Becoming an LPN in Ohio
The state of Ohio prides itself on having high standards of care and believes in the value of continued education and professional growth and development for its nurses and health care providers. By 2024, The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 20% increase in licensed practical nurse (LPN) jobs per year. Applicants looking to apply for an Ohio LPN license by either exam or endorsement can meet the growing demand for nurses in the state.
LPN Programs in Ohio
When looking for an approved Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program in Ohio, you should not only consider vocational centers and private nursing schools, but you should also consider community college-approved programs are available at all of these. We've reviewed pass-rates for the NCLEX-PN for 70 schools in the state-each approved for LPN licensure requirements. After careful consideration of all of the data collected, we've created a ranked list of Ohio's top 20 LPN schools.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)Ranked: 1NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Southern State Community College
Southern State Community College (SSCC) is located in Hillsboro, Ohio, with additional campuses in Washington Court House, Wilmington, and Sardina, as well as locations in Wilmington, Manchester, and Lucasville. SSCC is committed to providing quality education to southern Ohio, offering a variety of technical and transfer programs that emphasize real-world skills.
Get More Information About: Southern State Community CollegeRanked: 2NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
ETI Technical College of Niles
ETU Technical College, located in Niles, Ohio, offers associate and diploma programs as well as continuing adult education, GED courses, and workforce development programs. ETI is dedicated to providing technical education programs as career-oriented
Get More Information About: ETI Technical College of NilesRanked: 3NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%
Sandusky Career Center
Sandusky Career Center (SCC), located in Sandusky, Ohio, offers programs to meet workforce development needs, providing a diverse educational experience. SCC also offers customized training to develop a package that meets business and employee needs, providing professional, cost effective training in all areas of business.
Get More Information About: Sandusky Career CenterRanked: 4NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.63%
Hocking Technical College
Hocking Technical College is located in Nelsonville, Ohio, with additional campuses and learning labs located in Logan, Lake Snowden, Hocking Woods, and New Lexington. Hocking College provides quality education in a supportive experienced-based learning environment that prepares students for transfer education or employment, enriching the lives of students, faculty, and the community.
Get More Information About: Hocking Technical CollegeRanked: 5NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.21%
Knox County Career Center
Knox County Career Center, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, provides educational programs for students to obtain entry-level employment as well as workforce development and career advancement. The Career Center offers a wide variety of programs-full-time, part-time, online, and customized training to help student reach both educational and professional goals.
Get More Information About: Knox County Career CenterRanked: 6NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.47%
Northwest State Community College
Northwest State Community College (NSCC) is a public two-year college located in Archbold, Ohio, with satellite locations in Bryan, Can Wert, and Whitehouse. NSCC offers a variety of degree and certification programs as well as non-credit classed offered through their custom training solutions.
Get More Information About: Northwest State Community CollegeRanked: 7NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.40%
Owens Community College
Owens Community College is located in Findlay, Ohio, with additional locations in Toledo and Maumee. Owens Community College offers 130 academic programs, dedicated faculty with real-world experience, flexible class times and schedules, and many opportunities for success, empowering the student and community.Ranked: 8NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.07%
North Central State College
North Central (NC) State College is a public, two-year community based educational institution located in Mansfield, Ohio, with additional locations in Shelby, Ashland, Bucyrus, and Willard. NC State offers high-quality technical education with more than 60 associate degrees and career certification programs, as well as continuing education and workforce development programs.
Get More Information About: North Central State CollegeRanked: 9NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.82%
Tri-Rivers Center – Adult
Tri-Rivers Center-Adult, located in Marion, Ohio, prepares students for career advancement and success in the workplace, as well as encourages them to embrace learning as a lifelong process. Tri-Rivers Adult Education offers affordable courses, providing valuable job skills to help enhance the student's position in the workplace.
Get More Information About: Tri-Rivers Center – AdultRanked: 10NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.44%
Fortis College – Cincinnati
Fortis College-Cincinnati is a postsecondary college located in Cincinnati, Ohio, with additional campuses located in Cuyahoga Falls, Centerville, Westerville, and Revenna, as well as other locations across the United States. Fortis College provides associate degree programs, career education training, continuing education, and workforce development programs to ensure student success in the community and the workplace.
Get More Information About: Fortis College – CincinnatiRanked: 11NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.38%
Fortis College – Cuyahoga Falls
Fortis College-Cuyahoga Falls is a postsecondary college located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with additional campuses located in Centerville, Westerville, and Revenna, as well as other locations across the United States. Fortis College provides career education training, associate degree programs, as well as continuing education and workforce development programs, ensuring student success in the workplace.Ranked: 12NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.75%
Upper Valley Career Center
Upper Valley Career Center is located in Piqua, Ohio, with additional facilities located throughout the community. Upper Valley Career Center is an excellent source of technical education, preparing students for success by providing technology-advanced instruction in a professional environment, offering more than 25 programs to ensure workforce success.
Get More Information About: Upper Valley Career CenterRanked: 13NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.64%
Washington State Community College
Washington State Community College is a two-year community college, located in Marietta, Ohio, offering more than 50 degree programs and various certification opportunities. Washington State Community College provides dynamic and affordable programs that inspire individual excellence and success in the community and workplace.
Get More Information About: Washington State Community CollegeRanked: 14NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.40%
School of Practical Nursing – Ehove
School of Practical Nursing-EHOVE is part of the High Schools that Work school improvement imitative located in Milan, Ohio, offering training and partnerships with the local businesses. EHOVE is committed to academic preparation by providing quality career, technical, and academic education to its students, as well as providing comprehensive support services in a modern facility, utilizing the latest technology.
Get More Information About: School of Practical Nursing – EhoveRanked: 15NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.24%
Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC)
Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) is located in Steubenville, Ohio, with additional locations in Youngstown, Warren, and Canfield. EGCC offers a variety of program options including associates and transfer degree programs, continued education, professional and career certifications, personal enrichment programs, and workforce development courses for professional advancement in the workplace.
Get More Information About: Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC)Ranked: 16NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.83%
Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), located in Clayton, Ohio, offers more than 50 career technical programs as well as lifelong learning opportunities. MVCTC is dedicated to providing the best educational choices and advanced employment preparation, as well as partnering with community businesses to help create jobs for the region's economic growth.
Get More Information About: Miami Valley Career Technology CenterRanked: 17NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.75%
Wayne County Schools Career Center (Adult)
Wayne County Schools Career Center (WCSCC), located in Smithville, Ohio, offers a wide variety of classes from full-time career training to one-time classes and hundreds of online classes available 7 days a week. WCSCC strives knowledge, skill development, and experience for lifetime of professional growth.Ranked: 18NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.38%
Professional Skills Institute
Professional Skills Institute (PSI) is a private college, located in Maumee, Ohio, specializing in medical training, offering both associate degrees and diplomas. PSI's goal is to education student, providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful nurse.Ranked: 19NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.30%
Buckeye Hills Career Center
Buckeye Hills Career Center, located in Thurman, Ohio, offers a variety of career and technical programs, with full-time and part-time schedules to help students achieve personal goals. Buckeye Hills center also offers courses to help students who are looking to upgrade their work skills, with various workforce development courses with hands-on training to ensure success.Ranked: 20NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.07%
Portage Lakes Career Center
Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC), located in Uniontown, Ohio, is a resource center for business, industry and community. PLCC is dedicated to providing skills that lead to lifelong employment, instilling pride in the student as well as self-discipline for future success.
Get More Information About: Portage Lakes Career Center
Continued List of All Licensed Practical Nursing Programs in Ohio
Ranked Program Pass Rates Website #21
9500 Euclid Avenue/Hsb 111, Cleveland, OH 44125
94.00% Request Information #22
653 Enterprise Parkway, Ravenna, OH 44266
93.88% Request Information #23
4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081
93.49% Request Information #24
2508 27th Street, Columbus, Ne, OH 68601
93.23% Request Information #25
1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, OH 44047
92.95% Request Information #26
11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, OH 45619
92.84% Request Information #27
555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
92.53% Request Information #28
4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
91.33% Request Information #29
Southampton, Salem, OH 44460
91.29% Request Information #30
528 Educational Highway, Warren, OH 44483
91.27% Request Information #31
3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806
91.06% Request Information #32
76 Pickering Street, Danvers, OH 01923
91.00% Request Information #33
400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 43700
90.54% Request Information #34
1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
90.44% Request Information #35
25 Public Sq, Willoughby, OH 44094
90.29% Request Information #36
East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501
89.34% Request Information #37
3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road , Hamilton, OH 45011
89.22% Request Information #38
1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
88.46% Request Information #39
951 Vern Riffe Drive , Lucasville, OH 45648
88.35% Request Information #40
550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
88.01% Request Information #41
4151 Executive Parkway Ste 120, Westerville, OH 43081
87.96% Request Information #42
17 south High Street, Columbus, OH 45223
87.22% Request Information #43
70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 01911
87.19% Request Information #44
200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503
87.16% Request Information #45
1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
87.07% Request Information #46
620 Greenwood Ave., Glencoe, OH 60022
87.03% Request Information #47
400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 43701
86.83% Request Information #48
200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
86.37% Request Information #49
6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
85.71% Request Information #50
518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH 44677
85.65% Request Information #51
2280 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
85.30% Request Information #52
895 Crouse Chapel Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601
85.04% Request Information #53
530 N Lincoln Ave, alliance, OH 44601
85.03% Request Information #54
25 Public Sq, Willoughby, OH 44094
84.75% Request Information #55
1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840
84.37% Request Information #56
175 Beaver Creek Rd, Piketon, OH 45661
84.33% Request Information #57
545 University Drive Ne, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
83.75% Request Information #58
701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608
83.64% Request Information #59
1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240
82.51% Request Information #60
8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
81.49% Request Information #61
325 Alpha Dr,, Highland Heights, OH 44143
76.99% Request Information #62
120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
74.83% Request Information #63
305 Mckinley Ave., Nw ? Canton, OH 44702
74.44% Request Information #64
5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
73.85% Request Information #65
865 W. Market Street, Troy, OH 45373
71.29% Request Information #66
9364 State Route 45 , Lisbon, OH 44432
70.11% Request Information #67
6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
64.12% Request Information #68
1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
61.04% Request Information #69
8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
45.08% Request Information #70
6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
43.68% Request Information
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Ohio LPN Licensing Requirements
To become an LPN in Ohio, the applicant’s education must be approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing or a jurisdiction of the national council of state boards of nursing, or has been determined acceptable by the board for a foreign-educated nursing graduate.
If the applicant is foreign-educated, a full educational course-by-course report must be submitted from the Credentialing Evaluation Service, as well as Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS - http://www.cgfns.org/) verification. Passing the Test of English as a Foreign Language is also required and evidence must also be submitted.
Once the nursing program is complete, the graduate must register, sit for, and pass the NCLEX-PN exam, as well as complete a criminal background check to receive licensure.
Ohio Board of Nursing Licensure and Renewal Information (http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/LicensureInformation.htm)
Working as an LPN can be physically strenuous—the job may require additional physical requirements on a day-to-day basis such as lifting patients, standing and squatting for extended periods of time, and moving heavy machinery.
LPN’s moving into the state of Ohio can become licensed by endorsement and can apply for a temporary, non-renewable permit for 180 days. They must submit the following:
- $75 application fee.
- Proof of completion of a medications administration/IV therapy course.
- License verification.
- Criminal background check.
- Official transcripts – foreign graduates should submit transcript in English or submit a Credentialing Evaluation Service report from CGFNS.
- English proficiency evidence.
LPN licenses must be renewed every 2 years—the licensure period runs from September 1 of an even-numbered year to August 31st of the next even numbered year. 24 hours of continued education must be completed within 2 years to renew for the next licensure period. A transferring LPN, who’s licensed in the state of Ohio by endorsement for 1 year or less, must complete 12 hours continued education before the next licensure period.
Additional OH Nursing Resources
Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413
Phone: (614) 466-3947
Fax: (614) 466-0388
1. Ohio Nurses Association (http://www.ohnurses.org)
LPN Salary: Ohio vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2014
Ohio LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Ohio was $40,700—close to the national median income for LPNs of $43,200. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Ohio (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=39&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state and national trends predict a 20% increase in LPN jobs in Ohio by 2024. This prediction translates to approximately 1,930 job openings per year, consisting of both regular turn-over and new job growth.
Occupational Employment Statistics for Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm)
Ohio Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in Ohio. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Cleveland, Elyria, Mentor 7,530 $21.20 $44,090 Cincinnati, Middletown 6,640 $20.58 $42,810 Columbus 5,130 $20.22 $42,060 Dayton 2,870 $19.85 $41,290 Youngstown, Warren, Boardman 2,210 $17.79 $37,000 Akron 2,150 $19.36 $40,260 Toledo 2,060 $19.54 $40,640 Canton, Massillon 1,520 $17.93 $37,280 Sandusky 560 $19.67 $40,900 Lima 460 $19.17 $39,870 Mansfield 450 $18.72 $38,930 Springfield 430 $19.67 $40,910 Steubenville, Weirton 330 $17.67 $36,750