When you're studying for an LPN certificate or LPN degree, make sure you're aware of the LPN requirements and standards set forth by your training center or school. General LPN requirements don't vary much from state to state, but they may differ slightly between schools and the type of level of training you are planning to complete. You can learn about all of your requirements and eligibility for different training programs when you talk to an admissions advisor, but can also review general training requirements by looking at an LPN job description or consulting online resources.

What Are the Basic LPN Requirements?

LPNs are trained to assist nurses and physicians by providing patient care services. LPNs typically work under the supervision of a registered nurse and physician, and are responsible for communicating with patients, reviewing a patient's medical history, feeding patients, taking care of wounds and collecting lab samples. LPN degree and training programs prepare students to assume these roles and responsibilities with a series of classroom-based and hands-on training courses. In order to enroll in this type of LPN training program, you must meet certain LPN requirements and have a strong educational background in math and science.

The general LPN requirements for enrolling in an LPN degree or training program are as follows:

  • Hold a high school diploma or GED
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed foundational courses such as math, biology, psychology, and English composition with passing grades
  • Submit any transcripts of college work already completed
  • Complete an Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP)
  • Submit any scores from nursing admission tests you have already taken

Fulfilling LPN Requirements

If you meet all of the eligibility criteria for enrolling in an LPN training or degree program, you must complete all required coursework and clinicals to fulfill LPN requirements for licensing. LPN certification and training programs prepare students for the national licensing examination (NCLEX), but you must work hard to obtain as much work experience and hands-on experience as possible to be successful in your career.

You will need to complete several intensive courses to meet all LPN requirements for the national licensing exam. The LPN curriculum typically includes the following topics and subjects:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Nutrition and Diet Therapy
  • Maternal Health
  • Child Health or Pediatric Care
  • First Aid
  • Growth and Development

Students must also learn the basics of using emergency medical technology, and complete physical education and first aid training.

Keep in mind that you can fulfill many of the LPN requirements with an online course or online classes. Some LPN courses are offered online, and require students to participate in online discussion groups, complete web-based simulations and submit quizzes and exams over the Internet. These courses offer some flexibility for students who cannot attend a campus full-time, but they are not a substitute for an entire LPN training program. You will still need to complete clinicals and have some practical experience in order to meet all LPN requirements for your LPN license.