LPN Programs in Washington DC


The demand for Licensed Practical Nurses in Washington, the District of Columbia, is lower than the rest of the country, but it’s still growing, and with average salaries of around $48,000 being commanded by some LPNs in the city, it’s a lucrative career choice.

As with other parts of the US, Washington DC has some fairly strict requirements about how you can become an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) though, and you will need to plan your route to registration accordingly.

Finding Approved LPN Courses In Washington DC

The District of Columbia’s approval for licensed practical nursing courses differs slightly from other areas, in that you are allowed to do a Washington DC approved course, or a course that is deemed to be equal to it in another part of the country, and still qualify to take the exam and register.

There are a few approved courses in the area, but you may find that they are difficult to get into, with the high number of applicants. If that is the case, then asking about approved alternatives from elsewhere may be a good idea.

Admission Requirements for LPN Courses in Washington DC

The admission requirements for the various schools and programs that are approved in Washington DC may differ slightly, but most have the same basic requirements. You will need a high school diploma or GED, you will need a clear criminal record, a full medical screening, and drug testing, among other things. You may also be asked for specific things, like college admission test results, or specific training certifications.

You will also need to present math and science test scores to the training institution you choose.

How LPN Training In Washington D.C Works

The typical LPN course in Washington DC is about one year long, although there are those that are one and a half years long, or even longer (usually part time courses.)

The courses are divided into prescribed amounts of hands on clinical training (supervised by a Doctor or Registered Nurse) and classroom and lab studies. The minimum amount of training for these programs in Washington D.C are 600 hours of clinical training, and 1000 hours of other studies. Course modules include basic nursing, anatomy, pharmacology, maternal, infant and elderly patient care, mental health care and more.

After you have completed the course, and met the training hours requirements, you will need to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam, and you will need to apply for District registration. Then you will legally be allowed to work as an LPN in Washington DC.

Accredited LPN Schools, Training Classes & Programs in Washington DC

Capital Health Institute
7826 Eastern Avenue
Suite 515
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 722-8830

The only program taught here is the practical nursing program which allows students to focus entirely on their studies. The program offers both day and evening classes with small class sizes which allows for greater tutor to student attention. The program has a total of 1620 clock hours which spans 275 days. All courses must be completed in order to graduate and be eligible to take the state board licensing exams.

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Comprehensive Health Academy School of Practice Nursing
1106 Bladensburg Road, NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-5500

Here we have a health care training institution which focuses on practical nursing and nurse aide training programs. The opt out nurse aide program is taught as a part of the licensed practical nursing program. PN students have a day or evening class option and clinical rotations take place in several hospitals in the district. Students can work out a payment plan with the financial counselor to make regular monthly payments.

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JC Inc – American Institute of Professional Studies
6411 Chillum Place, NW
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 291-8787

Information for this college states that the licensed practical nursing program takes a total of 12 months to complete. Instructions cover approximately 1660 clock hours which includes theory, labs and clinical training. The program offers both a part-time and full-time option for classes. The school applies a strong ethical approach to learning, based on their Christian values.

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Radians College
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 291-9020

It appears that the only programs offered at this college are the RN and LPN programs. Their practical nursing program is studied over a 16 month period. A criterion for admissions is an accumulative GPA of 2.0 on high school transcripts or a 4.0 grade on your GED. The college offers their own scholarship programs so student should fill out an application to determine if they qualify.

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University of the District of Columbia Practical Nursing Program
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Mail Box 1005
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 274-6952

This LPN program is a full time day program which is completed in only 12 months. Students have the option of advancing to the Associates nursing degree through the fast track accelerated program. There are several scholarship opportunities available to to those who qualify. Students can purchase their books and school supplies at the campus book store. There are other student resources on campus.

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VMT Academy of Practical Nursing
4201 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 301
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 282-3010

This institution is dedication to health care training of which the licensed practical program is a part of its curriculum. Their job placement service includes resume and interview preparation, job leads and job fairs. They also assist students in finding part time employment while they study. They have a three step admissions process which makes it easy to enroll; (1) take the entrance exams, (2) explore financial options and (3) choose when to start classes.

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JC Inc – American Institute of Professional Studies

6411 Chillum Place NW

Washington, DC 20012-2133

This is a Christian Institute, so all programs are taught with a Christian Philosophical outlook. They have a 12 month LPN Program with part-time and  full-time course options. In the end though, you will have completed about 1,660 hours of classes. Of those, approximately 600 hours will be dedicated to practical training in a clinical setting like a hospital.

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