Becoming an LPN in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska strives to improve the quality of health for everyone by providing safe patient care by licensing health professionals and educating the public about safe practices and available services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year in the state of Nebraska by 2024. The increase in jobs has created quite a stir among hopefuls and has individuals flocking to state-approved schools for licensure. As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), Nebraska doesn't require additional licensing for transferring nurses from other NLC states.

There are more than 10 community colleges, vocational programs, and private schools across the state of Nebraska that offer LPN programs.

Nebraska LPN Licensing Requirements

To become an LPN in Nebraska, individuals must be attend a state-approved nursing program, lasting 9 months to 1 year. Once that is complete, he or she must sit and pass the NCLEX-PN exam—the required state-test to show proficiency.

In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:

  • Wallet sized photo.
  • Copy of birth certificate or lawful presence.
  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program (sent directly from education source).

LPN Application by Examination:
http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Licensure/Documents/ExaminationRNLPN.pdf

Nebraska allows nurses from other states that are members of the Nurse Licensure Compact to practice within its borders without additional licensing.

LPN’s from states outside of the compact area can apply for a Nebraska license by endorsement by including the following with their application:

  • Official transcripts from their state-approved nursing program.
  • Proof of license in another state and having passed the NCLEX.
  • Proof of age and citizenship.
  • Must have graduated from a state-approved program within the last 2 years or practiced 500 hours nursing within the past 5 years.

Individuals who've studied abroad and hold licensing in other countries must not only provide the items above, but they must also submit the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of a completed a full course-by-course review and English proficiency testing results. The applicant must also sit for and pass the NCLEX exam if he or she hasn’t already.

Nebraska LPN licenses expire October 31st of every odd-numbered year and require 20 contact hours continued education for renewal.

Learn more about Nebraska LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Nebraska By Area

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

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Omaha, Council Bluffs1,860$20.02$41,630
Lincoln840$18.75$38,990
Grand Island310$18.36$38,190

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

LPN Programs in Nebraska

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Central Community College - Columbus
4500 63rd Street, Columbus, NE 68602
(402) 564-7132 Visit Homepage
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Central Community College - Grand Island
3134 W Highway 34, Grand Island, NE 68802
(308) 398-4222 Visit Homepage
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Central Community College - Kearney
3519 Second Avenue, Kearney, NE 68847
(308) 338-4000 Visit Homepage
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College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road, Omaha, NE 68106
(800) 926-5534 Visit Homepage
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Metropolitan Community College
5300 N 30th S, Omaha, NE 68103
(402) 457-2400 Visit Homepage
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Mid-Plains Community College
601 W State Farm Road, North Platte, NE 69101
(308) 535-3701 Visit Homepage
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Northeast Community College
801 East Benjamin Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701
(402) 371-2020 Visit Homepage
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Southeast Community College - Beatrice
4771 West Scott Road, Beatrice, NE 68310
(402) 228-3468 Visit Homepage
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Southeast Community College - Lincoln Campus
8800 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68520
(402) 471-3333 Visit Homepage
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Western Nebraska Community College
1601 East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
(800) 348-4435 Visit Homepage
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