LPN Education and Certification in Iowa

To work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Iowa you will need to earn your LPN degree. Your degree will help you prepare for this career, but before you can begin working you will need to be licensed by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

In order to obtain a license in this state you must take and pass the NCLEX-PN exam and be CPR certified. When you fill out an application for a license you will submit a copy of your LPN school transcript and an $85 fee.

Your license will need to be renewed every three years and Iowa has some very specific renewal requirements. The first time you renew your license you will be required to participate in 24 credit hours of continuing education courses. After that, every time you renew your license you will need to participate in 36 credit hours of continuing education classes.

If you work with children or dependent adults as an LPN, you will also be required to take a special class every five years on identifying and reporting abuse.

These continuing education classes may be available online and they must be approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

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