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Metropolitan Community College Practical Nursing Program

Practical Nursing Job Outlook

Campus: MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program Coordinator:  Meskerem Desta
For program information please call 816.604.4262

Job Preparation: Student Employment Services
Job Bank: Career Central


2018 Median Pay is $22.23/hour

Employment of licensed practical nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, due to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for health care services.

According to the Department of Labor, the median annual wage for licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses was $46,240 ($24.08 per hour), in May 2018 with the median pay $22.23 per hour. You can expect to start at $18 to $22 per hour.

Bureau of Labor Statistics-Occupational Outlook Handbook

Where you can work

  • Physician's Clinics
  • Industrial health programs
  • Insurance companies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Outpatient centers
  • Schools
  • Private Duty 
Last Modified: 3/3/20