Becoming an LPN in Oregon
The state of Oregon believes that empowering nurses not only boosts work morale but leads to higher quality care and an improved work environment. By providing ongoing educational support and opportunity, they can ensure quality service for patients, families, and the community. To become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state of Oregon, applicants must complete a state-approved course and required testing. LPNs transferring from other states looking to hold a license in Oregon must apply by endorsement.
2017 Best LPN Programs in Oregon
If you're interested in attending a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) school in the state of Oregon, there are a little over 10 schools to choose from-all of which are approved by the state-board. Nursing programs are available via private nursing schools, vocational centers, and community colleges. We've been accumulating state test results and NCLEX-PN pass rates over the last several years and have compiled a list, ranking the top 5 LPN schools in the state of Oregon.
For more information on school rankings, see our Methodology Page (http://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology)12600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97701 - (541) 383-7700 -
Central Oregon Community College (COCC) is the oldest two-year college in Oregon located in Bend, with additional campuses located in Redmond, Madras, and Prineville. COCC provides comprehensive college services to students, offering two-year degrees, transfer programs, career certifications, developmental courses, continued education, community learning, and workforce development.2400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 97366 - (541) 265-2283 -
Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) is located in Newport, Oregon, with additional locations in Lincoln City and Waldport. OCCC offers associate's degrees and transfer programs, as well as a variety of other career development options that not only improves the student's quality of life but it also influences the community and economic development.3117 S Central Ave, Medford, OR 97501 - (541) 245-7500 -
At Rogue Community College, practical nursing students are trained to provide individualized care in a variety of health care settings such as long-term care, hospitals, home health, doctor's offices and other community settings. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) care for the sick, injured, convalescent and disabled under the direction of a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, licensed physician, dentist, or other independent health care provider recognized by the State Board of Nursing.44000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405 - (541) 463-3000 -
The Practical Nursing Program at Lane Community College prepares students to take the NCLEX-PN licensure exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses(LPN). Lane's course of study requires approximately one to one and half years of full time study and prepares nursing students to provide direct patient care utilizing critical thinking skills in a variety of settings.526000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030 - (503) 491-6422 -
The Practical Nursing program at Mt. Hood Community College focuses on the practical nursing role of providing care under the supervision of a registered nurse or physician in long term care, clinics, and other health care settings. The Practical Nursing program at MHCC is both exciting and challenging. Graduates are offered with opportunities for employment in a variety of settings and for a lifelong career that is personally fulfilling.
Continued List of All Programs in Oregon
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Oregon LPN Licensing Requirements
Individuals looking to receive an LPN license in the state of Oregon must pass the NCLEX-PN after completing a Board approved nursing curriculum.
In order to receive state licensure, the applicant must submit an application to the state, including:
- Headshot (passport-style) photo taken within the last 6 months.
- Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
- Submit to a fingerprint criminal background check.
Licensure and Examination Form (http://www.oregon.gov/osbn/pages/rn-lpnlicensure.aspx)
The physical demands of an LPN may require physical strength and endurance. Extended periods of activity may be a part of daily routine.
Licensed LPNs from other states can receive an Oregon license by endorsement—along with the application and criminal background check, the applicant must also submit:
- Proof of licensure in another state or completed an OSBN-approved re-entry LPN program in the last 2 years.
- License verification from the state licensing exam was taken and the state where current license is held.
- Proof of practicing at LPN level for at least 960 hours over the past 5 years.
For those who've studied abroad, looking to receive a license from the state of Oregon, the applicant must also submit the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) evaluation of their official transcripts and completed a full course-by-course review, as well as proof of English proficiency.
Oregon LPN licenses expire every 2 years based on his or her birth year—it expires the day before the licensee’s birthday.
Additional OR Nursing Resources
Oregon State Board of Nursing
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25, Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0685
Fax: (971) 673-0684
1. Oregon Nurses Association (http://www.oregonrn.org)