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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) often provide for their patients’ basic everyday needs, but they have more responsibility for their patients’ medical care than nursing assistants. As an LPN, you might help a patient eat, bathe, or get dressed, but you would also perform tasks like changing bandages, checking vitals, administering medication, and drawing blood.

To become an LPN, you need to complete a relatively short program which takes 12 to 18 months and concludes with a licensure examination. After completing the course and passing the exam, you’re ready to jump into your new nursing career. LPN programs are typically offered at community colleges and technical schools, and most are fairly inexpensive. It is also easier to gain admission into a community college than a four-year university, making it not only affordable but also accessible.

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As an LPN, you could expect to earn around $37,000 per year in the state of Kentucky, with slightly higher earnings if you work in a major city. There are plenty of opportunities for nurses in the state, as large employers such as Trilogy Health Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Masonic Homes of Kentucky, and Correct Care Solutions all regularly hire LPNs to work in their hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

If you’re ready to start your new nursing career today, take a look at the below list of the best LPN programs in Kentucky.

Featured Schools

Cincinnati suburbs

Beckfield College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.1% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 83.0% NCLEX pass rate (2012 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Beckfield College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.1% 2010 to 2012
Lincoln College of Technology - Florence
Certificate in Practical Nursing 83.0% 2012 to 2012

Lexington

Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lexington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Lexington
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.3% 2008 to 2012

Louisville

Spencerian College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
ATA College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 67.4% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Spencerian College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.0% 2008 to 2012
Galen College of Nursing - Louisville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.9% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Shelbyville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Louisville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.6% 2008 to 2012
ATA College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 67.4% 2009 to 2012

Other Kentucky cities

Henderson Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Somerset Community College - Somerset
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hopkinsville Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Somerset Community College - Clinton Center
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Somerset Community College - Laurel South
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Murray
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 93.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maysville Community & Technical College - Montgomery
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 92.9% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2011)
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.6% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Carrollton
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.5% NCLEX pass rate (2009 through 2012)
Ashland Community & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 87.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Hazard Community & Technical College - Hazard
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 86.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Henderson Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2008 to 2012
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Bowling Green
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2009 to 2012
Somerset Community College - Somerset
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2008 to 2012
Hopkinsville Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.6% 2008 to 2012
Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College - Glasgow
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.7% 2008 to 2012
Somerset Community College - Clinton Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.5% 2008 to 2012
Somerset Community College - Laurel South
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.4% 2008 to 2012
Big Sandy Community & Technical College - Paintsville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.0% 2008 to 2012
Maysville Community & Technical College - Maysville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.3% 2008 to 2012
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Murray
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.2% 2008 to 2012
Maysville Community & Technical College - Licking Valley
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.4% 2008 to 2012
West Kentucky Community & Technical College - Paducah
Certificate in Practical Nursing 93.1% 2008 to 2012
Maysville Community & Technical College - Montgomery
Certificate in Practical Nursing 92.9% 2010 to 2011
Bluegrass Community & Technical College - Danville
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.6% 2008 to 2012
Jefferson Community & Technical College - Carrollton
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.5% 2009 to 2012
Ashland Community & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
Maysville Community & Technical College - Rowan
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.9% 2008 to 2012
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 87.7% 2008 to 2012
Hazard Community & Technical College - Hazard
Certificate in Practical Nursing 86.8% 2008 to 2012