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 -
Visit the Rogue Community College nursing website to learn more.44000 E 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405 - (541) 463-3000 -
Visit the Lane Community College nursing website to learn more.526000 SE Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030 - (503) 491-6422 -
Learn more by visiting the Mt. Hood Community College nursing website.
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)
LPN Salary: Oregon vs National Salary Comparison
Source: BLS State Cross-Industry Estimates 2015
Oregon LPN Employment and Jobs Outlook
In 2015, the median income for LPNs in the state of Oregon was $48,600—more than the national median income of $43,200 for LPNs. According to the Occupational Profile for the state of Oregon (http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=292061&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=41&search=Go) published by Careerinfonet.org, state trends predict a 13% increase in LPN jobs in Oregon by 2024. Even without an increase in employment opportunities predicted, the study still shows 120 LPN 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)
Oregon Licensed Practical Nurse Salaries By Area
The table below lists career information collected by the BLS for licensed practical nurses in Oregon. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.
Area Total Employment Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Salary Portland, Vancouver, Hillsboro 1,680 $24.42 $50,800 Salem 440 $22.66 $47,130 Eugene 350 $22.43 $46,660 Medford 190 $24.02 $49,970 Albany 80 $22.44 $46,680 Bend, Redmond 60 $21.41 $44,540 Corvallis 40 $23.84 $49,580 Grants Pass 40 $22.28 $46,350