If you had a talent for Biology and Chemistry in school, and if you are interested in helping people in exchange for a secure job and good salary, than you should consider qualifying as an LPN in the state of Kansas.
Despite declines in the economy the healthcare industry is still going strong. An increase in the life expectancy rate means that there are a growing number of elderly people who may need LPN care. Increasing populations mean that there is a larger demand for LPNs in general. In fact, as far as jobs go, being an LPN is one of the more secure options you could choose. There are several schools in Kansas where you can do your qualification, and you will also have the opportunity to expand your options even further once you have graduated by moving on to be come an RN.
In order to become licensed as an LPN in the state of Kansas you will have to:
- Be older than 18 years of age
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent qualification
- Have a clear criminal background
- Have a clean bill of health
- Graduate from an LPN program that is certified and accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing (this is very important as you will never be able to practice as an LPN in Indiana if the school where you did you qualification is not certified)
- Pass the NCLEX-PN exam in your state
In order to write the NCLEX-PN exam you will have to pay a fee to the company organizing the exam. This company is called Pearson Vue and the fee that you will have to pay in order to write the exam is $200. There is also an additional charge of $50 payable to the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
Financial Aid Available
In Kansas there are in fact a large number of options open to people who want to study further but who may not necessarily have the money to do so. These days there is absolutely no reason why you should give up on your dreams to better your situation by becoming a qualified licensed practical nurse. For someone who is willing to take the time to look you will soon realize that there are plenty of avenues of inquiry if you are hoping to study further. Don’t give up!
Grants and Loans
If you apply to FAFSA for information about sort of financial aid is available for you, you will most likely be given a list of grants and loans in return. It is very important to start your search with FAFSA as FAFSA has a large amount of knowledge available that can be used to find the best financial aid program for you. The information that FAFSA gives you about the various programs that are available will be based on the form that you fill in when you apply with FAFSA. When you receive your FAFSA feedback move all of the grants to the top of your priority list over the loans. This is because a grant is a much more financially viable option than a loan. A grant is an amount of money that is given to you to pay for your studies that you will NEVER HAVE TO PAY BACK. This may sound as though it is too good to be true. It is not easy to get a grant and often it is based on how much you are deemed to need the money. Therefore students who are in a worse position financially than you are will be given a higher priority when it comes to distributing these grants. Loans are easier to get for the general population, but they do, of course, need to be paid back and most of them accrue interest. There are a few different sources where you can apply for a loan. Federal loans are hard to get, but on the upside they come with a great interest rate. Private loans are easier to get but the interest tends to be higher. Loans are also a way to subsidize a grant you have received if it does not cover all of your costs.
Like grants, scholarships require no payback, which means that you will basically be able to fund your studies at no cost to yourself whatsoever. However, these are even harder to get than grants. Some of them are needs based like grants, but nearly all of them require that you be an academic achiever. You will need to be at the top of your class in order to get a scholarship as most scholarships function as a sort for ward for hard work. LPN scholarships are often available from the nursing school where you are thinking of qualifying so start by asking around there. There are also many other sources, so make sure that you are aware of all of your options.
If you are already working as CNA or in a similar capacity in a health care field than you may be able to apply to your current employer for financial aid. Many employers are happy to help their employees upgrade their education as this can only mean a good thing for their institute. You will most likely have to repay them by working for them as a qualified LPN for a set period of time, but this is a good thing for you as well as them. In this way you will be guaranteed a job once you have qualified as an LPN and you will also be able to get that valuable work experience that employers want to see on your resume. On top of that you will be working in an environment that you are already familiar with, which makes the whole situation a whole lot less stressful.
Work and Study
Inquire at the school where you are hoping to study as to whether or not they offer a work and study program. If you are eligible for such a program it means that you will be able to both work and study at the school, thereby earning income you need to pay for your studies. Obviously this cannot be done for every student hoping to study at that school, so the requirements are pretty stringent. However, many students are not aware that this is an option, so you may get lucky. Whatever the outcome is, it is well worth inquiring into the work and study programs at your school.
Loan Forgiveness Programs
There are several loan forgiveness programs in Kansas that will deal with a portion of your debt in exchange for your services in a non profit organization for a set period of time. When you qualify as an LPN and it comes time to repay your loan than you will definitely want to consider all of the options available to make it easier for yourself.
List of Schools
There are a large number of schools that offer LPN training in the state of Kansas. The following is a comprehensive list that provides the contact details you will able to use in order to make further inquiries.
Barton County Community College – PN, ADN
245 NE 30 Rd.
Great Bend, Ks 67530
Brown Mackie – Salina – PN, ADN
2106 S. 9th St.
Salina, Ks 67401
Brown Mackie – K.C. – PN, ADN
9705 Lenexa Dr.
Lenexa, Ks 66215
Butler Community College – PN, ADN
901 S. Haverhill Rd.
El Dorado, Ks 67042
Colby Community College – PN, ADN
1255 S. Range
Colby, Ks 67701
Dodge City Community College – PN, ADN
Nursing Education & Allied Health
2501 N. 14th Ave.
Dodge City, Ks 67801
Flint Hills Technical College – PN
3301 W. 18th
Emporia, Ks 66801
Garden City Community College – PN, ADN
801 Campus Drive
Garden City, Ks 67801
Hutchinson Community College – PN
McPherson, Ks 67460
Johnson County Community College/AVS – PN
10000 W. 75th
Merriam, Ks 66204
Kansas City Kansas Area Technical School – PN
2220 N. 59th
Kansas City, Ks 66102
Kaw Area Technical School – PN
5724 SW Huntoon
Topeka, Ks 66604
Manhattan Area Technical College – PN, ADN
3136 Dickens Ave.
Manhattan, Ks 66503
National American University- PN, ADN
Overland Park, Ks 66212
Neosho County Community College – PN, ADN
Mary Grimes School of Nursing
Ottawa, Ks 66067
Neosho County Community College – PN, ADN
Mary Grimes School of Nursing
800 W. 14th
Chanute, Ks 66720
Northeast Kansas Technical College – PN
1501 W. Riley
Atchison, Ks 66002
Pratt Community College – PN, ADN
348 NE SR 61
Pratt, Ks 67124
Seward County Community College – PN, ADN
PO Box 1137
Liberal, Ks 67905-1137
Wichita Area Technical College – PN
324 N. Emporia St.
Wichita, Ks 67202