Licensed Practical Nurse

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$19.79-$33.43 (Mean $25.85)
*based on 2016 Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Licensed Practical Nurse

Professional Activities

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) provide direct patient care, working with the health care team to meet the needs of the whole person-physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. They give routine nursing care to the ill, injured, handicapped and recovering patient, and provide health teaching to clients in many settings. They often assist registered nurses in more complex, non-routine care. Typical duties include taking vital signs, administering prescribed medications, giving injections, preparing patients for medical examinations and surgical procedures, and recording information in the patient’s medical record. 

Licensed practical nurses can specialize in areas such as pediatrics (children), obstetrics (pregnancy and childbirth), and gerontology (elder care). With additional training, employment in the operating room is also possible. Long-term care settings are common employment sites for LPNs, and opportunities to work in home health are increasing. LPNs are required to practice under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician.

In rural Alaska, licensed practical nurses have a variety of employment opportunities. As in urban settings, they find employment anywhere that physicians and registered nurses work. Examples include clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation units, and nursing homes.

Educational Requirements

  • Graduation from high school with coursework in English, science, and math.
  • Completion of a 11 to 18-month licensed practical nurse course in a vocational school, college, or university.
  • Successful completion of the NCLEX-PN examination for licensure.

Academic Programs

The University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing’s Practical Nursing program has been temporarily suspended. For more information, contact:

UAA School of Nursing
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508-8030
Telephone: (907) 786-4550
FAX: (907) 786-4559

The Alaska Vocational Technical Center (AVTEC) has also suspended their 11 month certificate program due to budgetary cuts. For more information, visit

We are not aware of any other Practical Nurse programs in the state.


State Contact:

We are currently unaware of a state association for licensed practical nurses.

National Contacts:

The National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service (NAPNES)
Phone: (703) 933-1003

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses (NFLPN)
Toll free: (800) 948-2511

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