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Licensed Practical Nurse

Professional Activities

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct patient care, working with the health care team to meet the needs of the whole person-physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. They give routine nursing care to the ill, injured, handicapped and recovering patient, and provide health teaching to clients in many settings. They often assist registered nurses in more complex, non-routine care. Typical duties include taking vital signs, administering prescribed medications, giving injections, performing treatments, preparing patients for medical examinations and surgical procedures, and recording information in the patient’s medical record. 

Licensed practical nurses can specialize in areas such as pediatrics (children), obstetrics (pregnancy and childbirth), and geriatrics (elder care). With additional training, employment in the operating room is also possible. Long-term care settings are common employment sites for LPNs, and opportunities to work in home health are increasing. LPNs are required to practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

In rural Alaska, licensed practical nurses have a variety of employment opportunities. As in urban settings, they find employment anywhere that physicians and registered nurses work. Examples include clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation units, and public health offices.

Educational Requirements

Academic Programs

The Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) has an 11 month certificate program for practical nursing preparation, at the end of which a successful student will be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam to become a licensed practical nurse. Applicants must be currently certified as a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) in Alaska and maintain this certification while attending the LPN program. For more information on admission requirements and the program, contact:

Alaska Vocational Technical Center
Allied Health Department
1251 Muldoon Road, Suite 113
Anchorage, AK 99504
Contact: Vivica Carr, Admissions Coordinator
Phone: (907) 334-2230
Toll free: (800) 478-5389
Fax: (907) 334-2237
Web site:

The University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing’s Practical Nursing program has been temporarily suspended. For more information, contact:
University of Alaska
School of Nursing
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-4550
Fax: (907) 786-4559
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Web site:


State Contact:

We are currently unaware of a state association for licensed practical nurses.

National Contacts:

The National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service
1940 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 933-1003
Fax: (703) 940-4089
The National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES) publishes the “Journal of Practical Nursing” and offers some certifications for LPNs.

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses
111 West Main Street, Suite 100
Garner, NC 27529
Phone: (919) 779-0046
Fax: (919) 779-5642
Web site:
The National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN) publishes “Practical Nursing Journal” and offers some certifications for LPNs.


This page was last updated by Janice Troyer on February 04, 2015

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At A Glance: Licensed Practical Nurse

Hourly Wage: $25.26-$26.68 (Mean $25.97)

Years in School: 2 years or less*
*after high school graduation

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