Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required. Nurses with more credentials (ADN, RN, BSN, MSN) are higher paid and in higher demand, but LPNs provide essential day to day care to patients in need.

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Administer prescribed medications or start intravenous fluids, noting times and amounts on patients' charts.
  • Observe patients, charting and reporting changes in patients' conditions, such as adverse reactions to medication or treatment, and taking any necessary action.
  • Answer patients' calls and determine how to assist them.
  • Measure and record patients' vital signs, such as height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration.

Recommended Credentials

Non-degree certification (1 year) and state licensing exam (NCLEX-PN)

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Practical Nursing Certificate
— Northwestern Michigan College
LPN to RN Transition Program (AAS)
— North Central Michigan College

Elsewhere in Michigan


Muskegon Community College, Nursing Program 

Western Michigan University, Bronson School of Nursing 

Explore This Career

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The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Take AP math and sciences courses at your local high school.

Attend Northwest Ed's Health Sciences Program

Look into the Northwest Ed Early College Health Sciences Program. Here is a list of suggested courses.

Pathway 2

Start an ADN to LPN Nursing - Practical completion program at Northwestern Michigan College.

Pathway 3

Pursue a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health to advance your degree. Look into classes at the GVSU Traverse City Regional Center!


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Charge Nurse
  • Clinic Licensed Practical Nurse (CLINIC LPN)
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
  • Office Nurse
  • Pediatric Licensed Practical Nurse (PEDIATRIC LPN)
  • Home Health Licensed Practical Nurse (Home Health LPN)
  • Private Duty Nurse
  • Radiation Oncology Nurse
  • Triage LPN (Triage Licensed Practical Nurse)

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

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Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

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Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Licensed Practical Nurse

Real World Career Pathways

It doesn't have to be a straight shot! Hear from people who have taken unique pathways.