Whether choosing to work for the state, at a regional hospital, or for a healthcare organization, LPNs in Delaware can enjoy rewarding career opportunities along with attractive salaries and comprehensive benefits packages. More than 2,000 LPNs were employed in the state of Delaware in 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and demand for licensed practical nurses remains strong. The following guide walks aspiring practical nurses through the state's licensure process, offers helpful tools for exploring LPN programs in Delaware, and takes a closer look at salary and employment trends for LPNs in the state.
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As the second smallest state in the U.S., LPN programs in Delaware are not as plentiful as they are in other larger states across the country. Prospective nursing students still do have options, however. Explore the LPN programs offered at the schools below to help determine which program is a good fit.
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Getting Your Practical Nursing License in Delaware
All nurses in Delaware must be licensed in order to practice and must also renew their license according to state guidelines. These mandates can vary between states so it's important that aspiring practical nurses understand all the steps required to begin legally practicing in the state. Below is a breakdown of requirements for initial licensure by examination, but for the most up-to-date information visit Delaware's Board of Nursing.
- Declare Delaware or a non-compact state your home state of residence
- If your home state of residence is Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, or Wisconsin you are required to apply for licensure by examination in that state
- Completion of an accredited practical nursing program that meets all state requirements within the previous four years
- Practical nurses who have a Delaware license that is in “Lapsed-Must Reinstate” or “Inactive” status will need to complete an reinstatement application
Education & Training Requirements
Before applying for licensure and sitting for the NCLEX-PN, an aspiring nurse must complete a practical nursing program approved by the Delaware Board of Nursing. This program must meet the Board's Rules and Regulations for acceptable education, which includes 200 hours of clinical experience. Applicants who completed a program within the US – or in a US territory – will need to have the school send official transcripts directly to the Board.
After completing a practical nursing program, graduates must pass the NCLEX-PN and submit two applications: one to the Delaware Board of Nursing and another to Pearson Vue, the organization that administers the NCLEX-PN, before scheduling their exam date. Those who graduated two or more years prior to sitting for the exam, must submit evidence of completing an NCLEX review course within the previous six months. If five or more years have gone by since graduation, you are no eligible for licensure by examination and will need to contact the Board office for more information.
Additional Requirements for Licensure
- Pay a non-refundable $132 processing fee in the form of a check or money order payable to the “State of Delaware”
- Submit a completed, signed and notarized Application for Licensure as a Practical Nurse by Examination
- Submit a copy of a driver's license or official ID card from the Division of Motor Vehicles
- Register for the NCLEX online via the Pearson Vue website when ready to take the test
- Send the Nursing Reference Form to your school for completion. The school must mail it back to the Board office.
- Those who wish to apply for a temporary permit must have already filed an application for a Delaware practical nursing license and have a job offer with a start date before the scheduled exam. They must submit a signed Application for Temporary Permit for Licensed Practical Nurse document and pay the temporary permit fee of $40.
- Those who wish to obtain a temporary permit after graduating from a board-approved program in another state can pay a $124 application fee and a $35 fee for the temporary permit.
Maintaining an LPN License
LPNs in Delaware must renew their license ever two years, on even-number years. The expiration date is February 28 of all even years (e.g. 2016, 2018, 2020, etc.). To renew a license, applicants are required to compete a certain amount of contact hours of continuing education. For practical nursing licenses issued by examination, 24 Board-approved CEs are required, with three of those hours covering substance abuse. If a nurse has had his/her initial license for less than two years, however, no CEs are needed.
Salaries for LPNs in Delaware
Like most other professions, salary potential for practical nurses can vary. Certain regions or cities in Delaware are expected to experience higher salaries than other areas. The following table shows areas of Delaware with the highest LPN salary ranges:
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Employment Trends for Delaware LPNs
On a national level, demand for LPNs is expected to be much faster than the average compared to other occupations through 2024, with a projected growth of 16 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. LPNs are likely to find the most jobs in nursing care centers, as home health care service providers, or in retirement and nursing homes. For Delaware, most of the LPN job opportunities can be found in larger cities and in hospitals, rehab facilities, and other large healthcare organizations.
Top Locations for Employment
|Area||Total Employment (2014)|
|Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division||1,360|
|Sussex County Delaware nonmetropolitan area||410|
Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014
Employment of LPNs in Delaware
Average Annual Openings 100
Source: Projections Central
Delaware Resources for Practical Nurses
Database of accredited nursing programs from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.
Comprehensive list of approved Delaware nursing education and continuing education programs available around the state. Provided by the Department of State Division of Professional Regulation.
Advocacy and membership programs for nursing professionals throughout the State of Delaware. Includes information about certification resources for the American Nurses Association (ANA) certification and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Aspiring LPNs and nurses looking for financial assistance to complete their education can apply for the Nursing Incentive Program offered by the Delaware Department of Education. This page provides eligibility requirements, application instructions, and award amounts.
Organization designed for pre-nursing and nursing students enrolled in an accredited nursing program in the State of Delaware. Includes membership information and member resources. DSNA is a constituent member of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA).
Comprehensive site for practical nurses and other individuals in the nursing profession that provides membership services, accreditation services, and recognition programs for those excelling in their field.
Develops professional competency standards for LPNs and nursing professionals practicing in the State of Delaware. Includes licensing information and license renewal services.
Up-to-date listing of job opportunities for nursing professionals who wish to work for the State of Delaware. Includes seasonal job opportunities and a secure online application form.