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Licensed Practical Nurse


A licensed practical nurse provides practical nursing care to patients under the direction of a registered professional nurse, licensed physician, dentist, or other licensed healthcare provider. A licensed practical nurse provides assistance to professional nursing and medical staff in such settings as a hospital, nursing home, physician's office, community health-care center, and rehabilitation facility.

Licensing Requirements

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice in New York State as a licensed practical nurse. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions website at

Fees: (as of March 21, 2012)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $143.
The fee for a limited permit is $35.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2010, there were 4,479 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2011, there were 4,370 licenses issued for this occupation.

Note: While all nurse licensees must be registered to practice within New York State, being registered does not necessarily mean the licensee is actively engaged in practice.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Nurse Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 280
Fax: (518) 474-3706

Standard Occupational Classification

29-2061 - Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services, Inc.
1400 Spring Street, Suite 310
Silver Springs, Maryland 20910
Phone: (301) 588-2491

National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc.
1418 Aversboro Road
Garner, North Carolina 27529
Phone: (800) 948-2511 or (919) 779-0046
Fax: (919) 779-5642


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 10/5/12.

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