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There are almost 10,000 LPNs across the great state of Wisconsin, performing a host of critical healthcare functions. This profession offers many benefits including great wages, flexible work schedules, and an abundance of employment possibilities.

What does an LPN do?
LPNs can choose to work in a variety of different medical establishments such as hospitals, doctors' offices, medical clinics, and public health centers. They are responsible for several essential tasks including taking and recording vital signs, drawing blood, administering vaccinations and medication, and assisting doctors during examinations and medical procedures.

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How do you become an LPN?
The first step to becoming an LPN is to enroll in and complete an approved training program. These programs vary in length between 12 and 18 months. Upon successful completion of an LPN program, you will be eligible to apply for a seat to take the NCLEX-PN exam. This test is a national licensing exam that you must pass to qualify for licensing in Wisconsin.

How much does an LPN earn?
As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average yearly salary for licensed practical nurses in Wisconsin is about $42,420. This is slightly higher than the average annual salary for all LPNs in the U.S., which the Bureau lists as $41,540. Of course, the actual salary you earn will depend on such factors as your credentials, experience, employer, and location within Wisconsin.

Finding a great school to begin your career is the most essential step to becoming an LPN. To get you started, we've listed some of the best LPN programs in Wisconsin below.

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Top Wisconsin LPN programs by NCLEX score

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Northcentral Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Waukesha County Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 99.2% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Blackhawk Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Moraine Park Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.8% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Lakeshore Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 98.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Mid-State Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Nicolet College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 97.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Madison Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 96.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Fox Valley Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.9% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
College of Menominee Nation
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.6% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Herzing University - Madison
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 95.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Western Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.5% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Gateway Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011 through Q1-3 2013)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Northcentral Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Waukesha County Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 99.2% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Blackhawk Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Moraine Park Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.8% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Lakeshore Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 98.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Mid-State Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Nicolet College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 97.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Madison Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 96.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Fox Valley Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.9% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
College of Menominee Nation
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.6% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Herzing University - Madison
Certificate in Practical Nursing 95.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Western Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.5% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Gateway Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 94.3% 2011 to Q1-3 2013
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing 91.0% 2011 to Q1-3 2013