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Licensed Practical Nurse


A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is a licensed health care provider who provides nursing care under the direction of an RN, physician, or other authorized health care provider. There is no independent component to the LPN role. An LPN has graduated from high school and completed an approved practical nursing program of at least nine months (or two semesters).

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 April 8, 2014)

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

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2012, there were 4,474 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 4,213 licenses issued for this occupation.

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) 474-3398

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 Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc.
3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190
Raleigh, NC 27607
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 12/03/14.

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