Becoming an LPN in North Dakota

In the state of North Dakota professional nurses strive to provide treatment for not only a wide range of moderately to chronically ill people, but also help those who are healthy maintain that quality of life. North Dakota is also a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows other NLC state licensed nursed to practice within its jurisdiction without additional licensing. By 2024, it’s predicted that LPN jobs will increase up to 17% across the state of North Dakota, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals interested in this influx of jobs must meet state requirements and apply for a North Dakota LPN license.

  • LPN Programs in North Dakota

    Bismarck State College
    1500 Edwards Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58506
    (701) 224-5400 Visit Homepage
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    Dakota College Bottineau
    105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND 58318
    (701) 228-2277 Visit Homepage
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    Dickinson State University
    291 Campus Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
    (701) 483-2507 Visit Homepage
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    Lake Region State College
    1801 College Drive N, Devils Lake, ND 58301
    (701) 662-1600 Visit Homepage
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    North Dakota State College of Science
    800 6th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58076
    (800) 342-4325 Visit Homepage
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    Sitting Bull College
    9299 N Dakota 24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
    (701) 854-8000 Visit Homepage
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    Turtle Mountain Community College
    10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
    (701) 477-7862 Visit Homepage
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    United Tribes Technical College
    3315 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
    (701) 255-3285 Visit Homepage
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    Williston State College
    1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND 58801
    (704) 774-4200 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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  • North Dakota LPN Licensing Requirements

    North Dakota requires those seeking to become licensed in the state to complete an approved nursing education program and pass the state-required test. Once all educational requirements are complete, the applicant is encouraged to submit an application to the state, including:

    • Official transcript sent directly from state-approved nursing program with degree posted.
    • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
    • Criminal background check.

    North Dakota Board of Nursing Forms (

    Other physical requirements may be helpful in performing day-to-day activities as an LPN, however, they may not be required. These activities are not limited to moving patients and lifting machinery.

    North Dakota is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC - that allows nurses from other NLC states to participate within its borders without additional licensing. These nurses are, however, required to register a primary state of residence. Nurses for non-compact states can apply for a North Dakota license by endorsement by submitting the proper application as well as the following:

    • Verification of state licensure.
    • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
    • Criminal background check.

    Foreign applicants must also submit proof of English proficiency as well as an official transcript evaluation by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS -

    North Dakota LPN licenses expires every 2 years and requires 12 contact hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.

    Additional ND Nursing Resources

    North Dakota Board of Nursing

    919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
    Bismarck, ND 58504
    Phone: (701) 328-9777
    Fax: (701) 328-9785

    1. North Dakota Nurses Association (

  • LPN Salary: North Dakota vs National Salary Comparison

    Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015

    North Dakota LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook

    In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of North Dakota was $37,700. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of North Dakota ( published by, state and national trends predict a 17% increase in LPN jobs in North Dakota by 2024 which is 1% greater than national average. This prediction translates to approximately 130 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.

    Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (

    North Dakota Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area

    The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in North Dakota. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Grand Forks490$19.31$40,170