How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN/LPN)

Want to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, but not sure where to start? The path to your future career as a nurse can be a little confusing, but if you follow these simple steps you’ll be on your way to an exciting and rewarding career!

First, find an accredited college that offers the vocational nursing program. Keep in mind, the accreditation, licensure exam preparation, and pass rate are all great factors to use when deciding if the school has the right program for you. After all that hard work and graduating, you are ready to apply for your license. Gather the necessary paperwork for your application and submit it to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). The BNVPT reviews your paperwork and grants approval for you to take the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX-PN for practical or vocational nurses.

When you schedule your exam date, you register to take it at a Pearson Authorized Test Center. After about a month, you receive your results. If you pass, all you need to do is apply for licensure to the BVNPT. In about 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll receive your license and become an Licensed Vocational Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN or LPN).

Looking for an accredited college for your vocational nursing education? Contact Stanbridge College at (888) 538-4913 or visit for more information.