General Requirements for Admission to an LPN Program
Have you been thinking about enrolling in LPN classes but would like to know more about the program's admission requirements? If you have, we can answer your questions! While admission criteria may vary from one educational facility to another, there are some requirements that are common to most all schools today, and we will examine them here.
Before you can enroll in any type of LPN classes, you will need to fulfill the admission requirements of your school of choice first. Again, this criteria may vary slightly from one school to another; however, the following requirements are good examples of what you can expect.
- Admissions Application and Fee
- Goal Statement/Essay
- First-Year Orientation or Interview
- High School Diploma or GED
- Official High School or GED Transcripts
- Official College Transcripts (If Applicable)
- Any Certifications (If Applicable)
- ACT/SAT Test Scores
- College Placement Exams
After you fulfill the above requirements and are accepted into the college or university of your choice, you will then need to begin what is known as the core curriculum. Your core curriculum comprises a variety of general education courses that you must complete before beginning the professional LPN program. While these courses may vary depending on the school you choose and your placement exam scores, the courses listed below are typical of a general education curriculum.
- Foreign Language Elective
- Computer Skills
- Introductory or College-Level Algebra
- English Composition I and II
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introductory Sociology
- Oral Communications
- Humanities or Fine Arts
Professional Program Requirements
After finishing your core curriculum, you will typically need to complete various requirements as set by the school before you can begin the professional program. It is best to begin working on these requirements long before you finish your core curriculum. In this way, there will be no unnecessary lapse in your training. Although each school may have its own set of criteria for you to fulfill, some of the most common requirements are as follows.
- Criminal Background Check
- Drug Test
- Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Current CPR Certification
- Complete Physical Health Assessment
Finally, most licensed practical nursing programs require you to complete various career-related prerequisites before you can begin the professional LPN coursework. These courses may differ from one school to the next, but the following prerequisites are excellent examples.
- Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Human Growth and Development
- Fundamentals of Nursing
- Human Nutrition
- Human Health and Diseases
- Math in Pharmacology
Before you can begin LPN classes, you will need to fulfill admission requirements for your school, which may include some, most or all of those described above.