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Licensed practical nurses are more qualified and have more responsibilities than nursing assistants, but they still work under the authority of registered nurses and doctors. Along with nursing assistants, LPNs provide for their patients' most basic care, helping with everyday needs such as eating and getting dressed. However, unlike nursing assistants, LPNs are also responsible for more technical medical care, such as changing bandages, administering medications, checking vital signs, and monitoring patients' symptoms.

To become an LPN, you must complete a certificate program and pass the LPN licensure exam at the end of the program. LPN programs are generally offered at community colleges and technical schools, and they take a year to a year and a half to complete. This provides a relatively short duration for candidates to launch an entirely new career. Additionally, LPN programs are significantly less expensive and less competitive than associate's or bachelor's degree programs for licensure as an RN.

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There are approximately 6,500 LPNs employed in Kansas with an average salary of $38,000 per year. With employers like Aetna and the Department of Veteran Affairs looking for skilled full-time employees, there is no shortage of career opportunities for LPNs.

If you're interested in the field, you can take the first step towards employment by looking at the list of Kansas schools with LPN programs that we've compiled below.

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Kansas City

Johnson County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 82.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Donnelly College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 75.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Johnson County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.7% 2008 to 2012
Kansas City Kansas Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 82.7% 2008 to 2012
Donnelly College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 75.4% 2009 to 2012

Wichita

Butler Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wichita Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Butler Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2008 to 2012
Wichita Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.3% 2008 to 2012

Other Kansas cities

Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Neosho County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Labette Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Coffeyville Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Pratt Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Garden City Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level): 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Dodge City Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Manhattan Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Barton County Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Highland Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Washburn Institute of Technology
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Colby Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Flint Hills Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hutchinson Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Seward County Community College and Area Technical School
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Neosho County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.4% 2008 to 2012
Labette Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.6% 2008 to 2012
Coffeyville Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.0% 2010 to 2012
Pratt Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.9% 2008 to 2012
Garden City Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.7% 2008 to 2012
Certificate in Practical Nursing (Bi-Level) 96.5% 2008 to 2012
Dodge City Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.8% 2008 to 2012
Manhattan Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.6% 2008 to 2012
North Central Kansas Technical College - Hays
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.8% 2008 to 2012
Barton County Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.2% 2008 to 2012
North Central Kansas Technical College - Beloit
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.4% 2008 to 2012
Highland Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.9% 2008 to 2012
Washburn Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Colby Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.4% 2008 to 2012
Flint Hills Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 90.4% 2008 to 2012
Hutchinson Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.6% 2008 to 2012