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Licensed practical nurses perform basic bedside care for patients and usually operate under the supervision of registered nurses for more complex medical procedures. They can also supervise nursing assistants. They are active players in the nursing profession, helping to nurture future generations of nurses while developing themselves under the guidance of more experienced professionals.

Most LPN programs in Iowa typically run from 12 to 18 months in length. They are offered by numerous private schools like Kaplan University, as well as public institutions like Western Iowa Tech Community College. This diversity offers a wide range of choices to prospective candidates in their school selection. At the conclusion of any LPN program, candidates must pass the national examination, the NCLEX-PN, to gain licensure.

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Remuneration and employment prospects for Iowa’s licensed practical nurses are very attractive. According to records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently close to 6,500 employed licensed practical nurses in Iowa. The annual median wage across the state is $37,620; this can increase to over $40,000 in large cities such as Des Moines. The Department of Veterans Affairs is a major local employer of licensed practical nurses. Private healthcare centers also hire LPNs, frequently via staffing agencies such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing.

For more information, interested individuals can refer to our list below of Iowa schools that offer state-approved licensed practical nursing programs.

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Cedar Rapids

Kirkwood Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Kirkwood Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.1% 2009 to 2012

Des Moines

Des Moines Area Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Des Moines Area Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.1% 2009 to 2012

Other Iowa cities

Northeast Iowa Community College District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Southwestern Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Western Iowa Tech Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
North Iowa Area Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.2% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Valley Community College District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Northwest Iowa Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Western Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Southeastern Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Central Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Indian Hills Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Iowa Lakes Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Hawkeye Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Eastern Iowa Community College District
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Northeast Iowa Community College District
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.3% 2009 to 2012
Southwestern Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.8% 2009 to 2012
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.3% 2009 to 2012
North Iowa Area Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.2% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Valley Community College District
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.1% 2009 to 2012
Northwest Iowa Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Western Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2009 to 2012
Southeastern Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.4% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Central Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.1% 2009 to 2012
Indian Hills Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009 to 2012
Iowa Lakes Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2009 to 2012
Hawkeye Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.0% 2009 to 2012
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2012