If you enjoy taking care of others, becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) could be the perfect career for you. As an LPN, you would provide basic personal care for patients, assisting them with tasks like bathing, dressing, and eating. You would also provide basic medical care under the supervision of registered nurses and doctors, taking samples for tests, checking vital signs, and observing patients for symptoms. Additional tasks include changing bedding and bandages as well as giving medication to patients as needed.

To become an LPN, you first need to complete an educational program; typical programs usually take a year to a year and a half to complete. A few programs take two years, though upon completion, you’ll be eligible to begin your career with employers like the Washington Hospital Center or the Department of Veterans Affairs. Following completion of the program, you must also pass an exam to become licensed.

If you live in the Washington, DC, area, you have plenty of opportunities for employment as an LPN. In fact, more than 1,200 people serve as licensed practical nurses in the nation’s capital. In terms of salary, LPNs generally earn close to $50,000 per year, with some making upwards of $55,000.

If you’re interested in becoming an LPN in the Washington, DC, area, use the list below to choose the program that’s right for you.

District of Columbia

University of the District of Columbia
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of the District of Columbia
Certificate in Practical Nursing