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.
2017 Best 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 60 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)1
Owens Community College3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH 45840 - (567) 429-3500 -
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.2
Southern State Community College100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133 - (800) 628-7722 x2640 -
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.3
North Central State College2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906 - (419) 755-4800 -
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.4
Washington State Community College710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, OH 45750 - (740) 568-1900 -
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.5
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, OH 44047 - (440) 576-6015 -
Visit the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus nursing website to learn more.6
Northwest State Community College22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502 - (419) 267-5511 -
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.7
Akron Public Schools70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 01911 - (330) 761-1661 -
Visit the Akron Public Schools nursing website to learn more.8
Professional Skills Institute1505 Holland Rd, Maumee, OH 43537 - (419) 720-6670 -
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.9
Collins Career Center11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, OH 45619 - (740) 867-6641 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Collins Career Center website.10
Ehove Career Center316 West Manson Rd, Milan, OH 44846 - (419) 499-4663 -
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.11
Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH 44677 - (330) 669-7030 -
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.12
Knox County Career Center308 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 - (740) 393-2933 -
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.13
Tri-Rivers School of Nursing1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, OH 43302 - (740) 389-4682 -
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.14
Eti Technical College2076 Youngstown, Niles, OH 44446 - (330) 652-9919 -
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-oriented15
Cuyahoga Community College200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503 - (800) 954-8742 -
Visit the Cuyahoga Community College nursing website to learn more.16
Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing230 N Lincoln Ave #3, Salem, OH 44460 - (330) 332-8940 -
Learn more by visiting the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing nursing website.17
Butler Tech3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011 - (513) 868-6300 -
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.18
Eastern Gateway Community College4000 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, OH 43952 - (740) 264-5591 -
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.19
Buckeye Hills Career Center351 Buckeye Hills Road, Rio Grande, OH 45674 - (740) 245-5334 -
Get all the program details by visiting the Buckeye Hills Career Center website.20
Hocking College - Nelsonville3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764 - (740) 753-3591 -
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Ohio
Ranked Program Score Details #21 Choffin Career & Technical Center200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503(330) 744-8700 87.86 youngstown.k12.oh.us #22 Sandusky Career Center2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870(419) 984-1108 87.79 sandusky-city.k12.oh.us #23 Ohio Institute of Allied Health6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424(937) 237-1010 86.78 oiah.edu #24 Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221(330) 923-9959 86.77 fortis.edu #25 Scioto County Career Technical Center951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, OH 45648(740) 259-5522 86.49 sciototech.org #26 Fortis College - Ravenna653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44226(330) 297-7319 86.19 fortis.edu #27 Lorain County Community College1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035(440) 365-5222 86.17 lorainccc.edu #28 Columbiana County Career and Technical Center9364 State Route 45, Lisbon, OH 44432(330) 424-9561 85.72 ccctc.k12.oh.us #29 Fortis College - Westerville4151 Executive Pkwy #120, Westerville, OH 43081(614) 882-2551 85.24 fortis.edu #30 Upper Valley Career Center8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356(937) 778-1980 84.96 uppervalleycc.org #31 Columbus State Community College550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215(614) 287-5353 84.92 cscc.edu #32 North Coast Medical Training Academy1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240(330) 678-6600 83.78 northcoastmedicalacademy.com #33 Mid-East Career and Technology Centers400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 437001(740) 455-3111 83.50 mid-east.k12.oh.us #34 Cincinnati State Great Oaks17 South High Street, Columbus, OH 45223(614) 466-3947 83.39 hs.greatoaks.com #35 Columbus City Schools270 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215(614) 365-5000 83.20 ccsoh.us #36 Apollo School3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806(419) 998-2908 82.61 apollocareercenterotc.com #37 Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing34050 Glen Drive, Suite 2, Eastlake, OH 44095(440) 283-4300 82.59 ncioh.edu #38 Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601(740) 642-1200 82.01 pickawayross.com #39 Rhodes State College4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804(419) 995-8320 81.78 rhodesstate.edu #40 Stautzenberger College1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537(419) 866-0261 80.68 sctoday.edu #41 Hondros College of Nursing4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081(614) 508-7277 80.50 hondros.edu #42 Belmont College120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950(740) 695-9500 79.47 belmontcollege.edu #43 Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141(440) 526-5200 78.24 cvccworks.edu #44 Clark State Community CollegeEast Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501(937) 325-0691 77.77 clarkstate.edu #45 Portage Lakes Career Center4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685(330) 896-8200 77.66 plcc.edu #46 Beckfield College225 Pictoria Dr #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246(513) 671-1920 76.68 beckfield.edu #47 Fortis College - Centerville555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459(937) 433-3410 76.36 fortis.edu #48 Fortis College - Cincinnati11499 Chester Rd #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246(513) 771-2795 75.80 fortis.edu #49 Canton City School District Adult Community Education305 McKinley Ave., NW, Canton, OH 44702(330) 453-3271 72.31 ccsdistrict.org #50 Athena Career Academy5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560(419) 472-1150 69.71 athenacareers.edu #51 Toledo Public Schools Adult Education701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608(419) 671-6000 68.49 tps.org #52 Central Ohio Technical College1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055(740) 366-9307 66.76 cotc.edu #53 Antonelli College124 E 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202(877) 500-4304 65.36 antonellicollege.edu #54 Brown Mackie College - Findlay1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840(419) 423-2211 65.30 brownmackie.edu #55 Acadia Career Institute17345 McCutchenville Rd, Pemberville, OH 43450(419) 833-9100 65.00 acadiacareer.com #56 Auburn Career Center8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077(440) 357-7542 62.80 auburncc.org #57 Richard Medical Academy5237 Renwyck Dr A, Toledo, OH 43615(567) 202-1614 60.61 rmalpn.com #58 American Institute of Alternative Medicine6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229(614) 825-6278 59.13 aiam.edu #59 Ohio Medical Career College1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417(937) 567-8880 55.68 omcc.edu #60 Felbry College6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231(614) 781-1085 45.54 felbrycollege.edu
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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