Licensed Practical Nurse

What do Licensed Practical Nurses do?

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) perform a variety of tasks under the supervision of a registered nurse. They administer medicine and injections, take vital signs, dress wounds, and feed infants. Most are trained to work in all aspects of health care, yet some specialize in certain areas.

Average Wage

Experienced Wage

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs):

Administer medication and monitor frequency and amounts
Compile patient health information
Set up, clean, and use catheters, oxygen suppliers, and other equipment
Supervise nursing assistants and aides
Take blood pressure and conduct other basic care treatments
Take vital signs

Training & Educational Opportunities

You will have plenty of employment opportunities as an LPN, but first you will have to complete training and earn a certificate. LPNs must also obtain state licensure through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Practical nursing programs combine classroom learning in subjects such as nursing, biology, and pharmacology. All programs also include supervised clinical experience.


Training Providers

  • Elgin Community College
  • Genesis Healthcare Institute
  • Harper College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • Verve College

Need Help Paying for These Skills or Certifications?

A WIOA grant can pay for up to $10,000 of training.

Types of Employers

  • Home healthcare services
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Physician offices
  • Residential care facilities


After you receive your certificate as an LPN, you will have many opportunities for additional certification and advancement. Some opportunities include:

  • Care Manager
  • Clinical Coordinator Associate
  • Labor and Delivery Technician
  • Pre-Op Nurse