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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 29, 2015
License Title: Licensed Practical Nurse (Lpn)

License Description: Licensed practical nurses work as direct caregivers in a variety of settings including acute and long-term care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician. They are members of the health care team working primarily with individuals and families. Nursing skills are based upon knowledge of natural, biological and social sciences, nursing theory and practice.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapters 17A, 147, 152, 272C

Requirements for License:An applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent; graduate from an approved school of nursing at the practical nurse level; and, pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). Practical nurse programs are the equivalent of one year and include both classroom study and clinical practice.

Foreign applicants seeking initial LPN licensure in Iowa must be reviewed by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Credential Evaluation Service prior to taking the NCLEX-PN exam. CGFNS provides primary source verification of educational preparation and licensure in the native country. Applicants must earn a minimum score of 500 (paper) or 173 (computer) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Twenty-four contact hours or 2.4 continuing education units are required for renewal of an initial license issued for less than three years.

Thirty-six contact hours or 3.6 continuing education units are required for renewal of a license issued for three years.

Endorsement: $119
Duration: Two-three years - 1st license; Three years - after 1st license
Renewal: $99
Exam: $93 - Iowa licensure by exam
$200 - NCLEX-PN registration

When:The national computerized examination (NCLEX-PN) is administered year round at approved Pearson Professional Centers in Coralville, Davenport, Sioux City, and West Des Moines, Iowa.
Where:Pearson Professional Centers in Coralville, Davenport, Sioux City, and West Des Moines, Iowa

License Authority:
Iowa Board of Nursing

400 SW 8th St Ste B
Des Moines IA 50309
Phone: 5152816488

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