Becoming an LPN in West Virginia

West Virginia offers a myriad of schooling options for aspiring licensed practical nurses (LPNs), a particularly wide selection of school given the relatively small geographic size of the state. There are more than 20 community colleges, vocational programs and private schools across the state that offer LPN programs. In addition, an overall increase in demand for LPNs nationwide will lead to an increase in job opportunities for practical nurses in West Virginia. West Virginia LPNs earn around an hourly wage of $17.16 or annual salary of $35,680, which is roughly $8,350 less per year than national average.

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Best LPN Programs in West Virginia

Are you looking to become a licensed practical nurse in West Virginia? The school you choose is important when it comes to getting your license. Approved programs in West Virginia are offered at community colleges, technical centers, and private career schools - we list 25 schools across the state. After careful review of NCLEX-PN exam first-time pass rates over the past several years, we have ranked the top 10 programs. For more information on our LPN program rankings, see our Methodology page.

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Details on West Virginia LPN Schools & Classes

With more than 20 practical nursing programs around the state to choose from, nursing students in West Virginia have several options to consider. Most practical nursing programs are designed to be completed in one to two years depending on whether a student attends classes on a full- or part-time basis.

A typical course load for an LPN program in West Virginia includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. Coursework may include the following:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • General Anatomy & Physiology
  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • General Nutrition
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing

Accreditation

Program accreditation should be one of the first criteria to look for when researching practical nursing programs. A program that has been properly accredited has been held to high quality standards of education through agencies such as the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Nursing students in West Virginia can also check with the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses for a listing of state-approved practical nursing programs.

Admission Requirements

Prior to submitting your application for any LPN program, make sure to confirm that you meet or exceed all entrance requirements. While specific entrance requirements may vary slightly from school to school, in general they often include:

  • Completion of high school or GED program (including transcripts)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 in all relevant coursework including prerequisite courses
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses, such as college-level Math, English I and Basic Physiology & Human Anatomy
  • Personal interview and/or admissions test completion
  • Background check, drug screen and proof of required immunizations and/or physical examination by a physician
  • Submission of completed application and associated fees

Tuition and Costs

Cost is another critical factor to consider when researching practical nursing programs. All schools will have their own unique set of fees, so it is important to understand the all-inclusive price tag associated with your education before you apply. In general, costs for a practical nursing program include tuition, mandatory college and course fees and supplies (including textbooks). In addition, students should factor in the costs of housing and/or commuting to classes into the total cost. If you need assistance covering the costs of your LPN education, be sure to check with your prospective school’s financial aid office for information about financial aid, loans, and scholarships that may offset some or all of the program cost.

As an example of program costs, the tuition cost for the practical nursing program at Greenbrier School of Practical Nursing in Lewisburg is estimated at $3,500. This cost includes course fees, uniform tops, name pin, program diploma and drug screen fees. It does not include books, uniform pants/skirts, stethoscope and other required supplies, or room and board.

West Virginia Licensing Requirements

To become an LPN in West Virginia, aspiring nurses must complete a state-approved nursing program. Following graduation from a practical nursing program, he or she must sit for 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 of West Virginia, including:

  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program (all grades must be a “C” or better)
  • Proof of passing score or application to take the NCLEX exam
  • Passport-style photo signed by the applicant and director of nursing program
  • Submit to criminal background check

West Virginia LPN licenses expire June 30th of every year and need to be renewed every year by submitting a completed application for renewal with the state. In even-numbered years, this application must also be submitted with a statement that he or she meets the continuing competence requirements set by the state.

NCLEX Exam Information

Before a practical nursing program graduate can receive licensure, they must first sit for and pass the NCLEX-PN examination. LPN program coursework should adequately prepare students for this important exam. To read more about the NCLEX-PN exam, please visit our overview page here. Another useful tool for students studying for their NCLEX-PN exam, the NCLEX-PN practice test is available to help students prepare.

LPN Reciprocity and eNLC

West Virginia is a member of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which allows nurses to work in multiple states that are in the compact area without additional licensing. LPNs from outside of West Virginia can apply for licensure by endorsement by submitting proof of current licensure and having passed the NCLEX to the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses. In addition, applicants must also submit a full set of fingerprints and authorization for a criminal background check to the state.

West Virginia allows foreign applicants with LPN equivalent background to apply for licensure in the state, so long as he or she has completed an education program equivalent to the minimum standards set by the state of West Virginia, provides verification of passage of an English proficiency exam that includes reading, speaking, writing and listening, as well as official verification, translated into English, from the licensing authorities in their home country including licensure status and any disciplinary actions taken.

LPN Salary in West Virginia By Area

The table below lists career information retrieved from the BLS for licensed practical nurses in West Virginia. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Huntington, Ashland1,400$16.85$35,050
Charleston780$17.24$35,860
Beckley650$16.11$33,500
Wheeling570$17.15$35,670
Morgantown450$16.67$34,670
Weirton, Steubenville360$18.18$37,810
Parkersburg, Vienna310$18.31$38,080

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

Top Ranked West Virginia LPN Programs

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United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing

Route 3 Box 43-C, Clarksburg, WV 26301 - (304) 326-7580 - Visit Homepage

United Technical Center (UTC) School of Practical Nursing, located in Clarksburg, West Virginia, provides technical and related instruction which allows students to achieve their highest potential. UTC enable students to achieve their goals by encouraging good work habits, individualizing instruction by highly-trained faulty, and providing an atmosphere conducive to learning.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on United Technical Center School of Practical Nursing
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Mercer County Career Center

1397 Stafford Dr, Princeton, WV 24740 - (304) 425-9551 - Visit Homepage

Mercer County Technical Education Center School of Practical Nursing, located in Princeton, West Virginia, is committed to improving student learning outcomes by providing relevant educational solutions. The Practical Nursing program strives to increase academic and career/technical knowledge as well as provide hands-on learning experiences that will help them succeed in the field of nursing.

Overall Score: 98.32 - Request Info on Mercer County Career Center
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Monongalia County Technical Education Center

1000 Mississippi St, Morgantown, WV 26501 - (304) 291-9240 - Visit Homepage

Monongalia County Vocational Technical Center (MTEC) is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. MTEC offers a 12 month, national-accredited program for practical nurses. The Nursing program strives to increase academic and technical knowledge as well as provide hands-on learning experiences that will students to succeed in the field of nursing.

Overall Score: 98.28 - Request Info on Monongalia County Technical Education Center
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Garnet Career Center

422 Dickinson St, Charleston, WV 25301 - (304) 348-6195 - Visit Homepage

Garnet Career Center, located in Charleston, West Virginia, offers one and two-year career programs to quickly transition the student into the workplace. Garnet Career Center's instructional staff is committed to student success by helping build technical skills and develop positive workplace attitudes.

Overall Score: 97.76 - Request Info on Garnet Career Center
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Greenbrier School of Practical Nursing

1 Spartan Ln, Lewisburg, WV 24901 - (304) 647-6487 - Visit Homepage

Greenbrier County School of Practical Nursing, located on the Greenbrier East High School campus in Lewisburg, West Virginia, is a 12 month comprehensive nursing program designed to ensure student success. Greenbrier has adapted a teaching-learning process, requiring a cooperative effort between faculty and student to ensure efficient learning and program completion.

Overall Score: 97.12
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Summers County School of Practical Nursing

116 Main Street, Hinton, WV 25951 - (304) 466-6000 - Visit Homepage

Summers County Career Center, located in Hinton, West Virginia, prepares students to enter the workforce, college, or other postsecondary training, developing their fullest potential as lifelong learners. Summers County Career Center offers a 12-month LPN program, accepting only 22 students per year.

Overall Score: 96.68
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B.M. Spurr School of Practical Nursing - Reynolds Memorial Hospital

101 Dee Drive, Charleston, WV 25311 - (304) 558-3572 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 96.56
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Randolph Technical Center

40 11th St., Elkins, WV 26241 - (304) 636-9150 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 95.68
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Fayette Institute of Technology

175 Georges Fairchance Road, Uniontown, WV 15401 - (724) 437-2721 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 95.40 - Request Info on Fayette Institute of Technology
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Cabell County Career Technology Center

1035 Norway Ave, Huntington, WV 25705 - (304) 528-5106 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 95.33 - Request Info on Cabell County Career Technology Center

Continued List of All Programs in West Virginia

RankedProgramScoreDetails
#11 John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center
80 Rockefeller Circle, New Cumberland, WV 26047
(304) 564-3337 Visit Homepage
93.57Request Information
#12 Mineral County School of Practical Nursing
600 Harley O. Staggers Dr., Keyser, WV 26726
(304) 788-4240 Visit Homepage
93.51Request Information
#13 Academy of Careers and Technology
390 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 256-4615 Visit Homepage
90.77Request Information
#14 Salem International University
223 W Main St, Salem, WV 26426
(304) 326-1109 Visit Homepage
90.15Request Information
#15 James Rumsey Technical Institute
3274 Hedgesville Rd, Martinsburg, WV 25403
(304) 754-7925 Visit Homepage
90.03Request Information
#16 Wood County School of Practical Nursing
300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, WV 26104
(304) 424-8305 Visit Homepage
89.76Request Information
#17 New River Community and Technical College
221 George Street, Suite 2, Beckley, WV 25801
(304) 929-6703 Visit Homepage
89.25Request Information
#18 McDowell County Career and Technology Center
1 Stadium Drive, Welch, WV 24801
(304) 436-3488 Visit Homepage
88.66Request Information
#19 Putnam Career and Technology Center
300 Roosevelt Blvd, Eleanor, WV 25070
(304) 586-3494 Visit Homepage
87.84Request Information
#20 Mingo County School of Practical Nursing
Rt. 2 Box 52A, Delbarton, WV 25670
(304) 475-3347 Visit Homepage
85.60Request Information
#21 Roane Jackson Technical Center
U.S. 33, LeRoy, WV 25252
(304) 372-7335 Visit Homepage
83.12Request Information
#22 Fred W. Eberle Technical Center
1st St,, Buckhannon, WV 26201
(304) 472-1259 Visit Homepage
78.64Request Information
#23 Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center
144 Vocational Road, Logan, WV 25601
(304) 752-4687 Visit Homepage
76.02Request Information

Programs Not Included In Rankings

ProgramDetails
Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4892 Visit Homepage
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West Virginia Junior College
148 Willey St, Morgantown, WV 26505
(304) 296-8282 Visit Homepage
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