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Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are critical to the healthcare system. They assist doctors and registered nurses (RNs) with everything from records keeping and office organization to providing for the care and comfort of patients. LPNs monitor patients’ symptoms, change bandages, administer medications, and keep doctors and registered nurses informed about any changes in a patient’s condition. LPNs also help to supervise a team of nursing assistants and other support staff.

Louisiana has almost 22,000 LPNs working in the state, generally earning between $32,700 and $43,000 per year. With an expanding healthcare system, a nationwide nursing shortage, and a large number of LPNs reaching retirement age over the next decade, it is projected that there will be plenty of opportunities in the field in the years ahead. Licensed practical nurses can be found in most hospitals and extended care facilities, and are also often employed in doctors’ offices and private homes. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Aetna, and LifeCare Hospitals are among the largest nursing employers in the state.

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Most community colleges offer LPN certificate programs, which typically take 12 to 18 months to complete. Once you complete an LPN program and pass the certification exam, you’re ready to start your nursing career.

If you’re an aspiring licensed practical nurse in Louisiana, take a look at the below list of the best LPN programs in the state.

Featured Schools

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Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Baton Rouge
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
River Parishes Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baton Rouge Community College - Acadian
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Baton Rouge Community College - Westside
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Baton Rouge
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Florida Parishes
Certificate in Practical Nursing
River Parishes Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Lafayette

Delta College - Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Acadian
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Evangeline
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Gulf Area
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Delta College - Lafayette
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Acadian
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Evangeline
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Gulf Area
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - Lafayette
Certificate in Practical Nursing

New Orleans metro area

A & W Healthcare Educators
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Covington
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Slidell
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nunez Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
A & W Healthcare Educators
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delgado Community College, Charity School of Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Covington
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Delta College - Slidell
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Dryades YMCA School of Commerce
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Nunez Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Louisiana Technical College - River Parishes
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Shreveport

Louisiana State University at Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Minden
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern University at Shreveport
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Louisiana State University at Shreveport
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Mansfield
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Minden
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Shreveport
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Southern University at Shreveport
Certificate in Practical Nursing

Other Louisiana cities

Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Alexandria
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ferriday
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Huey P Long
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Lamar Salter
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Rod Brady Extension
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ward H Nash Avoyelles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Compass Career College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Bastrop
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Lake Providence
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Natchitoches
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - C B Coreil
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - T H Harris
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Alexandria
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ferriday
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Huey P Long
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Lamar Salter
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Oakdale
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Rod Brady Extension
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Central Louisiana Technical Community College - Ward H Nash Avoyelles
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Compass Career College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
L. E. Fletcher Technical Community College
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Bastrop
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Lake Providence
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Ruston
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Tallulah
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - West Monroe
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Louisiana Delta Community College - Winnsboro
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Hammond
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan
Certificate in Practical Nursing
Northwest Louisiana Technical College - Natchitoches
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Central Louisiana Technical College - Young Memorial
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - C B Coreil
Certificate in Practical Nursing
South Louisiana Community College - T H Harris
Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Lake Charles
Certificate in Practical Nursing
SOWELA Technical Community College - Morgan Smith
Certificate in Practical Nursing