Storm Lake, IA has six licensed practical nurse schools within a 100-mile radius of its city center. Northwest Iowa Community College, the highest ranked school in this group with a licensed practical nurse program, has a total student population of 1,615. It is the 2503rd highest ranked school in the USA and the 45th highest in the state of Iowa (#1 is Luther College).
Licensed Practical Nurse students from Storm Lake schools who go on to become licensed practical nurses, nurses, practical nurses, pediatric nurses, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 728,670 people working as licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $40,900. Also, Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants make on average $24,980 per year and there are about 1,438,010 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area alone, there are 2,970 employed nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants earning an average salary of $23,310. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses in this area earn $34,870/yr and there are 830 employed.
Storm Lake lies in Buena Vista county, which is one of the 52 counties in Iowa. Overall, the Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area has 147,190 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.8% unemployment rate, $15.78/hr average worker wage, and a $32,810 average annual salary. Thus, about 5.653 out of every 1000 jobs in Storm Lake are held by licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 20.152/1000 are held by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants.
Of the 6 licensed practical nurse schools with a 100-mile radius of Storm Lake, none have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Ellsworth Community College comes out as the most expensive ($9,920/yr) for licensed practical nurse students, with Iowa Western Community College as the lowest, reported at only $6,974/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Storm Lake|
|Orange City||IA||-||1||27.8622||68||50.2 miles|
|Fort Dodge||IA||-||2||25.3587||65||53.5 miles|
|Sioux City||IA||83,250||6||24.3659||219||61.4 miles|
|Sioux Falls||SD||160,938||10||21.3787||260||99.0 miles|