Becoming an LPN in Nevada
The state of Nevada strives to shape the future of healthcare in the state by having high standards of care, as well as the belief in continued education and professional growth and development for its nurses and health care providers. Nurse hopefuls can apply for a license in the state by completing state-approved education and testing. It’s predicted that licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs are on the incline and could increase in the Nevada as much as 12% by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With an average LPN salary of $55,340 annually in the state, many are flocking to this rewarding area of nursing.
Details on Nevada LPN Schools & Classes
Practical nursing programs are typically found at community colleges and technical/vocational schools. While Nevada does not have a wide variety of colleges offering LPN programs, opportunities do exist, and most students can complete them in a little over one year.
Curriculum for an LPN program combines classroom lectures and hands-on experiences. Course titles may include:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Concepts of Nursing
- Normal Growth & Development
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Geriatric Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Pediatric Nursing
- Medical Surgical Nursing
Smart students know that choosing an accredited program and school for your practical nursing education is the way to go. These programs are held to high academic standards and are continually evaluated. Agencies such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing accredit schools with nursing programs. Regional organizations may also offer accreditation. Lastly, students should ensure that their LPN program of choice is approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing.
All prospective students should ensure that they meet or exceed all the admissions requirements of their school of choice, which may include:
- Hold a high school diploma or GED
- Completion of any prerequisite courses
- Satisfactory completion of the HESI A2 Exam
- Background check/drug test
- Documentation of required health examinations
Tuition and Costs
There are a few things that students must keep in mind when considering the financial costs of an LPN program. Schools will require that students cover the costs of tuition, mandatory fees, and supplies (such as books). Financial aid and scholarships may be available for those who qualify.
As an example on expenses, Las Vegas’ Brightwood College offers an LPN program that costs between $23,670 and $29,966. This includes tuition and fees, but does not include extras such as transportation expenses or room and board.
Nevada LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in Nevada, nurse-hopefuls must successfully complete an approved program and certification examination. By passing the NCLEX-PN, the graduate proves he or she is ready for a career as an LPN.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Official transcript from a state-approved nursing program.
- Fingerprint card.
- Proof of a valid social security number.
Nevada LPN licenses expire every 2 years and require 30 hours of continued education (including a one-time 4 hour bioterrorism education course) for renewal.
NCLEX Exam Information
The NCLEX-PN examination is what all LPNs must pass in order to obtain licensure. A good practical nursing program will prepare students for this test, which is comprised of a mix of nursing-related questions. More information on the exam can be found here. Students are also able to take this NCLEX-PN practice test in order to prepare and study for the real exam.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
Nevada is not currently a part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), so the new rules governing this do not apply to this state.
Moving to Nevada with an out-of-state LPN license requires an application for endorsement to practice as an LPN in Nevada. Along with the application form, the nurse must submit:
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program (directly from the school registrar) showing diploma or certificate award date.
- Verification of state licensure.
- Having passed the NCLEX or SBTPE licensing exam.
- Proof of valid social security number.
Foreign graduates must also submit proof of licensure in the country where their nursing education was complete and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their official transcripts. A proof of English proficiency such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is also required for licensure.
The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Nevada. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Las Vegas, Henderson, Paradise||1,790||$25.58||$53,200|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Nevada LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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Additional NV Nursing Resources
- Nevada State Board of Nursing
5011 Meadowood Mall #201
Reno, NV 89502-6547
Phone: (775) 688-2620
- Nevada Nurses Association
P.O. Box 34660
Reno, NV 89533
Phone: (775) 747-2333
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