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.
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.
To see all the top ranked LPN programs in Ohio click here.
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: 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.
Learn more about Ohio LVN Jobs & Employment Outlook.
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.
|Area||Total Employment||Average Hourly Wage||Average Annual Salary|
|Youngstown, Warren, Boardman||2,210||$17.85||$37,130|
For those interested in advancing their nursing career, see our Ohio LPN to RN/BSN programs page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit the Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus nursing website to learn more.
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.
Visit the Akron Public Schools nursing website to learn more.
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.
Get all the program details by visiting the Collins Career Center website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Visit the Cuyahoga Community College nursing website to learn more.
Learn more by visiting the Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing nursing website.
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.
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.
Get all the program details by visiting the Buckeye Hills Career Center website.
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.
Continued List of All Programs in Ohio
200 East Wood St., Youngstown, OH 44503
2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870
6245 Old Troy Pike, Huber Heights, OH 45424
2545 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
951 Vern Riffe Drive, Lucasville, OH 45648
653 Enterprise Pkwy, Ravenna, OH 44226
1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
9364 State Route 45, Lisbon, OH 44432
4151 Executive Pkwy #120, Westerville, OH 43081
8811 Career Drive, Piqua, OH 45356
550 East Spring St, Columbus, OH 43215
1832 Ohio 59, Kent, OH 44240
400 Richards Road, Zanesville, OH 437001
17 South High Street, Columbus, OH 45223
270 East State Street, Columbus, OH 43215
3325 Shawnee Rd, Lima, OH 45806
34050 Glen Drive, Suite 2, Eastlake, OH 44095
895 Crouse Chapel Road, Chillicothe, OH 45601
4240 Campus Drive, Lima, OH 45804
1796 Indian Wood Cir, Maumee, OH 43537
4140 Executive Parkway, Westerville, OH 43081
120 Fox-Shannon Place, St. Clairsville, OH 43950
8001 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141
East Leffel Lane, Springfield, OH 45501
4401 Shriver Rd, Uniontown, OH 44685
225 Pictoria Dr #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
555 E. Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459
11499 Chester Rd #200, Cincinnati, OH 45246
305 McKinley Ave., NW, Canton, OH 44702
5700 Monroe St #500a, Sylvania, OH 43560
701 East Central Avenue, Toledo, OH 43608
1179 University Dr, Newark, OH 43055
124 E 7th St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
1700 Fostoria Ave #100, Findlay, OH 45840
17345 McCutchenville Rd, Pemberville, OH 43450
8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., OH 44077
5237 Renwyck Dr A, Toledo, OH 43615
6685 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229
1133 S Edwin C Moses Blvd #110, Dayton, OH 45417
6055 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43231
Programs Not Included In Rankings
325 Alpha Park, Highland Heights, OH 44143
500 Glamorgan Street, Alliance, OH 44601
Additional OH Nursing Resources
- Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413
Phone: (614) 466-3947
- Ohio Nurses Association
4000 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43213
Phone: (614) 237-5414
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