LPN Programs in Kansas

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Research from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment noted that in 2010, the state’s registered nursing shortage counts put Kansas 12th in the nation, and by 2020, Kansas is expected to rank 18th. Although that is some improvement, many officials say more needs to be done. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has pointed out that many states have failed to leverage qualified licensed practical nurses to combat the country’s RN shortage and keep pace with health care demands. In recent years, many US hospitals have decreased their LPN workforce, but in light of growing patient demands, highly skilled LPNs may see more opportunities in the coming years, including in Kansas. To prepare for this career path, learn more about LPN programs in Kansas, state salary and employment, and what Kansas requires to obtain licensure and employment.

Top LPN Programs in Kansas

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Rank School Name Score Tuition Student/Teacher ratio Graduation Rate
1 Dodge City Community College 96.67 $$$$$ 12:1 52%
2 Washburn Institute of Technology 94.33 $$$$$ 8:1 74%
3 North Central Kansas Technical College 93.33 $$$$$ 10:1 71%
4 Garden City Community College 93 $$$$$ 13:1 37%
5 Manhattan Area Technical College 92.33 $$$$$ 13:1 57%
6 Seward County Community College and Area Technical School 91.67 $$$$$ 15:1 36%
7 Kansas City Kansas Community College 91.33 $$$$$ 13:1 22%
8 Coffeyville Community College 91 $$$$$ 24:1 36%
9 Flint Hills Technical College 90 $$$$$ 14:1 55%
10 Neosho County Community College 89.67 $$$$$ 12:1 24%
11 Colby Community College 89.33 $$$$$ 14:1 35%
12 Labette Community College 88.67 $$$$$ 14:1 9%
13 Hutchinson Community College 88.67 $$$$$ 15:1 27%
14 Wichita Area Technical College 88.33 $$$$$ 14:1 38%
15 Cloud County Community College 88 $$$$$ 20:1 31%
16 Pratt Community College 88 $$$$$ 26:1 39%
17 Johnson County Community College 87.67 $$$$$ 20:1 15%
18 Donnelly College 87.33 $$$$$ 12:1 17%
19 Barton County Community College 86.33 $$$$$ 25:1 28%

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LPN programs in Kansas are offered both full-time and part-time, allowing prospective students to choose a schedule that works best for them. Most are offered through the state’s community colleges or vocational schools. Use the search tool below to find an LPN program that matches your needs and goals. For more detailed information, select your top choices and get a side-by-side comparison to help you narrow down your options even further and get closer to the right practical nursing program.

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How to Get a Kansas LPN License

Kansas, like every other state, requires practical nurses to obtain a state license, which involves the steps and requirements outlined below:

Basic Eligibility

  • Successfully complete a Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)-approved practical nursing or professional nursing program in the United States, its territories, or a foreign country
  • File a written application for licensure with the KSBN
  • Submit all appropriate fees, waivers and fingerprints to the Kansas State Board of Nursing
  • Submit official transcripts to the board. If official transcripts are not submitted, the applicant will not receive authorization to test and the process will be stopped.

Education Requirements

The KSBN oversees and approves LPN programs in Kansas, including programs at community colleges and nursing schools within the state. Earning a diploma or qualifying degree that allows a student to sit for the NCLEX-PN will require a minimum of one year of full-time study. Many schools also offer flexible programs for working and part-time students.

Course and other graduation requirements vary from program to program, but most schools require the successful completion of a specified set of core practical nursing classes as well as a number of general education courses. Most LPN programs also require some amount of hands-on training under the supervision of a licensed nurse.

Additional Requirements and Conditions

  • All prospective LPNs in Kansas must take and pass the NCLEX-PN examination
  • The KSBN may issue an LPN license to an applicant who holds licensure in another state or territory if the applicant meets the other qualifications for becoming a LPN in Kansas. Applicants must provide verification of licensure status from the original state of licensure.
  • The KSBN may waive educational requirements for military applicants who have previously passed the NCLEX-PN exam and provided evidence practical nursing experience with the military
  • An applicant who has not been licensed to practice for five years preceding application is required to successfully complete a refresher course, as defined by the KSBN.
  • A temporary permit (maximum of 120 days) may be issued to an applicant who has graduated from a practical school of nursing in a foreign country after verification of licensure in that country and approval of educational credentials
  • Applicant must pay a fee of $50

Keeping Your KS License Up-to-Date

Kansas LPN licenses must be renewed biennially and the fee for renewal is $55. The expiration date is the last day of the licensee’s birth month. To renew one’s license, the licensee must file a renewal application with the KSBN before the expiration date. Except in the case of a first renewal, licensees must additionally provide proof of completion of 30 continuing education units. Failure to renew in time will require the licensee to file a late application and pay an additional late fee.

Salary Trends

What an individual LPN earns in Kansas depends on a number of factors, including geographic location and specific employer. The tables below offer a look at the top paying areas in Kansas for LPNs.

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Kansas LPN Employment Trends

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA) reported that emerging care delivery models are expected to broaden the roles taken on by LPNs, resulting in new growth and demand. Other factors spurring the need for more LPNs include an aging baby boomer population in need of care, a current lack of nursing educators and an older, retiring LPN workforce.

The data below provide more information on current and emerging trends for LPNs practicing in Kansas.

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