Becoming an LPN in Utah
Utah believes in promoting high-quality service by ensuring continued education opportunities to stimulate and advance the professional development of their healthcare workers. The country is expected to see an increase of 12% in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This influx of jobs has applicants scrambling to meeting the requirements and apply by exam. Prospective LPNs in Utah can be on their way to this rewarding and in-demand career pathway in as little as one year of school. Utah LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $20.73 or annual salary of $43,110, which is roughly $920 less per year than national average.
Details on Utah LPN Schools & Classes
Utah is home to a handful of schools that offer practical nursing programs. Whether a student is looking to attend full-time or part-time, during daytime hours or in the evening, there’s something for everyone in Utah. The traditional, full-time LPN program takes around one year to complete, while part-time students will take closer to two years. Some schools utilize a “hybrid” model, which allows some of the content to be completed online.
LPN programs in the state consist of core nursing courses, and may include labs and clinical hours. Common course topics include:
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Caring for the Adult
- Pediatric-Maternity Nursing
- General Psychology
- Professional Transition for the Practical Nurse
Accredited programs are highly recommended to students searching for LPN programs in Utah. These programs meet the strict academic requirements of accredited organizations such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), making them much safer bets than non-accredited programs. Students should also ensure that the program they choose is registered with and approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.
Each school will have their own requirements for admission, so students are advised to research each program carefully, but many of them include elements such as the following:
- High school diploma or GED
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Completion of all prerequisite courses
- Certification or academic-related experience (such as CNA certification) is helpful
- Faculty interview and personal essay
- Submission of background check/drug screen
Tuition and Costs
While LPN program costs can fluctuate depending on school, location, and many other factors, students can expect to be on the hook for the costs of tuition, fees, and course supplies (textbooks, etc.). Indirect expenses should also be considered, and can include things like gas, room/board, and more. Financial aid options are available for well-qualified students, and scholarships may also be a possibility.
As an example on expenses, the LPN program at Uintah Basin Technical College in Roosevelt costs approximately $1,800 for tuition, $410 for fees, and $2,000 for books and supplies.
Utah LPN Licensing Requirements
The state of Utah allows individuals looking to become LPNs in the state to meet education requirements by attending a state-approved, board-certified nursing program and taking the state-required test.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Fingerprint cards
- Official transcript from state-approved school
- NCLEX registration
Utah LPN licenses expire January 31st every even-numbered year.
NCLEX Exam Information
Students are required to take and pass the NCLEX-PN examination upon graduating from their LPN program. The test covers many aspects of nursing that are included in the LPN program curriculum. For further information on the NCLEX-PN, we have prepared a comprehensive overview which can be found here. Students may also wish to take the NCLEX-PN practice test in preparation for the real exam.
LPN Reciprocity and eNLC
As part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), Utah is a state that allows nurses from other eNLC states to work within its boundaries without having to obtain additional licensure. Nurses licensed outside of the compact area can still apply for an LPN license in the state of Utah by endorsement, and by providing the following:
- Fingerprint cards
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing school
- Verification of licensure
Applicants who have studied abroad and have a license equivalent to a Utah LPN license must provide the above, but they are also required to submit official transcripts that have been evaluated by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) and pass the NCLEX.
The table below lists career information retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Utah. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Salt Lake City||790||$22.79||$47,400|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Utah LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
1301 N 600 W, Logan, UT 84321
550 E 300 S, Kaysville, UT 84037
2301 West Ashton Blvd., Lehi, UT 84043
200 North St, Ogden, UT 84404
150 College Ave E, Ephraim, UT 84627
1100 E Lagoon St, Roosevelt, UT 84066
Logan, Utah, UT 84322
3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84403
Additional UT Nursing Resources
- Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Lincensing - Nursing
Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 530-6628
- Utah Nurses Association
4505 Wasatch Boulevard Ste. 330B
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: (801) 272-4510
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