Nursing Schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The front lines of health care in Philadelphia can be said to rest squarely on the shoulders of the licensed practical nurse (LPN). Along with the closely-related position of licensed vocational nurse (LVN), LPNs provide much of the hands-on nursing care that health care patients and the disabled receive. Philadelphia nursing schools provide one avenue for discovering the health care fields and the opportunities for employment.

Living and Working in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's city lights cover 135 square miles. The city and its broad suburbs include a number of health care facilities, such as The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Alfred I. Du Pone Hospital for Children. These establishments provide care for residents of the Keystone state but also offer career opportunities for LPNs. In fact, some of the top career locations for LPNs nationwide include doctor's offices, general and medical hospitals, home health care services, and nursing care facilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


LPNs and LVNs earned mean wages of $40,900 nationwide, according to 2009 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In Pennsylvania, mean wages earned for these positions were $41,300, but in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, they were even higher at $47,560, the BLS reports.

The population of Philadelphia was more than 1.4 million people in 2006, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the BLS reports a mean annual salary for all occupations in the area of $48,340. Many people who work in Philadelphia drive into the city from outlying residential areas to take advantage of lower cost of living outside the urban center.

LPN Schools in Philadelphia

LPN and LVN training programs serve as minimum training for passing the state board exam for licensure. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) is offered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Most LPN programs take about a year to complete and are offered through community colleges and technical and vocational schools. Also, some training is available through employer-sponsored programs in hospitals and high schools.

According to the BLS, in May 2009 more than 10,930 LPNs were employed in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. With such a large city and an expansive suburb system, Philadelphia's LPN nursing schools may be a smart way to begin your nursing career.

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