Becoming an LPN in New York

The state of New York strives to ensure the delivery of safe, quality care to patients, as well as provide a safe, accessible, and supportive environment for their healthcare teams. A 18% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year is predicted by The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by the year 2024. To meet this increase for nursing positions, applicants can apply for a New York LPN license by exam or by endorsement. Learn about the NY BOCES LPN program offerings.

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2017 Best LPN Programs in New York

New York has more than 65 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) schools in the state, varying from community colleges to private nursing schools, with other offerings in between. A state-approved program is extremely important in kicking off your career as an LPN-it can make or break you. We've carefully evaluated and ranked each school, culling test scores and exam pass-rates to create a list of the 20 top LPN schools in New York. For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page.

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

New York LPN Licensing Requirements

To become an LPN in New York, the applicant must be at least 17 years of age and have a high diploma or GED equivalent. Applicants must also have graduated from a practical nursing program with at least 9 months of coursework and that is approved by New York State Education Department or the US armed forces and completed the approved coursework for infection control and barrier precautions.

After graduation, the individual must register and pass the licensure exam—the NCLEX-PN. While graduates of state approved nursing programs can be employed as LPNs for 90 days while becoming licensed, they must apply for a limited permit to do so.

LPN Application Form:
http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse/nurseforms.htm

Other physical contributions may be considered when applying for an LPN position. Keep in mind that this can be a very strenuous job, including lifting patients and pulling and pushing heavy machinery, as well as squatting, standing, walking, and running for extended periods of time.

LPN's transferring from another state can be become licensed in New York by endorsement. All that is required is to provide verification of licensure from previous state of license.

Individuals transferring from foreign countries must verify educational equivalence through the Board based on the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation before taking the licensure exam.

Learn more about New York LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in New York By Area

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

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
New York, Jersey City, White Plains24,530$25.33$52,690
Nassau County, Suffolk County6,620$25.31$52,640
Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Niagara Falls4,210$19.78$41,150
Rochester3,370$19.25$40,050
Albany, Schenectady, Troy2,740$19.92$41,430
Syracuse2,040$18.53$38,540
Utica, Rome1,470$18.20$37,860
Dutchess County, Putnam County1,210$20.88$43,440
Glens Falls700$23.16$48,180
Binghamton640$18.92$39,350
Kingston550$20.67$42,990
Watertown, Fort Drum550$17.96$37,360
Elmira360$18.70$38,900
Ithaca240$18.59$38,660

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

Top Ranked New York LPN Programs

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Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

1879 West Genesee St. Rd., Auburn, NY 13021 - (315) 253-4899 - Visit Homepage

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, located in Auburn, New York, offers extensive programs and services to students of all ages. Cayuga-Onondaga promotes a safe, stimulating environment, supporting innovative teaching and learning, providing high-quality personal development and lifelong learning to meet the goals of both the student and the community.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES
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AMG School of Licensed Practical Nursing

147 Prince St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 - (718) 596-5300 - Visit Homepage

At AMG School of Pratical Nursing, students are empowered for excellence. Students get to enjoy the challenge of learning in a professional environment with dedicated faculty and administration committed to helping them fulfill their highest potential.

Overall Score: 100.00
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Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing

196 North St, Geneva, NY 14456 - (315) 787-4005 - Visit Homepage

Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing is part of Finger Lakes Health, located in Geneva, New York, providing a one-year, daytime program to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Marion D. Whelan is one of three hospital-based practical nursing programs in the state.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing
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Niagara County Community College - Sanborn

3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132 - (716) 614-6222 - Visit Homepage

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) is located in Sanborn, New York. NCCC offers more than 70 comprehensive degree and certification programs that empower students, providing them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace, meeting both academic and personal goals for success.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Niagara County Community College - Sanborn
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CA BOCES CTE at Olean

1825 Windfall Road, Olean, NY 14760 - (716) 376-8200 - Visit Homepage

Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES-Olean is located in Olean, New York, with additional locations in Ellicottville and Belmont. CA BOCES offers a wide variety of programs including special education, career/technical education, and continuing education, as well as labor relations and business office support.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on CA BOCES CTE at Olean
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North Country Community College - Ticonderoga

11 Hawkeye Trail, Ticonderoga, NY 12883 - (518) 585-4454 - Visit Homepage

North Country Community College-Ticonderoga, located in Ticonderoga, New York, with additional campuses in Saranac Lake and Malone, provides the highest quality public postsecondary education in the region. North Country Community College provides individualized education to its students, ensuring success.

Overall Score: 100.00
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North Country Community College - Malone

75 William Street, Malone, NY 12953 - (518) 483-4550 - Visit Homepage

North Country Community College provides an exceptional LPN department. NCCC offers students the ability to learn in a challenging and supporting educational community. LPN graduates are ready to enter the field with knowledge and confidence.

Overall Score: 100.00
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The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Hornell

1126 Bald Hill Road, Hornell, NY 14843 - (607) 324-7880 - Visit Homepage

At Greater Southern Tier BOCES, students will be taught to function appropriately within the curative, preventative, and rehabilitative aspects in different health care facilities throughout the area.

Overall Score: 100.00
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Erie 1 BOCES- Niagara Lutheran Home

64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208 - (716) 886-4377 - Visit Homepage

Erie 1 BOCES offers a comprehensive 12 month LPN program. Students are prepared with the skills and knowledge they need to find success on the NCLEX-PN exam and to start their career with confidence.

Overall Score: 100.00
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Maria College

700 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 - (518) 438-3111 - Visit Homepage

Maria College, located in Albany, New York, provides educational programs with high academic standards, flexible scheduling, and in individualized formats to fit each student's needs. Maria College focuses on providing opportunities for growth, allowing students to make valuable contributions to the community.

Overall Score: 98.99 - Request Info on Maria College
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Hunter Business School

Nassau Mall, 3601 Hempstead Turnpike #9, Levittown, NY 11756 - (516) 796-1000 - Visit Homepage

The Practical Nursing program at Hunter Business School provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to function as a licensed practical nurse or LPN. Students enter the field with the background and confidence needed for success.

Overall Score: 96.75
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The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Coopers Education Center

9579 Vocational Drive, Painted Post, NY 14870 - (607) 962-3175 - Visit Homepage

Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Coopers Education Center is located in Painted Post, New York. GST BOCES provides training for new careers, diplomas, and workforce development, utilizing both classroom and off-site, hands-on training customized for the industry of study to ensure student success.

Overall Score: 96.12
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Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn

4124 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132 - (716) 731-4176 - Visit Homepage

Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services (ONBOCES), located in Medina, New York, provides innovative and effective solutions for the community's evolving learning needs. ONBOCES offers technical training for workforce development as well as associate's degrees and a variety of certifications and adult education programs.

Overall Score: 94.93 - Request Info on Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Sanborn
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CA BOCES CTE at Belmont

5536 County Route 48, Belmont, NY 14813 - (585) 268-5681 - Visit Homepage

At CA BOCES, nursing theory and patient care lab skills taught in the classroom are combined with supervised clinical experience to develop a knowledgeable and competent Practical Nurse. Those who complete the program are eligible to apply for licensure as a Practical Nurse.

Overall Score: 93.28
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North Country Community College - Saranac Lake

23 Santanoni Ave., PO Box 89, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 - (518) 891-2915 - Visit Homepage

North Country Community College-Saranac Lake is located in Saranac Lake, New York, with additional campuses in Ticonderoga and Malone, provides the highest quality public postsecondary education in the region. North Country Community College provides individualized education to its students, ensuring success.

Overall Score: 92.23 - Request Info on North Country Community College - Saranac Lake
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Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES

20104 NYS Route 3, Watertown, NY 13601 - (315) 779-7000 - Visit Homepage

At Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES, LPN students are geared up to enter a profession that is rooted to the Hippocratic Oath for doctors and the Florence Nightingale Pledge for nursing. This program enables students to engage in the sacred union between caregiver and patient.

Overall Score: 89.60 - Request Info on Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton-Herkimer-Oneida BOCES
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Monroe College

2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468 - (718) 933-6700 - Visit Homepage

Monroe College is located in Bronx, New York, with additional campuses located in New Rochelle, Saint Lucia, and Flushing. Monroe College provides career oriented higher education to students, offering access to a personalized environment and caring faculty who are dedicated to student success.

Overall Score: 88.27 - Request Info on Monroe College
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Champlain Valley Educational Services

1585 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, NY 12901 - (518) 561-0100 - Visit Homepage

At Champlain Valley Educational Services, students receive preparation for entering a health career in Practical Nursing. Their program is a great start for continuing in a postgraduate health profession career pathway. Students gain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to deliver safe and effective nursing care.

Overall Score: 87.91 - Request Info on Champlain Valley Educational Services
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Rochester Regional Health IGH School of Practical Nursing

100 Kings Highway South, Rochester, NY 14617 - (585) 922-1400 - Visit Homepage

Isabella Graham Hart School is part of the Rochester General Health System, located in Rochester, New York. Isabella Graham Hart offers a 10-month full-time Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program as well as a part time program that requires 2 years.

Overall Score: 87.64 - Request Info on Rochester Regional Health IGH School of Practical Nursing
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Eastern Suffolk BOCES

350 Martha Avenue, Bellport, NY 11717 - (631) 286-6585 - Visit Homepage

The Eastern Suffolk School of Practical Nursing is located at the Bixhorn Technical Center in Bellport and the Adult Education Center in Brentwood. This program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient centers, long term care facilities, occupational health centers, and home care.

Overall Score: 87.29
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Orleans-Niagara BOCES - Medina

4232 Shelby Basin Rd, Medina, NY 14103 - (585) 798-4774 - Visit Homepage

Orleans Career and Technical Education Center-Medina, located in Medina, New York, prepares students to work as entry-level practical nurses, developing the skills, knowledge, and behaviors necessary for basic client care. The student will also prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam.

Overall Score: 87.00
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La Guardia Community College

31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101 - (718) 482-7200 - Visit Homepage

LaGuardia Community College, located in Long Island City, New York, provides affordable education that prepares students to face challenges and become productive leaders. LaGuardia is dedicated to educating students and producing critical thinkers that are socially responsible and help to shape a rapidly evolving society.

Overall Score: 86.96 - Request Info on La Guardia Community College
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Broome Tioga BOCES

435 Glenwood Road, Binghamton, NY 13905 - (607) 763-3300 - Visit Homepage

Broome Delaware Tioga BOCES is an innovative educational institution located in Binghamton, New York, with additional locations in Endicott, Johnson City, and Apalachin. Broom Delaware Tioga BOCES provided personalized learning environments designed to fit student needs, providing career opportunities and work experiences through hands-on training in the classroom.

Overall Score: 86.91
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Orange-Ulster BOCES

53 Gibson Road, Goshen, NY 10924 - (845) 291-0100 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 86.20 - Request Info on Orange-Ulster BOCES
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Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES- Hudson Falls

1051 Dix Ave, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 - (518) 746-3400 - Visit Homepage

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The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira

459 Philo Road, Elmira, NY 14903 - (607) 739-3581 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 85.13 - Request Info on The Greater Southern Tier BOCES - Elmira
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Southern Westchester BOCES

17 Berkley Drive, Rye Brook, NY 10573 - (914) 937-3820 - Visit Homepage

Southern Westchester BOCES, located in Rye Brook, New York, provides high-quality technology assistance, special education, and occupation education programs to help students attain personal and professional goals. Southern Westchester collaborates with the surrounding districts and communities to meet educational challenges for students by providing leadership and high-quality service.

Overall Score: 84.35
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Erie 1 BOCES- Kenton Center

151 Two Mile Creek Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150 - (716) 821-7191 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 83.96
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Suffolk County Community College

121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901 - (631) 548-2500 - Visit Homepage

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC)-Eastern Campus is the largest community college in New York State located in Riverhead, with additional locations in Selden, Brentwood, Long Island, and New York City. SCCC offers associate degrees and professional certifications in 100 programs of study, encouraging lifelong learning.

Overall Score: 83.89
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Erie 1 BOCES- Southtowns Academy

4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075 - (716) 821-7191 - Visit Homepage

Erie 1 BOCE-Southtowns Academy is part of the New York State Board of Cooperative Educational Services located in Hamburg, New York. Erie 1 BOCES has a variety of career-minded programs and workforce development options to help students reach their personal and professional goals.

Overall Score: 83.84

Continued List of All Programs in New York

RankedProgramScoreDetails
#31 Erie 1 BOCES- Harkness Career and Technical Center
99 Aero Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 632-1076 Visit Homepage
83.65Request Information
#32 DCMO BOCES Chenango Campus
6678 County Road 32, Norwich, NY 13815
(607) 335-1200 Visit Homepage
83.62Request Information
#33 Dutchess BOCES
5 BOCES Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 486-4800 Visit Homepage
83.58Request Information
#34 Putnam-Westchester BOCES
200 Boces Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
(914) 245-2700 Visit Homepage
83.47Request Information
#35 Samaritan Hospital
315 S. Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208
(518) 268-5130 Visit Homepage
82.07Request Information
#36 Erie 2 BOCES - Jamestown
508 Cherry Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
(716) 484-9811 Visit Homepage
81.18Request Information
#37 Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES- Saratoga Springs
27 Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 581-3670 Visit Homepage
81.13Request Information
#38 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Batavia
8250 State Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020
(585) 344-7711 Visit Homepage
81.03Request Information
#39 Vocational Education and Extension Board of Nassau County
899-A Jerusalem Ave, Uniondale, NY 11803
(516) 572-1700 Visit Homepage
81.01Request Information
#40 OCM BOCES - Liverpool
4500 Crown Road, Liverpool, NY 13090
(315) 453-4455 Visit Homepage
80.88Request Information
#41 Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES
31 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 588-6291 Visit Homepage
80.65Request Information
#42 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Warsaw
450 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569
(585) 344-7738 Visit Homepage
80.50Request Information
#43 Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 518-4444 Visit Homepage
80.36Request Information
#44 Mildred Elley School - Albany
855 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
(518) 786-0855 Visit Homepage
79.08Request Information
#45 Rockland BOCES
65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
(845) 627-4700 Visit Homepage
78.29Request Information
#46 Citi Boces
179 County Rte 64, Mexico, NY 13114
(315) 963-4251 Visit Homepage
77.02Request Information
#47 Curtis High School
105 Hamilton Ave, New York, NY 10011
(212) 229-5471 Visit Homepage
76.89Request Information
#48 Syracuse City School District
573 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 435-4150 Visit Homepage
76.06Request Information
#49 Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
(718) 270-6000 Visit Homepage
75.68Request Information
#50 Erie 1 BOCES- Potter Road Center
705 Potter Road, West Seneca, NY 14224
(716) 821-7336 Visit Homepage
75.00Request Information
#51 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Rome
4937 Spring Rd, Rome, NY 13440
(315) 334-8000 Visit Homepage
74.86Request Information
#52 Erie 2 BOCES - Angola
8685 Erie Road, Angola, NY 14006
(716) 549-4454 Visit Homepage
74.79Request Information
#53 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Verona
4937 Spring Road, Verona, NY 13478
(315) 361-5500 Visit Homepage
74.24Request Information
#54 Madison-Oneida BOCES - Utica
502 Court St, Utica, NY 13502
(315) 793-8505 Visit Homepage
74.00Request Information
#55 Capital Region BOCES
Suite 102, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12205
(518) 862-4900 Visit Homepage
73.03Request Information
#56 Ulster BOCES
175 Route 32 North, New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-1450 Visit Homepage
72.21Request Information
#57 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES- Rochester
435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
(315) 332-7374 Visit Homepage
71.33Request Information
#58 Herkimer-Hamilton-Fulton-Otsego BOCES
352 Gros Blvd, Herkimer, NY 23219
(315) 867-2023 Visit Homepage
68.86Request Information
#59 DCMO BOCES Robert W. Harrold Campus
270 BOCES Drive, Sidney, NY 13839
(607) 865-2500 Visit Homepage
67.05Request Information
#60 Trocaire College
360 Choate Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220
(716) 826-1200 Visit Homepage
65.97Request Information
#61 Genesee-Livingston-Steuben-Wyoming BOCES - Mount Morris
27 Lackawanna Ave, Mount Morris, NY 14510
(585) 658-7900 Visit Homepage
61.27Request Information
#62 Erie 2 BOCES - Cassadaga
8115 Glasgow Road, Cassadaga, NY 14718
(716) 595-4293 Visit Homepage
60.86Request Information
#63 Educational Opportunity Center of Rochester
161 Chestnut St, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 232-2730 Visit Homepage
59.37Request Information
#64 Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES- Rochester (Evening)
435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620
(315) 332-7374 Visit Homepage
53.15Request Information
#65 OCM BOCES - Syracuse
103 3rd St, Syracuse, NY 13209
(315) 426-9439 Visit Homepage
53.00Request Information
#66 Erie 2 BOCES - Buffalo
175 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 947-9056 Visit Homepage
50.13Request Information
#67 Mildred Elley School - New York City
25 Broadway, Floor 16, New York, NY 10004
(212) 380-9004 Visit Homepage
49.79Request Information
#68 OCM BOCES - Cortland
1710 State Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045
(607) 758-5100 Visit Homepage
44.57Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

ProgramDetails
Bronx Community College
2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
(718) 289-5100 Visit Homepage
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CA BOCES CTE at Ellicottville
5550 Route 242E, Ellicottville, NY 14731
(716) 699-2382 Visit Homepage
Request Information
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617
(315) 386-7011 Visit Homepage
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Western Suffolk BOCES
507 Deer Park Ave, Huntington Station, NY 11746
(631) 549-4900 Visit Homepage
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