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.

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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.

Learn more about Ohio LVN Jobs & Employment Outlook.

LPN Salary in Ohio 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, Elyria7,600$21.04$43,760
Youngstown, Warren, Boardman2,210$17.85$37,130
Canton, Massillon1,410$18.04$37,530

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

Top Ranked Ohio LPN Programs


Owens Community College

3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH 45840 - (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.

Overall Score: 100.00

Southern State Community College

100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133 - (800) 628-7722 x2640 - 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.

Overall Score: 100.00 - Request Info on Southern State Community College

North Central State College

2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906 - (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.

Overall Score: 99.67 - Request Info on North Central State College

Washington State Community College

710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, OH 45750 - (740) 568-1900 - 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.

Overall Score: 97.57 - Request Info on Washington State Community College

Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus

1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, OH 44047 - (440) 576-6015 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 96.40 - Request Info on Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus

Northwest State Community College

22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502 - (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.

Overall Score: 95.64 - Request Info on Northwest State Community College

Akron Public Schools

70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 01911 - (330) 761-1661 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 95.44

Professional Skills Institute

1505 Holland Rd, Maumee, OH 43537 - (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.

Overall Score: 95.05

Collins Career Center

11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, OH 45619 - (740) 867-6641 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 93.10 - Request Info on Collins Career Center

EHOVE Career Center

316 West Manson Rd, Milan, OH 44846 - (419) 499-4663 - Visit Homepage

EHOVE Adult Career Center, School of Practical Nursing located in Milan, Ohio is an educational institution serving both adult students and high school students across three counties in Northern Ohio. The School of Practical Nursing in Adult Education has 100 available seats for admission in the program which starts at the end of May each year. There are both 1 year and 2 year options. The program has full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing, The Ohio Board of Regents and the Council on Occupational Education. Graduates an average of 60-70 practical nurses each June. Ask for Tracie at ext 231 for more information.

Overall Score: 92.83 - Request Info on EHOVE Career Center

Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education

518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH 44677 - (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.

Overall Score: 92.28

Knox County Career Center

308 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 - (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.

Overall Score: 92.20 - Request Info on Knox County Career Center

Tri-Rivers School of Nursing

1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, OH 43302 - (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.

Overall Score: 91.70 - Request Info on Tri-Rivers School of Nursing

ETI Technical College

2076 Youngstown, Niles, OH 44446 - (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

Overall Score: 90.70 - Request Info on ETI Technical College

Cuyahoga Community College

200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503 - (800) 954-8742 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 90.47

Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing

230 N Lincoln Ave #3, Salem, OH 44460 - (330) 332-8940 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 90.27 - Request Info on Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing

Butler Tech

3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011 - (513) 868-6300 - 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.

Overall Score: 89.96

Eastern Gateway Community College

4000 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, OH 43952 - (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.

Overall Score: 89.62 - Request Info on Eastern Gateway Community College

Buckeye Hills Career Center

351 Buckeye Hills Road, Rio Grande, OH 45674 - (740) 245-5334 - Visit Homepage

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Overall Score: 89.60 - Request Info on Buckeye Hills Career Center

Hocking College - Nelsonville

3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764 - (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.

Overall Score: 89.59 - Request Info on Hocking College - Nelsonville

Continued List of All Programs in Ohio

#21 Choffin Career & Technical Center
200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
(330) 744-8700 Visit Homepage
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#22 Sandusky Career Center
2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870
(419) 984-1108 Visit Homepage
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#23 Ohio Institute of Allied Health
6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
(937) 237-1010 Visit Homepage
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#24 Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
(330) 923-9959 Visit Homepage
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#25 Scioto County Career Technical Center
951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, OH 45648
(740) 259-5522 Visit Homepage
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#26 Fortis College - Ravenna
653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44226
(330) 297-7319 Visit Homepage
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#27 Lorain County Community College
1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 365-5222 Visit Homepage
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#28 Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
9364 State Route 45, Lisbon, OH 44432
(330) 424-9561 Visit Homepage
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#29 Fortis College - Westerville
4151 Executive Pkwy #120, Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 882-2551 Visit Homepage
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#30 Upper Valley Career Center
8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
(937) 778-1980 Visit Homepage
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#31 Columbus State Community College
550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 287-5353 Visit Homepage
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#32 North Coast Medical Training Academy
1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240
(330) 678-6600 Visit Homepage
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#33 Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 437001
(740) 455-3111 Visit Homepage
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#34 Cincinnati State Great Oaks
17 South High Street, Columbus, OH 45223
(614) 466-3947 Visit Homepage
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#35 Columbus City Schools
270 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 365-5000 Visit Homepage
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#36 Apollo School
3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806
(419) 998-2908 Visit Homepage
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#37 Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
34050 Glen Drive, Suite 2, Eastlake, OH 44095
(440) 283-4300 Visit Homepage
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#38 Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center
895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601
(740) 642-1200 Visit Homepage
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#39 Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
(419) 995-8320 Visit Homepage
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#40 Stautzenberger College
1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 866-0261 Visit Homepage
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#41 Hondros College of Nursing
4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 508-7277 Visit Homepage
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#42 Belmont College
120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
(740) 695-9500 Visit Homepage
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#43 Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
(440) 526-5200 Visit Homepage
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#44 Clark State Community College
East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501
(937) 325-0691 Visit Homepage
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#45 Portage Lakes Career Center
4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685
(330) 896-8200 Visit Homepage
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#46 Beckfield College
225 Pictoria Dr #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
(513) 671-1920 Visit Homepage
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#47 Fortis College - Centerville
555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
(937) 433-3410 Visit Homepage
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#48 Fortis College - Cincinnati
11499 Chester Rd #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
(513) 771-2795 Visit Homepage
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#49 Canton City School District Adult Community Education
305 McKinley Ave., NW, Canton, OH 44702
(330) 453-3271 Visit Homepage
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#50 Athena Career Academy
5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
(419) 472-1150 Visit Homepage
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#51 Toledo Public Schools Adult Education
701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608
(419) 671-6000 Visit Homepage
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#52 Central Ohio Technical College
1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
(740) 366-9307 Visit Homepage
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#53 Antonelli College
124 E 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
(877) 500-4304 Visit Homepage
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#54 Brown Mackie College - Findlay
1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840
(419) 423-2211 Visit Homepage
65.30Request Information
#55 Acadia Career Institute
17345 McCutchenville Rd, Pemberville, OH 43450
(419) 833-9100 Visit Homepage
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#56 Auburn Career Center
8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
(440) 357-7542 Visit Homepage
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#57 Richard Medical Academy
5237 Renwyck Dr A, Toledo, OH 43615
(567) 202-1614 Visit Homepage
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#58 American Institute of Alternative Medicine
6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
(614) 825-6278 Visit Homepage
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#59 Ohio Medical Career College
1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
(937) 567-8880 Visit Homepage
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#60 Felbry College
6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
(614) 781-1085 Visit Homepage
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Programs Not Included In Rankings

MDT College of Health Sciences
325 Alpha Park, Highland Heights, OH 44143
(440) 449-1700 Visit Homepage
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The Robert T. White School of Practical Nursing
500 Glamorgan Street, Alliance, OH 44601
(330) 829-2284 Visit Homepage
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