosiers for the careers that will grow their future economy.

Overall Score: 99.26 - Request Info on Ivy Tech - Gary

Ivy Tech - Bloomington

200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47404 - (812) 332-1559 - Visit Homepage

Ivy Tech in Bloomington, Indiana provides education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. Curriculum is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. The Practical Nursing program leads to a Technical Certificate that can be completed in one year.

Overall Score: 99.17

Continued List of All Programs in Indiana

#11 Ivy Tech - South Bend
220 Dean Johnson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 830-0375 Visit Homepage
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#12 Ivy Tech - Anderson
104 West 53rd Street, Anderson, IN 46013
(765) 643-7133 Visit Homepage
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#13 Ivy Tech - Richmond
2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN 47374
(765) 966-2656 Visit Homepage
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#14 Ivy Tech - Columbus
4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203
(800) 922-4838 Visit Homepage
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#15 Ivy Tech - Kokomo
1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo, IN 46901
(800) 459-0561 Visit Homepage
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#16 Ivy Tech - Muncie
4301 S Cowan Rd,, Muncie, IN 47302
(888) 489-5463 Visit Homepage
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#17 Vincennes University - Jasper
850 College Ave, Jasper, IN 47546
(812) 482-3030 Visit Homepage
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#18 Vincennes University
1002 N 1st St, Vincennes, IN 47591
(800) 742-9198 Visit Homepage
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#19 Med Tech - Fort Wayne
7230 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 436-3272 Visit Homepage
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#20 Med Tech - Greenwood
1500 American Way, Greenwood, IN 46143
(317) 534-0322 Visit Homepage
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#21 Brown Mackie College South Bend
3454 Douglas Road, South Bend, IN 46635
(574) 237-0774 Visit Homepage
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#22 Med Tech - Indianapolis
6612 East 75th Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46250
(317) 845-0300 Visit Homepage
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#23 Brown Mackie College Merrillville
1000 E. 80th Place, Suite 205S, Merrillville, IN 46410
(855) 988-5955 Visit Homepage
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Programs Not Included In Rankings

Ivy Tech - Madison
3100 Ivy Tech Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 464-8514 Visit Homepage
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V.R. Ashwood Training Institute
5518 Calumet Ave, Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 803-0075 Visit Homepage
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