How to Become an LPN

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In order to become an LPN, a person needs either a GED or the equivalent of a high school diploma, in addition to a diploma that can usually be obtained in a year from a community college. Learn about the board exam that LPNs must take with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name is Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you, how to become an LPN. An LPN is a Licensed Practical Nurse. In the states of California and Texas, it's called an LVN, or a Licensed Vocational Nurse, so those jobs are the same. Basically, you're going to need either a GED, or the equivalent of a high school diploma, and then you'll go into a community college, and you'll probably have to do some prerequisites, but usually once you're approved in the program, it's about a year long. Some are a little bit longer, some are a little bit less, depending upon whether they go straight through the year, or they're broken up into semesters, and then after that point, you will have your degree for an LPN. From there, you'll have to take a board exam, specifically for LPNs, who are LVNs, and once you pass that, you'll be considered an LPN, and be able to be employed and licensed, under that title, and that's how you become an LPN.

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