Becoming an LPN in North Dakota

In the state of North Dakota professional nurses strive to provide treatment for not only a wide range of moderately to chronically ill people, but also help those who are healthy maintain that quality of life. North Dakota is also a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) which allows other NLC state licensed nursed to practice within its jurisdiction without additional licensing. By 2024, it’s predicted that LPN jobs will increase up to 17% across the state of North Dakota, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals interested in this influx of jobs must meet state requirements and apply for a North Dakota LPN license.

North Dakota LPN Licensing Requirements

North Dakota requires those seeking to become licensed in the state to complete an approved nursing education program and pass the state-required test. Once all educational requirements are complete, the applicant is encouraged to submit an application to the state, including:

  • Official transcript sent directly from state-approved nursing program with degree posted.
  • Proof of registration (ATT) for the NCLEX.
  • Criminal background check.

LPN License by Examination:
https://www.ndbon.org/NurseLicensure/InitialExam/index.asp

Other physical requirements may be helpful in performing day-to-day activities as an LPN, however, they may not be required. These activities are not limited to moving patients and lifting machinery.

North Dakota is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact that allows nurses from other NLC states to participate within its borders without additional licensing. These nurses are, however, required to register a primary state of residence. Nurses for non-compact states can apply for a North Dakota license by endorsement by submitting the proper application as well as the following:

  • Verification of state licensure.
  • Official transcript from state-approved nursing program.
  • Criminal background check.

Foreign applicants must also submit proof of English proficiency as well as an official transcript evaluation by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

North Dakota LPN licenses expires every 2 years and requires 12 contact hours of continued education during the licensing period to renew.

Learn more about North Dakota LPN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in North Dakota By Area

The table below lists career information collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for licensed practical nurses in North Dakota. The table is sorted by total employment, with the largest metropolitan areas listed first.

AreaTotal EmploymentAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Fargo990$18.90$39,310
Grand Forks490$19.31$40,170
Bismarck460$20.87$43,410

For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our North Dakota LPN to RN/BSN programs page.

LPN Programs in North Dakota

ProgramDetails
Bismarck State College
1500 Edwards Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58506
(701) 224-5400 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Dakota College Bottineau
105 Simrall Blvd, Bottineau, ND 58318
(701) 228-2277 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Dickinson State University
291 Campus Dr, Dickinson, ND 58601
(701) 483-2507 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Lake Region State College
1801 College Drive N, Devils Lake, ND 58301
(701) 662-1600 Visit Homepage
Request Information
North Dakota State College of Science
800 6th St N, Wahpeton, ND 58076
(800) 342-4325 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Sitting Bull College
9299 N Dakota 24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
(701) 854-8000 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Turtle Mountain Community College
10145 BIA Road 7, Turtle Mountain, ND 58369
(701) 477-7862 Visit Homepage
Request Information
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Dr, Bismarck, ND 58504
(701) 255-3285 Visit Homepage
Request Information
Williston State College
1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND 58801
(704) 774-4200 Visit Homepage
Request Information

Additional ND Nursing Resources

Recent Articles