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.

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    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 (

    Ranked: 1
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    100 Hobart Dr, Hillsboro, OH (937) 393-3431 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 2
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    2076 Youngstown-Warren Rd., Niles, OH (330) 652-9919 Visit Homepage

    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 Niles

    Ranked: 3
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 100.00%

    2130 Hayes Ave, Sandusky, OH (419) 984-1100 Visit Homepage

    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 Center

    Ranked: 4
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.63%

    3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH (740) 753-3591 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 5
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 98.21%

    308 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH (740) 393-2933 Visit Homepage

    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 Center

    Ranked: 6
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.47%

    22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH (419) 267-5511 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 7
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.40%

    3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH (567) 429-3500 Visit Homepage

    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: 8
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 97.07%

    2441 Kenwood Cir, Mansfield, OH (419) 755-4800 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 9
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.82%

    2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd, Marion, OH (740) 389-4682 Visit Homepage

    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 – Adult

    Ranked: 10
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.44%

    11499 Chester Rd Suite 200, Cincinnati, OH (513) 771-2795 Visit Homepage

    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 – Cincinnati

    Ranked: 11
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 96.38%

    2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (330) 923-9959 Visit Homepage

    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: 12
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.75%

    8811 Career Dr, Piqua, OH (937) 778-1980 Visit Homepage

    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 Center

    Ranked: 13
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.64%

    710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH (740) 374-8716 Visit Homepage

    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 College

    Ranked: 14
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.40%

    316 West Manson Rd, Milan, OH (419) 499-4663 Visit Homepage

    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 – Ehove

    Ranked: 15
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 95.24%

    4000 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, OH (740) 264-5591 Visit Homepage

    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: 16
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.83%

    6800 Hoke Rd., Clayton, OH (937) 837-7781 Visit Homepage

    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 Center

    Ranked: 17
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.75%

    518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH (330) 669-7030 Visit Homepage

    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: 18
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.38%

    1505 Holland Rd, Maumee, OH (419) 720-6670 Visit Homepage

    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: 19
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.30%

    351 Buckeye Hills Rd, Thurman, OH (740) 245-5334 Visit Homepage

    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: 20
    NCLEX-PN Pass Rate: 94.07%

    4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH (330) 896-8200 Visit Homepage

    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

    RankedProgramPass RatesWebsite
    #21Marymount School
    9500 Euclid Avenue/Hsb 111, Cleveland, OH 44125
    (216) 587-8160
    94.00%Request Information
    #22Fortis College – Ravenna
    653 Enterprise Parkway, Ravenna, OH 44266
    (330) 297-7319
    93.88%Request Information
    #23Hondros College
    4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081
    (614) 508-7277
    93.49%Request Information
    #24Columbus School
    2508 27th Street, Columbus, Ne, OH 68601
    (402) 563-7005
    93.23%Request Information
    #25Knoedler School
    1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, OH 44047
    (440) 576-6015
    92.95%Request Information
    #26Collins Career Center
    11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, OH 45619
    (740) 867-6641
    92.84%Request Information
    #27Fortis College School of Nursing – Centerville
    555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
    (937) 433-3410
    92.53%Request Information
    #28James A Rhodes State College
    4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
    (419) 995-8320
    91.33%Request Information
    #29Hannah E Mullins School
    Southampton, Salem, OH 44460
    (330) 332-8940
    91.29%Request Information
    #30Trumbull Career And Technical Center – Post Secondary
    528 Educational Highway, Warren, OH 44483
    (330) 847-0503
    91.27%Request Information
    #31Apollo School
    3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806
    (419) 998-2908
    91.06%Request Information
    #32Great Oaks – Secondary
    76 Pickering Street, Danvers, OH 01923
    (978) 774-2533
    91.00%Request Information
    #33Mid-East Career And Technology Centers (Adult)
    400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 43700
    (740) 455-3111
    90.54%Request Information
    #34Lorain County Community College
    1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
    (440) 365-5222
    90.44%Request Information
    #35Willoughby – Eastlake (Adult)
    25 Public Sq, Willoughby, OH 44094
    (440) 946-7085
    90.29%Request Information
    #36Clark State Community College
    East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501
    (937) 325-0691
    89.34%Request Information
    #37Butler Tech
    3603 Hamilton-Middletown Road , Hamilton, OH 45011
    (513) 868-6300
    89.22%Request Information
    #38Stautzenberger College
    1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
    (419) 866-0261
    88.46%Request Information
    #39Scioto County Career Technical Center
    951 Vern Riffe Drive , Lucasville, OH 45648
    (740) 259-5522
    88.35%Request Information
    #40Columbus State Community College
    550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 287-5353
    88.01%Request Information
    #41Fortis College – Westerville
    4151 Executive Parkway Ste 120, Westerville, OH 43081
    (614) 882-2551
    87.96%Request Information
    #42Cincinnati State Great Oaks
    17 south High Street, Columbus, OH 45223
    (614) 466-3947
    87.22%Request Information
    #43Akron School
    70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 01911
    (330) 761-1661
    87.19%Request Information
    #44Cuyahoga Community College
    200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503
    (800) 954-8742
    87.16%Request Information
    #45Central Ohio Technical College
    1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
    (740) 366-9307
    87.07%Request Information
    #46Central School
    620 Greenwood Ave., Glencoe, OH 60022
    (847) 835-7600
    87.03%Request Information
    #47Mid-East Career And Technology Centers (High School)
    400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 43701
    (740) 454-0105
    86.83%Request Information
    #48Choffin School
    200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
    (330) 744-8700
    86.37%Request Information
    #49Ohio Institute of Allied Health
    6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
    (937) 237-1010
    85.71%Request Information
    #50Wayne County Joint Vocational School (Secondary)
    518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH 44677
    (330) 669-7000
    85.65%Request Information
    #51Nancy J Knight School
    2280 State Route 540, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    (937) 599-3010
    85.30%Request Information
    #52Pickaway Ross Joint Vocational School District
    895 Crouse Chapel Rd, Chillicothe, OH 45601
    (740) 642-1200
    85.04%Request Information
    #53Robert T. White School
    530 N Lincoln Ave,  alliance, OH 44601
    (330) 829-2267
    85.03%Request Information
    #54Willoughby – Eastlake (Secondary)
    25 Public Sq, Willoughby, OH 44094
    (440) 946-7085
    84.75%Request Information
    #55Brown Mackie College – Findlay
    1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 423-2211
    84.37%Request Information
    #56Pike County Career Technology Center
    175 Beaver Creek Rd, Piketon, OH 45661
    (740) 289-5800
    84.33%Request Information
    #57Buckeye Career Center
    545 University Drive Ne, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
    (330) 339-2288
    83.75%Request Information
    #58Toledo School – Woodward
    701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608
    (419) 671-6000
    83.64%Request Information
    #59Northcoast Medical Training Academy
    1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240
    (330) 678-6600
    82.51%Request Information
    #60Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
    8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
    (440) 526-5200
    81.49%Request Information
    #61Ats Institute of Technology
    325 Alpha Dr,, Highland Heights, OH 44143
    (440) 449-1700
    76.99%Request Information
    #62Belmont Technical College
    120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
    (740) 695-9500
    74.83%Request Information
    #63Canton City Schools
    305 Mckinley Ave., Nw ? Canton, OH 44702
    (330) 438-2500
    74.44%Request Information
    #64Athena Career Academy
    5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
    (419) 472-1150
    73.85%Request Information
    #65Miami-Jacobs Career College
    865 W. Market Street, Troy, OH 45373
    (937) 332-8580
    71.29%Request Information
    #66Columbiana County Career And Technical Center
    9364 State Route 45   , Lisbon, OH 44432
    (330) 424-9561
    70.11%Request Information
    #67American Institute of Alternative Medicine
    6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
    (614) 825-6278
    64.12%Request Information
    #68Ohio Medical Career Center
    1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
    (937) 567-8880
    61.04%Request Information
    #69Auburn Career Center
    8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
    (440) 357-7542
    45.08%Request Information
    #70Felbry College
    6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
    (614) 781-1085
    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 - 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 (

    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 (

  • 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 ( published by, 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 (

    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.

    AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
    Cleveland, Elyria, Mentor7,530$21.20$44,090
    Cincinnati, Middletown6,640$20.58$42,810
    Youngstown, Warren, Boardman2,210$17.79$37,000
    Canton, Massillon1,520$17.93$37,280
    Steubenville, Weirton330$17.67$36,750