Becoming an LPN in St Louis
St. Louis, Missouri celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014, honoring its rich history, culture and the people who made 249 years memorable. St. Louis is the place to be for sports enthusiasts, offering fans the opportunity to cheer for the St. Louis Blues hockey team, St. Louis Rams NFL team, and 11-time World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. Locals and guests have the opportunity to dance the night way with St. Louis’ thriving music scene ranging from blues and country, to Jungle Boogie Concerts in the zoo and LouFest for the younger ears.
St. Louis is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, with approximately 7,890 Licensed Practical Nurses. According to careerinfonet.org, Missouri is home to 18,350 LPN’s as of 2010 and potentially 20,530 by the year 2020, a 12% employment increase and projected 710 annual job openings.
To become an LPN in the state of Missouri, candidates must complete an approved nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN. Currently, there are more than 40 LPN programs in Missouri and ranked No. 12 is Applied Technology Services – MET Center in St. Louis, with an NCLEX-PN pass rate of 96.32%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, St. Louis LPN’s earn an average annual salary of $39,910, higher than the median income for LPN’s in Missouri as of 2012.
U.S. News & World Report ranked eight of St. Louis’ hospitals in its 2013-14 Best Regional Hospitals Guide. Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University was Nationally Ranked in 15 adult specialties. LPN’s working at this hospital can see anywhere from 18,437 inpatient and 20,743 outpatient surgeries, annually.