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The nursing profession in the United States is made up of two licensed nurses, The Practical or Vocational Nurse and the Registered Nurse.


Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and the registered nurses.

What Do LPN's Do?

  • Provide basic bedside care.
  • Take vital signs such as a temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.
  • Prepare and give injections.
  • Apply dressings and give injections.
  • Observe patients and report reactions to medications and treatments.
  • Collect samples for testing.
  • Record food and fluid intake and output.
  • Help patients with feeding, bathing, dressing and personal hygiene.
  • Care for their emotional needs.
  • In states where the law allows, they administer prescribed medicines or start intravenous fluid.


All States and the District of Columbia require LPN's to pass a national licensing examination after completing a state approved Practical Nursing Program. A high school diploma, or equivalent, usually is required for entry into a program.


Most LPN's can be found in long term care, hospitals, or physicians offices.

Employment of LPN's is expected to grow about 22% from 2010 to 2020 in response to the long-term care needs of a rapidly growing elderly population and the general frowth of healthcare.

  • Median annual earnings of Licensed Practical Nurses were $40,380 in 2010. 
  • The lowest 10% earned less than $29,680, and the top 10% earned more than $56,010.

Many nurses start out as LPN's, securing valued experience and financial stability before continuing their education towards a Registered Nurse degree.

The School of Practical Nursing is operated by the Administrative Council of the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center, as as adult preparatory program funded by the Division of Technical and Adult Education of the State of West Virginia Department of Education. The program is a comprehensive twelve month course of instruction in Practical Nursing, accredited by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.


Program Information

Each January a new class of students is admitted. Application for enrollment may be made from March 1st to August 15th each year. All applicants are required to take a pre-entrance examination, the TEAS V, to assess basic reading, math, science, and comprehension skills, that is given in September through the school.


Qualified applicants will be interviewed in October, with final class selection in November.

All candidates selected for the program will be required to be fingerprinted and have background checks completed as required by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Practical Nurses. 

Students will receive both classroom and in-hospital instruction in a wide variety of clinical settings. The school is affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital, Holbrook Nursing Home, Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Crestview Manor, William R. Sharpe Hospital, United Hospital Center, Good Samaritan of Barbour County, and Davis Healthcare.

The cost of the program, including tuition, uniforms, books, graduation supplies, testing material and State Board of Examiners for Practical Nursing application is approximately $5900. Financial aid is available through Veterans benefits, Pell Grants, Rehabilitation Programs, and the Workforce Investment Act for those who qualify.

Successful completion of the course and passage of the state licensure examination entitles one to be a Licensed Practical Nurse or LPN. Past statistics show a 70-80% completion rate of starting students, a greater than state average for passage rate of the NCLEX-PN (liscensure exam), and 100% job placement.

The Fred W. Eberle School of Practical Nursing recognizes the need for trained, competent, individuals who can relieve the predicted nursing shortage. The school is primarily designed to meet the training and employment needs of the central West Virginia area. A major demand in this program of instruction is to provide an opportunity for an adult to achieve a successful and useful livelihood.