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Colorado LPN Programs

How to Become a Licensed Practical Nurse in Colorado

The first step to becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN) is to earn a high school diploma or equivalent education (GED), which may help students to gain acceptance into a state approved Colorado LPN program. Successful completion of a practical nurse program is mandatory. These programs are typically at least two-semesters in length, and comprise of both classroom instruction and supervised clinical experience in a health care facility.  In Colorado, LPN programs are also available online.


After graduating from a practical nursing program, students will need to successfully pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN. Students will need to register to take examination through the NCLEX either by mail, phone or via the website. The examination fee is $200. All test scores will be sent to the Colorado State Board of Nursing. Students may attempt to successfully pass examination a total of three times within a three year time frame. For more information, contact:

NCLEX Examination Program
Pearson Professional Testing
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437-1099
(866) 496-2539

Upon passing competency examination, a practical nursing license must be obtained from the CSBN. Practical nurses cannot gain lawful employment without a license. Therefore, go to the CSBN website and obtain an “Application for License by Examination—Practical Nurse” form. Fill out the form completely, and include an $88 application fee and initial licensing fee of $71. Attach a completed “Affidavit of Eligibility” form with application. Applicants must also attach an official transcript from whichever nurse training program attended and graduated from. Also, proof of registration from the NCLEX examination is required. Finally applicants must show verification of U.S. citizenship or formal permission to work in the U.S., proof of any license granted in other states, and admittance of any past convictions, mental health issues, or drug use that may prevent license from being granted. All licenses remain active for two years, after which renewal is required ($100).



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