How Long Does it Take to Become an LPN?

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An LPN, or licensed practical nurse, is required to complete a training program that lasts between one and two years. Find a job as an LPN in a nursing home or doctor's office with advice from a family doctor in this free video on medical careers.

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Hello, my name is Dr. David Cathcart, and I'm from Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. An LPN is a licensed practical nurse, and that is a...one of the nursing fields. An LPN degree usually requires about a year of training. Some of these programs are as much as two years, but most are about a year. An LPN would probably make somewhere on the order of 12 to 15 dollars an hour, up to about $30,000 a year. Some can make more than that; some are less. LPNs typically are...well, one of the niches that LPNs seem to have is in nursing homes, although certainly, they're used in physicians' offices as well, but there's a lot of...a lot of work for LPNs in nursing homes. Thanks for taking this time to explore medical careers with me. Again, I'm Dr. David Cathcart with Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri.

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