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.

  • LPN Programs in Ohio

    ProgramDetails
    Acadia Career Institute
    17345 McCutchenville Rd, Pemberville, OH 43450
    (419) 833-9100 Visit Homepage
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    Akron Public Schools
    70 N. Broadway, Akron, OH 01911
    (330) 761-1661 Visit Homepage
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    American Institute of Alternative Medicine
    6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
    (614) 825-6278 Visit Homepage
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    Antonelli College
    124 E 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
    (877) 500-4304 Visit Homepage
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    Apollo School
    3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806
    (419) 998-2908 Visit Homepage
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    Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus
    1565 State Route 167, Jefferson, OH 44047
    (440) 576-6015 Visit Homepage
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    Athena Career Academy
    5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
    (419) 472-1150 Visit Homepage
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    Auburn Career Center
    8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
    (440) 357-7542 Visit Homepage
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    Beckfield College
    225 Pictoria Dr #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
    (513) 671-1920 Visit Homepage
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    Belmont College
    120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
    (740) 695-9500 Visit Homepage
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    Brown Mackie College - Findlay
    1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840
    (419) 423-2211 Visit Homepage
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    Buckeye Hills Career Center
    351 Buckeye Hills Road, Rio Grande, OH 45674
    (740) 245-5334 Visit Homepage
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    Butler Tech
    3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011
    (513) 868-6300 Visit Homepage
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    Canton City School District Adult Community Education
    305 McKinley Ave., NW, Canton, OH 44702
    (330) 453-3271 Visit Homepage
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    Central Ohio Technical College
    1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
    (740) 366-9307 Visit Homepage
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    Choffin Career & Technical Center
    200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
    (330) 744-8700 Visit Homepage
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    Cincinnati State Great Oaks
    17 South High Street, Columbus, OH 45223
    (614) 466-3947 Visit Homepage
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    Clark State Community College
    East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501
    (937) 325-0691 Visit Homepage
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    Collins Career Center
    11627 State Route 243, Chesapeake, OH 45619
    (740) 867-6641 Visit Homepage
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    Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
    9364 State Route 45, Lisbon, OH 44432
    (330) 424-9561 Visit Homepage
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    Columbus City Schools
    270 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 365-5000 Visit Homepage
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    Columbus State Community College
    550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 287-5353 Visit Homepage
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    Cuyahoga Community College
    200 E Wood St, Youngstown, OH 44503
    (800) 954-8742 Visit Homepage
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    Cuyahoga Valley Career Center
    8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
    (440) 526-5200 Visit Homepage
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    Eastern Gateway Community College
    4000 Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville, OH 43952
    (740) 264-5591 Visit Homepage
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    EHOVE Career Center
    316 West Manson Rd, Milan, OH 44846
    (419) 499-4663 Visit Homepage
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    ETI Technical College
    2076 Youngstown, Niles, OH 44446
    (330) 652-9919 Visit Homepage
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    Felbry College
    6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
    (614) 781-1085 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Centerville
    555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
    (937) 433-3410 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Cincinnati
    11499 Chester Rd #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
    (513) 771-2795 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls
    2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
    (330) 923-9959 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Ravenna
    653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44226
    (330) 297-7319 Visit Homepage
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    Fortis College - Westerville
    4151 Executive Pkwy #120, Westerville, OH 43081
    (614) 882-2551 Visit Homepage
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    Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing
    230 N Lincoln Ave #3, Salem, OH 44460
    (330) 332-8940 Visit Homepage
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    Hocking College - Nelsonville
    3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, OH 45764
    (740) 753-3591 Visit Homepage
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    Hondros College of Nursing
    4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081
    (614) 508-7277 Visit Homepage
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    Knox County Career Center
    308 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
    (740) 393-2933 Visit Homepage
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    Lorain County Community College
    1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
    (440) 365-5222 Visit Homepage
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    MDT College of Health Sciences
    325 Alpha Park, Highland Heights, OH 44143
    (440) 449-1700 Visit Homepage
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    Mid-East Career and Technology Centers
    400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 437001
    (740) 455-3111 Visit Homepage
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    North Central State College
    2441 Kenwood Circle, Mansfield, OH 44906
    (419) 755-4800 Visit Homepage
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    North Coast Medical Training Academy
    1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240
    (330) 678-6600 Visit Homepage
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    Northwest State Community College
    22600 State Route 34, Archbold, OH 43502
    (419) 267-5511 Visit Homepage
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    Ohio Institute of Allied Health
    6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
    (937) 237-1010 Visit Homepage
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    Ohio Medical Career College
    1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
    (937) 567-8880 Visit Homepage
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    Owens Community College
    3200 Bright Rd, Findlay, OH 45840
    (567) 429-3500 Visit Homepage
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    Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center
    895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601
    (740) 642-1200 Visit Homepage
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    Portage Lakes Career Center
    4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685
    (330) 896-8200 Visit Homepage
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    Professional Skills Institute
    1505 Holland Rd, Maumee, OH 43537
    (419) 720-6670 Visit Homepage
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    Rhodes State College
    4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
    (419) 995-8320 Visit Homepage
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    Richard Medical Academy
    5237 Renwyck Dr A, Toledo, OH 43615
    (567) 202-1614 Visit Homepage
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    Sandusky Career Center
    2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870
    (419) 984-1108 Visit Homepage
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    Scioto County Career Technical Center
    951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, OH 45648
    (740) 259-5522 Visit Homepage
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    Southern State Community College
    100 Hobart Drive, Hillsboro, OH 45133
    (800) 628-7722 x2640 Visit Homepage
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    Stautzenberger College
    1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
    (419) 866-0261 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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    Toledo Public Schools Adult Education
    701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608
    (419) 671-6000 Visit Homepage
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    Tri-Rivers School of Nursing
    1563 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, OH 43302
    (740) 389-4682 Visit Homepage
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    Upper Valley Career Center
    8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
    (937) 778-1980 Visit Homepage
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    Washington State Community College
    710 Colegate Drive, Marietta, OH 45750
    (740) 568-1900 Visit Homepage
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    Wayne County Schools Career Center - Adult Education
    518 West Prospect Street, Smithville, OH 44677
    (330) 669-7030 Visit Homepage
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    Willoughby-Eastlake School of Practical Nursing
    34050 Glen Drive, Suite 2, Eastlake, OH 44095
    (440) 283-4300 Visit Homepage
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    Source: Practical nursing programs appearing on these pages have been retrieved from their respective state board overseeing practical or vocational nursing licensure. The data was retrieved on Sept 14, 2016.

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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 - http://www.cgfns.org/) 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 (http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/LicensureInformation.htm)

    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
    http://www.nursing.ohio.gov

    1. Ohio Nurses Association (http://www.ohnurses.org)

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